A live music performance will be held this weekend at the Texas Theatre featuring a solo performance by Kenny Maines of Lubbock. Born in Lubbock, to James and Edith Maines, Kenny was the third of a total of five siblings in the Mainesâ€™ household. Music was a major part of most family gatherings and that tradition continues today. James Maines, along with his older brother, Raymond or â€śSonnyâ€ť and younger brother, Wayne formed the original Maines Brothers Band in the late 1950s. Almost any weekend, you could find the brothers playing rodeo dances, VFW halls, community theaters or the dance halls in Post (Lubbock was â€śdryâ€ť at the time so people had to drive southeast to Post or northwest to Nazareth to buy their â€śwetâ€ť beverage). James would sometimes take his sons to perform with the band. The boys had started singing together when Kenny was seven years old and the â€śLittle Maines Boysâ€ť loved entertaining the crowd. In those days, Kenny would have to stand on a wooden â€śsoda popâ€ť crate, just to reach the microphone.
After voters approved a portion of Lubbock County for package beer and liquor sales, several BYOB dance halls began to spring up outside the city. One of those dance halls was the Cotton Club, located on the highway between Lubbock and Slaton. The Cotton Club is where Kenny and his brothers honed their musical talents. The â€śLittle Maines Boysâ€ť would play a Sunday Matinee and the older â€śMaines Brothersâ€ť would perform for the evening dance. Eventually, the â€śLittle Maines Boysâ€ť became the next generation â€śMaines Brothers Bandâ€ť and forged their own West Texas musical traditions during the 70s and 80s. The Maines Brothers Band recorded a total of eight albums, two of those for Mercury Records in Nashville, Tennessee. The band shared the stage with Alabama, Reba McIntire, Barbara Mandrell, Ronnie Milsap, Dr. Hook, The Judds and many other artists of the era. After years of playing music on the road, the band decided to settle down to raise families and pursue other careers.
In 1992, Kenny was elected Lubbock County Commissioner and held that position for 12 years. In 2004, he decided to leave the political arena and return to the music he loves. Since that time, Kenny has produced three solo CDs, "Kenny Maines," "Out of Control" and "Kenny Maines: A Tribute to the Music of Hank Williams." He has been voted â€śBest Local Singerâ€ť by readers of the Lubbock Avalanche Journal and performs regularly at Lubbock restaurants and live music venues including The Cactus Theater, The Texas Tech Club, Caprock Winery and many others. Kenny loves connecting with an audience and says, â€śIf Ed McMahanÂ knocked on my door tomorrow and gave me a check for ten million dollars, I swear it wouldnâ€™t change me at all. I would continue to do the same thing I am doing now. I would just have a lot more fun doing it!Â I can want for money, love and stuff, but one thing I truly need is to play my music, look out into the crowd and notice someone is listening.â€ť His mantra is "Have guitar...will travel" and Kenny looks forward to performing for anyone who enjoys great West Texas music.Â
The show will be this Saturday, March 23, at 8 p.m. with doors opening at 7:30 p.m. Tickets for the event are $10 per person, general admission, available at the door night of show. Attendees may bring small coolers with their own refreshments and BYOB is allowed. The event is sponsored and presented by Perfect City Productions and KXOX AM/FM Radio of Sweetwater. For more information, call 325-933-4382.