You’re invited to the Roy Orbison Music Festival!
Come out and celebrate Roy Orbison’s 80th birthday with family fun, great music, and food trucks!
Saturday, April 23rd Noon-5pm
4400 Sand Road
Hosted by Visit Vernon Texas!
On February 21st Roy Orbison will be inducted into the Texas Heritage Songwriters’ Association Hall of Fame! Joining him will be Joe Ely, JD Souther, and Will Jennings! It’s quite the induction class. Roy Orbison, JD Souther (who also appears in Roy Orbison & Friends: A Black & White Night), and Will Jennings wrote the song “COMING HOME” for Roy’s King of Hearts album.
Tickets are still available for the event that will include a star studded tribute concert!
KUT: Lost Roy Orbison Album Revisits a Tragic Time in His Past
From Texas Standard: In West Texas, it’s not just the landscape that’s long and lonely – the days and nights are too.
The late musician Roy Orbison once described his youth in Wink, Texas, as football, oil fields, grease and sand. At night, when the sky would light up like Christmas, Roy would grab his guitar, sit in in the family car, and sing. It was a way to fill all that empty space, he once said. The car wasn’t big enough to contain the voice of a man who would one day become known the world over as the “Caruso of rock.”
Happy Birthday Willie Nelson!
Willie wrote Roy’s Christmas hit, “Pretty Paper,” and the two Texans played several shows together over the years. Here’s a poster from their concert in Atlanta in 1969 –