Boot City Opry Calendar
|April 30, 2016|
You’ve never heard a group of entertainers quite like THE MARLINS! These four brothers – GARY, JACE, RICK and ROBERT – have been performing together for over 25 years for conventions, fairs, festivals, and corporate events in the U.S. and Canada. Recently they have enjoyed great success at Casino Aztar in Evansville, Indiana, the Resorts Hotel and Casino in Atlantic City, New Jersey, and the Nugget Hotel and Casino in Reno, Nevada. They have shared the stage with such luminaries as Lee Greenwood, The Smothers Brothers, Randy Travis, The Association, Merv Griffin, and others.
The Marlins’ repertoire covers the entire musical spectrum including country, rock, big band, pop, classical, jazz, and bluegrass. Whether it’s a show, dance, or quiet dinner music, they feel right at home – in short, music for any occasion or age group. A MARLIN concert might include music from such diverse artists as Glen Miller, Willie Nelson, the Beatles, the Beach Boys, Liberace, Neil Diamond, Sinatra, Elvis, Andrew Lloyd Weber, Suzy Bogguss and Tiny Tim.
|May 7, 2016|
“Terry Lee & The Rockaboogie Band is a high energy, first class show band built around the lightning fast piano pumping, Rockaboogie playing of London England ‘s Terry Lee Ridley. You will be left breathless as Terry and his group of would class musicians thunder through a large selection of hits from the 50′s and 60′s such as “Great Balls of Fire”, “Whole lotta Shakin’” and so much more! If you enjoy Classic Honky Tonkin’ Country Music or Hard and Fast 50′s Rock N Roll you will understand why the Rocking Terry Lee show is not to be missed! Entertaining audiences in England, Europe and now The United states, Terry is the one and only international piano pumpin’ sensation with the experience, talent and stage presence to take you back to the exciting 1950′s when Jerry Lee, Elvis, Johnny Cash, Chuck Berry, Little Richard and Fats Domino were changing music forever!”
|May 14, 2016|
Their show’s as unpredictable as Indiana weather. One moment it’s the thunder and lightning of one of their trademark, dramatic story songs; the next, it’s the summer breeze of a sweet and gentle love song. Whatever the genre the Wright Brothers are visiting at the moment, it’s bound to be marked by this versatile group’s signature sounds: rich, intertwining harmonies backed by virtuoso instrumentals.
____The Wright Brothers’ thirty-eight years of making music together is testimony to their ability to bring a smile to every member of their audience. And often it’s as much a smile of surprise as of pleasure; the boys move seamlessly from a 1940′s pop standard to a reworking of a Beatles classic. What is most interesting is that this incredibly versatile group can change gears like no other group as they play a 40′s big band song then switch to a 50′s – 90′s rock ‘n roll for an entire evening of dancing, then turn around and perform a George Jones country classic or a bluegrass number from “Oh Brother, Where Art Thou”? And what’s best is the different styles sound the way they are supposed to – genuine. The glue that holds it all together is that unmistakable Wright Brothers sound; those heavenly harmonies that make you hold your breath, and the instruments that sizzle or soothe.
|May 21, 2016|
Fiddle player and vocalist, Dennis Stroughmatt, will perform
a tribute to Country Legend Ray Price at the Boot City Opry on
April 12th. Stroughmatt has strong credentials in the music field,
having played at the Kennedy Center and the Library of Congress.
Recently, Stroughmatt completed a tribute CD to Ray Price with
the accompaniment of Price’s band, the Cherokee Cowboys. The
Ray Price CD will be officially be released when Stroughmatt
hosts the Earnest Tubb Midnight Jamboree on April 19th. Copies
of the CD will be available prior to the official release at the Boot
City Opry on April 12th.
