By Kierra Pixler, Managing Editor
From hits such as “Dock of the Bay” by Otis Redding to Van Morrison’s “Brown Eyed Girl,” Touch of Class covers them all. They are a four-piece band that plays the great dance hits of the 50’s through the 80’s. With strengths such as strong vocals that flow together, lush harmonies, and a commanding stage presence, they leave their audience wanting more. The band is made up of TerryLynn on vocals and acoustic guitar, Richard Schrimsher on vocals and drums, Jay Bryant on bass guitar and Kirk Fischer on keyboards and harmonies. TerryLynn’s remake of the classic “Baby Don’t Go” by Sony and Cher is currently up five to number 10 for two weeks in a row on the Moth FM charts, which is based out of the UK. Fischer is going strong at number one for four weeks in a row.
TerryLynn and Belton’s Tourism Manager Judy Garrett have teamed up to bring Belton a much bigger music scene. Outside of UMHB and local churches, Garrett says that adding this mix of outdoor and indoor musical performances in downtown Belton will offer residents and tourists more options when it comes to entertainment.
“Typically cities with good live music are blessed with two things: talented performers and private businesses that see value in providing a platform for talent,” Garrett said. “In Belton, we have everything all the ingredients necessary to have a flourishing music scene, and we’re primed for growth, too.”
Richard and TerryLynn’s recording studio Schrimsher Sound Studio, located in Belton, is where Jay White, the man behind the famed Belton song, recorded “Belton, Texas is My Hometown.. My Hometown.” Recently, White sat in with Touch of Class during their performance at The Gin. White played three cover songs and joined them for their final three performances.
“Richard, TerryLynn and I were doing a period show for the Tri-Class Reunion at the Belton High School Auditorium on Saturday the 9th and were joined by Belton piano legend LaRon Tubb, my wife Cynthia White and my bass player from the Blues Commanders, Brett Edds,” White said. “Richard asked me if I would like to sit in at their show Friday night and sing a few with his band Touch of Class. It was a natural thing as we had worked together on “Belton, Texas is My Home.. My Hometown” and Richard currently plays drums for the Blues Commanders as well. It was quite simply a blast! I’m sure some really great shows are going to come out of all of this, and I look forward to a continuing relationship with everyone. In the music business you have “contacts” here in Belton, we have friends!”
For more information on Touch of Class, visit their Facebook page, go to http://touchofclass.webs.com/ or call 254-721-5116 for booking information.