Entertainers announced for 2016 Charity Concert Series

Country music legend Johnny Bush will kick off the eighth annual Charity Concert Series with a Jan. 14 performance at the Leo J. Welder Center for the Performing Arts in downtown Victoria.

The series benefits Bluebonnet Youth Ranch, the Victoria Lions Club and the Welder Center.

Bush, nicknamed the “Country Caruso,” is best known for his distinctive voice and as the writer of “Whiskey River,” a top-ten hit for himself and Willie Nelson’s signature song.

Opening for Bush is Dallas Wayne, an Austin-based singer, songwriter, voice-over artist and on-air radio personality for satellite radio’s honky-tonk channel “Willie’s Roadhouse.”

Nashville Songwriters Hall of Fame members Mac Davis and Allen Shamblin will perform as part of the series on Thursday, May 5.

Thanks to hits for Kenny Rogers & the First Edition and Bobby Goldsboro, Davis was one of the most successful composers of the late 1960s-early 1970s, but it was Elvis Presley who helped him get his songwriting career started with “A Little Less Conversation,” “In the Ghetto” and 1968’s “Memories.” Those successes led to his own recording contract with Columbia and hit singles such as “Stop and Smell the Roses,” “Baby, Don’t Get Hooked on Me” and “I Believe in Music.”

In 1989, it was Randy Travis’ #1 version of “He Walked On Water,” which brought Allen Shamblin to the forefront of the songwriting community. This began a string of award-winning songs for Shamblin recorded by Mike Reid, Collin Raye, John Michael Mongtomery, Toby Keith, Clay Walker, Keith Urban and Bonnie Raitt. Shamblin has had more than 100 songs recorded by artists.

The series concludes Aug. 11 with Texas native Tracy Byrd. Byrd’s brand of new traditionalist country made him a star in the 1990s, particularly his playful, good-time party singalongs. His hits include “Holdin’ Heaven,” “The First Step,” “The Keeper of the Stars, “Big Love,” and “Ten Rounds with Jose Cuervo.”

All three performances in the series will be held at the Welder Center, 214 N. Main St.

Season packages are on sale now through Jan. 14 for $90 per person at the Welder Center Box Office and online at www.WelderCenter.org. Individual tickets are on sale for $40. Concert-goers are encouraged to purchase tickets early as tickets for all performances are limited.

For more information about the annual Charity Concert Series, contact the management office at the Leo J. Welder Center for the Performing Arts at (361) 582-2436 or email WelderCenter@VictoriaCollege.edu.

Published: Friday, 04 December 2015

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