I don’t remember a time when music wasn’t a part of my life. Born and raised in rural Iowa, I can remember coming home from school to be greeted by the music of Willie Nelson, Jim Ed Brown, Conway Twitty, Buck Owens, Ernest Tubb, and numerous others. We had a stereo that was about 6 feet long and 2 feet tall and it was mounted on the wall. Mom would have the vinyl stacked as thick as that thing would allow. In my mind I can still hear the sounds of those records dropping, the arm moving over into position, and the sound that was made when the needle and vinyl came into contact with each other just before the music would start to play. It was just one of many stereo systems we would have during my adolescent years but it introduced me to a variety of artists and musicians that would influence and impact my life in more ways than I could have ever dreamed, then and now! It was definitely country music at its best and in the past few years I have had the pleasure of meeting many of them!
If we weren’t listening to music we were making it. Our family room was full of instruments, just about anything you could want. By the time I was twelve we were playing gigs most week-ends and entertaining at numerous community events. I played bass, my brother played drums and guitar, and dad played steel guitar. Mom even played the drums sometimes. When we went to visit family or friends, we played music. When we were at home, we played music. It kept our family close and for that I am very thankful.
As the oldest, I left home first to get married and start a family. I found myself singing gospel music and became involved with the worship team at church. Before I knew it, it had been 25 years since those “gig” days and my passion for country music and entertaining was reawakened after being introduced to longtime friend of my parents, Ralph Mooney. I give Moon the credit for getting me involved in music again and I cherish every memory made during our friendship on and off the stage.
At the urging of some very special friends, I decided to record, and my first CD “Texan In A Stetson” was released. The success of that CD led to two more, “I Can’t See Texas From Here” and “With Every Heartbeat”. I was fortunate to get airplay on Sirius/XM radio, “Willie’s Place”, as well as several local stations and internet radio. I love performing at venues throughout Texas and outside it’s borders when the opportunity presents itself. I have met so many wonderful people that share my love of traditional country music and developed friendships that mean the world to me. I want to thank each of you for your love, support, and encouragement. My life is richer because of you.
PURE COUNTRY Radio, KEQX 89.7 is one of the few radio stations playing traditional country music along with many of the Texas artists doing their best to keep it alive. Be sure to check them out via their internet radio which is available 24/7 at www.keqx897.com and click on the live player. On Wednesday evenings tune in to catch Justin Trevino for his Pure Country Review from 6pm to 8pm. Thanks, Sam and Lanelle Upshaw, for supporting traditional country music and for playing my music!
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