By special guest writer Aaron Day
RETURNING to his hometown, Texas City’s favorite country artist, Brian Collins, received a warm welcome at Shenanigan’s nightclub last weekend.
With his good friend Lauretta Turner Gholston by his side on stage and off and in a town still full of familiar faces, Collins sat down with me before his performance and said it sure was good to see the city again.
When I asked about his time as a musician, he said he picked up a guitar and began playing honky-tonk music at a young age. Then, not too long after learning the instrument, he discovered The Beatles and he told me he had been blown away by what he heard.
Inspired, he began performing music for other people and writing songs of his own. He and some schoolboy friends also formed a band called The Nomads.
After Collins played a song for Dolly Parton backstage, she told him to go to Nashville to pursue a career as a country artist. Like most of us would if one of our idols told us to do something, he soon set off for the capital of country music.
He had not been there long when he was signed to ABC Records. That was in 1971 and it was the year he released one of his hit songs, Statue Of A Fool. Nine years later, he was nominated for a Grammy award for his song Hello Texas after it was recorded by Jimmy Buffett for the soundtrack of the 1980 John Travolta film Urban Cowboy.
Also a popular country artist, Gholston has been a friend of Collins for many years and said she was more than excited to perform with her longtime friend in the city where he had been raised.
Then they went on stage to show their passion for country music with renditions of several classics and songs from Collins’ Love & Mercy album and Gholston’s By Request.