New Year's Eve bash to feature singer Houser

Randy Houser was named the No. 1 new artist of 2009 by Country Aircheck and one of the top 10 new artists of the year by Country Music Television.

With Country Music Association nominations for new artist and video of the year, 2009 has been a big year for the 37-year-old singer-songwriter-musician, who will be ringing in 2010 right here in Gwinnett.

The Mississippi native is the featured performer for Wild Bill's New Year's Eve Bash.

Houser is coming off a CMT tour in which he headlined with fellow country singer Jamey Johnson. After starting off playing in clubs at 14 and performing about 200 shows in 2009 alone, Houser is well accustomed to a stage. Being a performer, he says, is his passion.

"I never even thought about doing anything else," Houser said during a recent, and welcomed, break for the Christmas holidays. "I never had a 'Plan B.' I've been doing this as long as I remember, and it's pretty much all I have ever wanted to do."

During tonight's show, Houser will perform songs from his debut album, "Anything Goes," including his debut single of the same name. His follow-up, "Boots On," climbed to No. 2 on country radio charts. His latest single, "Whistlin' Dixie," off his upcoming album, hit the airwaves in early November. Gwinnett residents will get a sneak peek at the music off Houser's sophomore effort, which is set to be released in April, tonight.

"The crowd's going to enjoy it," Houser said. "We're going to have a good time. Come out and bring a designated driver and plan on taking lots of Tylenol the next morning."