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21090220 DavenDaphne IMG 1938From the opening moments of the electric “Orange Blossom Special” to the passionate ending of “The Lord's Prayer,” the Dave and Daphne show is a performance that will bring the audience a mixture of laughter and tears, and memories of yesteryear. (When was the last time someone talked to you about a washboard?)

There's not just one highlight in the two-hour performance from the Nashville duo at Big Valley Ranch in Mission, but it's a sequence of highlight upon highlight.

One of those highlights was a performance of Anne Murray's mega hit “Could I Have This Dance.” Among those who danced to the tune was Wilma and Bill Northup of Ollie, Iowa. The couple have been coming to the Valley since 1998 and have been married for 68 years, bringing the crowd to their feet after the couple concluded their dance.

“What’s the secret to staying married for 68 years?” Daphne asked.

“Well, we've always been honest to each other,” Wilma responded. After the couple completed their celebratory dance, Wilma said that she and Bill love to dance. “We also do the jitterbug,” she added.

Dave Salyer, proclaimed by many to be the fastest guitarist in the land, is explosively entertaining on guitar, performing with rapid perfection tunes like “Flight of the Bumblebee” and the William Tell Overture. A carousel of different guitars and banjos were set up on stage with him. “He plays two more,” Daphne joked to the crowd. But I ran out of energy bringing them in.”

He also does a mean Willie Nelson impersonation, which is highlighted when he and Daphne perform a mesmerizing medley of Willie's “You Were Always On My Mind,” and Dolly Parton's “I Will Always Love You.”

The crowd responded positively when Daphne talked about how country music, like everything else, had changes over the decades. “But Dave and I have promised to keep classical country music alive and part of our show,” she said. Then they performed a medley of songs like “Your Cheatin' Heart,” “Crazy,” “On The Road Again,” “Coal Miner's Daughter” and others.

Dave has toured the world with Barbara Mandrell, has performed for presidents at the White House and has appeared on countless TV shows. Roy Clark proclaimed him as one of the most fabulous guitarists on the planet and Mandrell said “Dave Salyer is the best guitarist I've ever had.

Daphne has toured with some of the greatest Southern Gospel Music groups of all time including the Bill Gaither Group, the Florida Boys, The Cathedrals, Rex Nelson and others. The Southern Gospel Music Association voted her their Female Vocalist of the Year. Her impressions of Tammy Wynette, Patsy Cline and Loretta Lynn are spot on.

Their music is special. It takes you to places so far back in your memory that it will kindle emotions you maybe haven't felt in years – or decades.

Considering those they have performed for and with, they also had some hilarious stories to tell. Among those was a story about Grand Ole Opry Legend Minnie Pearl. Dave and Daphne shared a story about the sassy woman who, among other things, was known for wearing a frilly hat with a price tag that read “$1.98” on it.

“I met a good friend of Minnie's one day,” Daphne said. “She told me a secret. She said those hats weren't $1.98, they cost only 10 cents. Minnie would change the tag to $1.98 so people didn't think she was cheap.”

Daphne commands attention without even trying with her powerful voice and command of a wide vocal range. And while she performs with that strong sound, she also has a sweet, tender voice that will touch every soul in the house, as she did with a song written by Dave entitled “A Little Hope,” the story of a family that couldn't have children but then one day was blessed, finally, with the news of a little one on the way.

The crowd collectively snuck a hand, a handkerchief or a tissue to their eyes during the ballad.

Daphne also shared an amazing story of an accident that Dave was in, crushing his wrist and “splattering his bones” that was repaired with screws and pins and Dave sat in a cast for 16 weeks.

“If I hold my wrist a certain way,” Dave said. “I can pick up ESPN.”

The two-hour show was an eclectic, exciting and energetic performance that touched the audience and, as Daphne said “took them back to a place of wonderful memories.”

The night ended with “The Lord's Prayer,” and a standing ovation. This is the eighth year for the duo to perform in the Valley. Their mixture of bold and light, deep passion and fun, fire and rain, is a combination that should keep them coming back for years to come. It's a show that does more than entertain audiences, it speaks to them in many, many ways.

Following is a list of their upcoming shows. Visit their website for any additions or changes.

Dave & Daphne Show Schedule

Feb. 20 Roadrunner RV Resort, 7 p.m.
Feb. 21, Alamo Recreational Park, Alamo, 6:30 p.m.
Feb. 22 Wagon City North,Mission, 7 p.m.
Feb. 23 4 Seasons RV, Brownsville, 7 p.m.
Feb. 24 Citrus Valley RV Resort, McAllen, 6:30 p.m.
Feb. 25 Hidden Valley Ranch, Mission 7 p.m.
Feb. 26 Mission Bell, Mission, 7 p.m.
Feb. 27 McAllen Mobile Park, McAllen, 7 p.m.
Feb. 28 Posada Del Sol RV, Harlingen, 7 p.m.
March 1 RioValley Estates, Weslaco, 7 p.m.

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