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 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 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,

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The Lighter Side of Volkswagen’s Troubles

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As a member of the Dealer Council for Volkswagen Group of America, I got to see, firsthand, the exciting and innovate designs to be unveiled this year.

Even the high-tech building that houses Volkswagen’s U.S. headquarters in Herndon, Virginia is an amazing feat of architectural wonder. Thoughtful design is incorporated into each of its 185,000 square feet. A central, interconnecting staircase between the second and sixth floors is a sight to behold.

Naturally, the Council also discussed the continued challenges that face Volkswagen; both for our customers and dealers.

One of the most interesting things I discovered at this meeting was something that wasn’t on the agenda; Humor and playful communication.

While tackling some of the most important (and serious) issues within your organization, remember to strengthen your relationships with everyone involved by triggering some positive feelings. We simply think better the less stress we have.

When we laugh with one another, that positive bond is created. This bond acts as a strong cushion against stress.

“A day without laughter is a day wasted.” – Charlie Chaplin

A study published in the Harvard Business Review discusses how followers mirror their leaders. According to this study in behavioral neuroscience, human brains contain mirror neurons. A subset of these mirror neurons is to detect other people’s smiles and laughter, prompting smiles and laughter in return.

A leader or coworker who is self-controlled and humorless will rarely engage those neurons in his team, but a boss who laughs and sets an easygoing tone puts those neurons to work, triggering spontaneous laughter and binding his team together in the process.

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What will you do to make your coworkers or staff smile today? Sometimes business can be seriously fun! – Lucky