|Country music star, David Frizzell,
has announced the inaugural LeftyFest Music Festival to be held in Corsicana, Texas on Saturday, June 16, 2018.
festival is established, in cooperation with the city of Corsicana, to
honor the enduring musical legacy of Lefty Frizzell, one of American
music’s most iconic and influential singer/stylists of any genre. Lefty,
who would’ve turned 90 this year, was a member of the Grand Ole Opry,
and was inducted into the Country Music Hall of Fame in 1982. A star on
the Hollywood Walk of Fame honors his contributions to entertainment.
Frizzell is the younger brother of Lefty. He toured with Lefty in his
youth, before being signed to a record deal of his own, and going on to a
multi-award-winning career that remains dynamic today. David is a
singer, songwriter, touring performer, producer and author.
chance meeting with Corsicana Chief of Police, Robert Johnson, set the
wheels in motion for David Frizzell’s longtime dream of a festival to
honor his world-famous brother. Johnson, arguably the only SAG-AFTRA
actor in the world who also happens to be a police chief, is an avid fan
of Lefty Frizzell, and was instrumental in the early planning for
“I am so grateful to the city of Corsicana, Chief
Johnson, and the good folks at The Moontower at the Oaks,” David says.
“Without their support and enthusiasm, we wouldn’t be able to host this
festival. It has been a dream and a goal of mine for many years, and I
am so excited to honor my brother, and give the gift of a free festival
to country music fans in Texas and from around the world.”
free festival will be held in Corsicana’s Jester Park, home to the
Lefty Frizzell Museum and statue. LeftyFest performers include David
Frizzell, Lacy J. Dalton, Paulette Carlson, Marty Haggard, Allen
Frizzell, Sarah Patrick, Aaron Copeland and other popular Texas regional
Lefty Frizzell has been called “the honky-tonk
archetype.” His voice was golden; he wore fringe and Nudie suits and
those trademark bandanas; and he had a fondness for women and whiskey.
Before this became a Hollywood stereotype, it was the real Lefty. Born
William Orville Frizzell, this year marks 90 years since the birth of
this legendary singer, just outside of Corsicana, Texas in 1928.
burst onto the music scene in 1951 and had had eight top 10 hits in
that year alone. At one point, Frizzell had four songs in the Billboard
Top 10 at the same time, something that had never happened before: “I
Want To Be With You Always,” “Always Late (With Your Kisses),” “Mom And
Dad’s Waltz,” and “Travelin’ Blues.”
As a singer, Lefty was the
ultimate stylist. His voice was an instrument that he played
brilliantly: stretching out or breaking up vowels. He slurred his words
and played with phrasing. His pioneering vocals have inspired decades of
artists, and his songs have become classics and beloved standards.
Merle Haggard revered Lefty Frizzell, and was often quoted praising the
singer. Willie Nelson loved Frizzell’s songwriting so much that he
released an album of Lefty cover songs.