Kick off your holiday festivities Saturday, Dec. 10, as Tarleton State University’s W.K. Gordon Center for Industrial History of Texas hosts Roy Thackerson—The Fingerless Fiddler—and his band.

The free music program begins at 6:30 p.m. at the museum in the historic ghost town of Thurber. Free refreshments will be served.

A favorite of the Grand Ole Opry, Thackerson lost the fingers on his left hand and the sight of his left eye at age 6 to a dynamite cap explosion. Because of this childhood injuries, he uses what he calls a “gut strap” to hold up his fiddle.

In addition to being a guest of the late Roy Acuff—the king of country music—on the stage of the Grand Ole Opry, Thackerson has performed on the Ralph Emory Show as well as with the late Box Car Willie in Branson, Mo.

For more information, call 254-968-1886 or email gordoncenter@tarleton.edu. 

The W.K. Gordon Center, a Tarleton museum and research facility, is open from 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Tuesdays through Saturdays and from 1-4 p.m. Sundays. The center is located at Exit 367 on Interstate 20 between Fort Worth and Abilene.