FIRST ANNUAL `LEFTY FEST` SLATED FOR JUNE 16 AT JESTER PARK
Country music star, David
Frizzell, has announced the inaugural LeftyFest Music Festival to be
held in Corsicana, Texas on Saturday, June 16, 2018.
festival is established, in cooperation with the city of Corsicana,
to honor the enduring musical legacy of Lefty Frizzell, one of
American music`s most iconic and influential singer/stylists of any
genre. Lefty, who would`ve turned 90 this year, was a member of the
Grand Ole Opry, and was inducted into the Country Music Hall of Fame
in 1982. A star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame honors his
contributions to entertainment.
David Frizzell is the younger
brother of Lefty. He toured with Lefty in his youth, before being
signed to a record deal of his own, and going on to a
multi-award-winning career that remains dynamic today. David is a
singer, songwriter, touring performer, producer and author.
chance meeting with Corsicana Chief of Police, Robert Johnson, set
the wheels in motion for David Frizzell`s longtime dream of a
festival to honor his world-famous brother. Johnson, arguably the
only SAG-AFTRA actor in the world who also happens to be a police
chief, is an avid fan of Lefty Frizzell, and was instrumental in the
early planning for LeftyFest.
"I am so grateful to the
city of Corsicana, Chief Johnson, and the good folks at The Moontower
at the Oaks," David says. "Without their support and
enthusiasm, we wouldn`t be able to host this festival. It has been a
dream and a goal of mine for many years, and I am so excited to honor
my brother, and give the gift of a free festival to country music
fans in Texas and from around the world."
festival will be held in Corsicana`s Jester Park, home to the Lefty
Frizzell Museum and statue. LeftyFest performers include David
Frizzell, Lacy J. Dalton, Paulette Carlson, Marty Haggard, Allen
Frizzell, Sarah Patrick, Aaron Copeland and other popular Texas
Lefty Frizzell has been called "the
honky-tonk archetype." His voice was golden; he wore fringe and
Nudie suits and those trademark bandanas; and he had a fondness for
women and whiskey. Before this became a Hollywood stereotype, it was
the real Lefty. Born William Orville Frizzell, this year marks 90
years since the birth of this legendary singer, just outside of
Corsicana, Texas in 1928.
Frizzell burst onto the music scene
in 1951 and had had eight top 10 hits in that year alone. At one
point, Frizzell had four songs in the Billboard Top 10 at the same
time, something that had never happened before: "I Want To Be
With You Always," "Always Late (With Your Kisses),"
"Mom And Dad`s Waltz," and "Travelin` Blues."
a singer, Lefty was the ultimate stylist. His voice was an instrument
that he played brilliantly: stretching out or breaking up vowels. He
slurred his words and played with phrasing. His pioneering vocals
have inspired decades of artists, and his songs have become classics
and beloved standards. Merle Haggard revered Lefty Frizzell, and was
often quoted praising the singer. Willie Nelson loved Frizzell`s
songwriting so much that he released an album of Lefty cover
On July 19, 1975, Lefty suffered a massive stroke,
slipped into a coma, and passed away at just 47 years old. In his
all-too-short life, however, Lefty Frizzell revolutionized country
music with a style that remains influential today. Artists like Blake
Shelton, Randy Travis, Keith Whitley, Tim McGraw, and even George
Jones, have tipped their hats to Lefty for his
LeftyFest is set to begin at 2 PM on June 16th
with live music from 4-10 PM. Visitors may enjoy the historic Pioneer
Village, activities for kids, a classic car show, a variety of
vendors, beer gardens, and of course, great live music. The free
event is made possible by presenting sponsor, The Moontower at the
Oaks of Corsicana. A variety of lodging options are available in and
around Corsicana, including brand name hotels and RV parks.
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