It was dance night last Thursday at the Dickson Senior Center, with the Good Old Boys providing a mix of country music suitable for line dancing, two-stepping, slow dancing and just plain old fun.

A little more than 60 seniors attended the weekly dance.

Lead guitar for the band is Larry Sullivan, 77, an Army veteran who is originally from Vincennes, Ind., the hometown of legendary television comedian Red Skelton.

“I come here to have fun,” said Sullivan, the father of six kids, adding that he has played music with country legends George Jones, Ray Price and Johnny Paycheck.

Cheatham County native Tony Martin is bass player for the Good Old Boys.

“I really enjoy the blend of the music,” said Martin who is a graduate of the old Ashland City High School.

Billy Clark plays the keyboard and cites Floyd Kramer and the late Keith Whitley as huge influences musically.

The drummer for the band is Lawrence Donegan, a native of Guthrie, Ky., who brings 30 years of experience to the band.

“It had been 40 years since I played the drums when I got involved again,” he said, adding that positive energy and feedback sparked his desire to make music again.

Donegan said he enjoys the positive response to the music from the people who hit the dance floor or sit, tapping their feet and reminiscing.

“I come here to have fun,” Donegan said. “I enjoy the friendships, the people here and the feel and love and emotion that is part of the reaction to the music.”

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