Boot City Opry Calendar
|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.
|August 13, 2016|
Leona Williams was destined to become a Country Music Entertainer. She landed her first radio show at the age of 15, simply called “Leona Sings” in Jefferson City, Missouri. That journey would take her all over the world and allow her to sing before thousands and thousands of Country Music fans.
Leona moved to Nashville in the late 1960s from a small town in Missouri called Vienna, and was soon recording for Hickory Records with such hits as “Once More” and “Yes Ma’am, He Found Me In A Honky Tonk”. Since then, Leona has traveled worldwide and opened shows for some of country music’s top entertainers and made numerous personal appearances at the Grand Ole Opry in Nashville.
Leona later teamed up with Merle Haggard for a top ten duet called “The Bull and the Beaver” and a duet album followed called HEART TO HEART. During this time, she would write some of Merle’s biggest hits including “You Take Me For Granted” and “Someday When Things Are Good.” You can hear her harmony vocals on some of Merle’s hits such as “The Way I Am” “The Roots Of My Raising” and “Big City.” Leona has also teamed up with other artists on recordings such as Gene Watson’s “Cold summer day in Georgia”, Vince Gill’s “Living the way I do”, Jimmy Martin’s “If teardrops were pennies”, and George Jones’ “Best Friends” among others. Leona recently released a “duets” album in 2009 which featured such artists as George Jones, Merle Haggard, Johnny Bush, Frankie Miller, Floyd Tillman, Ferlin Husky and others.
and special guest Ron Williams was born into an amazing family steeped in music tradition. The son of Internationally known singer/songwriter Leona Williams, Ron has been surrounded by legends of the Country Music industry since childhood. Ron credits his distinct Traditional Country sound and love of real Country Music to those experiences.
At age 17, Ron began polishing his own unique style of music, and credits many country icons as influences, including Marty Robbins, Glen Campbell, Merle Haggard, Larry Gatlin, John Conlee, Lefty Frizzell and others.
|August 20, 2016|
The Lloyd Wood show- a perennial favorite of the Boot City Opry. Wood and his band never fail to present an exciting country western show with the greatest country music of all times. Additionally, Lloyd is an accomplished impersonator, mocking characters from Walter Brennen to Bugs Bunny. Woods is an extremely seasonal and personable entertainer that operated his own show in Nashville, Indiana for many years.
|August 27, 2016|
Moe Bandy is one of America’s all-time leading classic country music Artist/Performer.
Moe’s long string of hits include “Bandy The Rodeo Clown”, “Hank Williams, You Wrote My Life”, “Till I’m Too Old To Die young”, “Americana”, “It’s A Cheatin’ Situation”, “Just good Ol’ Boys”, “Barstool Mountain”, “I Cheated Me Right Out of You”, “I Just Started Hatin’ Cheatin’ Songs Today”, “Rodeo Romeo”, “You Haven’t Heard the Last of Me”, “Holding The Bag” And dozens of other chart-toppers. Whether writing, recording new songs or travelling the world performing. Moe keeps one of the busiest schedules in show business. Some of his noteworthy accomplishments are: 10 # 1 Hits, 40 Top Ten Hits, 66 Chart Hits, 5 Gold Albums, ACM Song of The Year, ACM most Promising Male Vocalist of the Year, American Video of the year, ACM and CMA Duet of the Year.
Country music legend Moe Bandy has come a long way from his bull riding days in Texas. Not to mention his years as a sheet metal worker by day and playing Honkey Tonks at night in and around his hometown of San Antonio, Texas. In the mid-seventies when the country pop Kenny Rogers, John Denver and the outlaw sound of Waylon and Willie was at the rage, along came the traditionalist Moe Bandy.
The Texas singer with twin fiddles and steel guitar in the band kept Texas-style Honkey Tonk music alive, but it wasn’t easy. In 1972 Moe met record producer Ray Baker on a hunting trip and convinced him to listen to some demo tapes he had made. Baker agreed to produce Moe if he was willing to pay for recording session. Moe agreed and out of that session came Moe’s first hit song “I just Started Hatin Cheatin’ Songs Today”. GRC records picked up the song and released it nationally where it became a top 20 hit and that was just the beginning. Moe followed up with “It Was Always So Easy (To Find An Unhappy Woman)” and his first #1 hit “Bandy The Rodeo Clown”. His songs never strayed far from the traditionally Honky Tonk fare. Loving, cheating, drinking and patriotic songs formed the core of his music
|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.
|November 12, 2016|
Shades of Elvis: Remembered is the ultimate tribute to Elvis Presley. The show features awarding winning, nationally recognized, Elvis tribute artists KAVAN and Glenn Bowles. Each tribute artist adds his own personal touch to the music as they take the audience through the different eras of Presley’s life, including the Early Years, The Comeback Special, The Vegas Years and finally the Concert Years. A must see for anyone that enjoys the music of the king of Rock-n-Roll.
The Music Legends Live band backs both tribute artists and features a live horn section.
Glenn is the first ever World Champion Elvis Tribute Artist. Most recently he was name one of the 2014 Top 10 Elvis Tribute Artists in the world by Elvis Presley Enterprises ©
Glenn tours the United States paying tribute to the King of Rock & Roll. He has also toured with The Van-Dells, “The Nations #1 Rock &Roll Review”.
Glenn has performed before tens-of-thousands at numerous venues such as casinos, dinner theatres, fairs, festivals as well as cruise ships and sports arenas.
You can find more information about Glenn at GlennBowles.com
Kavan is a nationally recognized Elvis tribute artist, excellent vocalist and superb entertainer. His show is not just performing songs but involving the audience throughout the show. Kavan performs around the Midwest, in Las Vegas and with Legends in Concert in Branson and Myrtle Beach.
Multiple outfit changes occur throughout the show, using exact replicas of Elvis’ original outfits. He won the title of “The World’s #1Rock-n-Roll Elvis” in a
BBC television competition.