This is a story about a band and its members that reads like a classic American novel, and contains all the poignant elements that demand the eventual telling of the tale in some epoch feature film. In 1931, a man who would become a Texas music legend named Bob Wills brought a band called The Light Crust Doughboys to the Burrus Mill Flour Company. The Light Crust Doughboys are still performing, recording and “On The Air.” Some of the premier country and western musicians in the world have filled the ranks of the Doughboys, and hundreds of musicians claim to have played with the band when it came through their towns. Each new generation of musicians had a cadre of even brighter stars to lead the upward way.
Led by Grammy Award-Winning musician and producer Art Greenhaw on piano, bass, guitar and vocals, The Light Crust Doughboys in various combinations include such virtuoso instrumentalists and singers as Jim Baker on violin, banjo; Randy Wills (5th generation descendant of Bob) on keyboards and bass; Marek Eneti on electric violin; Dion Pride on guitar and vocals; and Teresa Anderson on vocals. The Light Crust Doughboys have played prestigious festivals throughout the United States, have toured Austria, and make frequent television appearances. The Light Crust Doughboys were named The State of Texas’ Official Music Ambassadors by the 74th Texas Legislature, are Texas Commission on the Arts’ official touring artists, and are inductees in the Texas Cowboy, Texas Western Swing, Rockabilly, Texas Music, and Cowtown Society of Western Music Halls of Fame. In 2012, Dion Pride became the first African American “Doughboy.” Another first in a family heritage that produced the most famous African American country music pioneer, Dion’s father – Charley Pride. In 2013, classically trained violin virtuoso, Marek Eneti, surprised the world by joining The Light Crust Doughboys.
Entire books have been written about The Light Crust Doughboys who are NEA American Masterpiece Touring Artists, and there are many exciting chapters yet to be told. If you would like to become a part of the history of Texas music, you are invited to book the band for a show at your school, venue or special event. As a special AFM Entertainment feature, duos and trios from The Light Crust Doughboys are available for all occasions. While The Light Crust Doughboys are known for their exciting electric and electric-light-violin stage shows, acoustic and strolling performances are also possible, in various Doughboy configurations.
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