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Section of Hwy 21 in Nacogdoches to be renamed in country music legend's honor

Bob Luman was a megastar after being discovered by Elvis Presley in Kilgore. Luman grew up in Blackjack. A portion of Highway 21 East will be designated he Bob Luman Highway. (Source: KTRE Staff) Bob Luman was a megastar after being discovered by Elvis Presley in Kilgore. Luman grew up in Blackjack. A portion of Highway 21 East will be designated he Bob Luman Highway. (Source: KTRE Staff)
Melissa Luman-Phillips will perform two concerts on Saturday in memory of her father, famed country singer Bob Luman. (Source: KTRE Staff) Melissa Luman-Phillips will perform two concerts on Saturday in memory of her father, famed country singer Bob Luman. (Source: KTRE Staff)
David Stallings worked months to acquire the Bob Luman Highway designation through the State of Texas. He also arranged the concert.(Source: KTRE Staff) David Stallings worked months to acquire the Bob Luman Highway designation through the State of Texas. He also arranged the concert.(Source: KTRE Staff)
NACOGDOCHES COUNTY, TX (KTRE) -

Avid fans of country music that was popular in the 1950s and early 60's may readily know of recording artist Bob Luman. Those who aren't can learn about him on Friday. That's Bob Luman Day in Nacogdoches County.

The Grand Ole Opry member's combined country and rockabilly music hit it big on the music charts in his era. The Rockabilly Hall of Famer and the Texas Country Music Hall of Famer was raised in Blackjack in southeastern Nacogdoches County. Luman later moved to Kilgore.

On Friday a portion of Highway 21 will be named in Bob Luman's honor.

Luman died at the early age of 41. This Saturday, his daughter will perform two concerts in memory of her father.

"Melissa Luman-Phillips is her name. She lives in Hendersonville, right outside of Nashville,” said David Stallings, a concert producer. “She is a singer and recording artist and actually performs with a group of other children of country music legends. Hank Williams' daughter performs with her. Faron Young's son. Tammy Wynette and George Jones daughter and they have a group they call the Nashville Brat Pack."  

The Highway dedication is Friday at 2 p.m. on Highway 21 east, one mile past the loop, near Thrall's Grocery.

On Saturday, the Luman family will do a meet and greet at Heart of Texas from 10 a.m. to noon.

Luman's daughter, Melissa Luman-Phillips, will perform concerts at the Olde Tobacco Warehouse Venue in downtown Nacogdoches. Concert times are 3 p.m. and 7 p.m. Tickets are sold at Heart of Texas.

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