Some of my favorite country music memories relate to events on which I appeared with a host of country music entertainers.
One of my favorite people to find myself in the company of is Rex Allen, Jr. He was a favorite singer of mine and I always enjoyed the visits we shared. I always enjoyed seeing him as a regular on The Statler Brothers. Show on The Nashville Network in the and Yesteryear.
Of course, he was part of an established show business
family as the son of Western star Rex Allen.
The son, who in his own right is an inductee into the Western Music Association Hall of Fame, was recently awarded the Lifetime Achievement award by the National Traditional Country Music Association. The prestigious ceremony took place at the Plymouth County Fairgrounds in LeMars, Iowa where Allen received a standing ovation and was hosted by founder and lover of all traditional music, Robert Everhart.
“My heart was full as I looked into the crowd and took it all in,” Allen, Jr. said. “ I’m proud of my roots and I’m thankful there are still so many that appreciate wonderful classic Country & Western music.”
Allen is touring this fall and can be found on several shows including an upcoming TV appearance on the new show hosted by my longtime friend Tennessee Radio Hall of Fame DJ and radio host Keith Bilbrey.
Tune in for an intimate, in-depth interview on the all-new series, “Reflections,” on Sept. 28 on Heartland TV,The Family Channel, Angel Two (DISH TV), AMG-TV, Country TV (New Zealand) and DTC Cable. Check your local listings for times in your area.
Country music fans will love this new intimate sit-down series as it reveals unknown details about the artist, their music and their videos.
Fans will also be able to catch Rex at Rex Allen Days in Willcox, Ariz., the event named in honor of his late father.
Allen will make several community appearances throughout the week for residents This fine gentleman and dedicated artist will also be appearing at his annual “Question & Answer” session to be conducted in Windmill Park on Oct. 3rd at 5 PM where he will then sing his rendition of the National Anthem for the Rex Allen Days Rodeo. Rex Allen Jr. will take part in the annual Parade and will perform two shows on Saturday, Oct. 3 at the Willcox Historic Theater. Show times are 2:00 and 5:00 p.m. with all seats reserved. To order tickets to Rex’s shows, call 520-254-2101.
“Rex Allen Days features many of my dad’s favorite events like rodeos, a parade and of course music. We fit in everything we can! So if fans or friends see me out and taking part in the weekend activities, please by all means stop and say hello,” Allen said. “This is my favorite weekend of the year and how lucky am I that I get to celebrate and honor my dad with friends that loved him, too!”
Allen, Jr. was born in Chicago, IL Singing in his signature smooth, rich style he had hits with “Goodbye,” “I’m Gettin’ Good At Missing You (Soitare),” “Lonely Street,” “Two Less Lonely People,” “Lonely Street”, “With Love”, “If I Fell in Love With You”, “It’s Over,” “Drink it Down, Lady,” “Cup of Tea” (a duet with Margo Smith) and others. He is also the writer and performer of the alternate state anthem of Arizona, titled “I Love You Arizona.” Following in his father’s footsteps with his speaking voice heard in Disney films, Rex Jr. was the narrator of Jim Carrey movie Me, Myself And Irene; and writer, director and actor in the stage show Gone Country, a Las Vegas hit of the late ’90s.