Texas Country Music Hall of Famer Moe Bandy will be in Texoma this weekend. Bandy will be in concert at 3 p.m. Saturday at WinStar World Casino in Thackerville, Oklahoma.
Tickets can be purchased online at ticketmaster.com.
Bandy has topped country music charts for the last 50 years. He has had 10 Top Ten singles. Some of Bandy’s songs include, “Hank Williams, You Wrote My Life,” “Just Good Ol’ Boys,” “I Cheated Me Right Out of You,” “She’s Not Really Cheatin’ (She’s Just Gettin’ Even),” and “Americana.”
Bandy’s most recent album, “Lucky Me” was released in 2016 and guests on this album include the Oak Ridge Boys, Ricky Skaggs and Riders in the Sky.
Bandy answered a few questions about his upcoming performance in Oklahoma.
Q. Tell me about the show you will be putting on Sunday.
A. I perform traditional country music. I will be performing my songs like, “Bandy the Rodeo Clown,” “Rodeo Romeo,” and “Keeping Country.” I just like performing my songs. Then I like to take some time and talk to the audience and joke around with them.
Q. Do you have a favorite song right now or a favorite song to perform?
A. I really enjoy performing, “Bandy the Rodeo Clown.” That is a really fun song and it’s really entertaining for the audience. But, I also really like, “To Old to Die Young.” It is a really personal piece and when I perform it, it is almost like I am doing a prayer.
Q. Tell me about when you were inducted into the Texas Country Music Hall of Fame. Was that ever a goal of yours? What was that day like?
A. I am so proud to be from Texas. Being inducted into the Texas Country Music Hall of Fame was such an honor. There are so many great artists from Texas. I am happy to be included as one of them.
Q. When the upcoming generations think about Moe Bandy, what do you want them to think?
A. I want people to remember me as a great entertainer that played some great songs. I want them to think that my songs were crazy and fun but that I also had some serious songs too. I just want them to remember my music for exactly what it is.
Q. Tell me about your latest CD, Lucky Me. What was the inspiration behind it?
A. I wanted this album to be a traditional country album, but use all of the modern technology available at modern studios. My producer Jimmy Capps found songs that really fit me. I enjoyed cutting this album. “Everything Hank Williams Did, But Die” is a really good song on the album. I think that it kind of sets the scene for the whole album and I think that people will really like it a lot.
Q. You have been in the music industry for more than five decades. Tell me how you have seen country music change.
A. The music industry has changed over time in a lot of ways, but the biggest one is in the role technology plays in making an album. In the studio they can adjust pitch and make sure all of the instruments sound like they are tuned perfectly. They can even change the key the voice is singing in. Over the years, it has gotten better and better. You do not have to do a lot of takes to make a song if you are out of tune or if you mess up. Technology has helped fix a lot of problems.
Q. When people leave your concert this weekend, what would you like for people to be saying about Moe Bandy and his musical legacy?
A. I want people to leave saying that they were very entertained, and I would like it if they remember some of my corny jokes. I want them to leave having seen a lot of things that they really liked.
Q. Is there anything else you would like the people of this area to know about you?
A. I am glad to be playing in Oklahoma this weekend. I really love the casino there and I have really enjoyed playing for the people in this area in the past.