June brings two opportunities to hear the outstanding classic country band The Westernaires in the Brazos Valley. The band will play at the Veterans of Foreign Wars (VFW) post in Navasota, Texas, on June 8 and at The Western Club Bar & Grill, also in Navasota, on June 15. Both shows are open to the public.
“We’ve discovered that the band appeals to a wide age group,” says Karen Hadaway, band publicist. “They have a traditional twin fiddle and steel guitar sound that brings back the classic feel of western swing and vintage Texas.”
Along with its staple country sound, the band adds classic rock and blues numbers into the mix. Most of the musicians take a turn at vocals, and their individual styles add depth and energy to the band’s performances. Pedal steel guitar player Ray Hadaway brought the band members together in 2009. In May, the band cut its first official CD, which is anticipated for release later in the year.
Band members take turns on lead vocals and harmony, creating a captivating sound unique to the group, and as a result The Westernaires have developed a loyal following around the region. Their traditional style and first-rate dancing music is regularly heard at Sons of Hermann Lodge in Downtown Bryan, Texas, as well as The Western Club and other area venues. The June date is the band’s first performance at the Navasota VFW, but they are already secured for a return appearance in July.
The musicians have long and respected tenures individually, with a combined track record of nearly 100 years. Hadaway has played in bands for over 25 years, starting with top-40 music and moving on to the classic country music he loves. Scott Howard also brings a long history of music to the band, playing multiple instruments in addition to one of the band’s twin fiddles. Fiddle player Robby Wills has won competitions across Texas with his excellent fiddling, and he adds his talents as harmony singer to the band’s sound. Bassist Andy Johnson switches smoothly from upright bass to electric, pulling on musical experience steeped in blues, jazz, and country styles. The most recent addition to the band is Scott Randon, who joined The Westernaires in January after playing the Grand Old Opry with Bill Anderson and touring with musician Darrel Worley.
Whether you like to dance or simply appreciate listening to good music, catch The Westernaires at one of their upcoming dates—anywhere from Bryan to Shelby to the Kenney Store. To find out more about The Westernaires and see their performance schedule on the band’s website or Facebook page.