65 years of fiddlin' around

For music lovers of the Crossroads — and West Texas, for that matter — one name remains synonymous with traditional country and western music, a fact second-generation musician and entertainer Jody Nix is more than just a little passionate about.Dubbed one of the “flame keepers” working to keep traditional country and western music alive and well in and around the Lone Star State, Nix will mark 65 years of music for his family Saturday at the legendary Stampede with the group's annual commemorative dance.The show — which will feature past and present members of the band — along with fellow country music musician Bobby Flores and the Yellow Rose Band, has become a Howard County mainstay since Nix's family began the tradition some 60-plus years ago. “We're celebrating 65 years of music in the Nix family,” said Nix. “The tradition started with my dad, Hoyle, and my uncle, Ben, right here in Big Spring on Nov. 11, 1946. They both had long careers and left a legacy and trail of music I've kept alive, and I plan to keep alive as long as I can."Doors are set to open at 8 p.m. and the show expected to last from 9 p.m. until around 1 a.m. at the Stampede — located just off FM 700 on Texas Highway 350.Admission is $20 per person, and while tickets will be available at the door, Nix said reservations for the celebration tend to go quickly.“They come from all over the place to see this show, and we're more than appreciative of that fact,” said Nix. “My favorite part is the nostalgia. Remembering how all of this started and where it's come to today. We've kept a tradition alive all these years, and people have supported us. And it honors the men who started the whole thing.”For more information — or to make reservations — contact Nix at 267-2060.