Musical Wayland alums to perform during homecoming weekend
Release Date: February 6, 2009
PLAINVIEW – Two Wayland Baptist University alums who have enjoyed success in country and gospel music will be special guests for the Centennial Homecoming celebration slated Feb. 19-22.
On Friday, Feb. 20, Plainview native Keith Longbotham, who graduated with a degree in music in 1975, will perform at chapel, the Legacy League Luncheon for those who graduated 50 or more years ago, and at the Homecoming Banquet, which features songs and lines from famous movies. He also will sing at the Alumni Luncheon on Saturday.
David Nall, who grew up in Tulia and ran track at Wayland for three years before pursuing a pharmacy degree from Southwestern State University in Weatherford, Okla., will lead the Wayland Family Worship Service from 9-9:45 a.m. Sunday, Feb. 22, in the Trinity Building at 9th and Utica.
The Wayland Family Worship to be preceded by a continental breakfast in the Trinity fellowship hall at 8:15 a.m. There is no charge for the meal but RSVP is appreciated by contacting Susie Vera at 291-3600 or firstname.lastname@example.org. Those attending should enter on the west side of the building.
Tickets for the Legacy Luncheon, Homecoming Banquet and Alumni Luncheon are $10 each and may be purchased by Wednesday, Feb. 18, by contacting Mrs. Vera.
After graduation, Longbotham was minister of music at First Baptist Church in Crosbyton for five years before moving to Nashville, Tenn. to join a bluegrass show at Opryland USA, a musical theme park.
For the next eight years, he not only entertained fans but attracted the attention of country music legends Roy Acuff and Porter Waggoner. Soon, Longbotham was invited to play with both men at the Grand Ole Opry. He went on to perform on many Opry shows and appeared often on the Nashville Network.
Upon moving to Nashville, Longbotham met leaders at Lifeway Christian Resources and he has since done many concerts for single adult and senior adult conferences at Glorieta, N.M. and Ridgecrest, N.C. He also has sung in churches all across the United States, and has worked with such notables as pastor-author Dr. Charles Stanley and entertainer Dennis Swanberg.
Longbotham, who lives in Henderson, Tenn., is a songwriter who mixes his own material with classic gospel songs and traditional hymns in addition to performing classic and contemporary country music. He plays the guitar and the banjo.
Nall, a pharmacist in Justin, near Fort Worth, has enjoyed unusual success after two decades of musical inactivity, collaborating with longtime friend and versatile instrumentalist Mike McAdoo of Branson, Mo. They recorded old gospel favorites as well as self-penned songs. They are working on a new CD as well.
Since October 2006, Nall has generated four country gospel CDs, a Christmas CD and a “positive country” CD. Through radio releases by Glory Train Records in Livingston, Tenn., Nall has had 10 singles gain worldwide air play.
GTE Music Magazine charted “Do You Know That You Know Him” at No. 1 on both their National and International charts in March 2008 and “God Can Move a Mountain” at No. 1 on the International chart and No. 5 nationally for July 2008. Nall’s original single, “What a Beautiful Morning,” reached No. 1 internationally and No. 2 nationally on Dec. 1, 2008.
He and his wife, Janis, have five children and five grandchildren with two more on the way.
Nall will also provide a 90-minute concert at 7 p.m. Friday, Feb. 20, at the Tulia Senior Citizen Center as a fund raiser for the Tulia Chamber of Commerce. Tickets are available at the Chamber or at the door.