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Country Christmas: Wendell Sollis and The Sidekicks All Stars



Get ready for some toe tapping, boot-scootin, fiddlin’ music this holiday season, for a night of nostalgia and listening enjoyment.  You can sit back, clap your hands, and tap your toes (Small Dance Area by Stage). It will be a great night of Western Swing, Big Band, Classical Country, Cajun, and Christmas favorites.  The holiday event will be Friday, December 15, at 7:30 pm at the Cactus Theater.

Wendell Sollis, bandleader, is a veteran banjo player, performing since the ’70s.  His shows include Six Flags, Lincoln County Cowboy Symposium, and Quartz Mountain resort in Oklahoma.  He has performed with The Texas Playboys, Texas Sand and now leads the Sidekicks.

Sollis states, “This 11-member band is packed full of talent and will be ready to deliver a night of your favorite oldies.  It will be great music - bringing back memories of days gone by.  We have so many award-winning musicians, it’s appropriate to call the group all stars”.

There will be a horn section with hall of fame winner, Steve “Hambone” Ham playing trombone.  He currently plays with the Bob Wills’ Texas Playboys and the Tulsa Playboys. Steve Wilkerson, on the clarinet/tenor sax was inducted into the Oklahoma Jazz Hall of Fame. He has played with Barbara Streisand, the Temptations, Andy Williams, and Glenn Campbell to name a few.

With 40 plus years of experience as a musician, Bob Baker will play steel guitar.  He started at age 13 studying with Eldon Shamblin and is a two-time Hall of Fame inductee.

Ronnie Dale Shultz, lead guitarist, has played all over the globe with well-known artists such as Bob Wills’ Texas Playboys, Leroy Van Dyke, Lynn Anderson, and Hank Thompson.  He’s highly in demand as a session player and performer, as he has mastered 5 different types of musical instruments.

On the accordion, Ginny Mac, from Fort Worth, will astound the audience with her magical voice and charisma.  She’s performed at the Grand Ole Opry, and MGM in Vegas. Ginny has accompanied Grammy award winners Brave Combo and Riders in the Sky.

Lucy Dean Record, a 93-year-old keyboard player, has a trophy case filled with musical honors.  She’s in several Halls of Fame and was awarded Instrumentalist of the Year at the Will Rogers Awards.

Brady Rasco, a local fiddler and firefighter in Lubbock, has played since the age of 8.  At Tarleton, he was a house band member for the Cross Timbers Opry.  He’s played with the Sidekicks and local bands for the past 10 years.

Another hall of fame fiddler, Greg Gibbs, began playing in 1984.  He’s performed with Bob Wills’ Texas Playboys, Kelly Spinks, and the Sidekicks.  Greg received the Hero award by the Cowtown Society of Western Swing Music Award in 2015.

Rodney Lay, on bass, was on Hee Haw for 12 years as bandleader and bass player for Roy Clark.  Hank Thompson and Waylon Jennings had top 20 songs that Rodney composed.  Today he plays for the Tulsa Playboys and Roy Clark’s tours.

Chad Maines, drummer from Dickens, Texas, has been playing drums since he was 13 years old.  Chad accompanied his dad of the Maines Brothers Band.  He has played at the Cowboy Symposium in Ruidoso, New Mexico, the Cactus Theater in Lubbock, and the annual Bob Will’s Day in Turkey, Texas for the last 5 years. 

This fun-filled event will have a concession available, serving snacks and drinks. For an unforgettable night for your family, friends or business, come and join us!

Tickets:  Individual seating @ $30-$25-$20.  Eight (8) Box Seats include complimentary concession throughout the concert @ $50 per seat.

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