A Grand Slam!

Wade Hayes and Sam Houston

I have a little confession to make to you all: As General Manager of the New Granbury Live, one of my many duties is to book acts for the theater. From the outside that may appear to be an easy job. During the course of a week I have occasions for people to approach me and suggest an artist to bring to Granbury Live: “Get Vince Gill” (tickets would have to be $300 for us to break even!), “George Strait” (I’m in if George is!) or someone they saw In a bar where they did not pay admission (why are people going to pay Granbury Live to see someone who regularly performs for free?) I must find talent which has a reasonable cost, people must want to come and see the entertainer, and the entertainer must perform at a high level. Even with doing my homework, on rare occasions an artist does not deliver. This past year we had an occasion where a very well-known performer appeared and to say his presentation was poor would be a great understatement. I disliked the show, so did the public, and they won’t be back! Most of the time I get it right and we have good shows. Occasionally, I even surprise myself with how good the results are!

This past Friday night I hit a home run…no wait: I think I hit a grand slam! Wade Hayes was in the house and did a magnificent job! His voice, his songs, his attitude and emotion, were as crisp and pure as his outstanding guitar playing. Wade made a wonderful career for himself before stage 4 cancer struck him and nearly took his life. Well, I am proud to say he has beaten the cancer, and he is back writing great songs like “Who Saved Who”; a story about a rescue dog Wade took in who helped him in life as much as Wade rescued the dog! The crowd loved the story, Wade’s emotional explanation of the song, and the sound! Make no mistake about it, this is a tremendously talented man, and he deserves your attention for his musical talent and for his humanity.

I have already reached out to Wade and his agent. I want them back and maybe this next time with a full band. I promise, when he comes back to the New Granbury Live, get a ticket because it will be an experience you will not soon forget. In my mind, he is clearly one of the top 5 shows we have EVER HAD! Pull up some of Wade’s new songs from your favorite music provider and listen. This is not a guy who wants to live in the past, singing only the songs which brought him his initial fame, but is seeking to add to his legacy with a whole new set of wonderful tunes.

If you weren’t in Granbury Live on Friday night you really did miss something special. The good news is when he comes back, you will have a second chance; just like Wade has gotten.

God Bless you all and God Bless my new friend Wade Hayes and his terrific music!

A Blowout Weekend at The New Granbury Live!

Sam with The Return

I love it when we have a busy weekend at the New Granbury Live: especially when those who attend walk out of the theater have a big smile on their face!

This last Friday night we had my friend Max Stalling perform and gosh darn he put on quite a show! I think everyone’s favorite song was at the very end of the show, when Max and the band disconnected their instruments and the mics and sang without power! The acoustics in the room were spectacular and the experience was memorable! Every time Max comes to Granbury Live, he generates a whole new group of devotees! A truly fun show! If you have never seen Max Stalling, you are missing something truly special. A wonderful, world class songwriter and performer.

On Saturday and Sunday, we had a total of three performances by “The Return” a Beatles Tribute Band. Since it was the 55th anniversary of the Beatles appearance on the Ed Sullivan show, the performers wore similar costumes and sang all the early Beatles tunes. People were singing along, remembering where they were when they heard the Beatles for the first time, and some even danced in the aisles! The sold-out Saturday night crowd really got into it and the magic in the room was evident. I am already negotiating to bring “The Return” back to Granbury Live, only this next time we will have them sing some of the later Beatles stuff as well! People had such a great time!

We have got great shows coming up, but I must steer you to “You’ve Got a Friend: A Tribute to the Music of Carole King, James Taylor and Carly Simon”. What great songs and the stars of the show, Stephanie Lyles, DeAnna Woods and Joseph Neville, are all terrific and will do justice to this wonderful collection of music. Talk about bringing back some memories and wanting to sing along! I think both shows on March 16 will be sold out and we will have an outcry to bring the show back on a future date. This is going to be one of the best shows we have ever had! Get your tickets now because you don’t want to miss it!

This week we have a sold-out Gene Watson show on Saturday and a sold-out Josh Weathers in our new series, The Road Less Traveled. You need to check it out. My pal Drew Meyers is bringing his Defining Audacity Radio show to Granbury Live and will be featuring live interviews and the music with some of the best young songwriters in the land. Going to be another fun one!

Have a good week everybody!

Can you believe that 2018 is almost over?

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Can you believe that 2018 is almost over? My mind tells me I should be looking for Easter or St Patrick’s Day, but no, the year is almost over!

When I look back at how far Granbury Live has come in such a short period of time, it gives me a great sense of pride and satisfaction. I love the great performers who have graced our stage like Radney Foster, the Bellamy Brothers, John Conlee, Moe Bandy, TG Shepard, Gary P Nunn, Shenandoah, and many others. Rising stars like Michael Hix and Holly Tucker have been wonderful! Our Follies shows never failed to provide first class entertainment, and I am so excited about new shows like THE BEST SHOW EVER!

