Live At The Ritz
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Larry Gatlin and The Gatlin Brothers will perform at The Wellington Ritz Theatre on Saturday, April 2, at 7:30. Tickets for this concert are on sale now. Call the theatre at 8064470090 or purchase from the website.
WELLINGTON, Texas – The historic Ritz Theatre in Wellington will welcome Larry Gatlin and the Gatlin Brothers Band to its famous stage on Saturday, April 2, with ticket sales starting on Jan. 30. The Gatlin show is sponsored in part by Greenbelt Electric Cooperative and also by Deltapine.
Larry Gatlin and the Gatlin Brothers Band, a Texas-born act, has been dazzling audiences for more than 60 years. It all began in 1955, when Larry was 6, Steve was 4, and Rudy was 2. Since those days, the road that the trio has plowed has taken them to concert stages all over the world, and has seen their records top the charts and touch the lives of fans from 8 to 80.
After performing together as children, Larry went off to college – studying law at the University of Houston. In 1971, he auditioned for the legendary Imperials, Elvis Presley’s backup group. He didn’t get the job, but he met Dottie West, who was the opening act for the legendary Jimmy Dean, who would become one of Larry’s oldest and best friends. West was initially taken with Larry’s resemblance to Nashville songwriter Mickey Newbury. West told him one night in her backstage dressing room at the Landmark Hotel in Las Vegas, “Larry, you look so much like Mickey Newbury, you’ve just got to be able to write great songs.” After the gig in Vegas, Larry went home to Houston, wrote eight songs, sent them to West, and she sent him a plane ticket to Nashville.
Through West, Larry met Kris Kristofferson, who became a champion of Gatlin’s talent as a writer and singer. Kristofferson introduced Larry to Fred Foster at Monument Records which resulted in a contract with the record label. Steve and Rudy moved to Nashville in 1975 and teamed up with brother Larry to form Larry Gatlin & the Gatlin Brothers. By 1976, the Gatlin Brothers were in the fast lane, thanks to the chart-topping success of the Grammy-winning “Broken Lady.”
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