I can’t think of Little Texas without mentioning some of the great music this group did. Songs like “God Blessed Texas,” “ First Time for Everything,” and my personal favorite, “What Might Have Been.” These guys had 15 Top 10 hits, and three No. 1’s. And they are still keeping busy doing shows all over the country.
But, when I think of this group, I also can’t think about them without remembering a benefit concert these guys did back on Sept. 30, 2007, at our Appalachian Fairgrounds in Gray, Tenn. The show was to raise money for Calvin McCray, who was injured in a bull riding accident. The money raised would go toward medical expenses. Calvin was a graduate of Daniel Boone High School in Gray.
With all that said, it brings me to this. I received an e-mail on Saturday about an unscheduled stop to close out the groups 20th Anniversary year. The performance was at Brentwood High School in a suburb of Nashville. The reason for the show – the high school was playing in the regional playoff game. And they didn’t have a band, because their high school band was out of town at a marching competition. So, in steps Little Texas.
I love this story. The band members wore blue Brentwood Bruin jerseys, and performed “Kick a Little” and “God Blessed Texas” –= which they changed to “God Blessed Brentwood.”
Here is a small part of what the band’s website had about the Brentwood event: While perusing the local Brentwood news, Little Texas guitarist/vocalist Dwayne O’Brien read an article that said Brentwood’s award-winning marching band would be out of town at an elite competition that was unfortunately conflicted with the football game. "I couldn’t imagine a high school football game – much less a home playoff game – without some kind of a band," O’Brien said, "so I wanted to see if there was anything that I could do."
The civic-minded O’Brien was prompted into action and contacted Brentwood principal Kevin Keidel, who quickly gave an enthusiastic thumbs-up to the idea. "It was such a crazy notion and so last minute that I had no idea if we could pull it off," O’Brien said. "I didn’t even know if the other guys were available or not." But a few phone calls later, fellow members Duane Propes, Porter Howell, and Del Gray were on board for the game, and local volunteers quickly pieced together a sound system for the event.