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Mosey on up and pour yourself a cold one as we discuss the golden age of country music with Dr. Darrell Bledsoe, Coordinator of Music Business at the School of Music at West Texas A&M University. “It was fun strumming with David Walker” says Darrell. “Luciano, however, can’t carry a tune in a bucket!”

Darrell came to play on our weekly Motormouth Video Podcast and tell us about next month’s rare and intimate concert with one of Country Music’s greats; Larry Gatlin.

Join us for ‘An Evening of Dinner and Song with Larry Gatlin’ of Larry Gatlin and the Gatlin Brother’s fame on Tuesday, April 5th at Legacy Hall in the Jack B. Kelley Student Center on the WTAMU Campus. Meet and greet with this Grammy award winning legend at 6:00 pm, followed by dinner at 6:30 pm. A concert performance with Larry will highlight this fun-filled evening! Proceeds will benefit the creation of the Janis Moss Gatlin Scholarship in Music Industry.

RSVP by April 1, 2016 to Monica at (806) 651-2840 or mlittle@wtamu.edu. For more information, contact the marketing department at the Street Auto Group at (806) 355-9846 or (806) 350-8999.

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What’s your favorite Gatlin Brother’s song?

The sounds of smooth country-pop will fill the air when singer/songwriter Larry Gatlin performs in concert Tuesday, April 5 at West Texas A&M University. The WTAMU School of Music will host the world-renowned singer at the Jack B. Kelley Student Center, Legacy Hall on campus.

The special event starts at 6 p.m. with a dinner, followed by a performance by Gatlin. The evening will highlight not only Gatlin’s well-known repertoire but also the establishment of a new scholarship honoring the singer’s wife, Janis Moss Gatlin. Janis, who grew up in Odessa, was once a student at WTAMU. The scholarship will benefit students in the University’s new music industry program in the School of Music and under the direction of Dr. Darrell Bledsoe, senior lecturer.

Gatlin, best known for his hits with the Gatlin Brothers, was born in Seminole and got his start in music as young boy singing in church and at the local radio station. As a student at the University of Houston, Gatlin joined a gospel group called the Imperials, which gave him the opportunity to meet Dottie West. That chance opportunity opened a door to Nashville and a solo deal with Monument in 1973. Albums and Top 20 hits soon followed. Gatlin’s brothers also started accompanying him on his records, and their number one hit, “All the Gold in California,” was recorded in 1979 under Gatlin’s new label, Columbia.

The Gatlin Brothers’ success earned them more Top 10 hits and another number one with the 1983 song “Houston (Means I’m One Day Closer to You).” The group retired in 1991, and Gatlin starred in the Broadway production of . Since then, the group has continued to perform at their theatre in Myrtle Beach, N.C., and record albums.

Tickets for the Gatlin event are priced at $50 per person. The deadline to reserve seats is Friday, April 1 at the WTAMU School of Music at 806-651-2840.



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