You Don't Know Me: The Cindy Walker Songbook slated for May 19-20 at THS

Members of the Trinity Star Arts Council (TSAC) accepted a $500 Cherokee Maiden donation from Chris Christensen Systems for their upcoming musical, The Cindy Walker Songbook. The production will showcase over 20 songs written by Walker, a native of Mexia, who was often called the 'greatest songwriter of country music.' The musical tribute is slated for May 19-20 at Teague High School theater. For tickets and more information, visit www.trinitystarartscouncil.org. Pictured (front) Operations Manager Jennifer Davis, TSAC member Janie Richards, TSAC member George Boyd, and TSAC member Jeff Harrison; (back) TSAC members Jane Morrison and Rachel Bossier.
Photo by April Walker

You Don't Know Me: The Cindy Walker Songbook, a new and original musical tribute to the country songwriter, will be performed for the first time onstage at the Theatre at Teague High School May 19-20. Making its debut, the show, created by Jeff Harrison and produced by Trinity Star Arts Council, will be directed by George Boyd. Featured will be Harrison’s band accompanying vocal artists from the area. Cindy Walker, a charter member of the Nashville Songwriters Hall of Fame, wrote a prolific array of classics, scoring numerous hits on country and pop charts across five decades. Her songs were number 1 hits for Bob Wills, Merle Haggard, Eddy Arnold, and Ricky Skaggs, to name a few. Best known songs include “Cherokee Maiden,” “Dream Baby,” “In the Misty Moonlight,” and “You Don’t Know Me,” the latter being recorded by such artists as Elvis Presley, Emmylou Harris, Willie Nelson, and Ray Charles. Born in Mart, Texas, Walker was reared by a musical family and began performing on Texas stages at the young age of seven. By the time she was 30 she had her first chart hit, “Lone Star Trail,” recorded by Bing Crosby. She pursued her career in Los Angeles for more than a decade, becoming a go-to writer for Western movie soundtracks and even singing in a couple of movies herself. During this period, she was discovered by Bob Wills, who recorded more than 50 of her songs. Walker began to realize her true calling was composing, so she focused her energy on that as she returned to her Texas home in Mexia.

 

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