ADA — Moe Bandy is living his dream. In a career that spans three decades, Moe has acheived success at every level of country musice. From his start in the honk-tonks of south Texas to performing before thousands around the work, Bandy realizes he has been a very fortunate man.

In the early 1970s Bandy was working as a cowboy on his grandfather’s ranch in San Antonio, Texas. While there, he began competing professionally in the rodeo riding bareback broncs and bulls, but as the case for most cowboys, Bandy’s professional rodeo career was short-lived due to repeated injuries.

Luckily Bandy’s true love was always music and with his rodeo days over, he had time to pursue his passion. He played with his band, The Mavericks, throughout south Texas and soon opened for such headliners as Loretta Lynn and the late Bob Wills. Bandy was enjoying success in the local honk-tonks and clubs, but yearned for something more.

In 1974, after several failed attempts at landing a record contract, Bandy was at a crossroads. Working during the day in the sheet metal industry and performing at night, Bandy knew that if he wanted to ever make it big in the music industry, he had to put it all on the line. So, he pawned all his furniture to finance a $900 recording session. It was the hardest decision he ever made. “I knew I had to rish it all or I’d always wonder, and have regrets later,” he said.

The gamble paid off, from that recording came Bandy’s first hit song, “I Just Started Hatin’ Cheatin’ Songs Today,” which lead to his first recording contract with Columbia Records. His career skyrocketed with hits like, “It’s a Cheatin’ Situation,” “Bandy the Rodeo Clown,” and “Hank Williams, You Wrote My Life.”

In 1987, he changed labels to MCA/Curb Records and relaeased the Album, “You Haven’t Heard the Last of Me.” This album spawned such top ten hits as the title cut and “Till I’m to Old to Die Young,” as well as the song, “Americana.” The theme of love for life, family and country were readily apparent in this album, and it soon became the new Moe Bandy trademark.

Over his 20 year career, Bandy recorded 65 albums producing over 63 chart hits, 40 of thoses wen on to the top 10 with 10 going all the way to number one. He has earned four Academy of Country Music Awards and a 1980 Music Association Award.

Throughout his career, Bandy has performed before audiences all over the world. Bandy is on stage for more than 180 dates annually at the Moe Bandy Theatre in Branson, Mo., as well as amking many appearances around the country and in Europe.

Moe Bandy will perform 7 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 21, at the World Championship Rodeo Bullfight Finals and Concerts to be held in the Pontotoc County Agri-Plex in Ada.

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