Country artist Darrell McCall coming to Edna
June 27, 2012 at 1:27 a.m.
Updated June 28, 2012 at 1:28 a.m.
Darrell McCall's recording career began in 1960. He was 20 years old.
Now the 72-year-old New Jasper, Ohio, native has traveled the world, wrote songs for Hank Williams Jr., and recorded with Willie Nelson.
Although fans consider him to be a legend, he's not fazed by the title.
"I let it roll off my back like water on a duck," he said.
The now resident of Fredonia said the adulation was flattering.
The father of two first picked up the guitar when he was a child. He started playing for local dances and hosting a Saturday morning radio show.
After high school, McCall enlisted in the Army National Guard, although the idea of war frightened him.
"If something scares you bad enough, you just jump right in," McCall said.
He served for six years. Fate caused him to land in the Music City of Nashville. He wouldn't have had it any other way.
McCall once sang both traditional country and honky-tonk during the 1960s, but eventually became devoted to the dance hall country that has remained popular for decades.
He has the Lone Star State to thank for his career.
"Texas has kept my music alive," he said. "I'm not finished with it yet."
Crossroads fans will have a chance to listen to this country artist on Saturday at the Texas Country Oaks Dance Hall.
Owner Sandra Stephens is a longtime fan of McCall.
Some of her favorite tunes are the feel-good song "Green Snakes on the Ceiling" and ballad "My Kind of Lovin."
"It's his (McCall's) first time here and we are thrilled to death," she said.
VIP ticket holders will be treated to dinner with the music legend and receive an autographed picture. VIP tickets are $25 each.
Although the establishment can hold close to 500 people, Stephens said 300 attendees would be sufficient.
"We want to give people room to dance," she said.
Promoter Hank Dicke said it's great to have a legend grace the Crossroads stage.
He added that artist Justin Trevino will serve as the opening act. McCall's wife, Mona McCall will also perform.
Darrell McCall, who's on the Heart of Texas Records, said Trevino adds great flavor to the show.
"We keep the people entertained," said McCall.