Boot City Opry Calendar
|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).
|August 6, 2016|
Her Love for music began at a very young age. She loved to sing along with the radio and loved mostly rock n roll and country music. As a kid listening mostly to what her parents listened to Jim Croche, Creedence Clearwater Revival, 80’s rock
n roll and Merle Haggard, old country stuff too. She started out playing piano at age 12 in church, and joined the marching band in high school as well as played a year of concert band playing the baritone. Then began singing karaoke contests, inspired by Loretta Lynn. She was a member of chorus in college and invited by Darryl Tubb to sing at the Corydon Jamboree in Indiana. She also started playing the guitar when she was 19. In 2004 she entered a sing a like contest at the Kentucky Opry portraying Loretta Lynn and won.
|October 15, 2016|
A name that is recognized worldwide in any genre of music, The Statler Brothers. First performing at local churches until fate brought them together with Country giant Johnny Cash in 1964. Entering that relationship as the backup vocals for Johnny on stage, records, and T.V. During their eight and a half years with the Man in Black, they recorded their first hit record, “Flowers on the Wall”, and became regulars on the weekly Johnny Cash Show, seen on ABC T.V.
Leaving Cash in 1972, they continued with such hits as “Bed of Roses”, “Class of ’57″, and “I’ll Go to My Grave Loving You.” The original harmonies, sense of humor, and lyrical style of writing highlighted a career that led them to the top of the music charts countless times and to a concert touring success that packed arenas and theaters.
From 1990 to 1998, they hosted The Statler Brothers Show, their own weekly top-rated variety show on the Nashville Network. With more than forty albums to their credit, The Statler Brothers have been honored with three Grammy Awards, nine Counrty Music Association awards for vocal group of the year, and two Academy of Country Music awards. They have also been inducted into The Country Music Hall of Fame, and have been awarded more than any other Country Music act. Their songs have been featured on several movie soundtracks, such as “Charlotte’s Web” in Smokey and the Bandit II, and “Flowers on the Wall” in Pulp Fiction. Legends Radio, to this date, favors The Statler Brothers. They have been called America’s Poets.
Today you can relive the musical memories of The Statler Brothers through American Pride. They have captured the true aunthenticity of The Statler Brothers sound, keeping the legacy alive and promoting traditional Country Music, which is generational, yet crosses age boundaries.
Just as The Statler Brothers had two members who are actually brothers, Harold and Don Reid, so does American Pride, as Mike and Jimmy Whetsel are also brothers. Both the Reid brothers and the Whetsel brothers have a life-long love for Southern Gospel quartet music, and still find that audiences at all venues cannot help but clap their hands and pat their feet to “I’ll Fly Away” or “Heaven’s Jubilee.”
|October 22, 2016|
Christy Miller, from Hudson, KY, was born into a musical family. Growing up, family functions were always full of various members of her family sitting around singing and playing every instrument made. Her love for performing started in high school and has become her passion. Her heart is in Country Music but with her soulful voice she is no stranger to Blues, Rock, R&B, Bluegrass and Gospel.
|October 29, 2016|
Sounds of Summer is made up of 4 members that sing and play in a way that will take you back to the 60′s. Whether you like to sit back and be entertained or get up and dance, you will not be disappointed. Over the course of a 2 hour show, the band will rock out with over 30 classic Beach Boys songs and even take time to lighten the mood with an intimate acoustic set.
‘Sounds of Summer’ is the only professional Beach Boys Tribute in the Midwest and the only tribute in the country with all members currently in their 20′s like the original band during the 60′s. The show contains over 30 songs to help tell the story of ‘America’s Band’, The Beach Boys. Since the show debuted in January of 2015, the group has sold out nearly every ticketed event and seen audiences as large as 1,000 people. In August of 2015, the group had the experience of being welcomed onstage by the actual Beach Boys during their performance at the White River Lawn in Indianapolis, IN.