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Stephenville Native Lee Roy Parnell Treasures Time At Home In Texas

Ali Hasbach

Though his prolific career, singer, songwriter and guitarist Lee Roy Parnell has released 9 full-length albums featuring blues, roots and country, written and co-written songs with greats like Guy Clark, received multiple Grammy nominations, and placed hits on the charts in the 90's like "What Kind Of Fool Do You Think I Am" and "A Little Bit of You." He is also a proud Texas Heritage Songwriters’ Hall of Fame member alongside huge names such as Willie Nelson and Kris Kristofferson. He moved to Nashville in the late 80's to kick start his successful career in country, but has never lost the love for his "Sweet Mother Texas."

Before embarking on a string of shows across Texas, Lee Roy Parnell devoted time for a quality chat with Notably Texan to talk about everything from his love for public radio, working with Texas icons like Flaco Jiménez and Delbert McClinton, and his early days performing with Bob Wills. (Original air date June 3)

Here are some examples of his music, including songs mentioned during the interview:

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Born in Dallas, Texas, Matt moved to the Sulphur Springs area in 1990 and settled in Commerce shortly thereafter. Having dreamed of working in radio since childhood, he began working at KETR while taking Radio-Television courses at Texas A&M University-Commerce in 1993. Matt has transitioned from a part-time worker and pupil of KETR, to the station’s Chief Announcer/Producer and supervisor of student broadcasters. A familiar voice of 88-9 KETR, Matt has hosted such shows as The Late Nite Lion, and can currently be heard as host of Notably Texan.