Larry Gatlin to perform a benefit concert at West Texas A&M University

Canyon, TX, March 26, 2016 (Newswire) –Grammy-award winning singer and songwriter Larry Gatlin will be performing in an intimate dinner concert to benefit the establishment of his wife’s new music scholarship at West Texas A&M.  “Janis Moss Gatlin grew up in Odessa and was once a student here at WTAMU” says Dr. Darrell Bledsoe, senior lecturer at the University.  “This scholarship will help our students in the new music industry program here at the WTAMU School of Music Bledsoe says.

This special event, entitled ‘An Evening of Dinner and Song with Larry Gatlin,’ will be held at 6 p.m. on Tuesday, April 5th at Legacy Hall in the Jack B. Kelley Student Center on the WTAMU Campus.  A meet-and-greet with this world-renowned artist will be prefaced before dinner at 6:30 pm. Gatlin’s country-pop performance of his well-known repertoire will highlight the evening.

David Walker, Dr. Darrell Bledsoe and John Luciano
David Walker, Dr. Darrell Bledsoe and John Luciano

“Gatlin started singing as a young man at his church in Seminole, Texas” explained Bledsoe, recently on the weekly Motormouth Podcast, show sponsored by Street Toyota and Street Volkswagen of Amarillo, Texas.  “He sang on his local radio station too” says Bledsoe.  Gatlin is best know for his musical hits with his group Larry Gatlin & the Gatlin Brothers.  Gatlin joined the Imperials, a gospel group while at the University of Houston.  “That’s when he met up with Dottie West and things started to skyrocket for him” says Bledsoe.  Gatlin secured a solo deal with Monument Records in 1973.  A prolific season of albums and Top-20 hits soon followed.  The Gatlin Brother’s song All the Gold in California was released under the Columbia label.

Broken Lady, released in 1975 was Gatlin’s second big hit on the Hot Country Songs chart at number 5. This song won him a Grammy award in 1976 for Best Country Song and has also been recorded by Dottie West.

To purchase concert tickets, RSVP by April 1, 2016 by calling (806) 651-2840 or emailing mlittle@wtamu.edu. For additional information, contact the marketing department at Street Auto Group at (806) 355-9846 or (806) 350-8999.

“We’re honored to help Dr. Bledsoe in promoting this great cause” says Mike Good, General Manager of Street Toyota.  “We’ve been a long-time supporter of the University and we’re so excited to have a hand in spreading the word about Larry Gatlin coming to town.”

‘Like,’ Share and Comment on Street Toyota’s Facebook post for a chance to win a pair of tickets before Monday, March 28th!

Street Toyota is the largest, high-volume dealership in the West-Texas Panhandle region.  For more information about Street Toyota, visit the dealership at 4500 South Soncy Road in Amarillo, Texas or online at http://www.streettoyota.com/ Call (806) 355-9846 for more information.

Street Toyota has served the Amarillo area for over 34 years and has received the prestigious Toyota President’s Awards for the past 12 years.  Street Toyota was named the 2012 Automotive News ‘100 Best Dealerships To Work For.’  Street Toyota has been a valuable corporate citizen in the West-Texas Panhandle area.  They provide support to area nonprofit organizations such as Boy Scouts of America, United Way, The Mavericks Boys and Girls Club, High Plains Food Bank, Eveline Rivers Christmas Project, Snack Pak 4 Kids, Amarillo Symphony, Amarillo Museum of Art, Discovery Center, CACHA (Hispanic Chamber of Commerce), West Texas A&M University and many other organizations.

Media Contact: Flo Lopez, Street Toyota of Amarillo, Texas, (806) 355-9846, internet@street-toyota.com http://www.streettoyota.com/

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