Stephenville Music Club

Western hats and boots were the style of the day when the Stephenville Music Club continued “going country” at its noon meeting Oct. 8 at First United Methodist Church.  

President Joyce Hillin called the meeting to order, welcoming 17 members and 11 guests.

After routine business, program director Linda Young was introduced and she gave a brief history of the life and music of Hank Williams, Sr.

Hiram King Williams (September 17, 1923 - January 1, 1953), better known as Hank Williams, was an American singer and songwriter and musician who has become an icon of country music and one of the most influential songwriters of the 20th century. A leading pioneer of the honky-tonk style, he had numerous hit records, and his charismatic performances and succinct compositions increased his fame.

His songbook is a backbone of country music, and several of his songs are pop standards as well. He has been covered in a range of pop, gospel, blues and rock styles. His death at the age of 29 helped fuel his legend. In his short life, Williams had eleven #1 hits, five top twelve pop songs and seven hundred tribute songs written about him. His son Hank, Jr., daughter Jett, and grandchildren Hank Williams III, Holly Williams, and Hilary Williams are also professional singers. He was ranked 27th in Rolling Stone’s Greatest Singers of All Time.

Linda introduced her son, Jon, who has quite a musical history himself. Jon was born October 8, 1981, and began singing professionally at the age of eight with the Half-Pint Singers. He was a member of the SHS Band, playing trombone and tuba. Jon is not only a self-taught guitarist but is also accomplished on the keyboard and harmonica.

Jon thanked the club for the opportunity to perform and introduced the other members of his band; Larry Parham on bass and Wesley Holtsford on fiddle.  Then the toe-tapping and clapping began as the band played and sang “Your Cheaten’ Heart,” “Ramblin Man,” “There’s a Tear in My Beer,” and “I’m So Lonesome I Could Cry.” Joyce Hillin then added some rag-time jazz to the mix as the band performed “Move It On Over,” with Linda Young singing the descant. The program concluded with the ever popular “Hey Good Lookin’.”

The next meeting of the Stephenville Music Club will be Nov. 12 with Dan DeVivo presenting the program on the life and music of Jim Reeves. Founded in 1933, the Stephenville Music Club continues to bring the spiritualizing force of music to the inner life of the community. For more information, call 965-3117.

Pioneer fall board meeting

More than 75 women, members of clubs in Pioneer District of the Texas Federation of Women’s Clubs, met recently at the Graham Street Church of Christ Family Center for the annual fall meeting. The Stephenville Study Club and 20th Century Club hosted the meeting. Visitors signed in and were given a “Ditty bag” of goodies from various businesses in town plus a copy of “Erath County Living” and a door prize furnished by members of the two clubs.

Lynn Long, president of Pioneer District called the meeting to order. Cub Scouts from Pack 7 presented the flags and led the group in the pledges.

In the business meeting that followed, all officers gave a report plus there was a roll call of the clubs with presidents telling how many members they had present. After a short break, the meeting resumed with President Long reporting on her project, “Domestic Abuse.” Several baskets of toiletry items were presented to Long for “Wise House” in Bowie. Laura Proctor of Lingleville then read her poem, “A Dance and a Note.” This poem won first place at the national level competition of the General Federation of Women.

The spring District meeting will be held in Decatur on March 6 and the State Convention will be April 13-16 in Corpus Christi. Clubs were given time for announcements and the 20th Century Club invited everyone back on Dec. 3 for their annual “Artists’ Luncheon” which raises money for art education in Stephenville.