Johnny Rodriguez, who was born in Sabinal, said he’s known Refugio police investigator Danny Madrigal for several years now.
“I’ve known him since 2004,” Madrigal said.
A big welcome was given Rodriguez at the Refugio Police Station.
Welcoming him in addition to Madrigal was Irene Muguerza with the Refugio County Chamber of Commerce, Refugio Mayor Joey Heard, Juanita Freudiger and Victor Garza of the Refugio County Community Development Foundation.
Rodriguez in recent years has performed all over the world. Three U.S. presidents have honored him, including Jimmy Carter, George H.W. Bush and George W. Bush.
Rodriguez was inducted into the Texas Country Music Hall of Fame on Aug. 18, 2007, and he continues to perform and record his music.
Also, Rodriguez received the Institute of Hispanic Culture Pioneer Award on Oct. 23, 2010, for his status as the first major Hispanic singer in country music.
Not letting up, the 62-year-old musician said he is now “working on a mariachi album. I need to find the right studio and the right musicians,” he said.
He added that he is in a disconnect right now because his longtime producer, Jack Clement, died in early August at age 82.
Clement also produced such famous stars as Johnny Cash, Waylon Jennings and Charlie Pride.
Rodriguez said just six months ago, he finalized a new CD with Clement.
“It’s just sitting there. I’m waiting to see what’s going to happen,” he said.
Also in the works, he said, is another country album and a Christmas album.
He said about 40 percent of his material is original while 60 percent is cover songs.
While Rodriguez is not performing, writing or recording, he says he loves to rock hunt.
“It’s my favorite thing. I have about 3,000 rocks, mainly Texas rocks,” he said.
Rodriguez says he comes to Refugio off and on to visit, but this time he was on his way to visit Bum Phillips.
He said he’d be back sometime soon.