If you like the Music of Ray Price you will thrilled with
the performance of Dennis Stroughmatt and his band. You will
revisit some of the greatest music of all times including, For the
Good Times, Burning Memories, Danny Boy, and many others.
|June 4, 2016|
Brian Shartzer started his musical career in 2007 with no musical background “He sang in his truck”, from llliopolis starting from scratch. He just started going around to all the local bands asking if he could join, Fast forward to 2013 Shartzer heads his own band, a Garth Brooks tribute act, becoming a respected performer in his own right.
|June 11, 2016|
Piano Pumpin’ Rock N Roll
|June 18, 2016|
Ronnie McDowell has an amazing string of hit songs that he has amassed over the years, but it is his riveting stage presence and genuine warmth that fills the seats again and again. Like all great entertainers, Ronnie McDowell has a personality that remains luminous long after the lights go dim. These qualities have inspired a nationwide network of fan-clubs with thousands of members, each one a devoted promoter of everything McDowell does.
Following the death of Elvis Presley in 1977, Ronnie McDowell came out of nowhere to dazzle the world with his heartfelt and self-penned tribute song “The King Is Gone” on the independent Scorpion label. The record took off immediately, gaining airplay on country and pop stations across the country and around the world. To date, “The King Is Gone” has sold more than 5 Million copies.
All of a sudden, the young Vietnam Veteran from Portland, Tennessee was a star, and he quickly proved that he wasn’t just a one-trick pony. McDowell scored a second hit for the Scorpion label titled “I Love You, I Love You, I Love You” before being wooed and signed by CBS Records – Epic label in 1979.
Ronnie McDowell charted a string of hit singles and albums for Epic between 1979 and 1986. Every single release with the exception of just one became a Top 10 Hit including the chart toppers “Older Women” and “You’re Gonna Ruin My Bad Reputation.” Other hits during his Epic years included “Watchin Girls Go By,” “Personally,” “You Made A Wanted Man Of Me,” “All Tied Up,” and “In A New York Minute.”
McDowell toured constantly to support each album release and consequently built an astounding fan base throughout the country. He sought the advice of artists such as Conway Twitty who became, in essence, not only his mentor but his friend as well. Twitty helped the young singer with advise about touring, recording and most of all entertaining the fans. Twitty was certainly the master and Ronnie McDowell quickly became his prize pupil.
Moving to Curb Records in 1986, his current label to date, McDowell scored a Top 10 hit with “It’s Only Make Believe,” a duet with Conway Twitty on what was Twitty’s breakthrough hit from 1958. Two years later Ronnie teamed up with Jerry Lee Lewis for a rocking duet that McDowell wrote titled,”You’re Never Too Old To Rock N’ Roll.” He also recorded yet another Top 10 hit with his version of the pop standard “Unchained Melody,” which also became a #1 country music video. To date, McDowell has scored over 30 top ten records. His entertaining abilities soared and he began to draw larger crowds. He started appearing in larger venues and touring with artists such as Conway Twitty, Tammy Wynette and Loretta Lynn before headlining his own shows.
Two of McDowell’s most recent projects on Curb Records include an album of beach music with Rock & Roll Hall of Famer Bill Pinkney’s Original Drifters, entitled, “Ronnie McDowell with Bill Pinkney’s Original Drifters”. The second project is a new country album titled “Ronnie McDowell Country”, a collection of six new McDowell penned songs, and a few country standards by such Legendary writers as Buck Owens, Harlan Howard and Dallas Frazier.
Ronnie McDowell is still constantly in demand on the road and he tours relentlessly with his band. Additionally, he often tours with Elvis Presley’s original sideman D.J. Fontana along with Ray Walker a longtime member of The Jordanaires staging a tribute to Elvis Presley’s music. Ronnie McDowell sang 36 songs on the soundtrack “Elvis,” the Dick Clark-produced television movie that featured Kurt Russell as the performer. He also was the singing voice for the television movie “Elvis And Me”, the ABC television series about the early years of Elvis’ career titled simply “Elvis” as well as, the 1997 Showtime special “Elvis Meets Nixon.”
While Elvis Presley has played a big part in Ronnie McDowell’s musical career over the years, Ronnie continues to entertain audiences with his own blend of romantic intimacy and country excitement! He looks great, he sounds great, and judging from the longtime adoration of his fans, he seems to grow better with each passing year!
|July 16, 2016|
Want to have a good time? Then this is your show!
