The Blue Water Highway Band

The Blue Water Highway Band will perform old favorites and new music in front of their hometown fans Saturday at The Clarion at Brazosport College in Lake Jackson.

LAKE JACKSON — With the Blue Water Highway Band in place as the main band, audiences will witness classic Americana songs woven with an orchestra and gospel singers to provide the community with a night of “progressive nostalgia.”

“The Grand Ol’ American Radio Show” is a musical variety show celebrating the culture and music of a feel-good American summer. Produced by Grand Ol’ Show Productions, Will Hearn’s Grand Ol’ American Radio Show features the internationally touring Blue Water Highway Band backed by the Liberty Radio Orchestra and Gospel Singers.

The Grand Ol’ American Radio Show will be presented at 7:30 p.m. Saturday and 4 p.m. Sunday at The Clarion at Brazosport College, 500 College Drive in Lake Jackson. A limited number of tickets remained Wednesday afternoon for each performance, ranging from $22 to $32 each.

To have The Clarion as the venue for the show is an honor, Hearn said.

“It’s actually really nice,” he said. “It’s such an awesome facility.”

One of the first songs performed in the show is Creedence Clearwater Revival’s “Down on the Corner,” but halfway through the song, the sound will change and it will be performed as if it were a jazz song, Hearn said.

“We do things like that, try to put different spins on things,” he said.

Lead vocalist and guitarist Zach Kibodeaux, who helped choose songs and write skits, is primarily excited for residents to see the show because the Blue Water Highway Band is the big, main house band of the night, he said.

“That’s Blue Water Highway’s job,” he said. “We have extra people like horns and gospel singers. It’s really special doing these things with Will because it’s an extension of what I already feel with my own band.”

During the show, residents should hear classic songs modified a bit, taking rock songs and meshing them with different musical genres, Kibodeaux said.

That’s part of the “progressive nostalgia” of the entire night, Kibodeaux said.

“We like to do that,” he said. “We like to do it our way. It’s still our own way but preserving the classic feel of those songs. We have a lot of things to make it feel fresh but also classic.”

He always jumps at the opportunity to play with Hearn, his band and anyone else on stage, Kibodeaux said.

“It’s really kind of a big, extended family affair,” he said. “It’s just the atmosphere around all the shows that I really love. it’s just so much fun.”

Tapping into the feel and spirit of summertime, the community will feel as though they are at a groovy, laid-back summer party, Kibodeaux said.

“That’s what we are attempting to do,” he said. “That’s what I am looking forward to. There’s just nothing better than that.”

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Connor Behrens is a reporter at The Facts. You can contact him at 979-237-0150.

Features Writer/Reporter for The Facts in Clute, Texas. I'm a communications graduate from the University of Houston. I have written for publications such as the Washington Post and the Galveston County Daily News.

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