VERNON — Local singer and songwriter Dwayne Langston is returning to the stage this Friday, Jan. 10 starting at 7 p.m. at Gilley’s Family Opry located at 3351 Mallory Rd. in Vernon.
“My love of music started at age six, singing old folk songs with his family around the river house fireplace,” said Langston. “As an Air Force brat, me and his two brothers learned to play the guitar in Germany. In England, we started a trio and were soon winning talent contests on base.”
When he returned to the United States he began performing with numerous bands throughout Florida, Georgia, and Alabama.
“Making an album of original music has always been a dream of mine and with the release of this album, that dream becomes a reality,” said Langston.
He is from DeFuniak Springs and he was inspired to become a singer by Johnny Cash.
“The first song I really learned to play was A Boy Named Sue by Johnny Cash when I was about 10 or 11 years old,” said Langston. “When we were in England I was able to see Johnny Cash in person at the Royal Hall in London. He has been the biggest influence in my life.”
Langston has an album available called Someplace I’d Rather Be, which includes eight of his most known songs Can’t Stay Away from Your Love, I Can’t Get You Off My Mind, Leaving on Your Mind, Someplace I’d Rather Be, Nothing Left Between Us, She’s Got That Look in Her Eyes, I Could Get Used to This and Tomorrow’s Monday.
“’Someplace I'd Rather Be’ is a compilation of original country ballads combined with a heavy dose of honky tonk country,” said Langston. “It contains songs that can make you think of yesterday & then bring you back home with a foot stomping country rocker.”
Gilley’s Family Opry is one of his favorite spots to visit as well as perform, he said.
“It is a nice little club,” said Langston. “They are very professional and they treat me well. I love their band and it’s visited by the most talented steel guitar player I’ve ever seen, Jimmy Powell.”
For more information on Langston visit his website at http://tatemusicgroup.com/epk/?id=20102&page=home.