Award-winning ‘Branson On The Road’ coming to Williamsport
What do you get when you bring together a fiddle, mandolin, banjo, guitar, upright slap bass, rhinestone costumes, hilarious comedy and great classic country, bluegrass, rockabilly and gospel music?
“Branson On The Road” is coming to Williamsport June 8 at the Community Arts Center, 220 W. Fourth St.
“Branson On The Road” has more than 20 years of experience of performing at the top theaters in Branson on the famous 76 Country Music Boulevard (known as “The Strip”), and is the first national touring show named for the famous city.
The show delivers the Branson traditions of good, clean, family fun wherever they go … and they go all over the country and beyond.
The special show in Williamsport is a fundraiser for The Lycoming County United Way.
“Those seeing the ‘Branson On The Road’ ‘show can not only expect great music but plenty of comedy every step of the way,” explained Scott N. Lowery, executive director of Lycoming County United Way. “We know our community loves county music and thought this would be a fun way to help raise funds for the dozens of human service programs United Way supports.”
“Branson On The Road” is the kind of show most people thought was long gone in this day of overproduced music, overused special effects and performers singing to tracks. In the same tradition as the traveling road shows during the glory days of the Grand Ole Opry, the Louisiana Hayride and the first Branson music shows, “Branson On The Road” keeps guests tapping, laughing and smiling.
“We reside in the live music capital of the world, Branson, Mo.,” said Debbie Horton, co-host of the show, “and realized that there are many people who will never have a chance to visit Branson personally so we decided to bring our Branson stage show directly to them.”
Debbie Horton holds the distinction of being the only woman to have played lead guitar for the great Johnny Cash. She hosted her own show at the old Boxcar Willie Theater in Branson and has performed on the famous Louisiana Hayride and Ernest Tubb Midnight Jamboree in Nashville. She was a radio DJ in Norfolk, Va., and acted as MC for concerts with Kenny Rogers, Hank Williams, Jr., the Oak Ridge Boys and many more. Among her other credits, Horton is an accomplished songwriter. She has had her songs recorded by Wanda Jackson, Norma Jean and many other country singers.
Donnie Wright is an expert, sought after, respected musician, arranger and is versatile on many instruments, including fiddle, mandolin, guitar, banjo and bass and has been part of the Branson music scene for 40 years. He provides a good deal of the comic relief on the show with his mischievous antics. Among his long list of credits are performances at The Grand Ole Opry in Nashville, The Presley’s Show in Branson, The Pine Mountain Jamboree in Eureka Springs and a long-standing run at The Golden Nugget in Las Vegas. Wright has been nominated for a Lifetime Honors Award for his contribution to music in the Ozarks by the National Endowments of the Arts in Washington, D.C.
Brian Capps plays upright bass and sings songs reminiscent of Marty Robbins and Hank Williams. Brian’s latest recording reached the Top 10 on the Americana Charts and is part of the music rotation on XM Radio. Tickets are available through the Community Arts Center at www.caclive.com or 1-800-432-9382.