Thursday, April 25, 2019
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Winter Texans love to be entertained and there are enough entertainment venues that one could go to a different event every day of the month.

Today, many of the entertainers come from Branson and Nashville. This movement started many years ago but has gained momentum in recent years when Branson entertainers like Gordy and Debbie learned about the Rio Grande Valley. Since the winter months are the off season for Branson, these professional quality entertainers come here to perform in the RV resorts.

Gordy and Debbie were an immediate hit with Winter Texans and had a great first year doing performances in parks. The next year they came back and brought a few friends such as John Sager. Others have joined the fun and now entertainers like Dave and Daphne come from Nashville. (He was formerly lead guitar player for Barbara Mandrell and she sang gospel with The Gaithers Homecoming Show).

One new act to hit the Valley this year is Diana Lynn, of Branson, who sings the songs of Karen Carpenter that are favored by younger Winter Texans.

Gordy and Debbie are immensely popular and have won the Valley Star Award for Duet Musical Group of the Year six times. Bill Chrastil has been voted Male Vocalist of the Year for the past two years as he performs tributes to many of the singers of the 60s such as Tom Jones and Neill Diamond and Elvis Presley. In 2017 he was also named the Valley’s Entertainer of the Year.

Johnny Ray Gomez, an incredibly entertaining accordion player/comedian from Nebraska who has performed, was named the 2017 Novelty Act of the Year at the Valley Star Awards. Johnny Ray performed with the great Johnny Swaboda and his Silver Streak Accordion Band.

Leslie Blasing is certainly one of the Winter Texans’ favorite entertainers. This talented vocalist was voted Female Vocalist of the Year from 2013 to 2016 and Entertainer of

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