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David Church

Genres: Traditional Country
Specialty: Vocals and Guitar

DavidChurch tnFor those who loved the sound of the late Hank Williams, no one does it better than David Church, who can perform solo, but prefers to perform with a five-piece band for authentic sound. An oft-requested artist, the "Midwest Country" shows always sell out when Church is performing.

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Bernie & Red

Genres: Comedy
Specialty: Comedy, Music Routines

Bernie Red TNBernie & Red are two of the most popular performers to entertain Winter Texans. Shows sell out regularly. This Canadian duo ties their English-Irish heritage to their lively variety shows, which feature music and comedy routines that keep the audiences in stitches.

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Gordy & Debbie

Genres:Country, 50’s & 60’s, Gospel, Patriotic Music, Comedy
Specialty: Vocals

GordyDebbie tnWith over a quarter century of success in the entertainment industry, Gordy and Debbie Kaye Wensel bring their Branson show to South Texas during Winter Texan season.  The show is an upbeat variety show that is a mixture of country, music from the 50’s and 60’s, gospel and patriotic music combined with comedy and suitable for all audiences.

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Auntie Kreamsaugen

Genres: Comedy
Specialty: Comedy Routines

Auntie Kreamsaugen THUMBDarlene Rolle's character Auntie Kreamsaugen was born in 2005 at Jaspers Theater - a family owned and operated variety show in Park Rapids, Minn. In December 2010, Rolle's "Kreamsaugen" debuted in her first solo show, "Just Plain Funny," in senior parks throughout the Rio Grande Valley of Texas.

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Heart to Heart

Genres: Country, Gospel, 50's & 60's Top 40, Doo-Wop, R&B, Patriotic, Comedy & Rockabilly
Specialty: Vocal, Guitar, Keyboard

HearttoHeart Jerry n Sharon THUMBSharon and Jerry Mays, better known as Heart To Heart, "The Heart & Soul of Branson, Mo." bring a brand new variety show to the RGV each season, power packed with toe-tapping, hand-clapping Country, Gospel, 50's & 60's Top 40, Doo-Wop, a little Old Rock and R&B, Patriotic, Comedy—a little of everything for an all-around good time for everyone!

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One More Time

Genres: Musical Comedy Variety, Vaudeville, Broadway, Vegas-style
Specialty: Vocals, Keyboard

The Beahms-Illustration tnOne More Time is Larry and Melissa Beahm, the Musical Comedy Variety Duo. Traveling throughout the country, One More Time focuses on providing excellent music and tasteful humor for the boomers and seniors of our great United States. “Fifty-five plus” communities, RV parks, churches and senior centers hire One More Time to perform their musical comedy variety shows: professional yet personal Vaudevillian/Broadway/ Vegas-type shows!

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The Horns

Genres: Traditional Country, Country Rock, and 50s & 60s Rock-n-Roll
Specialty: Vocal Harmony, Duets, and Impersonations

TheHorns-WEB tnWe hail from the Show-Me state of Missouri and have been entertaining in the Rio Grande Valley for five years. We've been playing music for dances since the mid 60s with a wide variety of music from traditional country music to 50s & 60s Rock-n-Roll.

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Kerry Christensen

Genres: Instrumentals, Yodeling
Specialty: Yodeling, Vocals, Alphorn & Zither

KerryChristensen_thumbNational yodeling champion and former Disney World entertainer Kerry Christensen yodels everything from Indian love calls to Alpine Swiss, German, Latin, Jewish, Hawaiian, jazz, cowboy, classical and humorous -- even chicken styles of yodeling.

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Alaska String Band

Genres: Bluegrass, Old-Time Gospel, Swing, Blues, Original
Specialty: Guitar, Violin, Fiddle, Mandolin, Bass

2014 Alaska-String-Band tnKnown for their lively collection of bluegrass, old-time gospel, swing, blues, Celtic, original music and energetic dancing, the Alaska String Band is also known for their original costumes that reflect the Alaskan artistic lifestyle, culture and traditions.

