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C.J. Newsom’s Classic Country & Comedy

Love of Country Music

Branson visitors that love country music will want to add “C.J. Newsom’s Classic Country & Comedy” to the top of their must see list.  This wonderful show features critically acclaimed C.J. Newsom and her award winning band, the Re-Cliners, and guarantees foot stomping good fun.  C.J. said, “I am so excited about this year.  Everyone is loving all the songs we sing from Hank William Senior to Reba and Garth!C.J. Newsom & Terry Sanders”  With her ever expanding repertoire and the addition of the Seve-Time Comedian of the Year and Hee Haw Star, Terry Sanders, this year will be sensational!
“I have known C.J. for years, and we’re thrilled about the whole prospect of what we can do together,” Terry said with his trademark smile. “This partnership gives me the chance to do more of what I love to do.  “I’m excited about being back in a country music show, as well as giving my fan base the chance to see me back on stage.”

Located on Branson 76 Strip

The Americana Theatre
With their new location at the beautiful Americana Theatre right at the heart of the 76 strip, CJ and Terry will make their mark on the Branson show scene starting on  April 1.  Be part of the excitement! Put this great show at the top of your list.  For tickets call 417-544-8700 or visit them online at ClassicCountryAndComedy.com.

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Breaking Branson News

BRANSON, MO. —  C.J. Newsom, the lovely and talented star of the multi-award-winning “Patsy Cline Remembered” show, is heading into 2016 with a new name for the show, “Classic Country’s Patsy Cline & Friends,” a new venue, the Americana Theatre, and a brand new comedian in the form of legendary Branson entertainer Terry “Homer Lee” Sanders.

Homer Lee - Small  “Terry and I have been friends for over decade, and I am so happy to get to work with not only a good friend but one of the most well know icons of Branson!” the blonde songstress beamed. “He has always been able to bring a smile to my face, and I know he will do the same to all our guests at ‘Classic Country’s Patsy Cline & Friends.’
“I’m really looking forward to working with this comedy genius.”

Sanders, better known around these parts as “The Face of Branson,” or “Homer Lee,” or “Grandma Beulah,” or “Terry the Tour Guide,” or even “Joan of the Ozarks,” is a producer, entertainer and comedian who has been a part of the Branson Live Entertainment scene for 37 years. Millions of people have enjoyed his runs as featured comedian in shows such as “The Braschler Music Show,” “Pierce Arrow,” the “Grand Jubilee” and “The Branson Brothers Show,” as well as regular performances at Silver Dollar City and Shepherd of the Hills. Now he’s the newest member of the “Classic Country’s Patsy Cline & Friends” cast, and he couldn’t be happier.

“I have known C.J. and her wonderful husband, Chris, for many Grama - Largeyears, and we’re thrilled about the whole prospect of what we can do together,” Terry said with his trademark smile. “This partnership gives me the chance to do more of what I love to do.

“I was out of the music show business for a while … so I’m excited about being back in a country music show, as well as giving my fan base the chance to see me back on stage.”

In addition to being one of the area’s most popular acts, Terry has been named Comedian of the Year FOUR times. He’s also served as “Barney Fife” for the Muscular Dystrophy Association’s annual “MDA Lockup” event, shared the silver screen alongside actors like Annie Potts, Leslie Nielsen and Tim Curry, and shared the stage with Bob Hope, Dolly Parton and Kenny Rogers. Terry also worked with Roy Clark, Minnie Pearl and Grandpa Jones on the TV show “Hee-Haw,” and even hosts his own show, “Branson Country with Terry the Tour Guide” on the Vacation Channel. Terry has performed at America’s No. 1 outdoor Drama, the “Shepherd of the Hills,” for the past 15 seasons. Nowadays, he’s joined by his wife and their two sons in the play.

Terry - SmallNot only is Terry an avid “people watcher,” but he uses his keen observations of day-to-day life to keep his material fresh and his audiences in stitches. It was Minnie Pearl who said it best, “Terry’s one of the best and honey, I’ve seen a lot!”

Terry will be sure to bring the funny stuff when he joins C.J. and her band, the Re-Cliners, as they take audiences on a trip back to a time when those classic songs first hit the airwaves. From C.J.’s sultry vocals on Patsy’s greatest hits, to the high-energy, foot-stomping arrangements of Garth Brooks, every well-known country melody comes alive, thrilling audiences of all ages.

