"God Blessed Texas" featured on American Idol
On Wednesday night, January 27th, America was reminded that "God Blessed Texas'
is the National Anthem of Texas.
Almost 25 MILLION viewers tuned in for this episode that featured contestants coming
to Dallas, TX, in hopes of becoming the next American Idol.
But this isn't the first time the song has been used on the tube. For years the Texas
Ford Dealers have used it in their commercials. And just recently the song was
featured in HBO's popular True Blood series.
January 28, 2010
April 23, 2010
Second time for everything: The return of Little Texas
by Michele Marcotte The Daily Sentinel, Nacogdoches, TX
You don't have to be a country music aficionado to recall toe-tapping hit "God
Blessed Texas" by Nashville-based Little Texas.
The song was one of the band's most popular songs, having been featured
everywhere from Ford Motor Company commercials to the HBO original series
"True Blood," and it is sure to be one of the many hits performed at the band's
performance tonight at Banita Creek Hall.
We asked the band's bassist, Duane Propes, a native of Longview, to share a
little about the band and what he and the three other original band members
(Porter Howell, Del Gray and Dwayne O'Brien) have been doing since Little
AlleyFest 2010: Little Texas to take stage at annual event
May 28, 2010
By Glenn Evans, Longview News-Journal
It will be hard to find a stranger when Little Texas headlines the opening night of
Longview's annual downtown party.
AlleyFest returns on June 4 when the Country band responsible for 15 Top 10
songs, half its four members from Longview, invite a hometown crowd to a
"We're calling it our homecoming," bassist Duane Propes said of the concert on
the Budweiser Stage, which backs up to the railroad tracks on Fredonia Street.
"We're all going to have so many friends there. The coolest thing about it is we're
kind of having an impromptu Class of '85 reunion that Friday."
November 8, 2010
Little Texas Joins Gene Simmons for "Aces & Angels"
Benefit to Kick Off Superbowl Week
November 22, 2010
Neal McCoy & Little Texas To Benefit Carl Perkins Center
for Prevention of Child Abuse
The 17th Annual Blue Suede Spectacular Event benefitting the Exchange Club-Carl
Perkins Center for Prevention of Child Abuse is coming up on February 26, 2011. This
year's headliners include Neal McCoy, Little Texas and The Roys. Tickets for dinner
and the concert are available starting December 8th. For the agenda or ticket
information, visit: http://www.carlperkinscenter.org/bluesuede.html
December 29, 2010
There's no doubt you're in Nashville when a free concert by Little
Texas, the annual Music City Bowl Battle of the Bands and Zac
Brown's Bridgestone Arena performance result in downtown street
closures. That's exactly what's happening Wednesday afternoon,
December 29, when 2nd Avenue from Commerce Street to
Demonbreun; 1st Avenue from Church Street to Demonbreun and
Broadway from 1st to 4th close down in preparation of tonight's
triple musical happenings.
Country Music's Little Texas kicks things off with a free concert at 5pm. Following their
concert, it's time for the annual Music City Bowl Battle of the Bands when the
University of North Carolina Tar Heels' Marching Band faces off against Music City Bowl
rivals University of Tennessee Volunteers' Pride of the Southland Marching Band.
DALLAS — KISS rock legend Gene Simmons, star of A&E’s Reality
Series Gene Simmons’ Family Jewels will host 1,000 Texas
servicemen and women and more than 3,500 partygoers at the 2011
Aces and Angels Salute to the Troops, a benefit supporting The
Wounded Warrior Project and the USO. It is the first major event of
the big game week in Dallas and takes place at Fair Park’s
Centennial Hall, Wednesday, February 2, 2011, 6 p.m. to 1:30 a.m.
Aces and Angels will feature live performances in part by multi-platinum
Grammy-nominated artist Five for Fighting (“100 Years,” “Chances,” “Superman ”),
ACM Vocal Group of the Year Little Texas (“God Blessed Texas”), and many others.
Aces and Angels Salute to the Troops will also play host the $100,000 Texas State
Poker Championships where the winner will advance to represent the State of Texas
at the World Series of Poker. The first 100 ticket purchasers will receive $100 off
general admission. For more information or to purchase tickets, log on to
www.aces-angels.org or call 214-440-3936.
