A Wonderful Week full of Nostalgic Shows
Trip Start Jan 01, 2007
116Trip End Dec 31, 2007
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Let's see - Tuesday night was the Sons of the Pioneers, ending the show, of course, with our theme song: "Happy Trails to You".
Wednesday night we saw the Oak Ridge Boys. One of the things we're having to do some adjusting to is audiences (and stages!) full of people who make us look young! Seems that the average age of concert audiences is ~70+, and the white hair and white beard on stage is certainly a shocker! The Oak Ridge Boys sang all their biggest hits, and a few new numbers, too - good show - voices and harmony not quite as tight as they used to be, but generally quite entertaining.
Thursday, we went to a 10 a.m
On Friday night, we "strolled" down Memory Lane at Dick Clark's American Bandstand Theater, where we saw the Original Stars of American Bandstand: Fabian, Bobby Vee, The Chiffons, Brian Hyland, and Chris Montez (La Bamba) - these performers were the original voices of 21 top ten hits and over 50 top 40 hits including: "Take Good Care of My Baby," "The Night Has a 1000 Eyes," "Rubber Ball," "One Fine Day," "He's So Fine," "Like a Tiger," "Turn Me Loose," "Itsy Bitsy Teeny Weenie Yellow Polka Dot Bikini," "Gypsy Woman," "Sealed With a Kiss," "Earth Angel," "Let's Dance," "The More I See You," and "LaBamba"
On Saturday Morning, the show for which we got the cheapest tickets (2 for $28), turned out to be the best one of the week! James Garret, who sang with the Kendalls (Heaven's Just a Sin Away), and who was good friend of John Denver's, doesn't try to imitate John Denver, just to remain true to his music. He also has a wonderful voice, just not as velvet as John's, and plays a great guitar. On his John Denver Tribute album, it's simply him and his guitar in the studio, but the folks he had backing him up today (and a couple of guests that appeared from other shows) were all wonderful in their own rights. Among those backing him up: Randy Rudd is one of the Sons of the Pioneers - has a range that would blow you away - sang falsetto on "Heaven's Just a Sin Away", and then went immediately to the bass part of the same song - great sense of humor, obviously having fun on the stage, and sang wonderful harmony with Garret. Another Randy, Plummer, Click here: Randy Plummer played bass, and did a couple of gospel solo numbers, one of which he wrote. Guess he's up for a couple of Gospel Music Awards. if you check out his link, there's a link to the the CD "Big Hearted Trucker" that has a couple of his original songs on it - "Angel Wings" is the one he sang today. Rick Quincey played dulcimer (he makes them!), mandolin, steel guitar, banjo, and spoons (he also makes those - and I bought a set!), and he also sang wonderful harmony. Invited vocalists (also from other local shows), were Lori Locke, a simply beautiful gal with a gorgeous smile and the voice of an angel, in a wheel chair (nothing was said about the reason, but I looked online to discover she was paralyzed from the chest down in a car accident in 2004) - she sang Carol King's "You've got a Friend" and a Crystal Gale song, and one other - guess she's in the "Baldknobbers" stage show, which is one of the longest-running shows from the beginning of Branson. And, CJ Newsom, sang "Three Wooden Crosses" and "Jolene" - guess most of what she does is gospel - a deep, throaty voice. This was a bunch of very talented and fun people on stage - clearly musicians who enjoy performing and sharing their talents with the audience. This was probably the only show we'd ever go back to see again (although we probably won't ever go back to Branson, its just too much of a tourist-trap atmosphere, and much too crowded for the few roads that go through town.)