One of the Rio Grande Valley’s favorite musicians, Jerry Bennett will perform a special Christmas show at the Chicken House Opry on Dec. 23 at 1:30 p.m. Tickets for the Christmas show are $11. Bennett, who sings and plays a “honky tonk” piano has been named best male performer in the Rio Grande Valley at several venues. He won People’s Choice and FAME Awards and has been named a Winter Texan Favorite in Winter Texan Times polls.
Jim Hughes will be operating the Chicken House Opry this season in place of Robert Reed and Lucy Jackson.
One On The Mountain, featuring Hughes, Russ Guyer, Shirley McCord and Deanna Weis will have their first show on Saturday Dec. 22. Other performers include Rich Bellert, cowboy poetry reciter and the BJ Brothers from Las Vegas. For the beginning show only on Dec. 22, tickets will be $5.
On Christmas Day there will be a potluck dinner at 1 p.m. and a free show at 2 p.m. with One On The Mountain and guests.
“Bring a dish and table service and come hang out,” said Hughes.
Jim Hughes, who originated One On The Mountain, said there will be a new format for the Opry this season, where the headliners get the bulk of the show time and the comedy routines will be eliminated unless they are a part of the headliners’ show. One On The Mountain will open and close the show. No two weekend shows will feature the same performer this year except for the weekend where John Rex Reeves comes from Houston in February. As of now, Chicken House Opry will be the only place to see Reeves this year.
Hughes said most of the performances by One on a Mountain would be old time country music- songs from artists like Hank Williams, Loretta Lynn, Patsy Cline and others of that genre.
The band will also do some gospel music. Hughes said there might be a smattering of the Bluegrass music he grew up on but he prefers to leave that to other entertainers today.
“We will offer Lucy’s popular World Famous Peach Cobbler with ice cream, hot dogs, chili and other items at the refreshment stand before the show and during intermission.”
“We are looking forward to a great year. We have booked favorite headliners David Church, Leona Williams and Ron Williams, Alaska String Band, and John Rex Reeves. We also have booked Vern Young, Farnum Family, The Kenastons, Lindley Creek, The Punches, Star Fire, The Pelletiers, Cross Strung, Sherwin and Pam Linton, and many other headliners for the new season.
The Chicken House Opry is located at 8049 N. Bentsen Palm Drive, west of Mission. The Opry bus will be available to go to parks and pick up groups to come to the shows. Call Hughes at (904) 233-3230 to make reservations for a bus or email them at firstname.lastname@example.org.