March 12, 2011
Del Gray Inducted Into the Hometown Hall of Fame
Laurin Sprauge, left, Director of Fine Arts
for Hamilton City Schools hands a plaque to
Del Gray, a founder of the band Little Texas
as Gray is inducted into the Hamilton City
Schools' Fine Arts Hall of Fame during the
fifth annual ArtRageous: A Visual and
Performing Arts Extravaganza! held at
Garfield Middle School on Saturday, March
April 1, 2011
Little Texas "Gets Their Boots On" with Boot Campaign
Little Texas recently posed for this great
photo to help support "The Boot Campaign."
The Boot Campaign is a grassroots initiative
started by 5 women from Texas known as
the Boot Girls. They provide an easy and
tangible way for Americans to show support
of our troops (both past and present) that’s
practical and directly benefits our military.
Proceeds from boot sales are donated to
partner charities, who assist returning
veterans dealing with Post Traumatic Stress
disorder and varying degrees of physical injuries. To learn more about this great
organization, click the photo or go to www.bootcampaign.com.
May 2, 2011
LT Rocks the United Way of Hays County Celebrity Classic
It was a great weekend of music, golf and celebrities when Hollywood and Nashville
met in San Marcos, TX, this weekend for the Annual Celebrity Classic. United Way of
Hays County helps more than 30,000 Hays County residents who receive support and
programs from United Way and their partner agencies. “Having Little Texas perform at
our event was extremely exciting for me as I grew up listening to and loving their
music,” said Michelle Harper, executive director for United Way of Hays County. “I
know there are lots of Hays County residents that feel the same way. This was a great
opportunity to see Little Texas in concert and support a very worthwhile organization.”
For more info on UWHC go to www.unitedwayhaysco.org.
August 15, 2011
Little Texas Kicks It at Hope Watermelon Festival
Hope, Ark. — Kick a Little” hardly
described what Little Texas did on
stage in Hope Saturday night as they
played hard and fast throughout their
time slot before Chuck Wicks and
band took the stage.
For the third big name concert of the
recent Hope Watermelon Festival
series, it seemed again a huge
University of Arkansas Community
College at Hope Chancellor Chris
Thomason said there was an excited
“Little Texas are rocking it out there, “
October 10, 2011
Elmira, NY's WKPQ Changes Format With Little Texas
The ELMIRA/CORNING, NY market woke up with
a new Country signal in the market. At 12:20a,
WKPQ (POWER 105) jettisoned the Hot AC
format and debuted ALL NEW KICKIN' COUNTRY
105.3. Using the slogan "Fresh New Country And All Of Your Favorites," the first
song played was LITTLE TEXAS' "KICK A LITTLE," a song that was featured in
hundreds of teaser TV ads over the past month. Morning host TJ SHARPE was the
first personality to broadcast from the new, state-of-the-art studios in Hornell, NY.
WKPQ is a 50,000-watt regional station serving seven counties in upstate New York
and two in northern Pennsylvania.
August 26, 2011
"Professor" Dwayne O'Brien Leads at Belmont University
Our own Dwayne O'Brien has joined Belmont University's
Mike Curb College of Entertainment and Music Business
faculty full-time as Instructor of Music Business. O'Brien has
been teaching music business classes as a part time
instructor over the last few years.
Notable alumni of Belmont are Porter Howell, Duane
Propes and Shaun Bayles, as well as Brad Paisley & Larry
Stewart of Restless Heart.
March 6, 2012
Little Texas To Hold Concert at Rockingham Speedway on
Multi-platinum band also to perform National Anthem for
April 15 Carolina 200
Rockingham, N.C. (March 5, 2012 ) – Little Texas, best
known for their hits “God Blessed Texas”, “What Might
Have Been” and “Kick A Little”, will be rocking The Rock
on Saturday, April 14, 2012 in advance of the Good Sam
Club Roadside Assistance Carolina 200 presented by
Cheerwine NASCAR Camping World Truck Series (NCWTS)
race on April 15. Little Texas will be performing a concert for race fans at
Rockingham Speedway on April 14. The band will also be performing the National
Anthem before the April 15 running of the NASCAR Camping World Truck
SeriesGood Sam Club Carolina 200 presented by Cheerwine.
June 1, 2012
Little Texas Joins AirVenture Musical Lineup
Chart-topping country band plays Theater in the Woods on Wednesday,
With several chart-topping hits in tow, Little Texas will be
bringing its brand of rockin' country to EAA AirVenture
Oshkosh 2012. On Wednesday, July 25, the energetic band will
be performing some of their top hits, like "God Blessed Texas"
and "What Might Have Been."
The performance is scheduled to begin at 9 p.m. at the
Theater in the Woods, and caps AirVenture's salute to the
"Greatest Generation in the Air Day" on Wednesday.