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Legendary

By Matt Bennett

The Texas Club in Baton Rouge upholds a rich tradition of legendary live music and delightful drink specials. This nationally known 1,000-capacity venue provides a big stage, yet retains the charm and personality reminiscent of a small town watering hole. Since opening its doors in 1981, The Texas Club has hosted numerous notable acts including Ferriday, Louisiana’s own Jerry Lee Lewis, the “King of Country” himself George Strait (who at the time only charged three dollars a ticket), Garth Brooks and many more. Thirty-four years later this Capital City landmark stays true to form with a performance from country music superstar Tracy Lawrence Friday, Nov. 20.

Regardless of the genre, a long successful music career never comes easy. Often times, older artists fade away with the emergence of newer, more popular ones. Tracy Lawrence is a rare exception. Since the release of his debut album Sticks and Stones over two decades ago, Lawrence has seen 18 of his songs reach the top spot on the charts and has sold over 13 million albums. Picture Tiger Stadium being completely sold out 127 times and one can truly envision what thirteen million looks like.

A recipient of CMA and ACM Awards, Lawrence’s sound has certainly evolved over the course of his 13 studio albums. In his early days, classic songs like “Somebody Paints The Wall” and “Today’s Lonely Fool” illustrate stories of a hard worker not catching a break and love lost as a result of jealousy. Both at a mid-tempo pace, Lawrence’s smooth and heartfelt voice gives these reoccurring country music themes an original, undeniably fresh sound.

With his sophomore release, Lawrence further solidified himself as a household country artist name. Usually the case when four of your album’s 10 songs earn the top spot on the Billboard country charts. This successful trend never lets up and Lawrence constantly dazzled audiences with his fun, passionate live performances.

Even just a few years ago, two of the biggest names in the genre today, Jason Aldean and Luke Bryan, routinely performed Lawrence’s 1996 hit, “Time Marches On,” on their My Kinda Party Tour. Proving once more the same love shared by different generations for Lawrence’s music.

Like a barrel whisky, Tracy Lawrence gets better with age. At 47, his latest record Headlights, Taillights and Radios sounds as good as ever and his live show strikes a perfect blend pairing old classics with new fan favorites.

Tickets for The Texas Club show cost $26 in advance and $32 at the door. Doors open at 7:30 p.m. and the event starts at 9 p.m.

Put on those boots and throw on a cowboy hat on Friday, Nov. 20 when the lights go down and Tracy Lawrence takes the stage get ready for the time of your life. His energy, musicianship and one-of-a-kind voice will let you know exactly why he’s achieved so much success over the decades and why he’ll certainly enjoy more in the years to come. Like the legendary Texas Club, Tracy Lawrence has always stayed true to form. Don’t miss this legendary artist when he performs at such a fitting, legendary place.

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