CATCHING UP WITH...DAVID FRIZZELL

Family Tradition

At 63, '80s star David Frizzell keeps a legacy alive and finds happiness by being his own boss.

David Frizzell's work ethic is as legendary as his famous name - but he never thought he'd be this busy.

The brother of the late country superstar Lefty Frizzell runs his own record label, is about to release a new CD, Confidentially, and has at least two other albums in the works.

And he's editing a book on Lefty's life, while keeping up a whirlwind touring schedule, too.

"It's amazing how much booking I'm getting right now," says David, whose No. 1 hits include "You're the Reason God Made Oklahoma" and "I'm Gonna Hire a Wino to Decorate Our Home."

"You always want to be busy, but this is more than I ever expected. I'm very fortunate to still be doing this."

David's fortune extended to a pair of shows from 2004 that recalled a slice of country lore. David shared the bill with Jett Williams, daughter of the legendary Hank Williams - and it marked the second Frizzell-Williams combo to hit the road.

"The first one was back in April of 1951," explains David. "Lefty and Hank did a six-city tour together, through Arkansas, Louisiana and Texas." With a nod to the notoriously wild personalities of the two late country superstar legends, David smiles. "Can you imagine what that tour must have been like?"

For his tour with Jett, David hatched the idea to retrace Hank and Lefty's steps and follow the same itinerary.

"We were unable to do that, though, because of our schedules," says David. "But we did go to Corsicana, Texas, which is Lefty's hometown, and Shreveport, Louisiana, where Hank and Lefty actually did play. In fact, we met people who saw their show in 1951!"

Right now, though, David's happy being his own boss and running the business with wife Jo from their home near Nashville.

"We're moving right along," David declares. "We've got a lot of things happening. Thanks to the fans who love the old-style traditional country, I can still do what I love. One thing for sure," he adds, "I'm not sitting around waiting for things to happen."

- BOB PAXMAN

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