Country music superstar Mark Chesnutt, who was born in Beaumont, will join another native Texan, Stoney Larue, as the Celebration Stage music headliners at this year’s eighth annual Brownwood Reunion Celebration.
The headliners were announced Tuesday morning at a press conference. Reunion planners said the concert lineup will also feature a variety of local talents with ties to the Brownwood area.
Chesnutt, who released his first album in 1990, is scheduled to release his latest album this summer. He made his professional debut at age 15 and even dropped out of high school to pursue his music career — a move he later reversed. During the ‘80s, he released several singles through local labels.
After 10 years on the club scene, his debut, “Too Cold At Home” and it’s title track gave Chesnutt a hit — and four more of the album’s songs broke into the Top 10. He will be the Saturday night headliner.
One of Chesnutt’s signature songs — “Brother Jukebox” came on his second album, “Longnecks and Short Stories.” Several albums, and record companies later, Chesnutt has developed a devoted following during his career.
“We feel like with this year’s theme of ‘Roots Run Deep,’ bringing a pair of native Texans to headline our concerts is a great pairing. Each year we’ve been able to draw some of the rising stars of country music to the Reunion,” Randee Green, the Reunion’s executive director, said. “Mark has been making hits for so long, that it’s a real treat to have been able to line him up for Saturday. Stoney is one of those artists who is on the way up, and it’s great that fans in Brownwood will have the chance to see him on that climb.”
Stoney Larue performs close to 300 times a year, around the globe. He’s shared billing with former Reunion headliners Gary Allan, Cross Canadian Ragweed and many other country music stars. He’s been performing since the age of 3, when he could be heard singing the John Anderson classic “Swinging” on his Mr. Microphone radio.
In 2006, he released an addition to the famed Live at Billy Bob’s series — “Oklahoma Breakdown.” That followed the 2005 release of “Stoney Larue-the Red Dirt Album.”
Larue will headline Friday night’s concert.
The Brownwood Reunion Celebration will be held Sept. 19, 20 and 21. Concert tickets and copies of the poster will be available in August.
For more information about the event and volunteer opportunities go to www.BrownwoodTx.com.