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32nd Annual Heart of Texas Country Music Festival kicks off Friday night with tribute to Johnny Bush

The music festival will run March 19-27 in Brady.

BRADY, Texas — The 32nd Annual Heart of Texas Country Music Festival in Brady is kicking off the event a little different than most after death of friend of the festival and Texas country music legend Johnny Bush in November.

The first night of the event, March 19, will be a tribute to the late artist. The headliner will be a group of former members of Bush's Band, including former front man and bass player Justin Trevino. 

"It's bitter sweet because I wish Johnny was here. It's bitter sweet. We just lost John back in November and this was going to be their date. It was going to be Johnny Bush and the Bandeloros. We basically kept the same band, which is the most recent incarnation of The Bandeloros, not counting myself. I'm going to resume my old position as bass player. There's going to be a few other singers also, but we're all going to be playing Johnny Bush music on Friday night," Trevino said.

The music festival will run from March 19-27 in Brady. All dances are BYOB. The Heart of Texas Country Music Museum offers concessions at each event.

Concho Valley Transit will provide free shuttle service throughout Brady for all functions through the week.

Schedule of events:

Friday, March 19

Brady Civic Center

8 p.m. - Johnny Bush Tribute Band with Justin Trevino, Dallas Wayne, Rance Norton, Tony Booth, featuring former members of Johnny Bush's Bandelero Band.

Saturday, March 20

Heart of Texas Country Music Museum

10 a.m. - Tommy Horton

Brady Civic Center

2 p.m. - Heart of Texas Concert featuring Moe Bandy, Darrell McCall, Tony Booth, Heather Myles, Mary Lou Turner, Mona McCall, Rance Norton, Landon Dodd, Myra Rolen, Kaye Tolson and Frankie Miller

8 p.m. - Heart of Texas Dance featuring Moe Bandy, Darrell McCall, Tony Booth, Heather Myles, Mary Lou Turner, Mona McCall, Rance Norton, Landon Dodd, Myra Rolen, Kaye Tolson and Frankie Miller 

Sunday, March 21

Heart of Texas Event Center

3 p.m. - Norma Jean's Cowboy Church Show with Special Guests Mary Lou Turner, Kaye Tolson and Tommy Horton

Monday, March 22

Heart of Texas Event Center

7 p.m. - Kelly Spinks and Miles of Texas

Tuesday, March 23

Heart of Texas Event Center

7 p.m. - The Justin Trevino Band

Wednesday, March 24

Heart of Texas Events Center

Noon - Heart of Texas Steel Guitar Show

Brady Civic Center

7 p.m. - Jody Nix and the Texas Cowboys with Jeff Woolsey and the Dance Hall Kings

Thursday, March 25

Brady Civic Center

Noon - Heart of Texas Jam featuring The Kenastons

8 p.m. - Jake Hooker & the Outsiders and Bobby Flores and the Yellow Rose Band

Friday, March 26

Brady Civic Center

9 a.m. - Darrell McCall & Friends Golf Tournament

8 p.m. - T.G. Sheppard and the Texas Country Music Hall of Fame Band with Tony Booth

Saturday, March 27

Heart of Texas Country Music Museum

10 a.m. - Tommy Horton

11:30 a.m. - Jeannie C. Riley Meet & Greet

Brady Civic Center

2 p.m. - Heart of Texas Concert featuring Johnny Rodriguez, Darrell McCall, Tony Booth, Amber Digby, Heather Myles, Landon Dodd, Tayla Lynn, Dottsy, Chuck Hancock

8 p.m. - Heart of Texas Dance featuring Johnny Rodriguez, Darrell McCall, Tony Booth, Amber Digby, Heather Myles, Landon Dodd, Tayla Lynn, Dottsy, Chuck Hancock 

For more information or ticket prices, visit the Heart of Texas Country Music Association website at www.hillbillyhits.com.