Dec 01 2015
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The Llano Country Opry will host a Tribute To Boxcar Willie by Boxcar’s son Larry Martin (Boxcar Willie Jr.) on Saturday, September 12, 2015, at the Lantex Theater in downtown Llano.
The show begins at 7:30 PM and admission is $12.00 per person. Tickets are now on sale at the Llano Chamber of Commerce, Lively Computers in Kingsland or by calling (325) 247-5354.
In 1985, Lecil Martin (aka Boxcar Willie) moved to Branson, Missouri and purchased a theater on Highway 76, or 76 Country Music Boulevard. In addition to the Boxcar Willie Theater, he opened a museum and eventually had two motels, both bearing his name. Boxcar Willie was one of the first big stars to open a show in Branson, paving the way for the other nationally-known names that followed. Diagnosed with leukemia in 1996, Martin died on April 12, 1999 in Branson at age 67. Martin was a first cousin to the actor Tommy Lee Jones, who is also from Texas.
Boxcar’s son Larry was a regular performer at the Boxcar Willie Theater in Branson. After his father’s death, Larry decided to continue the Boxcar Willie legacy and began performing as Boxcar Willie Jr. During his show, he tells some very interesting stories about his father along with the great train and classic country music that made his dad a million selling figure in the industry.
“I am really looking forward to coming down to Texas” Boxcar Willie Jr. said. “My dad was born in Texas and we have always been proud of our roots. It is going to be a great night.”
Other entertainers on the show will include Shane Lively, Charley Walton, Bode Barker, Kaye Tolson and Bucille Snotgrass. Tracy Pitcox will MC the show.