Tracy Byrd - Friday Night, Oct. 11, 2019, 8:30 pm - Tracy Byrd became a household name on the Country Music Scene in 1993 when his third single, called "Holdin' Heaven", off of his MCA Records, self-titled debut album, hit #1 on the Billboard Country Charts. The Album also included the remake hit of Johnny Paycheck's "Someone to Give my Love to" cementing Byrd as a Traditional Country Troubadour!! The Debut Album went on to be certified Gold, a reward signifying sales in excess of 500,000 copies. Byrd is also known for hits such as "Lifestyle's of the Not so Rich and Famous" "The First Step", and smash, chart topping hit "Watermelon Crawl". The song "The Keeper of the Star's" shot to #1 on the singles charts and pushed his album to Double Platinum Status, which certifies sales of over 2 Million Copies. "The Keeper of the Star's" won Academy of Country Music's "Song of the Year" award in 1995. A Keeper Year for Tracy Byrd for sure. Byrd hosted TNN Television Special titled "Tracy Byrd's Big Love" on which Byrd invited guest's Johnny Paycheck, Mark Chesnutt, and Asleep at the Wheel. TNN Outdoors recruited Byrd as the TV Host of their Weekend Outdoor Broadcast. Tracy, a well known outdoorsman, was perfect for the job and continued his hosting responsibilities for three years. Tracy Byrd crossed into the new Millineum with the release of his Album "10 Rounds." It took off on the release of a duet with his longtime hometown buddy and hero Mark Chesnutt. The song was called "A Good Way to get on my Bad Side" and was a milestone for Byrd to finally get to record with his good friend. Then came the release of the party song of the year, "10 Rounds with Jose Cuervo" which shot to the top of the Billboard Charts to notch Byrd's third #1 single. He also hit the top 10 with his spanish guitar flared "Just Let Me be in Love". Next came "The Truth About Men", which first released the title track which was a comedic look at what Men are really like, it was a team effort with Tracy's buddies Blake Shelton, Andy Griggs, and Troy and Eddie of Montgomery Gentry lending their talents to the song and the video. This Album also released the top five smash "The Drinkin' Bone" which became a crowd favorite sing along song. Through the years Byrd became a promoter favorite on the road, performing over 4000 exciting shows across the United States, Canada, Mexico, Europe, and Australia from 1992 until 2009! He then took a break to take care of himself and his most precious thing, family. In 2014 he got back to the music with a new band and a new found sobriety and love of the thing he enjoys so much. Say's Byrd, "These day's my life has great balance, with my music being a part of it, not all of it. I can honestly say I have never enjoyed it more! Byrd went back in the studio in June of 2016 and started work on his first project in 10 years. Recorded completely in Tyler, Texas at Rosewood Studios, that album is appropriately titled "All American Texan" which is exactly what he is and has always been.
Ricky Naranjo Y Los Gamblers - Sunday, Oct. 13, 2019, 4:30 pm - In the early 1970s, Ruben Naranjo was a local musician in the town of Alice, Texas who had a big dream. He dreamt of having his own band, and becoming a successful musician. After receiving an opportunity to record, Naranjo quickly jumped on it. The only problem was that the studio he was to record in was located in Florida. He decided to take a chance and make the trip to Florida to record an album. Little did he know that this would mark the beginning of a long and successful career. The first single under Ruben Naranjo y Los Gamblers was the hit titled La Estrella. Naranjo quickly found himself performing in front of packed venues all over the United States. Throughout his musical career Ruben Naranjo recorded many hit records, and received numerous awards for his accomplishments.
In October 1998, Ruben Naranjo sadly passed away at the age of 53. In 1993 Ricky Naranjo began playing the drums for his father, Ruben Naranjo. He soon found himself booking Ruben Naranjo y Los Gamblers, and managing the band as well. Upon the passing of his father many fans began to ask Ricky not if he was going to continue the band, but when. Ricky found himself in a tough position, and decided that continuing the group was what his father would have wanted him to do. Thus Ricky Naranjo y Los Gamblers was born. Ricky Naranjo y Los Gamblers’ first album was an instant success.
The album was recorded under Hacienda Records, and thousands of copies were sold. The success was a little unexpected, and Ricky found himself trying to keep his musicians pleased. At the same time Ricky was touring, Ruben Naranjo’s grandson was busy learning the accordion. Ruben Naranjo III was a 15 year old who found himself receiving accordion lessons from a hall of fame accordionist named Amadeo Flores. The young Naranjo quickly caught on to the same style of accordion playing that made his grandfather famous. Soon after, Ruben III found himself in the recording studio with Ricky, working on a new record. The chemistry between Ricky and Ruben instantly clicked, and the music began to flow. Since then the two have recorded 13 albums, and have toured all over the United States and Mexico. Ricky Naranjo y Los Gamblers are not just a Conjunto band, they are a family tradition.
When listening to Los Gamblers you will find yourself tapping your foot, and soon after that, on the dance floor. The music is filled with emotion, and powerful lyrics that relate to everyday people.