SILVERTON, Texas – It’s quite fitting James Lann is the headline Texas Country concert act on the final night of Silverton’s Buck Wild Days Rodeo.
Lann is a cowboy, the fifth generation of his family to be such. Raised on a ranch where he rode horses, roped livestock and handled many of the other duties everyone in this part of the country is familiar with, Lann has been playing and singing since the age of 14.
The sweet country crooner will be the final act of three nights of entertainment in Silverton, a community of about 600 residents. It’s a whale of a way to close the three performances of rodeo, set for 7:30 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 18-Saturday, Aug. 20. The weekend will feature a free dance after Thursday’s rodeo and six great Texas Country concerts after Friday and Saturday nights’ rodeos.
“Who better to headline the Silverton Buck Wild Days Rodeo than someone who understands the sport,” said Corey Johnston of 106.1 KFLP-FM. “James Lann is that guy.”
Lann, who has released two phenomenal albums, will be joined “on the diamond” Saturday night by the Zack Walther Band and Jason Nutt & Highway 70. Lann will carry with him an outstanding repertoire, which features four No. 1 songs on the Texas Country charts. His most recent, “Halfway To Houston,” went No. 1 this year. In 2009, he reached No. 1 with “Honky Tonk Two Step Queen,” then followed that with “The Talent Requires” and “Every Kiss Goodnight” in 2010.
From his beginnings on the music scene – where he opened for acts like Chris LeDoux, Pat Green, Wade Bowen, Clay Walker and Darryl Worley – to where he is today, Lann has found a comfortable place in Texas Country.
That’s quite convenient for Zack Walther and his band, who reside in the genre. In fact, Walther brings new musical twists to the Texas music scene, and his talent has been accepted inside the renowned Gruene Hall in New Branfels, Texas.
The band’s most recent album, “Into The Fray,” includes 10 songs that features Walther’s hard-hitting lyrics. Walther began playing at the age of 13 but didn’t get a “real” guitar until he was 15. As for songwriting, he continues to hold tight to his influences, Jimi Hendrix and Simon and Garfunkel – with a Texas Country twist, of course.
“The Zach Walther Band is one of the most refreshing acts I’ve heard is years,” Johnston said. “Those guys are talented enough to shut Piers Morgan up for good.”
Jason Nutt & Highway 70 is based in Lubbock, and their upbeat, catchy style has been a hit with fans. Nutt, a singer and songwriter, had formed a number of bands before he teamed with fiddle player Tanner Evans, bassist Dub Wood, drummer Tyler Richardson and lead guitarist Clint Chapman. Each artist brought his own background into the act to form the talent that will be on display in Silverton.
“Jason Nutt & Highway 70 is the perfect fit for Saturday night’s show,” Johnston said. “He’s a local guy with big talent.”