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Brother of legend Lefty Frizzell to host tribute show at Llano Country Opry


LLANO — Allen Frizzell is hosting a tribute to his legendary brother Lefty Frizzell at the Llano Country Opry on May 11.

The show is 7:30 p.m. at the LanTex Theater, 113 Main St.

Admission is $15, and tickets can be purchased at the Llano Chamber of Commerce, 100 Train Station Drive; Llano National Bank, 1001 Ford St.; Lively Computers, 2112 RR 1431 in Kingsland; or by calling (325) 247-5354.

Allen Frizzell was born into a family rich in country music tradition. Since the early 1950s, the Frizzell brothers — Lefty, Allen and David — have been prominent on the music charts as artists and songwriters, having songs recorded by George Jones, Willie Nelson, Merle Haggard, Keith Whitley and even pop artist Jewel, according to an opry news release.

Country Music Hall of Famer Lefty Frizzell, who died in 1975, was one of the most influential artists in the genre. The award-winning singer-songwriter’s biggest hits include: “Long Black Veil,” “Saginaw, Michigan” and “If You’ve Got the Money, I’ve Got the Time.”

Like his brother, Allen Frizzell is a talented vocalist and songwriter, earning BMI’s prestigious million-air performance award, its official recognition of achievement in American music, according to the release.

He wrote a Billboard No. 1 song, “You’re Out Doing What I’m Here Doing Without” for Gene Watson and has appeared on TV shows, including “The Tonight Show” with Johnny Carson, “Nashville Now” and “Hee Haw.”

Most recently, he has been performing Christian country and gospel music, recording several No. 1 hits in the genres, according to the release.

Other entertainers at the May 11 show include Blake and Kendall Barnes, Jeanne Collins, Don Wallace, Sammy Geistweidt, Bode Barker, Shane Lively, Bucille Snotgrass, Don Ricketson and Charlie Walton. Tracy Pitcox will serve as master of ceremonies.

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