Music City Texas Showcases Native East Texans

Lee Ann Womack performs at Music City Texas Theater in Linden March 29.

Music City Texas Theater, in Linden, has been busy putting together an impressive full line-up of shows for this spring and early summer.

On March 29, Lee Ann Womack is scheduled to perform. Womack grew up in Jacksonville, Texas, and is very proud of her East Texas roots. Her father was a DJ in some small East Texas towns when she was young, and she says that his record collection influenced her musical tastes. Womack’s first country music album debuted 20 years ago, and now she performs not only country music but also blues, soul, and gospel.

Asleep at the Wheel takes the stage April 20. This group had their debut album back in 1973, and are based in Austin, Texas. In their long career, they have released three different tribute albums to Bob Wills, godfather of Western swing music. They are credited with not only preserving the classic sounds of Western swing, but also with updating the music, keeping it a living art form.  

Gene Watson performs May 25. Watson was born in Palestine and raised in Paris, Texas, and has been singing his entire life, even as a young boy with his family as a group in church. The 75-year old singer has a powerful voice and multi-octave range, and is proud to sing traditional country music.

On June 7, Music City Texas presents three-time Grammy winner Linda Davis with Lang Scott and Bill Whyte. Davis was born in the tiny East Texas town of Dotson near Carthage and her first public singing experience was on a radio show at age six. One of her biggest claims to fame was her 1993 duet with Reba McEntire, "Does He Love You," which reached No. 1 on the Billboard charts and won both singers a Grammy award. Davis is married to country singer Lang Scott, joining her in this show, and they are the proud parents of Hillary Scott of Lady Antebellum. Davis grew up singing gospel music and hymns in church, and her famous daughter remembers sitting at the piano with her mother singing songs from the Baptist hymnal that her mom brought with her to Nashville from East Texas.

All of these shows begin at 8 p.m., and the doors open at 6:30 p.m.  For more information, visit musiccitytexas.org.

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