Batavia Downs Presents: Larry Gatlin

Batavia Downs Presents Larry Gatlin

Batavia Downs Presents: Larry Gatlin

Rob Bilson

Sat · September 16, 2017

Doors: 7:00 pm / Show: 8:00 pm (event ends at 10:00 pm)


This event is all ages

Larry Gatlin
Larry Gatlin
Larry Gatlin was born in 1948 in Seminole, Texas, the son of a driller in the oil field. The oldest of the three Gatlin brothers, he was by age seven, already accompanying younger brothers, Steve and Rudy in singing at family and church events.
After high school, Larry went to the University of Houston on a football scholarship. Larry majored in English and developed "a love affair with the English Language" that later served him well in his songwriting.
On the strength of his songwriting talents, Larry Gatlin became known throughout the Nashville music industry. While Steve and Rudy were finishing college, Larry was already touring the small club and listening room circuit as a solo act, looking forward to the time when he could afford to expand his live show to include his brothers.
From 1976 to 1992 the brothers toured extensively throughout the United States, Canada and overseas. They racked up hit after hit and and banked some of the most prestigious awards in the industry. Larry penned every Gatlin Brothers hit you’ve ever heard. Larry Gatlin has written songs that were later recorded by Elvis Presley, Glen Campbell, Barbra Streisand, Johnny Cash, Kris Kristofferson, Charlie Rich, Johnny Mathis, Dottie West and many more. December of 1992 marked a farewell to concert touring for the Gatlin Brothers as they completed their ADIOS TOUR with a CD of the same name. Then came a major turning point in his career. Larry took the lead role on Broadway in the Tony Award-winning musical "The Will Rogers Follies.” The musical then toured throughout the nation to rave reviews.
Throughout the next decade Larry would go on to write an autobiography, All The Gold In California, record a solo album, In My Life, and would occasionally tour solo.
In the early 2000’s the brothers reunited for select tour dates and, in 2008, recorded their first album in nearly two decades, Pilgrimage. In 2015, the brothers celebrated 60 years of making music together and released a new album, The Gospel According to Gatlin.
Larry currently resides in Nashville with the love of his life, Janis, to whom he’s been married for over 44 years. They are the proud parents of two children, Josh and Kristin. He is also "Papa" to Kristin's daughters, Parker and Campbell.
Rob Bilson
Rob Bilson
"This talented artist had fans lining up for four hours waiting for autographs, photos, and whenever possible, a quick hug"... ---Buffalo News. The Buffalo News wasn't writing about a Bon Jovi concert in 1985; they were writing about Rob Bilson and his band Seven Day Faith. Bilson has created more buzz in parts of the music industry than some of the acts he has opened for. Bilson is carving his own path to in the music business through guitar driven hooks, soulful lyrics, a magnetic stage presence, and insanely loyal fans. Bilson's success has been nothing short of impressive; from barely enough money to record his first album with Seven Day Faith, to claiming the number one spot on Billboard Magazine’s Independent Music Charts in 2004 with Seven Day Faiths last "EP" release. Bilson's experience and musical maturity is evident with every track he has written to every song he performs live and his outlook, image, and direction have followed suit. "Rob Bilson has a natural affinity for crafting wonderful, sparkling pop songs," says music critic, Toni Roberto. His work ethic, precision musicianship and a passion for creating and performing exudes through in his live shows. Bilson adds to his credentials a #1 single "Everything", as well as 3 top 10 singles on the Top 40 Charts at WKSE: KISS 98.5 Western New York's number one hit music station; as well as Toronto, Canada Top 40 station Z101. Add in a handful of Buffalo Music Awards as Top Original Rock Vocalist, and the fact that he was one of the first unsigned artists to be featured (not once, but 7 times) in the national teen magazine J-14, Including being named with his group Seven Day Faith as one of 5 "Breakout Artists along with the artists Uncle Cracker, Saliva and American Hi Fi. When he is not performing live, Bilson also composes music for television programming. His songs have been featured on A&E’s “The Wahlburgers” and “Nightwatch Tampa” as well as AMCs “Ride with Norman Reedus” and Animal Planet’s “Pit Bulls and Parolees”. Bilson has the stamina and determination for the long haul to continue this amazing success as a songwriter for other artists or as a solo artist.
Venue Information:
Batavia Downs Gaming
8315 Park Road
Batavia, NY, 14020