Bulletin Staff Report
Organizers have announced the headliners for this year’s ninth Brownwood Reunion Celebration’s main stage.
Well-known country music giant Tracy Lawrence will headline Saturday night, Sept. 19, and Brandon Rhyder will headline on Friday, Sept. 18.
Concert tickets will go on sale Aug. 12. Ticket prices and the complete main stage line-up will be announced later this summer.
Details of the celebration are posted on the Web site www.BrownwoodTX.com.
Lawrence has been described as one of the premier voices of his generation. He has posted more No. 1 Billboard country singles than greats like Glen Campbell, Keith Whitley, Ernest Tubb, Wynonna or Barbara Mandrell; more Top 5’s than Shania Twain, Faith Hill or The Judds; and more Top 10s than Ricky Skaggs, Charlie Rich, John Michael Montgomery or Dwight Yoakam.
He hit the national spotlight in 1991 at age 23, the product of a rough-and-tumble childhood in Foreman, Ark. A self-described “hellion” as a youngster, Lawrence found release in performing. He was playing at music jamborees at 15 and in honky-tonks at 17, learning, he says, "what it takes to keep them on the dance floor through four or five sets."
Lawrence was named Billboard’s Top New Male Vocalist in 1992, garnering the Academy Of Country Music’s Top New Male Vocalist trophy a year later. He earned the Country Weekly Golden Pick Awards' Video Artist Of The Year prize in 1995 and its Editor's Choice Platinum Pick crown in 1996, among other honors.
His charitible work has helped fund student scholarships, Alzheimer’s organizations, cystic fibrosis programs, CASA and St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital.
Rhyder is no stronger to Brown County audiences: he performed at Brownwood’s Tequila Nights on Thursday. The East Texas native and his wife, Kelli, along with 2-year-son Dusty recently welcomed a new addition to the family, Mahala Grace. Now, a new recording — his fifth, titled “Every Night” — is waiting in the wings.
Rhyder’s stock in Texas country music has been growing quickly since the release of his third recording, “Conviction,” in August 2005. Bob Cole of KVET in Austin placed him in the top 1 percent of Texas talent.
More recently, Rhyder has landed a deal with Harlan Howard Publishing of Nashville, and released his fourth record, “Live,” on Apex Records of Nashville.
Rhyder is based in Austin.