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Wednesday, June 21, 2017

Shooter Jennings to Highlight July 4th Celebration

Shooter Jennings.
This year’s featured artist at Roscoe’s 4th of July celebration on Saturday, July 1, is singer-songwriter Shooter Jennings, the son of country music legend Waylon Jennings. His music is primarily Outlaw Country and Southern Rock.

He was born on May 19, 1979, and spent much of his early years traveling in his dad’s tour bus. He grew up around music and in 2001 left Nashville for Los Angeles, where he formed Stargunn, a rock band, The group released the album The Only Way Up is Down and went on tour. They performed the soundtrack of the film Made, and their song "White Lines N Black Ties" was licensed for the Burt Reynolds film The Crew.

In 2003 the band broke up, and Jennings left rock to begin his country music career. His first album, Put the “O” Back in Country was released in 2005. The same year his song “Busted in Baylor County” was featured in the film The Dukes of Hazzard. His album Electric Rodeo was produced in 2006, followed by The Wolf in 2007, which featured collaborations with Doug Kershaw and the Oak Ridge Boys. Bad Magick: The Best of Shooter Jennings came out in 2009, followed by Family Man in 2012 and The Other Life (2013). In 2014, he began playing with Waylon’s Outlaws, his father’s band.

Over the years he has recorded songs with Billy Ray Cyrus, Asleep at the Wheel, Wanda Jackson, Willie Nelson, Kris Kristofferson, Lukas Nelson, and others. Notable singles include the appropriate (for his Roscoe appearance) “4th of July,” “Outlaw You,” and “Gone to Carolina.”

Other musicians performing on July 1 at the free concert and street dance "on the bricks" in downtown Roscoe will be Aaron Einhouse and Saints Eleven.



Roscoe students receiving their FAA (Federal Aviation Administration) Drone Certification last week were Braxton Parrott, Paul Pantoja, Arthur Pope, and Nicholas Limones.

Receiving their BioMed CVA (Certified Veterinarian Assistant) Level Certification from the Texas Veterinarian Medical Association were Jovanah Guzman and Caleb Boren.



Casey Donahew.
Popular Texas Country recording artist Casey Donahew will return to the Lumberyard for a command performance Friday evening. Opening for him is up-and-coming singer Dalton Domino.

Donahew, a singer and songwriter originally from Burleson, began his singing career in 2002 and since then has built up a large fan following on the Texas music circuit. His Texas Country style is similar to that of Pat Green, Randy Rogers, and Robert Earl Keen. His six CDs include one live and five studio albums, including Moving On, Double-Wide Dream, and Standoff. Popular singles
include “White Trash Story,”  “Double-Wide Dream,”  “Fallen,”  “One Star Flag,” and “12 Gauge.”
Dalton Domino.
Dalton Domino, who plays at venues in Lubbock and has released the album Corners with the single, “Corners,” will open for Donahew.

For reservations and more information, contact the Lumberyard at 325-766-2457.



Dryland cotton in the area is up and looking good.
Last Wednesday, on a day when the chance for rain was 20% or less depending on which weather forecast you saw, the afternoon heat produced a storm cloud that rolled over Roscoe slightly before sundown with high winds and driving rain. It didn’t last long, but while it did, the rain fell hard enough to total .61”. (Reports south of town were up to 1.5”.) It also brought some cool air on a day that up to then had been seriously hot.

Then on Saturday, Roscoe experienced its hottest day in years when the temperature topped out at an official 105°F (or 107° according to the Weather Channel). There hadn’t been a hotter day in Roscoe since August 12, 2012, when the official temperature was 107°. And Saturday wasn’t the only hot day we had. Wednesday’s high was 97°, Thursday’s 99°, and Friday’s 100°. Sunday’s cooled down to 93°, and Monday’s was only 87°, but yesterday it was back up to 94°, and today should be the same.

Today is the official first day of summer, and the forecast is for continued heat through Friday, which should hit 100°. Saturday, however, will be much nicer with a high of only 88° and a low of 67°, and Sunday and Monday will continue the trend with highs of 78° and 81° respectively. The chance of rain for Sunday is currently set at 40% and for Monday 50%.



A memorial service was held at 11am on Saturday, June 17, at First United Methodist Church in Roscoe for Kenith Walter Brawley, 73, of Roscoe, who passed away at his residence on Tuesday, June 13. Billy Joe Jay officiated.

Kenith was born September 14, 1943, in Roscoe. He graduated from Roscoe High School in 1961. He was a veteran of the U. S. Army, serving two tours in Vietnam. During his service, he received the Vietnam Service Medal, National Defense Service Medal, the Vietnam Campaign Medal, two Overseas Bars, an Air Medal, and the Armed Forces Expeditionary Medal. He was a Disabled Veteran and worked as a Civil Draftsman in Fort Worth over thirteen years. After growing up in Roscoe, he lived in Fort Smith, Arkansas, and Fort Worth and moved back to Roscoe in 2008. He also worked as a DJ at KXOX Radio, where he was known as “Skinny Kenny.”

He is survived by two sons: Chris Brawley and wife Sabrina of Haslet, TX, and Matt Brawley of Fort Worth; his mother, Lois Brawley of Sweetwater; a brother, Dennis Brawley of Sweetwater; two sisters, Sandra Mulanax of Roscoe, and Patsy Huntley and husband Dan of Fort Walton Beach, Florida; and three grandchildren, Brittany Brawley, Amanda Brawley, and Aaron Brawley, all of Haslet.

He was preceded in death by his father, Walter Brawley; six uncles; and seven aunts. Honorary Pallbearers were Cody Thompson, Edwin Duncan, Mike Dobbs, Billy Joe Jay, Felix Pantoja and Joe Duncan.


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