There are certain artists and songs that cross the lines of music genre. The 1950’s icon, Buddy Holly who created a popular rock and roll sound with roots in rockabilly country music combined with rhythm and blues was such an artist. On August 3rd, that unique sound will be heard in the 2013 Remembering When event, The Buddy Holly Tribute, starring John Mueller at the Brownwood Coliseum in Brownwood, Texas. Presented by Central Texas Farm Credit, ACA as a benefit for the West Texas Rehabilitation Center, the evening program offers a unique experience. Other support for the event includes Entertainment Sponsor, KTAB NEWS along with major sponsors, Citizens National Bank at Brownwood and Comanche Electric Cooperative.
Well known as an influential creative force in early rock and roll, Holly was ranked 13th in 2004 by Rolling Stone among the top 100 greatest artists of all time. In his brief career, he scored seven Top 40 hit records over the 1957-58 period and in England enjoyed several additional smashes. John Mueller who bears a striking resemblance to Buddy Holly takes an authentic approach to Buddy’s music. He plays Holly’s songs true to their original form on a reissued 1957 Fender Stratocaster…the exact year and make of Buddy’s guitar. John first appeared as Holly in the world stage premiere of Be Bop A Lula in Hollywood. He then won a Drama Desk Award and critical acclaim for his portrayal in the theatrical production of Buddy…the Buddy Holly Story at Kansas City’s famed American Heartland Theatre. John has held this role in many other cities including San Diego, Chicago, Toronto, Miami and garnered rave reviews. The Chicago Tribune: “John Mueller is living proof that Buddy Holly’s legacy lives on…his performance is flawless”. The Chicago Sun Times: “John Mueller gives a stunning portrayal.” The Los Angeles Times: “Buddy rocks with the charismatic John Mueller in the title role.”
Mueller has also performed with several members of Buddy Holly’s band including Tommy Allsup, Carl Bunch, and the late Niki Sullivan. John is most proud of the praise from Niki Sullivan, a former member of Buddy’s band, The Crickets: “John is a reincarnation of Buddy Holly. He is that good.” Since 1999, every year has found John touring the Midwest to recreate the Winter Dance Party that was to be Buddy Holly, Ritchie Valens and the Big Bopper’s final tour.
Options for the evening event include Dinner & Show table seating or General Show Admission with upper Coliseum seats. Dinner & Show reserved tables of 8 are available for $500 – individual tickets may also be purchased for $75 each. General Admission tickets for the show only are available for $25. For information, to reserve tables or purchase tickets, you can call 325-660-8338 or 325-660-8334, or email firstname.lastname@example.org. General Admission tickets may also be purchased in Brownwood at Wendlee Broadcasting, KOXE Radio or the Brownwood Chamber of Commerce and at the West Texas Rehabilitation in Abilene, Texas.
Additional local support of the West Texas Rehab Center for this special event include the Pecan Valley Kiwanis Club of Early, the Early High School Key Club, Wendlee Broadcasting-KXYL Newstalk AM & FM, KQBZ The Breeze FM, KSTA Coleman AM and KOXE FM-KBWD AM. Instrumental in the success of the event are program committee members Ed & Debbie Cosgrove, Seal Cutbirth, Calvin Fryar, John Guest, Anna Hernandez, Pecan Valley Kiwanis Club Members, Ted & Martha Shelton, Rex Tackett, Dana Thompson and Evy Winn.
The West Texas Rehabilitation Center is a well-know non-profit organization formed in 1953 which is dedicated to providing outpatient rehabilitative care to more than 500 children and adults each day, regardless of a patient’s financial circumstance. Proceeds from events such as Remembering When support services which are aimed at improving the quality of life of all those served by the Rehab Center.