We have had to endure a remodel, the square going through months for construction, and the normal growing pains of a new business. Through it all, there has been a great deal of satisfaction of knowing we were moving forward and constantly striving to provide a unique and memorable experience to our patrons. Our best is yet to come as we constantly are moving forward towards our goal of being the best
entertainment venue in Texas!

I hope the New Year brings you lots of joy and happiness and you share part of your time during 2019 seeing some of the great shows we have coming up. I am tremendously excited about what we are going to bring to the table and I think you will be excited too!

Happy New Years!

Well you have just gotta love ya some Johnny Rodriquez!

Johnny Rodriguez and Sam Houston

We had another big sold out show at Granbury Live this past weekend when country music legend, Johnny Rodriquez came to town! I know Johnny’s fans were happy to see him, but I do not know if anyone was more excited then I was. I started listening to Johnny when I was working in the oilfield during summer breaks from college. I grew up as a rock and roll guy but all the guys I worked with listened to country and so I got exposure to a genre of music I probably would not have otherwise sought out.

Now truthfully, some of the country I heard did not appeal to me at all, at least at first, and it took a while for me to appreciate Tammy Wynette and a few others. I liked Johnny Rodriquez right from the very start. His great lyrics and delivery really reached me and made me want to listen to more country music. As a result, a country music fan was born.

Well a lot of water has gone under the bridge for both Johnny and I since back in the early to mid-70’s! My hair has turned white and Johnny has got the look of a well-played album cover; worn and tattered but still holding a lot of great sounds. I really enjoyed listening to his concert unfold and allow myself to be taken back to those days of 40 years ago when my waistline was slimmer, my whole life was before
me, and Johnny Rodriquez music made me smile and appreciate country music. Isn’t that one of the great things about music; it can transform you to another place in time!

Hope to see you at our next show and maybe we can stir a few memories in you!

Did you miss the big “House Party” at The New Granbury Live?

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What we you doing this past Friday night? If you were not at the New Granbury Live you missed my friends, Ray Reed and Gator as they rocked the house playing their “House Party Blues”. What are “House Party Blues”? It is a combination of some great blues sounds mixed in with a little Motown and some occasional pop. The female vocalist in the group, Miss Alice was wailing away like nobody’s business and I am here to tell you, her infectious enthusiasm got the crowd going! Gosh, I love to hear a harmonica echo and a bass really get stroked!

I spoke with a lot of people after the show and they agreed with me, it was one fantastic presentation. I cannot imagine anyone coming to this show and not having a good time. It rocks!

Ray Reed and Gator are going to be back at Granbury Live on January 11. Get your tickets now and don’t miss this fun filled evening. You will not regret it!

Quite a Weekend!

General Sam Fort Chadbourne

It was quite a weekend this past week! At Granbury Live we had a couple of great performances of the Tony Award winning play, Same Time Next Year; one on Friday night and one on Sunday afternoon! The Director Don Shook brought two wonderful actors to play the roles of George and Doris; Nancy Chartier and Greg Mansur. These experienced performers were wonderful, and the audience seemed to really appreciate this light hearted, romantic comedy, especially in our intimate theater setting!

On Saturday we had two performances of Chris Collins and the Boulder Canyon Band in their tribute to John Denver. I was away from the theater performing my show, but I am told they were outstanding and the nearly sold out crowds were awed be the John Denver like performances. We are already looking into bringing Chris back to Granbury for an encore performance!

As I said, I was not at the theater as I was performing “The Lion of Texas-A Conversation with Sam Houston” to a crowd of west Texans at the Fort Chadbourne Museum in Bronte. For those of you who have never been to Fort Chadbourne, it is an old cavalry outpost and was an actual military base from 1852 until the mid to late 1870’s. Many of the actual building have been restored and the museum was FANTASTIC! If you are ever in the area, please go by and see Fort Chadbourne, cause it will be worth the visit. The fundraiser seemed to be a success and the audience was very kind and gracious in their affection for my show. I know I will always enjoy playing the roll of General Sam and seeing Texans excited about their heritage! A special thank you to Garland Richards and his wife Lana, and to Ann Pate for inviting me to perform at this historical location. What great hospitality and such a great group of people. I know Fort Chadbourne is a little off the beaten path, but it is SUPER COOL and worth the visit!

Now it is time to get ready for the Granbury Live Follies show this weekend! If you haven’t got tickets, you better get on the stick cause this rock and roll/Motown show will be something to see and hear!

TG Shepard kills it at the New Granbury Live!

