Friday, September 3, 1999
Houston, Texas
Volume 65, Issue 10

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Superstar Walker is what doctor ordered

By Matt Fowler
Daily Cougar Staff 

Have you noticed a change?

The weather is getting cooler, the jeans are getting tighter, and visions of beach balls are bouncing in the heads of country music fans.

At this time of year, these mildly strange symptoms can only be attributed to two things: 1.) Labor Day, or 2.) Clay Walker is coming to town.

Lucky for Houston, both cases are true, and both will be taking the city by storm this weekend.

The next chapter in what has been deemed "a love affair" between Houston fans and Beaumont native Clay Walker, will be written at 7:30 p.m. Friday night as Walker takes center stage at Cynthia Woods Mitchell Pavilion.

Clay Walker, quickly becoming a legend in the world of country music, brings his knock-your-socks-off, incredibly energetic live show to Houston on Friday night.

Photo courtesy of Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo

Joining Walker will be exciting newcomers Claudia Church and Chad Brock, who will open the sold-out show in what is sure to be another night to remember for any and all Walker fans.

Most need little reminder of the powerful performances Walker has turned in the past couple of years at the Rodeo, but time after time he somehow finds a new way to connect and interact with his audience.

Whether it be a new song, a new dance or hundreds of beach balls dropped on the audience, one thing is for sure: When Clay Walker is playing, anything can, and usually will, happen.

While springing up from the same fertile Texas turf that has produced fellow country stars Mark Chesnutt, Tracy Byrd and George Strait, Walker's sixth and newest CD release, Live, Laugh, Love, proves that while he can beat just about anybody with his live performances, he can also play with the big boys when it comes down to simply delivering the music.

The recently released title track, "Live, Laugh, Love," being compared by many to the previous No. 1 hit "Then What," exhibits the essence and influences of Jimmy Buffet. The other singles, "She's Always Right" and "Once in a Lifetime Love," have already garnered local success.

Of course, the famous Clay Walker songs will receive most of the media attention and fan reaction, but with Walker it is often the songs that haven't been released that can win you over.

One such cut, "The Chain of Love," also off the new album, is a perfect example. Look for Walker to pull this out of his hat just when you least expect it.

In the long break between last year's and next year's Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo, this concert should be just what the doctor ordered to curb the musical cravings of country music lovers.

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