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A La Vernia original: Meet Luke Prater

 
A La Vernia original: Meet Luke Prater
La Vernia’s Luke Prater will open for “Lonestar” this Saturday night in the La Vernia City Park.

Meet 17-year-old Luke Prater of La Vernia, who’s opening for “Lonestar” at this Saturday’s “Night in Ole La Vernia” in the La Vernia City Park.

“I got my first guitar when I was 2 years old and don’t remember a time that I wasn’t playing or performing around the house,” Luke recalled. He began playing on stage for his church youth band around age 11 and continues to play there on a weekly basis.

He’ll be accompanied Saturday by his recently formed band -- drummer David Simmons, bass player Daniel Martinez, and Luke’s big brother, Blake, on lead guitar. Luke adds acoustic guitar and leads on most of his original music, sometimes even fiddle, “depending on the night.”

He gives God the glory for everything.

“I take pride in knowing Jesus as my Lord and Savior and He alone is the reason for my success,” Luke said. “He died for me. I’ll live for Him.”

He’s working on a new single and plans to go back into the studio for his first EP, hoping for a release by the end of the year.

Music is a family thing; Luke’s granddad, dad, and brother have all been professional musicians at some time or another.

His first public appearance, at age 14, was at a fish fry event in nearby New Berlin. Though he played for free, he made $88 in tips! Now, he plays at The Den, The Mesquite Bean, and other live music venues.

Luke counts country music greats, such as George Strait, Hank Williams Sr., and Merle Haggard, among his musical influences. In recent years, the rocking upbeat sounds of Texas Red Dirt artists Cody Johnson, Aaron Watson, and Zane Williams have been flavoring Luke’s repertoire.

He had an “aha moment” at an Aaron Watson concert in Pleasanton. Luke’s mom, Marci, had put a video of her son playing Watson’s song, “Freight Train,” online.

Watson heard it and invited Luke to visit with him on his tour bus before the Pleasanton show. Watson asked him about his future plans.

“Well, sir, if I can, I would love to play country music,” Luke responded.

“Now listen, bud, if you want it, you can!” Watson told him, looking Luke in the eye.

Luke enjoys putting on a loud and crazy show, adding that the hometown crowd likes dancing to his originals, mixed with a little George Strait and some slow dances.

“... it’s all with high energy and I think the crowd appreciates that,” Luke said.

Listen out for two of his favorite originals -- “Her Game” and “I Don’t Love You” -- of which he’s most proud.

Despite his recent success, this young musician stays grounded and humble, remembering that others are on their journeys, too.

“I’ve been told a million times and I’ll probably pass it along a million more, but the best but simple thing I’ve been told is, ‘Stay humble!’” Luke said.

Night in Ole La Vernia

The La Vernia Education Foundation presents Night in Ole La Vernia this Saturday, May 13, in the La Vernia City Park.

The musical lineup for this fundraiser includes local musician, Luke Prater, as the opener, followed by the “Dirty River Boys” and headliner, “Lonestar.” Enjoy food trucks and great music, with proceeds benefiting students and teachers in La Vernia through the foundation’s grants.

General admission tickets are $20 presale or $25 at the gate. Contact 830-460-9223 or info@laverniaeducationfoundation.org, or find the foundation on Facebook.

 
 
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