ABC13's 'Red, White and Wow' special offers sneak peek into July 4th Shell Freedom Over Texas

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Sunday, July 2, 2023
Shell Freedom Over Texas artist spotlight: Chris Young
Shell Freedom Over Texas performer Chris Young sits down with ABC13's Rita Garcia ahead of the annual July 4th celebration.

HOUSTON, Texas (KTRK) -- ABC13 is once again your exclusive TV partner for Shell Freedom Over Texas July 4th concert and fireworks. I had the chance to travel to Nashville and meet up with two of this year's performers -- Chris Young and Yola.

Country music star Chris Young says he's more than excited to come back to the Lone Star State since it will always have a special place in his heart.

"Definitely a Longhorns fan," Young said.

He lived in Arlington for a while before moving to Nashville and says he feels like the opportunity gave him a leg up going into his record deal since he had quite the following since playing shows in Fort Worth and around Dallas.

This will also be the second attempt for Young to play on the big Fourth of July stage. In 2018, the concert was a complete wash-out after flooding so this time around Young says it's going to be even bigger for Houstonians that he can't wait to see!

Young said, "I'm very much looking forward to the fact that now after so many years, we're getting to come back and you know, actually make good on that initial attempt at the show and we're going to have a good time."

Young will also be travelling with his best bud -- Porter the dog! Porter has quite anInstagram following and is even the inspiration behind some new music.

Shell Freedom Over Texas performer Yola sits down with ABC13's Rita Garcia ahead of the annual July 4th celebration.

Yola also has some new tunes she's working on and she says her life experiences have influenced much of her career. The singer/songwriter calls herself a 'genre fluid' artist and talked about her recent moved to Nashville from Europe plus her recent role in the biopic, 'Elvis.' She also had a special message for Houstonians.

The 7-time Grammy-nominated artist said, "I'm really looking forward to coming and playing for you and you can expect a booty-shaking good time. Stand up, enjoy yourself. It is a party after all!"

Shell Freedom Over Texas performer Chris Walker with TMF sits down with ABC13's Samica Knight ahead of the annual July 4th celebration.

Shell Freedom Over Texas returns to Eleanor Tinsley Park, Tuesday, July 4th! This year, you can enjoy a family-friendly event filled with six hours of festivities and live concert stages, featuring local, regional, and national entertainment. The evening will be capped off with a musically choreographed Texas-sized fireworks finale that you won't want to miss.

If you are unable to attend the live event, we invite you to tune in to the live broadcast from 7-10 p.m. on ABC13 to catch all the action, music and fireworks!