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Branson Country USA Show Update

There's been a LOT going on at Grand Country Music Hall's Branson Country USA lately. So much that we thought it was time to tell you about it – and show you. 

We have pictures and video!

The music has been phenomenal as usual. Hosts Mike Patrick and Jim Dandy (Jamie Haage) have had their hands full juggling all of the talent. This includes not only the show's guest stars but also the very talented cast.

New South welcoming new member
David Ragan

New South, Branson's favorite quartet, according to the voters at the recent Branson Terry Music Awards, has seen some changes as longtime member Jason Robinson has moved on. 

Jason has taken a position at Big Cedar Lodge. As Mike Patrick has jokingly said, “We're going to miss him... but hey, we have a connection at Big Cedar now!”

GC's Wild Bunch (season ticket holders) have been on the move too. Classic Creations by Nan was contacted to make a special line of shirts especially for the Friday night shows.

Of course Melody Hart, Jackie L. Brown, Larry Allred and Jamie Haage and others have continued to sing their little hearts out. The Grand Band seems to get better every week. It's such a joy to hear them and watch them perform.

Wayne Massengale and Bailey Birk
Wayne Massengale has not only been playing up a storm (hokey old saying I know, LOL) but has been showcasing some of the best up-and-coming young talent in the area. His students are learning from the best as Wayne isn't only a great performer but also a fine teacher.

Recently, Wayne introduced us to the very talented Bailey Birk. She is as talented as she is cute and that's really saying something. The audience fell in love with this young lady and her beautiful music right away. We haven't heard the last of her, I'm sure!

As for guest stars, there have been some good ones. Doug Gabriel and his band played their “Car Tune” instruments to the enjoyment of the audience. Their version of Dueling Banjos has to be seen in person to fully appreciate. 
Then, he showed why he is one of Branson's most beloved performers with his rendition of If I Can Dream. To See Doug Gabriel's BackstageInterview Click Here.

Ireland's Daniel O'Donnell wowed the crowd with his smooth voice and style. I can say honestly after meeting him, he is a true gentleman. If you haven't seen his show at Andy Williams Moon River Theatre, you really should. To see our backstage interview with Daniel O'Donnell click here.

Legend's In Concerts Wendy T. portrays Reba McEntire at Dick Clark's American Bandstand Theatre. When she took the stage at Grand Country, she really took it! 

Her mannerisms and vocals onstage proved why she is often mistaken for the legendary redhead.

It was her version of Does He Love You? that nearly brought the house down however. She was joined by Elisha Conner, who took the Kelly Clarkson part and made it her own. Many of us would like to see a lot more of Ms. Connor as she is very talented in her own right.

Jeff Brandt of Hamner's Unbelievable Variety Show at Hamner's Variety Theater showed everyone a thing or two when it comes to musical impersonations.  His version of My Way was...Unbelievable.  He changed voices during the song from Elvis to Sinatra to Dean Martin, Sammy Davis Jr. (and I may be leaving a few names out)!

Well, that's our report for now. If you would like more information about Grand Country Music Hall click here.

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