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Jim Reeves' nephew sings and tell stories through charity concert at the Welder Center

By Camille Doty
March 13, 2012 at 5:05 p.m.
Updated March 12, 2012 at 10:13 p.m.

Jim Reeves is a member of the Country Music and Texas Country Music halls of fame. He died in a plane crash weeks shy of his 41st birthday.  His nephew, John Rex Reeves, will pay a tribute to the late musician in a charity concert at 7:30 p.m. Thursday.

IF YOU GO

WHEN: 7:30 p.m. Thursday WHERE: Leo J. Welder Center, 214 N. Main St., Victoria HOW MUCH: $25 To purchase tickets: Call 361-570-8587 or visit theatrevictoria.org.

Jim Reeves' legacy extends a half of century after his death in 1964. He died in a plane crash weeks shy of his 41st birthday.

John Rex Reeves, his nephew, is helping to expand the longevity of the Texas Country Music Hall of Fame singer through the gift of song and stories.

John Reeves, a 76-year-old Panola County native, doesn't try to compare his talent to his deceased uncle.

"I was so close to him and loved him so much," he said. "I don't think anyone will be able to fill his shoes."

Jim Reeves' song, "He'll Have to Go," was recognized as Hot Country Song by Billboard magazine. The album went platinum.

Some of his other hits include "Mexican Joe," "Am I Losing You" and "Welcome to My World."

The doting nephew will make his Theatre Victoria debut in "Jim Reeves Tribute Show," although he's performed in the Crossroads 15 previous times.

The Thursday evening performance will be a charity concert to benefit the Victoria Lions Club, Theatre Victoria and the Bluebonnet Youth Ranch.

"He likes to support the kids and has been involved with this fundraiser for years," said Jessica Gumm, the Bluebonnet's development director.

RCA recording artist Dottsy will be featured as a special guest.

Reeves starting singing full-time 20 years ago. He is a regular RFD TV with the "Midwest Country Show" and has recorded several CDs of his own.

His concerts pay homage to the country star and allow fans to take a stroll down memory lane.

"If people want to hear Jim's music, they'll be able to enjoy it a second time around," he said.

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