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Ball Ranch Family

Genres: Country, Western Swing, Gospel
Specialty: Vocals, Fiddle, Banjo, Guitar

Ball-Ranch-Family tnThe Ball Ranch Family Western Music Show features old-fashioned western music including songs like "Tumblin' Tumble Weed," "Spanish Eyes," "Ole San Antone" and "Take Me Back to Tulsa" with fiddle, banjo and guitar music.

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Bill Brooks

Genres: Country, Easy-listening, Gospel, Oldies
Specialty: Elvis & Friends

bill brooks 1 tnKnown around the Rio Grande Valley as Elvis Presley, Bill J. Brooks has the ability to look like Elvis, dress like Elvis and sound like Elvis. He is perhaps the most popular Elvis impersonator in the Rio Grande Valley. From "Blue Suede Shoes" to Elvis' gospel songs, Brooks does them all.

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Cowboy & Hobo Show

Genres: Country Western, Folk, 50's, 60's and 70's Rock & Roll
Specialty: Close Vocal Harmony's, Accoustic Electric Guitars, Modified Upright Bass

The-Cowboy-and-Hobo-SHow-picture_barrell_thumbOne of the most popular groups to be seen in the Valley consists of The Cowboy "Cactus Willie", aka Charles Casterline, The Hobo "Boxcar Bob", aka Robert Selby and The "Drifter", aka Wil Kelley. Casterline is the nephew of famed Blue Grass Legend, "Lester Flatt" who visited their rural So. Carolina home often and along with Casterlines Mother who did live radio commercials, peaked Casterlines interest in music and influenced his picking style.

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Durocher Family

Genres: Bluegrass, Gospel
Specialty: Vocals

Durocher-Press-Photo_thumbOne of the Valley's newer groups is the Durocher Family of Minnesota, known for their bluegrass music and Christian ministries in camps, rescue missions, churches and prisons. The family includes 12 children. Older children perform, younger children sing, while the adorable four-year-old claps and grins at the audience.

 

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Farnum Family

Genres: Bluegrass, Folk, Gospel, Irish, Old-Time and Western
Specialty: Banjo, Fiddle, Guitar, Mandolin, Upright Bass, Piano and Penny Whistle

Farnum-FamilyFrom Galena, Missouri, is a six-piece family band that plays a lively blend of bluegrass, folk, gospel, Irish, novelty and old-time western music. They love to perform tunes that will have you tapping your foot and singing right along, or take you down memory lane. And a few songs may make you laugh out loud!

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Fred and Sheila Pelletier

Genres: Country, Bluegrass, 50s and 60s, Jazz, Gospel
Specialty: Vocals, Guitar

Freddie-Shela-PelletierIn the RGV as the Pelletier Family last year, Freddie and Sheila return this year with a brand new show full of fun and surprises. Their show will feature songs from the American folk songbook, magic hits of the 50’s and 60’s, jazz and gospel. They’ll also play some of what their known for - Freddie, for his Chet Atkins style guitar picking instrumentals and Sheila, for yodeling and singing classic country.

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Gary Crain

Genres: Comedy
Specialty: Vocals, Standup Comedy

garycrain_thumbShazamm! It's Gomer Pyle from Mayberry! Or at least that is what viewers will think when Gary Crain performs his comedy routines. In addition to Gomer, Crain does impersonations of Bill Clinton, John Wayne, Jimmy Stewart and Walter Brennan.

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James Marvell

Genres: Country, Golden Oldies Rock
Specialty: Guitar & Vocals

James_Marvell_web_thumbFrom his 1960's million-sell "Love can Make You Happy" with the group Mercy to his 2008 number one hit, "Embrace the World," which rose to the top of the Gospel music charts, James Marvell has had a varied musical career.

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Jennifer

Genres: Broadway, Bluegrass, Pop & Yodeling
Specialty: Vocals, Dance, Comedy

Jennifer_Wilson_thumbBranson star Jennifer Wilson-Browning, who for many years headlined the show "Jennifer-in-the-Morning" and was known as "the Girl with the Million Dollar Smile" is known for the musical variety, dancing, singing comedy and costume changes that go with her show.

