16 year old singer and songwriter


On the DownBeat: Gilleland making mark in music

Left: Contributed. 16-year-old Bertram resident Trey Gilleland puts his heart and soul into his music, adding in a little “twang” reminiscent of his inspiration, Merle Haggard. Gilleland had the opportunity to perform and record his new album in Nashville, Tennessee in June 2018, and plans to continue doing so once he graduates from Quest High School in Burnet.
Right: Savanna Gregg/Burnet Bulletin. Gilleland (left) and his drummer/manager, Randy Jarvis, stop by the Burnet Bulletin office to discuss the legacy of traditional country music and how they are keeping it alive.








By Savanna Gregg

Staff Writer

Burnet Bulletin

Since he was a child, 16-year-old Burnet resident Trey Gilleland has recognized the greatness of traditional country music, and when he is not doing homework, he spends his time paying tribute to those who came before him, ensuring their lyrics and style live on through his generation.

Gilleland recently acquired a band through musician Randy Jarvis, who owns Bertram's DownBeat Music and acts as Gilleland's manager. Since then, he has had opportunities not all young men his age are given.

“I started out doing solo gigs for a while, and when Randy opened his store last year, I went in there and said I need a band,” Gilleland said. “Randy said 'but I'm retired,' and I said not anymore you're not.”

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