Sam Houston

Sam Houston



Sam Houston is the publisher of the Hood County News. He is also an actor, author, playwright, performer and entertainment producer/promoter.


Granbury is 150 years old, and we are going to be celebrating in style this weekend. It is hard to decide what part of the celebration is going to be the most fun.

There will be a period costume contest, children’s art contest, a Wild West Shootout show with the “Brazos River Roughriders,” six different bands at the Langdon Center during the day Saturday and Sunday (featuring a Jody Nix and his Texas Cowboys Band street dance on Bridge Street on Saturday night). And then are the vendors.

I am really looking forward to the presentation Saturday night at 10 p.m., when the courthouse will be the focal point of an incredible laser art show. I am certain there will be a lot of interest in the inaugural Dan and Judy Coates Memorial Invitational Art Show and Sale taking place in the old Celebration Hall.  Top regional artists will be displaying their western art for viewing and for sale. The Coates family have been a Hood County institution for generations and this art show is a great tribute to some fine folks.

Lots of local citizens have spent a bunch of time and hard work to make this a special event, so come on out and see what is going on at the Langdon Center and the Square this weekend. There will be fun for all ages, and this will be a wonderful way to celebrate Granbury having a milestone birthday.


Brian Clowdus and his crew did an outstanding job of bringing the Legend of Sleepy Hollow to Granbury. My friends loved the show and everybody I have spoken to who attended, thought it was spectacular. I am excited to say that Brian is bringing another show to town just in time for Christmas: “The Christmas Carol Experience”. This show will be considerably more intimate than Sleepy Hollow with a large portion of the show set in the Dora Lee Langdon Mansion, meaning attendance will be limited to 50 guests at a time. Shows run from December 10 through December 30. I have a feeling this production will become a Granbury tradition. Tickets are on sale now at and you better grab them up before they are gone.


My dear friend, Doug Allen Nash, is bringing his Johnny Cash Tribute show back to Granbury Live on Saturday, Nov. 13 for two shows: one at 3 p.m. and one at 7 p.m. Doug has performed in Vegas, Atlantic City and all points in between and has one of the best Johnny Cash shows I have ever seen. I have personally booked Doug’s show in a variety of venues and never, ever, have I seen a patron leave without a smile on their face.  If you like Johnny Cash music, this is a show you do not want to miss.

Doug is also a big advocate for all things that support our military veterans. He has flown thousands of miles to entertain our troops both overseas and in the states.

I have known Doug for a long while and I will tell you there are lots of singers, but not many are true entertainers. Doug is. Do yourself a favor — get tickets, and I promise you will not be disappointed.

Thought for the day: You can’t fix stupid, but you can vote it out during the next election.

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