The Texas Longhorn club is becoming the premier live music venue in the region. Tina Cotton and her staff are going the long mile in bringing quality acts to the club. Averaging three live concerts a month over the last four months, Cotton has booked the most popular and upcoming artists in country music.

The next performer booked at the Longhorn, appearing March 10, is Chris Young. Young is a native of Murfeesboro, Tenn., who has exploded on the country scene. The 26-year old singer and songwriter started as a high school student with a strong desire to make his mark in country music. By the time Young was in college, he was playing over 150 dates a year.

In 2006, Young won the Nashville Star contest in Houston, Texas. That win gave him is first contract, with RCA records. Later that year his debut single, “Drinkin Me Lonely” peaked on Billboard at #42.

In 2007, saw Young nominated as the Academy of Country Music Top New Male Vocalist and Top New Solo Vocalist. That year he won the CMT Music Awards Nationwide Is On Your Side Award.

In May 2008, Young released his third single, “Voices”. In August of that year “Voices” broke the Billboard top 40 by peaking at #37.

Young’s second album, “The Man I Want to Be,” released in 2008 included a cover version of Tony Joe White’s “Rainy Night in Georgia.” Young’s baritone voice and skillful delivery gave the song a deep and soulful sound that seemed effortless for Young.

That year also gave Young a unique opportunity. He was accompanied on the cover version of Waylon Jennings “Rose in Paradise” by his hero Willie Nelson.
“I love traditional music and I live Waylon Jennings,”said Young. “We sent Willie a copy and he came to record it. I still can’t believe that I got to spend time in the studio with Willie Nelson.”

When the two met in the studio, Young nervously approached Nelson and said, “It’s a pleasure to meet you,” Nelson said, “Drop that man, come here and let me tell you how good your voice is.” The two hit it off and had a great session. The record is a great matchup of two killer stylists.”

“The Man I Want to Be” is quickly approaching gold status. The album produced three back to back #1 singles with the title track making a three-week run at the top spot.

In 2010, Young was nominated for New Artist of the Year by the Country Music Association and received a Grammy nomination as Best Country Vocal Performance for “Gettin’ You Home.”

The tribute to traditional country music is evident in many of Young’s hits. One that is both traditional and contemporary is “Beer or Gasoline.” The dilemma is that the man only has enough money for either gasoline or beer, but not enough for both. It is the problem that any redneck dreads.

Not only a gifted singer, Young also possesses a talent as a songwriter. He was a co-writer with Chris Tompkins and Craig Wiseman on “Voices.”

“Your family are people that you lean on and learn from,” said Young. “When I told my family that I wanted to do music they were really supportive. I think that “Voices” portrays the importance of that.”

Young has an album, “Neon,” scheduled for release this summer. The single “Tomorrow” from that album exploded on the chart with first week sales of 30,000 downloads.

Recently Young has toured with Rascal Flatts, but is on the road with his band for the second leg of their “Nothing Like This Tour,” running through March.

Young’s March 10 concert at the Texas Longhorn is a concert that promises a great night of music. It will be a time to hear some standards and new releases by an artist that is sure to become a super star on the country scene in the near future.

“I don’t see myself as a savior of country music; I’m just a lucky guy living his dream,” said Young. “I love playing music, there is no way I could do anything else.”

Tickets are $20 and table reservations can be made by calling the Texas Longhorn at 337-589-5647 ext 108.

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