American country music artist and Vidor native Tracy Byrd, along with his band, will join your SOST on stage at the Julie Rogers Theatre on Saturday, Feb. 18 at 7:30 p.m. for an exciting pops concert. “Best of Byrd” is an innovative endeavor for all involved as it is the first full concert for Byrd and his band with a symphony orchestra and a new musical journey for the SOST.
“I am just at a point in my life and career where I want to do things meaningful and fun that I haven't done before,” said Byrd. “I have been so blessed to do the many great shows that I have gotten to do, but this is something totally different.”
Byrd broke through on the country music scene with his 1993 single "Holdin' Heaven,” which reached number one on Billboard’s Hot Country Singles & Tracks. His career spans over two decades, including 30 chart-reaching singles and nine albums, four of which were certified gold and one double platinum. Some of his most memorable hits include “Watermelon Crawl,” “The Keeper of the Stars,” “I’m from the Country” and “(Don’t Take Her) She’s All I Got.” He was inducted into the Texas Country Music Hall of Fame in 2015. In October 2016, Byrd released his first album in 10 years, titled “All American Texan.”
Byrd said he actually performed with the SOST well over 25 years ago at the July 4th Celebration at Riverfront Park and sang “God Bless the USA.” “That was fun but obviously nothing like what we will be doing at this concert,” he said. “I’m excited to have a little bit bigger band backing me up,” he joked, “about 60 pieces larger. I might get caught enjoying the music too much, so I will need to stay sharp. Thank goodness we will have a rehearsal.”
SOST Music Director Chelsea Tipton II shared the mutual enthusiasm in this genre-crossing endeavor. “We are so excited to be sharing the stage with this hometown Southeast Texas country artist,” he said. “People can be so particular about the music that they listen to, and I always say that it is the same 12 notes whether it is classical, new age, country or any of the many genres that are out there. This concert is another example of the flexibility of our orchestra to perform many different styles of music.”
The SOST’s own Gary Parks, principal timpanist, wrote the orchestral arrangements for Byrd’s music. Parks has written several arrangements for the SOST and has been a member of the orchestra since 1978.
While the orchestra and theater present a much different atmosphere for Byrd, he is sure to still have guests dancing in the aisles and then warming hearts with that marvelous voice that made him a legend.
While the orchestra and theatre present a much different atmosphere for Byrd, he is still sure to have you dancing in the aisles and then warming your hearts with that marvelous voice that made him a legend. While the orchestra and theatre present a much different atmosphere for Byrd, he is still sure to have you dancing in the aisles and then warming your hearts with that marvelous voice that made him a legend.
Concert Sponsor: Capital One Bank
Artist Sponsor: Kinsel Ford