Wil­liams re­turns to May­tag Opry

Texarkana Gazette - - ACCENT - —Aaron Brand

Long­time coun­try crooner Leona Wil­liams re­turns to Texarkana for a show tonight at The May­tag Opry.

She and her son, Ron Wil­liams, will per­form dur­ing the opry venue’s reg­u­lar weekly show, which be­gins at 7 p.m. A meet-and­greet with the Wil­liamses starts at 5:30 p.m. with CDs avail­able and a chance to have au­to­graphs signed.

Mis­souri-born Leona Wil­liams sang backup for both Merle Hag­gard and Loretta Lynn. She was mar­ried to Hag­gard and had a hit duet with him, “The Bull and the Beaver.” A num­ber of her other songs landed on the coun­try chart over the years. She also wrote Hag­gard hits like “Some­day When Things Are Good.”

Wil­liams got her start on ra­dio at the age of 15 with her own ra­dio show. Ge­orge Jones, Tammy Wynette, Gene Wat­son, Ray Price and other coun­try stars have recorded her songs.

The May­tag Opry singers will also be joined by two teenage per­form­ers for this spe­cial Fri­day night event: singers Marli Humphrey and Jonathan Dill, who is the new­est and youngest mem­ber of the house band, said Jan­ice Parks of The May­tag Opry.

“These two singers are quite a bless­ing to the mu­sic field and we are very proud of them at The May­tag Opry,” Parks said.

Tick­ets: $15. The May­tag Opry is lo­cated at 908 W. 3rd St. Info: 903-293-5898. Check out The May­tag Opry on Face­book, too.

WIL­LIAMS, L.

WIL­LIAMS, R.

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