July 23, Beth Hunter Special Guest
Opry Show & Dance
from 2 - 5 p.m.
$8 per person
Usually Fourth Sunday of the month
Top-notch live house band!
Classic Country. New Country.
Classic Rock. Oldies.
Large Dance Floor
2017 Dates: August 27; September 24 with Paul Hatfield; October 22 is the Hee Haw Special; November 19; December 17 with Poet, Brooke Turner
Paul Fay (bass player, vocal, from Lenox) started playing music with his classmates in 1964 and continues to switch from country and rock & roll. Paul has worked with many local bands and Opry shows in the area. A career highlight was opening for Chely Wright in Missouri. Recently, Paul and his wife Betty have owned and operated a contract sound business providing sound for local fairs, talent shows, motorcycle rallies and Nashville acts. He's had the pleasure of working with Aaron Tippen, Steve Hall, David Bell, Susie McEntyre, Rex Allen Jr. and others. Betty and Paul continue to believe "it is all about the music."
Gary Walker (guitar, vocal) lives in Bolckow, Missouri with his wife Lori; and works for Nestle Purina Pet Food Research Center in St. Joseph, Missouri for more than 25 years. He has a son and daughter and blessed with 2 grandchildren. Gary started played the clarinet from 5th grade through High School. At the age of 12 he started playing bass. After breaking his collar bone in a motorcycle accident he picked up guitar. Gary has played regularly in bands since 1984, usually classic rock. In 2010 he rediscovered classic country music and took his first real guitar lesson at the age of 50 to learn music theory. Other than grandkids and music, Gary is a HUGE Kansas Jayhawk fan.
BJ Hart (Keyboard, vocal from Atlantic) is from a small Nebraska town where he started playing guitar at the age of 12. He used to sneak into his father's closet to play is guitar. After purchasing a Mel Bay beginning guitar book at a garage sale for 25 cents, he learned to play the guitar. Curtis Brown taught him a thing or two about guitar playing, which he used at church, starting at 14 years old. BJ's mother Margaret Hart still sings in her community, and through the years she taught him to sing harmonies and be his backup singer. At age 16, a man asked him why he didn't play piano, and BJ replied he didn't know how. The man proceeded to teach him three chords and the following Sunday BJ played in church. During his second year of Bible college he started singing with a band that traveled all across the Midwest singing a different churches, youth camps and meetings. Recently he was a guest for the Blue Tones Reunion shows, lead the Atlantic Community Christmas concert, active in church and performing for many weddings and funerals. He can play anything from old time country to modern rock to R&B. Of all the places he's performed the Corning Opera House is one of his favorites, because history just pours out of the walls. "There is something about good music that lifts the spirit and refreshes the soul."
Fran Wells (Guitar, vocal from Greenfield) was born in Nevada, Iowa and has been singing since she was three years old. Both her parents were musicians playing guitar and singing. She has three children and one step-daughter, who all very musical. Two of her six grandchildren have performed with her at various jam sessions. "Music always has been and always will be a great part of my life."
Sheila Sadie Pierson (spoons, vocal from Lineville) has been entertaining for 25 years. Sadie does stand up comedy, sings, writes song parodies, plays the spoons and dances on stage with various bands and country music shows. She has her own band Kickin Up Kountry that plays in several locations throughout southeast Iowa. She says "I've been blessed to open for such great artists as Wanda Jackson, Marvin Rainwater, Tanya Tucker, Jimmy Dean, Bill Anderson and a host of other wonderfully talented country music stars. My career has spanned from all over the Midwest...anywhere there's a crowd and country music lovin' fans!"
Mark Howard (drums)
Steve Carter plays steel guitar.