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2015-02-05

Darrell McCall on stage in Leakey

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Country legend Darrell McCall

Country singing legend Darrell McCall will perform for one night only Saturday, Feb. 7, at the Buckhorn Bar & Grill in Leakey.
After beginning his recording career in 1960, McCall's musical style quickly morphed into his signature country sound. Throughout the '60s, he performed both traditional country and honky tonk, but eventually became devoted to the dance hall country that has remained popular for decades.
In 1958, the Ohio native moved to Nashville with his childhood friend, Johnny Paychech, moved to Nashville. McCall became a studio harmony vocalist, singing on records by Faron Young, George Jones, and Ray Price among others. In 1963, McCall released "A Stranger Was Here," his first - and biggest - country hit. That same year, he also sang the theme to the Paul Newman film "Hud."
Other of McCall's films included "Nashville Rebel," "Road to Nashville" and "What Am I Bid?" He returned to recording in 1968, joining the roster of the independent label Wayside Records.
McCall worked steady throughout the next decades, releasing both singles and albums. Hank Williams Jr. took McCall's "Eleven Roses," which he co-wrote with Lamar Morris, to number one. This led to Tree International signing McCall as a songwriter.
In 1975, he recorded "Lily Dale" for the Columbia label with Willie Nelson, cracking the country Top 40. "Lily Dale" was named Best Duet of 1977 by CASH Box magazine. It was followed by "Dreams of a Dreamer," McCall's first solo Top 40 hit since 1963. His new success was partially due to the popularity of outlaw country, and he neatly fit into its rough and ready musical style.
In 2005, he joined Heart of Texas Records, releasing his first full-length album in over five years to rave reviews. Old Memories and Wine signified the first time that McCall selected all the material and the musicians for an album.
His daughter, Guyanne, wrote the title track and his son, Cody, did all the harmony work. McCall's wife, Mona McCall, even contributed two songs to the project.
"I am so happy being a part of the Heart of Texas Records family," McCall said recently. "Justin Trevino is a fine producer and knows how to get the sound that I need and want.
For more information about McCall's performance at the Buckhorn Bar & Grill in Leakey on Saturday, Feb. 7, call 830-232-4755 or email www.buckhornbarngrill.com.