An intimate evening with Grammy Award winner Jeannie Seely is a unique blend of stories and songs from a sassy, sultry Grand Ole Opry chart topper. Listen to Jeannie sing, and you’ll understand why they call her Miss Country Soul; listen to her share snapshots of her life with no-holds barred honesty and humor, and you’ll see why Vince Gill called her one of the greatest entertainers of our time.
A Triple Crown Winner of the musical arts (placing songs at #1 as a solo artist, duet partner and a writer), Jeannie shares the spotlight with pianist/entertainer Tim Atwood who graced The Opry stage for thirty-eight years tickling the ivories for “the country elite” including Garth Brooks, Vince Gill, Dolly Parton, Little Jimmy Dickens, Carrie Underwood, Merle Haggard, Willie Nelson, Jack Greene…and yes—Jeannie Seely! From their unique perspectives as superstar and sideman, Jeannie, Tim and the piano deliver a poignant, yet fun-filled, insider’s glimpse of this crazy game of musical chairs for an unforgettable night of entertainment we like to call Class With Sass! Don’t Touch Me, I Wish I Didn’t Have To Miss You, Leaving and Saying Goodbye, Can I Sleep In Your Arms, I’ll Love You More (Than You Need), Make The World Go Away
|July 23, 2016|
BOOT CITY OPRY SLICK WILLIE & THE KENTUCKY JELLIES
Slick Willie and the Kentucky Jellies will take the stage at the Boot City Opry Saturday Night. The Kentucky Jellies include four seasoned musicians with long histories of stage performance.
During the first hour of their performance The Kentucky Jellies will present Old Time Country and Honky Tonk numbers made famous by classic artist such as Hank Williams, Web Pierce, and Buck Owens. The back half of the show will feature a tribute to Buddy Holly to include such songs as “Peggy Sue”, “That Will Be That Day”, “It’s So Easy” and more.
Will Wiegand and his band have opened for a number of major acts including 3 Dog Night, Jan & Dean and the Nelson Brothers.
|July 30, 2016|
Mike Porter and sister Marsha Banning have been performing and harmonizing their way to the hearts of audiences from TN to the Midwest states of Indiana, Iowa and Illinois, where they are active members of the Illinois Country Music Association. They grew up on Traditional/Contemporary Country, and the 50′s and 60′s songs that could be heard at the town square on Saturday night, as well as the upbeat Southern Gospel favorites they sang every Sunday morning in church. Growing up on Panther Creek Lane, the two became dubbed the “Panther Creek Duo”. Mike also began to excel in the art of Yodeling and performing legendary Rockabilly artists like Elvis, Roy Orbison and Jerry Lee Lewis.
The Panther Creek Duo has won various awards, and performed on the same stage as Joe Diffie, Confederate Railroad, & Clay Walker, to name a few. They are currently the 2008 Illinois Country Music Association’s Duo of the year (for the 4th consecutive year in a row), and their album, “Panther Creek Duo”, has been named 2007 NACMAI Country Music Album of the Year. Mike was also named The 2005 International Grand Champion Yodeler, so yodeling songs are always a unique favorite at his shows. He has opened for Loretta Lynn, Ronnie McDowell and Phil Vasser, to name a few.
Mike currently has 10 albums total, the most recent being, “Nashville Ain’t Gonna Come To Me”. This self written album has already earned 2 International awards and was named the 2008 Illinois Country Music Association’s Album Recording of the Year. In March 2007, Mike was awarded NACMAI Songwriter of the Year, for the title track, “Nashville Ain’t Gonna Come To Me”, and 2007 NACMAI Songwriter of the Year (Holiday), for “It just Don’t Feel Like Christmas”, featured on the album. He also has albums featuring his Classic Country, 50′s and 60′s and Yodeling favorites.
Mike has earned the title of Illinois Country Music Association’s Songwriter of the Year, Entertainer of the Year and the 2008 Male Vocalist in an Opry for his creation and performances in the “Gym Bob’s Jamboree Show”, www.GymBobs.com.
In March of 2009, he earned the title of “The 2009-10 Prairie Thunder Country Idol” winner, (finals were held at the U.S Cellular Coliseum in Bloomington, IL).