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Jim Owen

Genres: Country
Specialty: Vocals, Songwriter, Actor

20081211-JimOwen_bw_thumbCountry Singer and songwriter Jim Owen has been making appearances in the Rio Grande Valley during the winter season for the past two years. He is known for his offbeat humor and from-the-heart style of singing.

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John Rex Reeves

Genres: Country
Specialty: Vocals

John-Reeves_thumbJohn Rex Reeves, nephew of "Gentleman Jim Reeves," is known for his tribute to his late uncle. Jim Reeves was known for such country hits as "He'll Have to Go," "I Guess I'm Crazy," and "Am I Losing You?" When not in the Rio Grande Valley Reeves can be found on the Midwest Country Show, satellite RFD TV on Saturday nights.

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Laughing Bird

Genres: Comedy, Folk, Acoustic Rock, Bluegrass
Specialty: Guitar, Dobro, Bajola, Harmonica

laughingbird_thumbTupelo and Janey Wing Kenyon put on a highly entertaining music and comedy show. The show is a lively mix of original contemporary folk music with overtones of country, bluegrass and light acoustic rock, all designed to make the audience laugh and have a good time.

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Lindley Creek

Genres: Bluegrass
Specialty: Vocals, Banjo, Fiddle, Mandolin, Upright Acoustic Bass, Acoustic Rythm Guitar

Lindley-Creek tnMusic has always been important to the Greer family. Kathie Greer’s parents were into playing bluegrass music. While it was not the main focus of the family, it was always important. John and Kathie were country music fans until Tate started repeating some of the lyrics he was hearing. They refocused their interest into bluegrass.

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Link Family

Genres: Bluegrass, Gospel, Celtic, Patriotic, Acoustic
Specialty: Guitar, Fiddle, Mandolin, Banjo, Vocals

LinkFamily-2_thumbFrom the Ozark Mountains of Missouri…The Link Family delivers a powerful performance with world class harmonies, hard driving instrumentals and good clean family humor.

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Lloyd and Peggy

Genres: Country, Classic Rock
Specialty: Guitar, Keyboards/synthesizer, Vocals

2012_LloydNPeggyJPGSince 1999 we have lived full time in our motor home / tour bus and travel wherever the music takes us. Every winter is spent playing in the Texas Rio Grande Valley. Then, we head north for the summer to find other opportunities to perform. There is nothing we like better than looking out from the stage and seeing those heads bobbing and feet tapping.

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Patsy Cline - Rainy

Genres: 50's/60's, Country, Pop
Specialty: Patsy Cline Tribute

PatsyRainy has brought to the Valley her special Tribute to the Legendary Patsy Cline.  Her high energy show features all your favorite “Patsy” songs along with interesting bits of trivia and hilarious stories.  Her voice is distinctly “Patsy” and her ability to connect with her audience makes for an entertaining and fun-filled show.

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Ralph Kuster

Genres: Standards, Classic Country, Broadway, Gospel, Easy Listening
Specialty: Vocals

ralph_country_TNLike many of us, Ralph has had a dream of one day becoming an entertainer. Nothing, it seemed, could replace the joy he felt as a teenager when he was a regular on stage at high school assemblies or acting as Mayor Shinn in the popular musical, The Music Man. He started recording and performing again in 2003.

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Red Johnson

Genres: Country
Specialty: Vocals and Guitar

redjohnson_web_thumbRed Johnson who has been entertaining audiences for over 50 years ordered his first guitar from a Sears & Roebuck catalog with money he earned from raising a calf. It never left his side and after leaving the military, he started playing and writing music professionally.

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Redhead Express

Genres: Bluegrass, Gospel, Irish Country
Specialty: Violin, Piano, Guitar, Vocals, Banjo, Mandolin

redheadexpress_thumbOne of the liveliest bluegrass groups to hit the Valley in recent years is the Redhead Express, a family bluegrass band from Alaska. The Walker family performs a high-energy show filled with bluegrass, gospel, traditional Irish country and old-time music. They add a bit of family humor to provide a fun evening for audiences.

