Little Texas brings country sound to Boykin

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Little Texas will take the stage at the Boykin Center Aug. 23, kicking off Boykin Series 23.

In the early 1990s, the band was part of the Young Country movement, bringing a new, energetic sound fusing the look and attitude of modern rock music with traditional country themes and styles.

Country fans the world over bought up more than 7 million of their albums, while critics showered them with three Grammy nominations plus honors from both the Academy of Country Music (Vocal Group Of The Year) and the Country Music Association (Album Of The Year).

The band’s first radio release in 1991, “Some Guys Have All The Love,” became a Top-10 hit, as did their next single, “First Time For Everything.” After the album “First Time For Everything” was released, five singles reached the top of the charts. The second album, “Big Time,” was the big time for Little Texas.

The sophomore release, which has sold more than 3 million copies to date, spawned three No. 1 singles: “What Might Have Been,” “God Blessed Texas” and “My Love” and captured the group’s first CMT Award, a Billboard award, a Radio & Records award and the band’s first Grammy nomination.

The band first signed on as an opener on an arena tour headlined by Clint Black. Later, the band traveled with Travis Tritt and Trisha Yearwood on a tour sponsored by Budweiser. After that, they were on their own, with Crown Royal, singing to packed arenas across the United States and Canada.

Band members are on the concert circuit celebrating its official 28th year on the radio.

The music the band has generated over the years has been featured on hundreds of television programs and sporting events including “Good Morning America,” “American Idol,” “Don’t Forget The Words,” “America’s Got Talent” and HBO’s “True Blood.” 

This year, Little Texas is breaking new ground with the release of its eight album, “Young For A Long Time.”

Tickets are available by calling the Arts Council at 252-291-4329, visiting the box office at the Boykin Center (Tuesday through Friday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. or Saturday from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.), or visiting the Arts Council of Wilson’s website at www.wilsonarts.com to purchase tickets online.