The “Classic Country’s Patsy Cline & Friends” show will perform7:30 p.m. shows on Sundays, Wednesdays and Fridays at the Americana Theatre beginning in April, 2016. The “#1 Hits of the 60’s & 50’s, too” and the “70’s Music Celebration starring Barry Williams” will also call the Americana home next season.
For more information, emailChris@PatsyClineAndFriends.com, call 800-334-9079, or visit PatsyClineAndFriends.com.Barney

Presleys’ Country Jubilee

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From Caves to Stars

Presley AmbrusFrom the caves under the beautiful Ozark Mountain hills to right in the middle of the 76 strip, the Presleys’ Country Jubilee has seen it all.  Back when they started, no one had air conditioning.  So to beat the heat, locals would gather after a long day of work in the many caves and have dances and parties.  The Presleys just loved playing music back then and you can see that the love has not faded over the many years and generations.

First on Hwy 76

They were the first show on the 76 strip, but back then it was just aPresley guys two lane road out in the middle of nowhere.  They even built their theater without a slope in the audience just in case they had to turn the building into a  boat storage facility.  But it wasn’t long before people far and near were coming to hear this wonderful family and their toe tapping music.

Today

The theater has been remodeled with new seats and lights but the Presleys comedyPresley’s still deliver the same toe tapping good time people want to hear.  Their mixture of Hill Billy Comedy and Great Music make this a show you will want to see again and again.

Come see them Monday through Saturday at 8 PM in their wonderful theater.  And you might want to upgrade to the red seats…they are awfully comfortable.

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The Magic of Rick Thomas

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Rick ThomasBranson has become known as a Magic Mecca.  We have seen many great magicians in this town and Rick is one of the best.  His illusions are flawless, his dancers are amazing, and his humor is wonderfully refreshing.  He is the main show in the beautiful Andy Williams Moon River Theater and he uses the stage magnificently.

Vegas Family Show to Branson

Rick came to Branson from Las Vegas where he had the most Rick Thomassuccessful family show on the Vegas strip.  The production of the show is well done with all that you would expect from a world class performance.  The pinnacle illusion of his show is the AirAdage where Tara, his beautiful lead assistant, dances in the air.  It is truly breathtaking.

Gorgeous Animals

rick thomas and samsonRick was known for his gorgeous tigers in Vegas but made the toughest decision of his life in letting them retire from show life and live in a wonderful tiger preserve.  He has most recently added two wonderful Great Pyrenees dogs to his show.  They are just over a year old and already 170 pounds.  They are loving creatures that add to the show.  Rick Thomas’ show will not disappoint.

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Bad Moon Risin

The producers who brought the hit shows “Take it to the Limit: A Tribute to the Eagles” and the Journey tribute show “Don’t Stop Believin'” to Ozark Mountain Country are excited to debut “Bad Moon Risin’,” an all-new show for 2015. “Bad Moon Risin'” is a rock ‘n’ roll concert that takes the audience through the life and times of one of the greatest American bands of all time, Creedence Clearwater Revival.

The Show

For the past few years, many of the hundreds of thousands of visitors flocking to Branson have had an insatiable thirst for classic rock ‘n’ roll, and this all-new show at the Tribute Theatre is giving people all they can handle, and more. Billed as a “rockumentary” of sorts, the story of Creedence Clearwater Revival unfolds over two rocking hours, complete with stories, videos and live music highlighting some of the band’s greatest hits, including “Green River,” “Born on the Bayou,” “Lookin’ Out My Backdoor,” “Have You Ever Seen the Rain,” “Down On the Corner,” “Bad Moon Risin'” “Proud Mary” and many, many more.

A Show for the Veterans

The music of Creedence Clearwater Revival is as popular today as ever, thanks in large part to the Veterans of the Vietnam War. The band saw their greatest success from the fall of 1968 through January of 1970, which also happened to be the most turbulent years of the Vietnam War. The music of Creenence Clearwater Revival not only served as a soundtrack to so many brave men and women serving in southeast Asia, but it also helped them hang on to the images of friends, family and loved ones – everything they were fighting to protect. With this in mind, producers of “Bad Moon Risin'” are featuring three of the most iconic Creedence songs in a way they’ve never been used before. The presentation, atmosphere and arrangement of these songs create an emotional and uplifting tribute to the veterans unlike any other tribute in this town, or any other. These are men who laid their lives on the line so we could enjoy living in the greatest country in the world, so it is important to remember that this is their music… this is their show… and this is their tribute.

The Cast

Starring former “Legends in Concert” Blues Brother Bucky Heard, guitarist Larry Holiday, drummer Steve Froese, bassist Dennis Groves and rhythm guitarist and producer Jon Sousan, “Bad Moon Risin'” seamlessly blends concert quality music, production, lighting, soundpassion and multimedia to tell the story of four boys from southern California who made a name for themselves playing swamp rock, and in doing so, changed the world. Featuring timeless Creedence classics performed by a live band in a concert atmosphere mixed in with more than a few laughs, this show is perfect for anyone who loves great times and better music. For more information, visit bransontributetheatre.com.