Music in the Park series wraps up

    Dale Watson will take the stage Saturday night in the final installment of Keep Aubrey Beautiful’s 2014 Music in the Park series.

    The concert at the Festival Grounds in downtown Aubrey will open at 6:45 p.m. with an acoustic performance by Troy Cartwright. Watson will take the stage at 7:30 p.m.

    Watson’s recording career spans two decades. He is a member of the Austin Music Hall of Fame and has established himself as a leading crusader against the “Nashville Rash” plaguing the country music industry.

    Born in Alabama, raised outside Houston and based in Austin, Watson came to country music early and naturally. His truck-driving father moonlighted as a country singer, and his older brothers had bands as well. Dale remembers receiving his first guitar at age 7 and starting to write songs shortly after —“the same stuff I’m writing about now,” he said with a laugh.

    During his formative years in Pasadena, Texas, Watson began playing the local honky-tonks while still in high school.

    “I was definitely an outsider,” he says of those days. “All my friends were pretty much an older crowd.  The people my age were listening to the Eagles and Fleetwood Mac. I didn’t necessarily think it was bad; it just wasn’t what connected with me. I grew up with the music my dad listened to. I inherited his record collection, and I’m as big a Lefty Frizzell, Hank Williams and Buck Owens fan as he is.”

    The kind of country Watson loved had fallen from favor when he moved to Nashville in 1981 to launch his career.  He fared a little better after relocating to Los Angeles, where his traditionalism attracted Curb Records, and he released a couple of singles in 1990.

    Yet he ultimately decided that Texas was the natural habitat for his brand of music, and he quickly won a popular following, along with a record deal with Hightone Records, after moving to Austin in the mid-’90s. His 1995 debut album, “Cheatin’ Heart Attack,” and its “Nashville Rash” anthem spread his renown across the Atlantic, with Europe remaining a popular stronghold for Watson.

    His latest album is “CarryinOn.”

    “There’s nothing here that’s retro,” Watson said. “I was really hoping to make a record with today’s technology, but with the musicians who played on the music I grew up on. 

    “I’m pretty happy with the way we’ve merged today with yesterday on this album. It will remind people of the old records, but it sounds like something new.”

 

Author to honor Chames at Midway

    Dr. Dan Bookout, author of Search for the Lost Blacksheep, will visit Midway Church at 9 a.m. Sunday to recognize Tom Chames of Pilot Point.

    Chames assisted in the recovery of a member of the Blacksheep Squadron whose plane was lost in World War II. Bookout tells the story of the mission in his book.

    Bookout will present an award from the Chapel of The Four Chaplains to Chames. He also will share the story of the mission, which helped bring closure to the families with loved ones missing in action in the Pacific Theater.

    For more information call 940-365-9312.

 

Whites celebrate 50th anniversary

    John and Bonnie White of Pilot Point celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary on Friday, July 11, 2014.

    The Whites married in Pilot Point at the County Line First Baptist Church, with Rev. J.L. Crane officiating. They made their careers in Fort Worth — John in juvenile probation and Bonnie in child development. They pastored in Fort Worth for 18 years. They moved back to Pilot Point in 2008 upon retiring.

    The Whites are the parents of two children and have six grandchildren and one-great-grandchild.

 

Girl Scouts selling cookbooks for project

    Members of Girl Scout Troop 6667 are selling cookbooks to raise funds for their Silver Award project.

    Proceeds will be used to purchase swings to serve children with movement-limiting handicaps in Aubrey, Krugerville and Providence Village.

    The cookbooks are $15 each, plus $5 shipping if necessary. Local delivery is free.

    Mail orders to Troop 8667 Silver Award, 305 Janis Lane, Krugerville TX 76227. Make checks payable to Troop 8667.

    More information about the project is available online at www.facebook.com/groups/Silveraward.troop8667; by calling 940-735-7138; or by email at troop8667@gmail.com.

 

Bullock named to Dean’s List

    Jacqueline Bullock of Aubrey, a member of the Loyola University Maryland Class of 2014, has been named to the university’s spring 2014 Dean’s List.

    In order to qualify for the Dean’s List at Loyola, a student must have a GPA of at least 3.5 with a minimum of 15 credits.