The Monohans native, who turned 70 last year, is famous for penning hit songs like “Desperados Waiting for a Train” for Jerry Jeff Walker, “Boats to Build” for Alan Jackson, “Out in the Parking Lot” for Brad Paisley and “Home Grown Tomatoes” for Ray Wylie Hubbard.
“This One’s For Him,” a 2-record tribute issued late last year, highlights Clark’s importance to the music business. Thirty-three artists laid down 30 of Clark’s most memorable songs. The record has been at the top of the Americana charts since its issue date.
According to their website, www.musiccitytexas.org, Music City Texas Theater is a project of Linden – Music City Texas Inc., an autonomous nonprofit 501(c)(3) organization conceived by the Linden Economic Development Corporation in an effort to promote tourism in Linden, Cass County and the surrounding area.
The facility itself is a result of the artful renovation of the Linden American Legion Auditorium built in 1948-50, now owned by the city of Linden and leased for 10 years to Linden-MCT Inc.
The renovation has been accomplished mainly by the volunteer work of the MCT board of directors and local citizens, with the necessary funds made available by donations from the Linden Lions Club, the Linden EDC, private individuals and a loan to MCT from the EDC revolving loan fund.
Celebrating its grand opening in May of 2003, the theater is now and will continue presenting an array of quality entertainment, ranging from nationally known artists to regional and local entertainers from all genres of music.
The theater is also available for rental to other organizations that present entertainment as well as for civic and private functions.
Plans for the theater’s activities also include the presentation of “community theater” and educational workshops in the fields of music and the arts.
Tickets for the event begin at $35 and are on sale now. Call the venue’s box office at 903-756-9934 during normal business hours. Music City Texas is located at 108 North Legion Street in Linden. Doors open at 6:30 p.m. the night of the show. The show starts at 8 p.m.
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