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20180208 WT Fiesta sherwinandpamThousands of Winter Texans are looking forward to the great food and entertainment at the annual Mega Winter Texan Fiesta in Mission. The celebration of Winter Texans is three events rolled up into one “mega” fiesta.

Shary Municipal Golf Course hosts the “Fiesta on the Golf Course” golf tournament on Friday, Feb. 9, while the Mission Historical Museum hosts the Mexican Artesano Market Days on Friday and Saturday, Feb. 9 and 10 and the Greater Mission Chamber of Commerce hosts the Winter Texan Fiesta concert on Saturday, Feb. 10.

This year’s Winter Texan Fiesta concert features a packed lineup of powerhouse entertainers, including David Church and his Straight Up Country Band, Sherwin & Pam Linton, Adam Pope & the Rebels, Terry Smith and Southern Anthem. This year’s emcee and show producer is none other than the popular cowboy poet Rich Bellert. This is Bellert’s 16th out of 17 years producing the Winter Texan Fiesta for the Greater Mission Chamber of Commerce.

The Winter Texan Fiesta concert will be held at the Mission CEED building, located at 801 N. Bryan Road. This is a new location for the event, and the museum’s Artesano Market will be held next door at the Mission Parks & Recreation building. The market will take place, Feb. 9 from 12 p.m. to 7 p.m. and Saturday, Feb. 10 from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.

Texas-style barbecue sandwiches will be served before the concert Saturday beginning at 11 a.m. to those with a free meal ticket voucher obtained from the Mission Chamber of Commerce prior to the event. Call the chamber at 956-585-2727 to check availability of meal tickets. The entertainment begins at 12:30 p.m.

David Church

20180208 WT Fiesta david churchDavid Church, the star of RFD-TV’s Midwest Country Show for over 10 years, along with his wife, Terri Lisa, has been lighting up TV sets throughout the United States. Midwest Country is featured on prime time Sunday nights from 5 to 6 p.m. With Nielson ratings in the top three on the RFD-TV network, David Church is the “most requested and most popular” artist. They have captured the hearts of millions from baby boomers to college students. David Church is noted for his authentic rendition of “Hank Williams” and he is recognized by music historians, celebrities and family members as the “number one tribute to Hank.”

The RFD-TV Network is now broadcast to over 65 million viewers throughout the US.

Bruce Maier, the editor of a major music magazine called Church “a rare entertainment entity.” He said, “He creates a visual presentation that is absolutely dazzling to witness. He does something that 99 percent of all other artists cannot do and that is to stand on their own music.”

Terry Smith

20180208 Terry Smith EditedTerry Smith, who was voted the National Traditional Music Association’s Songwriter of the Year in both 1995 and 1996, wrote “Far Side Banks of Jordan,” which was featured twice in Robert Duvall’s movie, “The Apostle.” Both Johnny and June Carter Cash recorded the song in the 70s, as did the Carter Family, including Mother Maybelle and her sisters, as a part of the Carter family album. The Carter Family version of “Jordan” was used on “The Apostle” soundtrack CD, and “Jordan” was sung at both Johnny and June Carter Cash’s funerals. The song has been recorded by several hundred artists over the years and continues to be one of the most requested songs at Smith’s performances.

Terry’s renown as a songwriter has attracted many well-known artists to record songs he has written. To name a few, this includes The Statler Brothers, Roy Acuff, Kitty Wells, Oak Ridge Boys, Chris LeDoux, Johnny and June Carter Cash, Ernie Ashworth, Kris Kristofferson, Patty Loveless, Jimmy Fortune, and including premiere bluegrass groups in the country.

A traditional country singer in his own right, Terry has released 14 albums, the most recent being this year in February. Terry’s ability to write songs that get into your heart, mind and soul is the driving force behind his music.

Southern Anthem

20180208 WT Fiesta southern anthemThe Pausewang Family, known professionally as Southern Anthem, is among the most popular family shows in the Valley. Their performances continue to draw large crowds wherever they are performing.

