Traveling show combines music, comedy and fun Branson on the Road at Community Arts Center
The traveling musical and acting show Branson on the Road will perform at 7:30 p.m. Dec. 5 at the Community Arts Center, 220 W. Fourth St.
“Branson On The Road is a traveling show direct from the live music capital of the world: Branson, Mo. We bring to America the experience of a fun-filled Branson show with upbeat music (Americana, classic country, rockabilly, bluegrass and gospel), family- friendly comedy and rhinestone costumes,” said Debbie Horton, the show’s co-host, lead singer and entertainer. The CAC show will be a special Christmas-themed show.
The group also plays on the national television program “Midwest Country,” and will also be recording a special Christmas-themed special to be aired on the show.
Horton, founder of the group, was invited on stage by Johnny Cash to play lead guitar for him during a concert near Baltimore when she was just 19 years old, and holds the title of being the only woman to have ever played lead guitar for Cash. After Horton got married, held a corporate job and went to college, she decided to officially pursue her music passions.
“As a Branson performer for 15 years it was wonderful to witness 7 million visitors coming to Branson to enjoy the wonderful shows. I thought, why not bring that Branson experience to people who may never get a chance to visit Branson or enable people who have been to Branson, to experience the Branson show fun in their hometown!” she said.
“Branson On The Road is recognized by the Branson Chamber of Commerce as the ‘Traveling Ambassadors’ for Branson, Mo. 2014 will mark our 10th year anniversary for Branson On The Road,” Horton said.
Horton will perform with Donnie Wright, a versatile musician who brings much of the comic relief to the show. Wright plays many instruments, including banjo, fiddle, mandolin, guitar and bass.
He has performed as part of The Presley’s Country Jubilee in Branson and The Grand Ole Opry in Nashville, and has also been nominated for a Lifetime Honors Award for his contribution to music in the Ozarks by the National Endowment for the Arts. Brian Capps plays upright bass for the show while singing songs reminiscent of Mary Robbins and Hank Williams.
Capps’ latest recording is part of the music rotation on XM Radio and made it into the Top 10 for Americana hits.
A Branson on the Road show is a very different experience because “it’s not just a ‘concert’ with song after song with no connection with the audience. It’s comedy, it’s music, it’s rhinestones, it’s musical instrument variety and fun. That’s what differentiates the Branson show from any others,” Horton said. “There is a portion of the show where we let the audience take over and we perform the songs they want to hear. We never know what they’ll throw at us and it’s so much fun.”
Branson on the Road continues to travel often, and the group has visited all but five of the 50 states, and has performed in Europe as well.
“Our 2014 schedule is already filling up and we’re so excited about the way the public has accepted Branson On The Road. We’re looking forward to coming back to Williamsport and being with the folks again,” Horton said.
For more information about Branson on the Road or any of its members, visit www.BransonontheRoad.com.
For ticket information for the show, call the Community Arts Center at 570-326-2424 or visit www.caclive.com.