If you like old-fashioned country music, you’ll love Jake Penrod.
Penrod will be performing the “The History of Country Music from Jimmie Rodgers to George Strait” at 7 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 25, at Liberty Hall in Tyler.
Tickets are $30 and may be purchased at www.LibertyTyler.com or by phone at (866) 710-8942.
Penrod not only sings and writes but can also play just about any instrument you hand him.
On his current album, titled “Closer To Me,” he wrote every song and played every instrument, as well. His newest undertaking is equally as ambitious. He calls his new one-man show “The History of Country Music from Jimmie Rodgers to George Strait.”
He is a country music traditionalist who believes moving forward doesn’t necessarily mean leaving the past behind.
“We can’t forget where we came from. If country music is going to carry on, you have to keep the roots alive,” Penrod said.
In this enterprising project he highlights the country music genre from its 1920's hillbilly start, through the bluegrass, honky tonk and western swing eras. Then he meanders into the 70's and 80's where we were introduced to outlaw country, then on to the present. Penrod doesn't simply talk the talk, he definitely walks the walk and his passion for this genre of music is obvious in this incredible showcase.
Penrod attracted national attention as a featured guest on RFD-TV’s TruCountry, and was a regular cast member on RuralTV’s Texas Pickin’ Party where he not only sang, but was also the program’s pedal steel guitarist. He has performed as country music icon Hank Williams Sr. in the Off Broadway play Lost Highway and in his self-penned road show, Hank Williams Remembered.
Jake has been named “Honky Tonk Artist of the Year” at the annual Academy of Western Artists Awards. He hosted the second- longest running show in America, WSM's Ernest Tubb Midnite Jamboree, on Sept.19, 2015
At a slim 6-feet-two-inches, he steps onstage decked out in a suit and tie, and crowned with his signature Stetson.
Penrod gives credit to fellow Texan Ernest Tubb for inspiring his style, “He always looked like a million bucks,” he says.
As he begins to play and sing, you realize he is much more than a fan of Jimmie, Hank, Lefty, Ray, Bob, Keith, Merle, Waylon, Willie, George and the rest. He is an avid student of the legends of country and his respect for the artists is clearly evident when he performs. He covers 23 of the most iconic artists in country music history while accompanying himself on guitar, piano, fiddle and steel guitar. He gives new meaning to the words, “one-man show."
When he's not on the road with The History of Country Music from Jimmie Rodgers to George Strait, Jake Penrod and his Million-Dollar Cowboys can be seen regularly in the dance halls and honky-tonks throughout Texas.
Liberty Hall is located at 103 E. Ervin in Downtown Tyler.