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By Dustee Sollis/Special to The Hesperian-Beacon—
FLOYD COUNTY – Wendell Sollis and the Sidekicks All Star Band will host the Sixth Annual Country Christmas Ball Saturday, Dec. 5 at the Floyd County Friends Unity Center in Muncy, Texas.
The musical night will be dedicated to raising money for the volunteer fire departments of Lockney and Floydada. Last year, with the help of many individual businesses and sponsors, the band was able to raise $10,000 for each fire department.
This year, the event will start at 6 p.m. with a catered meal furnished by River Smith’s, followed by three hours of music by the 12-piece band.
Western swing, big band, Cajun, country classics and Christmas hits will be enjoyed by those who want to dance or others who want to sit and listen. There will be a complimentary coffee bar, silent and live auctions and vendors for Christmas shopping.
Tickets are $40 for individuals and $400 for a reserved table of eight. Call Dustee Sollis at 806-983-6228 for information on sponsorship or to get tickets.
Wendell Sollis, bandleader, is a veteran banjo player, performing since the 70’s. His shows include Six Flags, Lincoln County Cowboy Symposium, Ruidoso, and Quartz Mt. resort in Oklahoma. He has performed with The Texas Playboys, Texas Sand and now leads the Sidekicks.
“This 12-member band is packed full of talent and will be ready to deliver a night of your favorite oldies. It will be great music, bringing back memories of days gone by. We have so many award-winning musicians, that it’s appropriate to call the group all stars,” Sollis said.
There will be a horn section with hall of fame winner, Steve “Hambone” Ham playing trombone. He currently plays with the Bob Wills’ Texas Playboys and the Tulsa Playboys.
Steve Wilkerson, on the clarinet/tenor sax was inducted into the Oklahoma Jazz Hall of Fame. He has played with Barbara Streisand, the Temptations, Andy Williams and Glenn Campbell, to name a few.
With more than 40 years of experience as a musician, Bob Baker will play steel guitar. He started at age 13 studying with Eldon Shamblin and is a two-time Hall of Fame inductee.
Ronnie Dale Shultz, lead guitarist, has played all over the globe with well-known artists such as Bob Wills’ Texas Playboys, Leroy Van Dyke, Lynn Anderson, and Hank Thompson. He’s highly in demand as a session player and performer, as he has mastered five different types of musical instruments.
On the accordion, Ginny Mac, from Fort Worth, will astound the audience with her magical voice and charisma. She’s performed at the Grand Ole Opry, and MGM in Vegas. Ginny has accompanied Grammy award winners Brave Combo and Riders in the Sky.
Lucy Dean Record, a 96-year-old keyboard player from Lockney, has a trophy case filled with musical honors. She’s in several Halls of Fame and was awarded Instrumentalist of the Year at the Will Rogers Awards.
Brady Rasco, a local fiddler and firefighter in Lubbock, has played since the age of 8. At Tarleton, he was a house band member for the Cross Timbers Opry. He’s played with the Sidekicks and local bands for the past 10 years.
Another hall of fame fiddler, Greg Gibbs, began playing in 1984. He’s performed with Bob Wills’ Texas Playboys, Kelly Spinks, and the Sidekicks. Greg received the Hero award by the Cowtown Society of Western Swing Music Award in 2015.
Rodney Lay, on bass, was on Hee Haw for 12 years as bandleader and bass player for Roy Clark. Hank Thompson and Waylon Jennings had top 20 songs that Rodney composed. Today he plays for the Tulsa Playboys.
Chad Maines, drummer from Dickens, Texas, has been playing drums since he was 13 years old. Chad accompanied his dad of the Maines Brothers Band. He has played at the Cowboy Symposium in Ruidoso, New Mexico, the Cactus Theater in Lubbock, and the annual Bob Will’s Day in Turkey, Texas for the last five years.