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Roger Kenaston Band

Genres: Bluegrass, Country
Specialty: Guitar, Fiddle, Mandolin, Dobro, Lap Steel, Vocals, Trumpet

The Roger Kenaston Band is a high-energy group that plays bluegrass, country and other genres of music. The band has worked with numerous celebrities, including back up for such artists as Charlie McCoy, Jean Shepard, Stonewall Jackson, Leona Williams, Jimmy C. Newmann, Jack Green, Claude Gray, Les Gilliam and many others.

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Ruthi

Genres: Country
Specialty: Vocals, Banjo

Ruthi_Holly-SmallRuthi has been one of the top booked artists in the RGV Valley for the past three years and after her whirlwind summer tour of eight states she is excited and proud to be invited back for a fifth season here in the Rio Grande Valley.

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Sherwin Linton

Genres: Country, Gospel, 50s, Johnny Cash Tribute
Specialty: Vocals, Guitar

Sherwin-Linton-1 THUMBGet ready for a 60 to 90 minute Country and Popular Music show packed full of your favorite classic songs. Amazing vocal harmonies and touching duets are accented by humor & stories. We tell the truth.... it's funnier than anything we can make up! Audiences are amazed by Sherwin's ability to bring back the image and sound of Johnny Cash. Dick Moebakken's affable personality adds to his great impression of "Grandpa McCoy" and Dick's vocal likeness to Freddy Fender is a show stopper.

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Solid Gold Dance Party

Genres: Original Hit Oldies, Country, Rock, Standards
Specialty: Radio DJ live presentation

2014 Solid-Gold-Dance-Party tnThe Solid Gold Dance Party - Oldies Music and Memories, is a DJ/Entertainment with "Big Daddy" presenting a program of dance music, by the original artists, spanning over 50 years of hit music, just like you heard it on the radio. All types of music are presented, including Country, Rock, Standards, Line dancing, and others. Between songs, "Big Daddy" and the audience have a great time with trivia, contests, and prize giveaways.

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Star Fire Family Show

Genres: Classic Country, Variety, Comedy
Specialty: Guitar, Banjo, Keyboard, Saxophone, Fiddle, Upright Bass, Electric Bass, Pedal Steel Guitar, Drums

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The Gottschalk family, known as the Star Fire Family Band from Hortonville, Wis., is in the Rio Grande Valley for another season to entertain the Winter Texans. The Gottschalks try and mix up their shows, to have something for everyone. In Texas, they perform a Branson style show with music, comedy, audience interaction and just plain fun.

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The Texans

Genres: Gospel
Specialty: Vocals, Guitar, Comedy

the-texans_thumbThe Texans got their start singing country gospel music as a traveling quartet based out of Dallas Christian College. Today the group consists of Sam Ray, lead singer and emcee, his wife, Brenda Ray, who sings tenor and is a comedian, and their son, Curtis Ray, who sings baritone.

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Tucker

Genres: Country, Western, Oldies, Gospel
Specialty: Vocals, Comedy

tucker_thumbOne of the most popular entertainers to come to the Rio Grande Valley is Sheldon Tucker, known simply as Tucker. A commanding figure, Tucker could easily be mistaken for Marshal Dillon walking down the street in his signature fringed jacket, cowboy boots and black Stetson hat. But with his voice, which is a rich combination of baritone and tenor, he is at home in Broadway musicals. He played the lead in “The King and I” with the “Rainbow Players.”  And he worked with Carol Burnett in “Moon Over Buffalo.”

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12 String Tim & Sharon

Genres: Classic and new country
Specialty: Guitar and percussion

12stringtim001011 TNWith a high-tech back-up band and a song list that reads like a catalog, this duo puts on a music variety show sure to please any crowd.

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Vance Greek

Genres: Country, Gospel
Specialty: Vocals

VANCE-GREEK-2007PIC_thumbAlthough a longtime resident of the Rio Grande Valley, Vance Greek spent 1990 to 1997 in Branson, Missouri where he became known as "the Golden Voice of Branson."

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Wade Benson Landry

Genres: Country, Swingin' Cajun, Western Swing
Specialty: Fiddle

Wade-Benson-Landry_2010_thumbLouisiana's world class fiddle player, Wade Benson Landry, made his first official appearance in the Rio Grande Valley last year when he performed at the 2010 FAME Awards.

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