Founded by western swing legend Bob Wills in Fort Worth in 1931, The light Crust Doughboys were originally sponsored by Burrus Mill, the maker of Light Crust Flour. Often called the longest-running band in Texas, the Doughboys have survived not only the passage of time and generations but also changing tastes in musical styles and formats, from 78 rpm records to compact discs and digital downloads. Though the group’s best-known announcer, W. Lee “Pappy” O’Daniel, later became a Texas governor and U.S. senator, he once said that his greatest legacy would be The Light Crust Doughboys.
The current Doughboys. which include Maurice Anderson on steel guitar; Maurice’s wife. Teresa Anderson. on vocals; and Kevin Bailey on vocals and guitar, will play a Valentine’s show on February 5 and a springtime show on April 16 at Dallas’ Pocket Sandwich Theatre. Call 214-821-1860.
To inquire about the group’s performance schedule; catalog of music including the band’s Grammy-winning gospel album, ‘We Called Him Mr. Gospel Music: The James Blackwood Tribute,” and their latest CD, “Spiritual Cowboys: Introducing Dion Pride, Newest Doughboy”; and collectible instruments, call 972-285-5441, or write to 105 Broad St., Mesquite 75149; thelightcrustdoughboys.org; honkytonkform.com/artgreenhaw.
A small exhibit of Light Crust Doughboys memorabilia is displayed at the Texas Cowboy Hall of Fame in Fort Worth. Call 817-626-7131; tchof.com. An extensive exhibit on The Light Crust Doughboys is scheduled to open in 2013 at the Texas Heritage Museum at Hill College in Hillsboro. Call 254-659-7750; hillcollege.edu/info/texasheritagemuseum.