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Sherwin Linton: 61 years and no missed performances

One of the longtime great performers in the Rio Grande Valley is Sherwin Linton who in his 61 years of entertaining, has never missed a single performance.

He sings the songs of Johnny Cash, Elvis, Marty Robbins, Chuck Berry, and Buddy Holly. He can sing over 5,000 songs.

Sherwin got started early as an entertainer when he had his own radio show on KWAT in Watertown, South Dakota. He and his band, The Rocketeers, were soon in demand all over South Dakota.

In 1957 he moved to Minnesota and started a new band, The Fender Benders. The band was popular from Minnesota to the west coast and he soon had several Rock-a-Billy releases. In 1966 he traveled to Nashville to cut “Cotton King,” a song that put him at the top of the Country Music Charts. In 1975 his song, “When She Cries” won an award for single of the year. In 1986 he wrote and recorded, “Santa Got a DWI,” which is a Christmas perennial.

Sherwin is a member of the National Traditional Country Hall of Fame, The Minnesota Music Hall of Fame and the South Dakota Music Hall of Fame.

In 2015 Pioneer Public Television made a documentary film on Sherwin’s life and career, “Sherwin Linton-Forever Onstage.”

Pam Linton got her start with Sherwin in 1972 when her parents took Pam and her sister, Patti, to sing with him. By 1982 the girls were grown up and were full time members of the Sherwin Linton Show. The couple married in 1988.

Their voices blend beautifully in duets, but on her own, Pam’s voice is soulful. She sings traditional country, gospel and rock-n-roll. She was inducted into the National Traditional Country Music Hall of Fame in 2002.

The Sherwin Linton Show can be seen Jan. 20 at Lamplighter in Mission; Jan. 21, Isla Blanca Park, South Padre Island; Jan. 24, The Grove, San Juan; Jan. 26, Holiday Village, Pharr; Jan. 27, Carefree Valley, Harlingen; Jan. 28, Orange Grove RV, Edinburg: Jan. 29, Big Valley, Donna; Jan 30, La Copa, McAllen, 4:30 p.m.; and Jan. 31, Alamo Rec.

In February the show can be seen Feb. 3, Lazy Palms Ranch, Edinburg; Feb; 4, Lake Front Lodge, Zapata; Feb. 6, La Copa, McAllen, 4:30 p.m.; Feb. 9, Dixieland, Harlingen; Feb. 11, Magnolia Park, Donna; Feb. 12, Bentsen Grove, Palmview; Feb. 17, Country Palms, San Juan; Feb. 18, Oleander Acres, Mission; Feb, 19, Split Rail, Mission; Mission; and Feb. 20, La Copa, McAllen, 4:30 p.m.

On Feb. 23, Bentsen Palms, Feb.25, Wagon City North, Mission; Feb. 26, Winter Ranch, Alamo; Feb. 27, Hidden Valley Ranch, Mission; Feb. 28, La Copa. McAllen,4:30 p.m.

On March 1 look for the show at Enchanted Valley, Mission; Mar. 3, Circle T, Mission; Mar. 4, Paradise Park, Harlingen; Mar. 5, Citrus Valley, Mission; Mar.8, Countryside, Donna; Mar. 9, Eldorado Acres, Palmview; Mar. 12, Paradise South, Mercedes; and Mar. 13, Country Sunshine, Weslaco.

National Professional Bull Riders coming Jan. 28-29

Get tickets now for the “hottest eight seconds of the year” when the National Professional Bull Riders bring top bull riders to the Payne Auto Group Arena at Rio Grande Valley Livestock Showgrounds in Mercedes Jan .28-29

Cris Marshall and James DeBarry open the Saturday, Jan. 28 show with music at 5:30. Ruthi opens the Sunday show at noon.

Look for Pro Rodeo Clown and Barrelman Rockin’ Robbie Hodges of Cave Spring, Georgia to perform his comedy routine as some of the toughest bull fighters in the nation square off against the bulls

Pre-sale tickets are available at Boots 7Jeana in Weslaco, Bull Rider in Harlingen and all Boot Jack Western Stores. Adults are $14 pre-sale and $16 at the gate. Seniors are $12 pre-sale and $14 at the gate. Kids 6 to 12 are $7 pre-sale and $8 at the gate. Children 5 and under are free.

Bernie & Red plan charity performance for St. Baldrick’s Society

For the ninth year in a row Bernie & Red are donating their services to the St. Baldrick's Society here in the Valley. The purpose of this charity is to raise awareness and support for kids with cancer.

All of the money raised on the day goes to the charity and all the money stays here in the Valley.

“So far in the past nine years we, with the help of the audience members, have raised over $20,000,” said Bernie.

Texas Trails Resort is donating the use of their hall and they are also selling the tickets, which are $10 each, through their activity office, which is located at 501 West Owassa Rd in Pharr. For information call 956-782-7886.

The show is on Monday Jan. 30, at 2 p.m. This will be Bernie & Red’s final show in the Valley this season.

Men of A-Chord announce concert season

The Men of A-Chord will be performing their old-style barbershop music in a concert series this season.  The group is known for their music sung a cappella in four-part harmony.

The choir practices on Tuesdays at 2 p.m. at St. Marks United Methodist Church in McAllen, located on the southwest corner of 2nd and Pecan. 

Look for Men of A-chord at the following locations: Jan. 22, 3 p.m., Our Savior Lutheran Church, McAllen; Jan. 29, 2 p.m., Oleander Acres, Mission; Feb. 7, 7 p.m., Texas Trails, Pharr; Feb. 12, 2 p.m., El Valle del Sol, Mission; Feb. 18, 3 p.m., PSJA High School, San Juan (Joint concert with Sweet Adelines); Feb. 19, 7 p.m., First Presbyterian Church, McAllen; Feb. 24, 7 p.m., Wintergreen Estates, Mission; Feb. 26, 7 p.m., Kenwood RV & MH Park, La Feria; Mar. 5, 6 p.m., Alamo Palms Mobile Park, Alamo; Mar. 12, 7 p.m., Valley View Estates, Mission; and Mar. 16, 7 p.m., Aladdin Villas, Mission.

Winter Texans asked to participate in ‘Life by the Rio’ video contest

The good folks at South Texas Tourism are asking for help from Winter Texans (55 and older) in making a tourism video about good times Winter Texans have in the Rio Grande Valley. Nydia O. Tapia Gonzalez is asking Winter Texans to make short videos with their smart phones to be submitted to South Texas Tourism so they can create a video to be called “Life by the Rio.”

The videos submitted should be 45 seconds to one minute in length featuring activities and events Winter Texans enjoy doing around the Rio Grande Valley. They need to be moving images.

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Shenandoah singer Billy Droze performs at Border Theatre

20170112 billy droze 009On Saturday, Jan. 14, Billy Droze, the former lead will singer of Grammy Award-winning super group Shenandoah, is returning to Texas to perform a special concert for his Winter Texan fans. Droze will give two performances at the Border Theater in Mission at 2 p.m. and 6 p.m. Tickets are $12.

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Daddy D Three take Valley by storm

The Daddy D Three is back for their first full year in the Rio Grande Valley and what an amazing response they have gotten this far.  The “Three” Darren Johnson, Bob Balsley and Jeff Hinnendael have about 20 dates including dances and shows throughout the Valley and are looking to add more if a park needs to fill a date. 

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