by Beau Renfro
(Tucson, AZ, USA)
The Texas wind blows a lot of artists to Nashville. Some with a beat up box of songs and an old guitar. After years of banging on doors and making a few friends the wind sometime blows the other way and a dis-heartened Texas boy is back where he started. But in some cases the Texas boy just makes a lot of friends and enjoys his life in the great state of Texas. Beau Renfro will tell you quick, he's from Texas and that way of life shows up in his songs. He only makes it to Nashville to record or visit with friends now days. He can belt out a country song with enough power to blow the mud flaps off a semi, then turn around and strum an acoustic love song that'll bring a lump to your throat. His songs make you want to drink, dance and have a good time, but there's a heart and soul in his music that lets you know he's the real deal!
Beau's records are played all over the world now, thanks to the worldwide web. You may want to Google his name to see all the places he has been in the music business. Stardust records in Nashville is home to this country boy and after three albums and sixteen releases Beau Renfro is still going strong.
His music started as a lot of country pickers did, in church. Beau's dad was a preacher and his mother a Sunday school Teacher. Beau sang at the tender age of four with his nine sisters, that's right nine. Working with the family as a group in churches from Texas to Tennessee. People came from miles around to hear his family sing those good old gospel songs.
In 1975 Beau formed a band in Tyler, Texas called Beau & the Bandits and became the house band for the Saw Mill Club. Backing all the stars who came out of Nashville to sing in the 1500 seat night club. Stars included Bobby Bare, Moe Bandy, Joe Stampley, T.G. Shepard. David Houston, Charlie Rich, Mel Tillis, Ernest Tubb and many more.
On one such night David Houston came in and offered Beau a chance to sing on some of his shows. Beau jumped at the chance and for the next few months worked with David on the Louisana Hayride and the biggest show of all, the Grand Ol' Opry. After appearing with David Houston many times, David give him some great advice "Play every show just like it's your last" and "don't leave out a thing, keep writing your music and someone will notice."
Beau became a writer with Cedarwood Publishing in 1978 and had his first song pushed to Joe Stampley. His many songs have placed high on the worldwide charts and Billboard picked Let's Fall in Love as pick hit of the week in 1981. God's Amazing Grace is played on many radio stations on our nations birthday and September 11th each year. Beau's album Ride with Royalty was nominated as Indie Album of the year in 2002. Many people say Nashville missed this great Entertainer, but Beau says "God has a way of putting you where you need to be."
Beau can be found with his great band of many years, Clear Country, entertaining folks all over Arizona. We invite you to one of his shows, we know you will enjoy it. Email us at firstname.lastname@example.org, phone 520-240-8057.
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