ARDMORE, OK -- Two big name country stars played in Texoma Wednesday night to kick off the holidays. Kristen Shanahan visited with both Randy Rogers and Stoney LaRue to ask them about their holiday concerts and what they are most thankful for.
Hundreds of people packed Ardmore's Heritage Hall for the "Thanksgiving Eve Bash" put on by the owners of "Two Frogs Grill". The organizers and show artists say they are bringing the community together to celebrate just how much we have to be thankful for.
Stoney LaRue, who grew up in Southeastern Oklahoma, says he is excited to be performing with is his good friend Randy Rogers in his home state to celebrate with fans and rev up some holiday cheer.
"Tis the season to be jolly," LaRue said.
Both LaRue and Rogers say with the fast-paced lives we all live these days it is important to take time, slow down and remember the things we are grateful for.
"God giving me talent to go out and do this hopefully to kind of spread some kind of message," LaRue said.
"Well this year I have a 17-month-old little girl so she tops the list," Rogers said.
LaRue says even though he is always on the go and life can get lonely, spending nights on a bus traveling throughout the holidays, he knows he could be much further from home.
"I could be over seas or something like that fighting a war or something and I think I've got it pretty easy, and you kind of have to realize that on a day-to-day basis," LaRue said.
Rogers agrees, and says he has a message for those fighting for our country who will not be at home during the holidays.
"I want to say Happy Thanksgiving to all the troops, all the men and women in the armed services. Thank you for allowing us to be free, play music for a living, and enjoy this beautiful country that we live in. Thank you so much," Rogers said.
Mike McClure and Austin Allsup opened for Rogers and LaRue.