The family’s musical talent is amazing, and Wendy (Mom), Derek, Mikaela, and Logan have a brand new “Branson Style” show for 2018. They are especially proud they had the opportunity to appear on Nashville’s WSM Radio’s Midnight Opry show in 2017. A couple of years ago, they were featured on the RFD-TV network “Shotgun Red’s River Boat Show” in Nashville and this past October were featured guest stars on RFD-TV’s Penny Gilly’s show. They are also members of the Gatesville Texas Country Music Hall of Fame.

The Pausewang family’s musical talent goes back many generations. Wendy’s grandfather, James Adams, played bass for Benny Thomasson who was the forefather of a new style of fast fiddle playing they called “Texas Fiddling”. Today, Logan, age 12, James Adams great, great grandson is making his mark with his “Texas Fiddling” style. Mikaela, 17, sings lead on most of their songs with an amazing voice that always captures the crowd. Derek, 18, sings and is a very talented lead guitar and mandolin player, and he also plays the banjo. Wendy sings, and plays rhythm guitar and saxophone.

Adam Pope & the Rebel Roots

20180208 WT Fiesta adam popeAdam Pope & the Rebel Roots is a high-energy, country/rockabilly group based just outside of Nashville, Tenn. Together they produce the raw sounds and unbridled energies of the Sun Record era and combine it with respectful polish and substantive songwriting soaked in classic country music sentiments. Their shows are woven together with Hee-Haw like humor and front porch storytelling.

Adam Pope & the Rebel Roots have played on the “Music City Roots” show in Nashville, RFD-TV’s “Midwest Country Show” from Sandstone, Minn., hosted the legendary “Midnight Jamboree” on WSM radio and Adam joined a cast of performing songwriters who were featured in a TV series called “Nashville Unleashed,” airing on Blue Highways TV, Angel Two, on the Dish Network, Heartland channel and more.

In September 2015, just a few days before the 14th anniversary of 9-11, Adam wrote and released a song called “Ain’t Over it Yet” that quickly gained the attention of Nashville’s WTN 99.7 FM Morning News talk show host, Ralph Bristol. Ralph has played the song multiple times on his program and Adam has become a staple performing the song at many patriotic and military appreciation events across the nation.

Pope has recently released several projects, including teaming up with Johnny Cash’s and Carl Perkins original drummer, W.S. “Fluke” Holland to record original music at the legendary Sun Studios in Memphis. And most recently Adam and his wife, Amy, joined together on an album called “Songs of Faith & Family” with traditional gospel songs.

Sherwin & Pam Linton

Sherwin Linton got an early start in performing. By age 16 he had his own radio show on KWAT radio in Watertown, South Dakota. Sherwin and his band “The Rocketeers” were soon in demand all over eastern South Dakota. Moving to Minneapolis in 1957, Sherwin formed “The Fender Benders,” which became a very popular ballroom and nightclub act that “rocked and rolled” audiences from Minnesota to the west coast in the early to mid-sixties. Having several Rock-A-Billy records successfully released in the Midwest, Sherwin went to Nashville in 1966 where he recorded “Cotton King”, a song that catapulted him to the top of the Country Music charts.

“The King of Country Music,” Roy Acuff, became aware of Sherwin’s talents while they toured in 1968. Acuff and his partner Wesley Rose signed Sherwin to Hickory Records and brought Sherwin to the Grand Ole Opry.

Sherwin has received five CMA nominations, eight Grammy nominations and has been inducted into 11 Halls of Fame. He has been awarded “RGV Entertainer of the Year” three times.

In 2015, Pioneer Public Television completed a two-hour documentary film of Sherwin’s life and career “Sherwin Linton-Forever on The Stage.” After 62 years Sherwin is still singing the songs of Elvis, Marty Robbins, Chuck Berry, Buddy Holly, and Johnny Cash.

Sherwin is joined on stage by his wife, Pam Linton, a star in her own right. Pam is a member of the National Traditional Country Music Hall of Fame. This petite lady amazes the audience with her “Big Voice.” Pam’s repertoire includes traditional country, folk, gospel, and rock-n-roll standards.

To check on availability for the Fiesta on the Greens golf tournament being held Friday, Feb. 9, call Shary Municipal Golf Course at (956) 580-8770.

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