Clay Walker Headlines the 4th Annual Bob Wills Fiddle Festival and Contest
The Jason Roberts Band, Original Texas Playboy Leon Rausch, Original Texas Playboy Billy Briggs
2821 Washington St
Greenville, TX, 75401
Doors 6:30 PM / Show 7:30 PM (event ends at 10:30 PM)
Multi-Platinum country music artist and East Texas native, Clay Walker, rocked the country scene in 1993 with his debut album that included the smash hit “What’s It To You.” He continued to make a splash, releasing a string of number one hits including "If I Could Make A Living," "This Woman and This Man" and "Rumor Has It." In 1996 he was diagnosed with Multiple Sclerosis but Clay did not let that set him back. He has continued touring and recording steadily since the diagnosis and is well known for his high-energy concerts and performance style. He later founded the Band Against MS foundation after realizing the impact the disease has on others. Since its formation in 2003, Clay has helped Band Against MS raise upwards of $5,000,000 through charity performances, golf tournaments, bike rides, auctions, etc. Clay has had 4 RIAA Platinum albums, 2 Certified Gold albums, and 11 #1 singles to date. After “She Won’t Be Lonely Long” reached top 5 on the radio, Clay began working on new music with a fresh sound. He recently released his single “Right Now" on Sirius XM this past fall, teasing an impending album release. The full album is expected to debut later this year.
The Jason Roberts Band
Grammy Award-winning, fiddle player Jason Roberts brings his signature style the Jason Roberts Band, delighting fans the world over.
Building on a lifetime blessed by musical genes and work alongside Western Swing giants, Jason Roberts leads world-class talents as front man of the Jason Roberts Band.
Having spent his childhood among legends in Texas honky-tonks -- and then nearly 20 years with the world-famous band Asleep at the Wheel -- Jason has soaked up the very best of Western Swing and brings his own signature style to this traditional American genre. Two Grammy Awards and four individual Hall of Fame inductions later, Jason and his Jason Roberts Band delight fans around the world.
For most of his life, Jason has delighted audiences around the world. From the White House to The David Letterman Show and the Kennedy Center to Bob Wills’ hometown of Turkey, Texas, Jason has helped keep the spirit of Western Swing alive across generations. His fiddle magic and endearing personality make him a fan favorite everywhere he plays.
Original Texas Playboy Leon Rausch
In 1956, Leon was in Tulsa following his deep love and considerable talent for Western Swing music. One of his biggest breaks came when he met Mr. Bob Wills. Bob asked Leon to become a Texas Playboy as lead vocalist. Leon quickly accepted and joined Bob’s band on St. Patrick’s Day in 1958. From that point, big things started happening for the Missouri native.
Years later after Bob passed on, Bob’s widow, Betty Wills, decided to put together some dates for the playboys. The band was called “Bob Wills’ Original Texas Playboys” and their collective mission was to keep Bob's music alive! The members of this great band are some of Bob's greatest and most liked musicians. Yes, you guessed it…Leon was named the lead vocalist.
Leon performed several shows with the playboys, including the group's final concert - a sellout at Will Rogers auditorium in Ft. Worth, Texas, on November 16. 1986. He still performs each year at Turkey, Texas, the hometown of Bob Wills. Bob Wills Day is the last weekend in April. This huge event attracts Bob Wills fans from all over the world.
Having worked with the legends of our time in country music. Leon Rausch is a first-class strictly country artist. His smooth, solid voice and western swing delivery make him one of the more popular artists in the country. Leon has appeared with such artists as Glenn Campbell, Roy Clark. Loretta Lynn, Waylon Jennings, Willie Nelson, George Strait, Jim Reeves, the son's of the pioneers, Ernest Tubb, Patsy Cline, Mel Tillis, Roy Acuff, and many more. He has been featured on the TV shows, "Austin City Limits," "Nashville Now," and “Texas Connection" several times, and was featured with the Playboys in a film for the Smithsonian Institute on country music history. Leon has traveled all over the world playing Bob Wills’ music including the Wembley Festival in London, reportedly the largest package concert in the world. Also overseas dates include several trips promoting Texas for the Texas Tourist Bureau
Original Texas Playboy Billy Briggs
American western swing muscian (steel guitar) and songwriter.