Entertainment set for Wood County Old Settlers Reunion Aug. 4-6


Entertainment at this year’s Old Settlers Reunion will feature live music nightly under the pavilion at Jim Hogg City Park Aug. 4-6. The music will start at 7 p.m. each night.

Opening the reunion entertainment schedule is local favorite Dale “The C” Cummings. Cummings is originally from the Quitman area. He plays locally and throughout the state at various venues. He has been a staple at Old Settlers for several years on opening night.

Cummings sings and dances to the music of the ‘50s, ‘60s and ‘70s. He has performed in Branson on stage with the Platters. He has opened for Elvis tribute artist Joe Kent in Memphis right across the street from Graceland. He has been on musical venues with Eddie Raven, Johnny Lee, Bellamy Brothers, Don Williams and Moe Bandy. Cummings also plays Oprys in Arlington, Gladewater, Mesquite, and Reilly Springs Jamboree.

Friday evening will bring family band Swoape to the stage. The Golden natives have played music their entire lives. The siblings are Keelyn, Kaylee and Kelly. Their parents are Ralph and Sherry Swoape, who served in the past as music and youth ministers at Open Door Fellowship at Lake Fork.

Swoape plays a variety of music from folk and country to Americana. Swoape is hard to pin down to just one genre of music. They write much of their own material and have been recording for several years. They decided they would not go into the contemporary Christian music in order be a Christian influence in the secular music business. 

Saturday will find Landry and Company playing a mixture of country, rock and blues. The band plays in venues around East Texas and has done a show at the House of Blues in Dallas.   

Landry and Company will follow “Meet the Bulldogs” which will be at 6 p.m. Fall Quitman High School teams and athletes will be presented at the event.