first_imgLittle Texas thrills the Wheat Festival crowd yesterday evening.by Tracy McCue, Sumner Newscow — About 2,500 people came to see Little Texas, the featured band at the 2016 Kansas Wheat Festival Thursday evening on a hot sultry evening.Little Texas of Nashville performed a 90-minute concert to an excited crowd packing Washington Street from Memorial Auditorium to the Fun-cycle event. The four-member group, all in its original form, played their major hits from 1991 to 1997.Little Texas’ stay in Wellington is lasting longer than expected. The concert bus has broken down. The band members were hoping to get to Nebraska City, for their next performance. The band is in the middle of a 10-day run which started in Texas and will hopefully end in Nebraska.Fans go nuts for Little Texas on Thursday.Depending on who you talk to, the Little Texas crowd was comparable to last year’s featured act Logan Mize, who played at the Wheat Festival in 2015.It has been quite a career for Little Texas that was founded in 1988 that included Tim Rushlow, Dwayne O’Brien, Porter Howell and Duane Propes, who have stayed together from the start. During their heyday, they released five studio albums, 20 singles, and 15 music videos. “My Love” reached No. 1.Sumner Newscow sat down and interviewed Howell and Propes prior to the concert Thursday. Here is what they had to say.SN: Welcome to Wellington, Kansas. Tell us about this current tour.Propes: We are in the middle of a 10-day run, started in Oklahoma, Missouri, Texas. We were just in Fort Worth at this humongous honky tonk. If we leave tonight (they didn’t), we should be in Nebraska City and finish up there.Little Texas bass player Duane Propes. SN: So are you originally from Texas?Howell: Two of us are, but that is not why we named the band that. We went to college in Nashville and there was this honky tonk outside Texas, called “Little Texas.” We thought that was a cool name. Kind of like “Little Italy” that isn’t in Italy.SN: So if I understand you right, the original four members are still together.Howell: Yep. We broke up for a spell and did some other things in the music industry. But we are now the same group as we were when we started in 1988.SN: So how did you get your break?  Propes: Warner Bros. came to us and told us the would like to develop a band and they liked our sound. We were continuously on the road back then from Myrtle Beach to L.A. making a name for ourselves. Once Warner started releasing singles, things got big time. I think we were in the top 10 constantly for five years straight.SN: What would you say is your biggest hit?Propes: Hard to say, we have released 20 singles. God Blessed Texas is probably our most popular song.SN: What’s your feeling concerning country music today?Propes: It’s OK. There is still good stuff out there. None of us really like the “bro” music that is so prevalent in country music, but people seem to like it. We just focus on what we do and on our sound.Lead singer Porter Howell.SN: Do you feel you can have a couple of hits left in you?Howell: We have a tone of hits left in us. But nobody from our day will see their records played on mainstream radio today. Even Garth Brooks can’t get a new single played on current radio. The industry is looking for the next ’new’ thing.Propes: I think there are only two out there from our generation of music still making new hits and that is Tim McGraw and Kenny Chesney. They have been able to stay current. The rest of us are making a good living playing the music people expect from us.SN: Do you think there is as much loyalty amongst country fans as there was in the past?Howell: That’s a good question. I think the way it is today, music is geared toward more pop and younger fans. That may hurt the bands popular today when they get to be our age. Will any of these bands be remembered 10, 20 years down the line? I don’t know.SN: How has the industry changed in the past 30 years?Howell: Back in the day, the focus was to get groups that sounded different. Today, the focus is to get groups that all sound the same.SN: So what should people expect from your shows?Howell: They can expect to have fun for 90 minutes and be entertained. We play all our hits. We play with high energy. It will be a great time.For full photo gallery of last night’s concert click here. Follow us on Facebook.Follow us on Twitter. Close Forgot password? Please put in your email: Send me my password! 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Thank you for your input. 0 Vote up Vote down sore loser · 213 weeks ago I’m not sure about the four members that played in Wellington Thursday night being the four original members, as they say, but Tim Rushlow was the lead singer and front man who sang all their hits. The only exception being their keyboard player, Brady Seals, who sang “My Love” and maybe a few others. Neither Rushlow or Seals are in the band now. Porter Howell has obviously taken over lead vocal duties. The signature sound of Rushlows voice would’ve made a big difference. But it was still pretty cool to have all original members on stage. Report Reply 0 replies · active 213 weeks ago Post a new comment Enter text right here! Comment as a Guest, or login: Login to IntenseDebate Login to WordPress.com Login to Twitter Go back Tweet this comment Connected as (Logout) Email (optional) Not displayed publicly. Name Email Website (optional) Displayed next to your comments. Not displayed publicly. 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