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Rierson and alter ego set for first trip to Valley

20180104 Country Rusty RiersonRusty Rierson has an alter ego – Rockin' Rusty.

Rierson is a self-described shy entertainer. Rockin' Rusty is all attitude, filled with arrogance and a self-centered rock star.

You never know when Rierson's “hippie cousin from San Francisco” is going to show up, but chances are highly likely that he will appear somewhere in the Rio Grande Valley this season.

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Leland Jones returns as a Country Music Hall of Famer

20171228 Leland wguitarLeland Jones is no stranger to the country music business. He is the seventh son and youngest of 11 children – all who were musically inclined. His mom played the organ and his dad played the fiddle.

That more than likely had some major influence on Jones' life. The results have been about 60 years of performing traditional country, western swing, bluegrass and gospel music. He continues to return to the Rio Grande Valley and perform here for four months.

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WT Activities Association plans tournaments and dance

The Mission Winter Texan Activities Association is gearing up for another series of fun tournaments for Winter Texans, and you’re invited to get your park to participate in the games. The activities being held this year include a pool tournament, golf tournament, bowling, and the annual Cabaret Dance held at Mission Bell Resort.

This year’s fun begins with the pool tournament, which kicks off Jan. 5 with the Ladies 9 Ball Singles hosted at El Dorado Acres. The series of nine pool tournaments continues through Jan. 29 and is hosted by several different retirement resorts in the Mission area, including W&I Resort, El Dorado Acres, Bentsen Grove, Hidden Valley Ranch and Aladdin Villas.

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Lindley Creek returns with the bluegrass sound

20171221 Lindley Creek 2098Katie Greer probably doesn't remember the first time she picked up an instrument, just like she doesn't remember the first time she took a step or said her first word. Those distinctions, however, aren't far apart in dates.

Greer, 20, is the lead singer for Lindley Creek, an acoustic family band from Missouri showcasing, according to their website, “beautiful, traditional bluegrass and gospel music, soulful, soaring lead vocals, soothing family harmonies, intricate instrumental breaks and original songwriting, Lindley Creek presents compelling acoustic music and a sincere family sound.”

The band has returned to the Rio Grande Valley with a bustling schedule. They started visiting South Texas in 2010.

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LaDawn excited about second season in the Valley

LaDawn1LaDawn was 14 when she had her first public performance. She wasn't planning on performing, but she said she wasn't given a choice.

“I sang a duet in church,” said the singer, who has returned to the Valley for her second season. “I had been playing the piano and this new fellow came to church. He was about 19 or 20. Mom had him over for dinner and afterward I was playing the piano and he was singing – he had a really nice voice.”

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WT Activities Association plans tournaments and dance

The Mission Winter Texan Activities Association is gearing up for another series of fun tournaments for Winter Texans, and you’re invited to get your park to participate in the games. The activities being held this year include a pool tournament, golf tournament, bowling, and the annual Cabaret Dance held at Mission Bell Resort.

This year’s fun begins with the pool tournament, which kicks off Jan. 5 with the Ladies 9 Ball Singles hosted at El Dorado Acres. The series of nine pool tournaments continues through Jan. 29 and is hosted by several different retirement resorts in the Mission area, including W&I Resort, El Dorado Acres, Bentsen Grove, Hidden Valley Ranch and Aladdin Villas.

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Del Puschert played with King of Rock & Roll

20171208 Palm Shadows Jam Del Puschert GU IMG 0931

Del Puschert played a rousing version of “Yakkety Sax” during a recent jam session at Palm Shadows RV Park in Donna.

Del Puschert, who has been playing saxophone since he was 3, fondly remembers the night he was working in a nightclub in Texarkana back in 1954 when a young man wearing a red mackinaw pushed through the doors of the club and asked for an opportunity to sing with his band. He told Del he had just cut his first record and was on his way to Shreveport, Louisiana, where he was to appear on “Louisiana Hayride.”

Since 1953 Del had his own band that played society type music at the Texarkana supper club. Because of the extremely cold weather that night, business was slow, so Del said it was okay with him if his manager approved. The manager agreed so the young man sang the song he had just cut as his first record. The song was “Blue Moon over Kentucky” and of course, the young man was Elvis Presley.

After the performance the band, Elvis and a group of employees from the club went out for biscuits and gravy at a local all-night diner. When Elvis’ car would not start, a local TV newscaster offered to put him up for the night since he had no money.

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