His new album is called “Midnight Motel,” but on Sunday, Sept. 4, country singer Jack Ingram will hit stadium prime time. The University of Texas announced today that Ingram will sing the National Anthem before the Longhorns’ game with Notre Dame at Darrell K. Royal-Texas Memorial Stadium.
It’s a fitting honor for Ingram, whose ties to the Horns include co-hosting the benefit concert series “Mack, Jack & McConnaughey” each year with former UT coach Mack Brown and actor Matthew McConnaughey. Ingram will take the field shortly before the 6:30 p.m. kickoff to sing “The Star Spangled Banner.”
The appearance is part of the Texas Athletics’ concerted effort to involve more Texas music in the university’s sporting events. It follows on the heels of blues-rock guitar great Jimmie Vaughan’s appearance at halftime of last year’s Thankgsiving Day game with Texas Tech.
Live music from Django Walker, son of legendary troubadour Jerry Jeff Walker, will be part of pregame festivities dubbed Texas Football Fan Fest, starting at 3:30 p.m. inside gates 8, 14, 16 and 25 on the north end of the stadium.
Admission to the game is available only to holders of season tickets, which are still available via TexasSports.com/tickets and 512-471-3333.
We caught Ingram on Friday at Waterloo Records as part of “One Night in August,” the latest in our monthly series surveying live music across Austin: