Hill Country Jamboree moves to The Farm
By Carolyn B. Edwards BCC Staff Writer
Photo by Carolyn B. Edwards
Rueben Darnell displays a flyer letting everyone know that the Texas Hill Country Jamboree has moved to The Farm Country Club where they'll be entertaining country music fans every Sunday afternoon.
The Texas Hill Country Jamboree is the culmination of a 20-year dream for producers Gene Fuller and Rueben Darnell.
"This didn't happen overnight," said Darnell, "but we decided now was the time to start a venue that would give an opportunity to some of the many talented musicians that call the Hill Country their home."
The Jamboree started in Kerrville, but quickly outgrew its location. Starting Sunday, April 6, the THCJ moved to The Farm Country Club on FM 2828. They'll have a great line-up of local talents and special guests for both dancing and listening pleasure every Sunday afternoon from 3 pm to 6:30.
"You can come out and dance and get home before dark," said Darnell, "and we play at a volume our fans appreciate!"
Fuller and Darnell have long histories with the Hill Country and country music. Fuller has been playing the guitar since he was six and played in his first gig with a band when he was nine. During his career he toured with several bands and recorded in Nashville.
Darnell, a musician and songwriter, is proud to say he has played with almost every local performer. "I've played the Cabaret, the Purple Cow, the Mayan and most of the other dude ranches," he said. Songs like "If I'd Killed You When I Wanted To" capture his clever wit.
The cover charge for the jamboree is $10 and the promoters offer group discounts, so round up a carload of friends for the afternoon. The family atmosphere of the event should encourage parents to bring out the kids and teach them to dance.
Special guests each week range from local talent to Nashville visitors and cowboy poets. Recently, a tiny Yorkie delighted the crowd with its dancing and piano playing skills! The video should go viral when Darnell posts it on You Tube.
Among the special guests that have appeared at the THCJ so far are country music historian Bob Talley from Ingram, cowboy poet Steve Smith from Llano, Bandera's "Orange Blossom Special" queen Laurie Gibson and singer songwriter Larry Nolen of Bandera.
Other guests to be featured from time to time are cloggers, trick ropers, and gospel singers. Every program includes plenty of good, clean humor, too.
The house band for the jamboree is the Kornbread Kountry band featuring Darnell and Fuller, Ron Dailey on steel guitar, Tiny Stitch on electric bass, Elijah Stone on fiddle and Guy "Sticks" Davis on drums.
Musicians who would like to perform at the jamboree can call Darnell at 830-377-6724 to schedule a live audition.
To get to The Farm from Bandera, go out Highway 173 North to FM 3240. Turn left on FM 2828, and right at The Farm's entry gate.