Wednesday, December 10, 2008
– BlueHighways TV (BHTV), a cable, satellite and internet network focusing on roots music, travel and Americana culture, will begin airing the weekly series "Texas County Line" Tuesday, Dec. 16. A half-hour musical tour of the Lone Star state, the show is hosted by native Texas actor Brad Maule, familiar to television viewers as Dr. Tony Jones on "General Hospital" and Ashlee Simpson's father on"7th Heaven."
"Texans enjoy their traditional country and western swing music, and our state is rich with musicians and songwriters," said Maule. "With Texas County Line I take my BHTV viewers on the ultimate insiders tour of Texas honky-tonks, and festivals, spiced with the famous characters, stories and vintage performance footage of our musical history."
The BHTV premiere features Country Music Hall of Fame member and Grammy Winner, Ray Price's 82nd Birthday Concert in Tyler, a visit to the Texas Country Music Hall of Fame in Carthage, a vintage video clip of a dapper Willie Nelson singing Crazy, the song he wrote for Patsy Cline, a video from Crystal Sands, a newcomer who keeps her sound traditional to country roots, and a visit to Harlon's Barbeque in Nacogdoches, where singer Glenn Lenderman offers up roadhouse country music for patrons and dancers.
Future offerings in the BHTV Texas County Line series will include: Bob Wills' Texas Playboys, Gene Watson, Eddy Raven, Johnny Rodriquez, Billy Joe Shaver, Darrell McCall, Tony Booth, Moe Bandy, Heather Myles, Amber Digby, Justin Trevino, Frankie Miller, Leona Williams, Ron Williams, The Browns, Leroy VanDyke, Hank Thompson, Fiddlin' Frenchie Burke, Freddie Hart, Jimmy Dean, Charlie Walker, Merle Kilgore, Cindy Walker, Leon Rausch, Kitty Wells as well as clips from the 1960s Ernest Tubb TV Shows with Jack Greene, Cal Smith, Willie Nelson, Leon Rhodes and others. A new show will be offered each Tuesday, with repeats of the program throughout the week.