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We were very fortunate to have legendary performer TG Shepard appear at the New Granbury Live on Friday of this past week! Naturally he sold the house out, and the fans were treated to a steady diet of great #1 songs. The five-piece band was extraordinary, and the backup vocalists were certainly top notch. A wonderful all-around production.

As TG spoke to his adoring fans during the show, I could tell some of them were surprised to learn Elvis and TG were great friends and in in fact, TG lived at Graceland with Elvis for over 7 years! Elvis even GAVE a tour bus to TG!

Of course, I was very pleased when TG announced to the crowd “a lot of famous people in Nashville have been telling me, TG you have got to play Granbury Live cause you will love it! They are right because this is a great venue and I do love it”. It is so nice to hear great artists like TG appreciate our facility and our staff, our sound, and the intimacy of the theater. There is no place else like it and that makes me very proud. We work very hard to give both our customers and our performers, a unique, memorable experience.

With stars like TG Shepard singing your praises, the reputation for excellence at Granbury Live will continue to grow! Thanks for all your support and kind words!

Until the next show!

Texas Singer-Songwriters

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When people ask me what type of show at Granbury Live is my favorite, I get all sorts of mixed emotions. I love our Follies show because they are always something new and exciting and the musicians and vocalists which are a part of the show are so darn good! I love when we have big name starts like the Bellamy Brothers, John Conlee, and T G Shepard; people I have been a fan of for years! Of course, it is fun to have the tribute artists like our upcoming “Lost Shaker of Salt Band” perform and see how they bring back memories for the audience. Yet with all that being said, I have a special place in my heart for Texas singer songwriters!

This past Saturday we had the pleasure of having Max Stalling perform at GBL and I feel very comfortable there was not a person who was in the theater who did not have a good time or who was not impressed by the quality of the show. Max does such a good job of telling a story through the songs he writes and his band, especially his wife on fiddle, did an extraordinary job! We are going to have more Texas singer songwriters coming to Granbury Live and I hope people come and enjoy the experience. Some may not be performers who you have heard on the radio, or who have big names, but they are true talents and people who present OUR Texas music in a unique and memorable way. If you have never been to a show which features Texas singer songwriters, give it a whirl. You will not be disappointed.

See you at the shows!

Conlee Brought the House Down

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You didn’t have to look through “rose colored glasses” to see a great concert at Granbury Live this past Sunday. John Conlee was in town and he absolutely brought the house down with a nearly two-hour performance! Singing hit after hit, our audience could not help but sing along with John in what amounted to a tribute to his 40 years in show business. The intimacy of our theater and John’s jovial and gentle nature created a performance many will not soon forget. So now for the good news…John and I talked after the show and I am already in contact with his booking people to get him back here after the first of the year! I know some of you could not get tickets to the show because of it being sold out, so go to the web site and sign up for our emails so we can let you know when tickets go on sale or the next show. You don’t want to miss out the second time around, because I will bet the farm it is sold out again! Come join the fun we are having at the New Granbury Live!

GENERAL LEE comes to visit Granbury and to meet Janie Fricke!

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CMA Female Vocalist of the Year Janie Fricke will be appearing at the New Granbury Live on June 2 at 7:30 pm. Some people may not know Janie also appeared in the original series of The Dukes of Hazzard in an episode called “Happy Birthday General Lee”.  Janie was the only musical artist to ever appear in the series in a non-singing roll.

Car enthusiast Keith Montgomery from Cleburne has been a long-time fan of “The Dukes of Hazzard” and in 2008 built a replica of the famous General Lee automobile. The paint color’s code was provided to Keith by the Dukes of Hazzard head mechanic and was also provided the authentic decals. Since completing his “General Lee” the vehicle has appeared at the Dukes Fest at the Atlanta Motor Speedway where it made three honorary passes around the track. This past year the car was selected as “Bo’s Pic” for the best General Lee at John Schneider’s personal event in Holden, Louisiana. The car has been autographed by cast members Catherine Back (Daisy Duke), John Schneider (Bo) Tom Wopat (Luke), Sohney Shroyer (Deputy Enos Strait), Ben Jones (Cooter), Rick Hurst (Deputy Cletus Hogg) Byron Cherry (Coy Duke), James Best (Sheriff Roscoe P. Coaltrain), Don Pedro Colley (Sheriff Ed Little), and Lindsay Bloom (Mabel Hogg).

Mr. Montgomery will have his award winning General Lee vehicle at the New Granbury Live on Saturday starting at noon where it will be on display in the front of the theater.

At approximately 6 pm June 2, Janie Fricke will autograph the vehicle.

Tickets are still available for the Janie Fricke concert at 7:30pm. Purchase Tickets Now

Contact Sam Houston General Manager for more information or to reach Keith Montgomery

[email protected] or 940-727-2145