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The Picayune • Page 11 TELL ’EM YOU SAW IT IN THE PICAYUNE September 25, 2013 Burnet-area band The Crossroads takes Because Experience independent path to true country sound Matters since 1935 BY DANIEL CLIFTON Picayune Editor BURNET — When Colt Buckelew left Nashville more than a decade ago and returned to the Burnet area, he set down his guitar for what he thought was the rest of his life. “I was done, I thought,” Buckelew said. As a teenager, he saw his future in country music, but a stint in Nashville burned down those dreams. Or, so he thought. When his wife, Nicole Cooper Buckelew, who’s stage name is Nicole Valentine, found herself with a guitar as a gift for completing her associate’s degree, she turned to Buckelew for a few lessons. “The original reason for taking up the guitar was I wanted something Colt and I could do as a couple,” she said. But as Colt started showing her the chords, the instrument almost came as second nature to her. “She took to it like a bug to water,” Colt said. As the couple began playing together, a little fire rekindled inside Colt. Those dreams Colt tossed aside years ago began to burn just a little bit. But this time, they weren’t Nashville dreams. As Nicole began to achieve performance-quality guitar skills, the two decided to give music another shot. They formed a country band called The Crossroads and began playing at venues scattered across the Highland Lakes. Along with Colt and Nicole, the band consists of drummer Gene Howison and lead guitarist Gary D. Curl. Utilizing my 12 years insurance experience, my primary focus is helping my neighbors in the community protect their most valuable assets. I specialize in Personal insurance and work with top providers to meet your specific needs for both coverage and price. Stop by the Marble Falls office, or call me to talk about protection for your home, auto, boat or RV. – Josh Hughes Colt Buckelew sings during The Crossroads performance at the Burnet VFW Post fundraiser in August. The Crossroads consists of Buckelew, Nicole Buckelew (stage name Tiffany Valentine) and drummer Gene Howison as well as Gary D. Curl (not shown). COURTESY PHOTO While the band enjoys playing around the Highland Lakes, Colt and Nicole don’t look to the current Nashville scene as their aspirations. “You just don’t hear real country music coming out of Nashville anymore,” Nicole said. Colt, who has recording experience from his previous musical endeavors, agreed. His hope is The Crossroads gives listeners a dose of what he thinks country music should sound like. “Our mission is to bring back country music,” Colt said. The Crossroads covers classic country from musicians such as Loretta Lynn and the late Jim Reed. While those selections might not be what’s currently coming out of Nashville, people still love that style. “People tell us they love what we’re doing and what we’re playing,” Colt Buckelew said. Though Colt tasted some country music success years ago, he also knows bucking the current trend and establishing a musical career takes a lot of work and commitment. “It’s miserable starting out,” he said. “Nothing but rocks and bumps along the way.” Today’s technology has opened doors and opportunities for bands such as The Crossroads that didn’t exist a decade ago. It’s something Colt and The Crossroads plan to take advantage of as they navigate around those bumps and rocks. “We just think this is something important to do,” Nicole said, “giving people a taste of that true country music.” Check out The Crossroads’Facebook page for more information and performance locations and times. Do You Really Want Them To Make Your Cemetery Arrangements? Surely, it’s not a responsibility you want to leave to your children. That’s why you need to consider preplanning now. It removes the financial and emotional burden from them during a difficult time and spares them from making painful decisions you should make yourself anyway. ✔ 15% off all property ✔ 10% off all merchandise ✔ 24 -month, interest-free in-house financing with 20% down. ✔ Veterans, law enforcement officers and firefighters receive a FREE site. Lakeland Hills — memorial park — 4219 Park Road 4 South • Burnet 512-756-6016 HOME - AUTO BUSINESS HEALTH - LIFE INSURANCE When Galloway experts make top providers compete for your business, you win. MARBLE FALLS (830) 693-0808 BURNET (512) 756-2988 HORSESHOE BAY (830) 598-5636 WWW.GALLOWAYINSURANCE.COM Announces the opening of our NEW MEDICAL FOOT SPA Our spa treatments are carefully designed by our doctors to be extremely safe. All pedicures are waterless to prevent spread of infection. All instruments are single use or sterilized in a medical grade autoclave. Come enjoy complete relaxation with our Foot Renewal Deluxe Foot Rejuvenation Medical Pedicure (for Diabetics) Gentleman’s Foot Remedy Don’t worry we treat fungus too!!! For a SAFE and RELAXING Pedicure call 830-693-8144 BRING IN THIS AD FOR 10% DISCOUNT ON SERVICE

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