ROUND ROCK – Area fiddler and vocalist Paul Schlesinger is scheduled kick off the 116th Williamson County Old Settler’s Association Annual Celebration Thursday, July 11 in Round Rock.

Schlesinger, who is from Taylor, was recently named as one of the top five western swing male vocalists of the year by the Will Rogers Academy of Western Artists. He and his band have entertained at the annual Old Settler’s celebrations since 2006, playing traditional country, western swing, and classic dance hall favorites, as well as an exciting fiddle trick show.

Schlesinger’s band, the Knights of Texas Swing, features some of the region’s top talent including Roy Carroll of Round Rock, who toured with and opened for stars including Faron Young, Ernest Tubb, Ray Price and Merle Haggard, will play steel guitar.

Terry Barnett of Pattison, who has worked with the Original River Road Boys, one of the preeminent Texas western swing bands of the modern era, will play lead guitar. Randy Roberts of Buda, who works with Texas stars Doug Moreland, Dean Dillon, Jason Allen, and has opened for Willie Nelson, will play standup bass. Jim Bowles of Austin, who also works with Glen Collins and the Alibis, and is an associate member of the Gatesville Country Music Hall of Fame, will play drums. The group is scheduled to play from 7:30-9:30 p.m..

Irene K. Michna, president of the Williamson County Old Settler’s Association, is very excited about the entertainment that is lined up for the three-day event.

“It’s an honor to have Paul’s band on opening night because they are such a high-class act,” she said. “We are amazed and proud of the following he has. I want to invite everyone out and we are looking for a great crowd.”

Old Settler’s Park at Palm Valley is located just 2.6 miles East of IH-35 in Round Rock, and 14.4 miles west of Taylor, 3300 Palm Valley Boulevard (Hwy 79) in Round Rock.

Music events featuring different bands will be held Thursday, Friday, and Saturday evenings. An old-time fiddle contest will also be held Friday.

Admission is free and food and drink concessions will be available. The Old Settlers Association of Williamson County was organized for the sole purpose of gathering up fragments of history and to perpetuate them for future generations. For more information call 512-388-1733 or visit www.wcosa.org.

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