By AMANDA KIMBLE
STEPHENVILLE (April 19, 2017) – For almost 50 years, Howard and David Bellamy have entertained music hungry crowds. The Bellamy Brothers played their “first official gig” in 1968 not too far from Stephenville, a free show at the Rattlesnake Roundup in Sweetwater.
Fast forward to 2017 and the Bellamy Brothers, whose musical successes include several No. 1 singles and more than two dozen studio albums, will kick off a local tradition as they take the stage at the first in the Texstar Ford Summer Nights Concert Series on June 1.
The local concert series has been a mainstay in the city of Stephenville for two decades. The series, sponsored by Doug Montgomery and Texstar Ford Lincoln and hosted by Stephenville Parks and Recreation Department, invites music lovers to roll a blanket out on the lawn at Birdsong Amphitheatre – or cut a rug across the outdoor dance floor – and enjoy the tunes underneath the Texas sky.
While this year’s lineup doesn’t include some of the usual acts in the event’s lineup, the new mix is sure to please a hometown crowd.
Local audiences can expect to see six free concerts, featuring twice as many talents, including the Bellamy Brothers on June 1; Black Lillies and Waymore’s Outlaws on June 15; Terri Hendrix, Lloyd Maines, Max Stalling and Larry Joe Taylor on July 4; Casey Donahew Band on July 13; Gene Watson on July 27; and Larry Joe Taylor, Davin James, Richard Leigh and Keith Sykes on August 3.
Each concert begins at 6 p.m. at the Birdsong Amphitheatre at Stephenville City Park.
Waymore’s Outlaws, which includes former members of country music legend Waylon Jennings’ recording and touring band, The Waylors, will perform on their former front man’s 80th birthday. Waylon Jennings was born June 15, 1937 in Littlefield.
Waymore’s Outlaws includes Richie Albright, Waylon’s original drummer; bass man Jerry “Jigger” Bridges; and pedal steel guitarist Fred Newell. Lead guitarist and singer Tommy Townsend adds to the mix of “Outlaw music” that’s keeping the spirit of Waylon Jennings and his music alive today.
The June 15 concert in the park will also features a big name in contemporary roots rock, Black Lillies, which will offer a taste of the sound Texas Music fans love – tastes of folk, soul, red dirt country, blues and jazz.
The city’s July 4 celebration will reach its crescendo with the annual concert in the park and fireworks display. The Independence Day lineup will include Terri Hendrix with guitarist/pedal steel player Lloyd Maines whose accolades include being a Grammy award-winning musician and producers and members ship in the Austin City Limits Hall of Fame; Max Stalling; and hometown favorite Larry Joe Taylor.
Burleson native and Texas Music sensation Casey Donahew is known for putting on one heck of a show, and a Stephenville crowd will once again get a front row seat during the fourth installment of the Texstar Ford Summer Nights Concert Series on July 13.
Then, lovers of classic country music won’t want to miss the July 27 show, featuring Gene Watson July 27.
Watson’s music career dates back to his roots, singing alongside his family in Paris, Texas. He released his first single in 1962 and most recent album, “Real.Country.Music.” in 2016.
Watson was inducted into the Texas Music Hall of Fame in 2002 and into the inaugural class of the Houston, Texas Music Hall of Fame in 2013.