Published: 2:19 pm, Thu. Apr. 19th, 2018Updated: 2:18 pm
What do you get with you bring together a mandolin, banjo, guitar, upright slap bass, rhinestone costumes, hilarious comedy, and great classic country, bluegrass, rockabilly and gospel music at a theatre near you? Branson on the Road!
Branson on the Road has more than 20 years’ experience performing at the top theatres in Branson on famous 76 Country Music Boulevard (known as “The Strip”) and is the first national touring show named for the famous city. The show delivers the Branson traditions of good, clean, family fun wherever they go… and they go all over the U.S. and beyond!
Branson on the Road is the kind of show most people thought was long gone in this day of overproduced music, overused special effects, and performers singing to tracks. In the same tradition as the traveling road shows during the glory days of the Grand Ole Opry, the Louisiana Hayride, and the first Branson music shows, Branson on the Road keeps you tapping, laughing and smiling.
Those seeing the show can not only expect great music but plenty of hilarious comedy every step of the way.
“We reside in the live music capital of the world, Branson, Mo.”, said Debbie Horton, “and realized that there are many people who will never have a chance to visit Branson personally, and with the economy the way it is today, we decided to bring our Branson stage show directly to them.”
Branson on the Road is the best way to experience a Branson show in your hometown. For a few hours, guests can forget all about their troubles and have a good time – laughter is the best medicine.
Horton holds the distinction of being the only woman to have played lead guitar for the great Johnny Cash. She hosted her own show at the old Boxcar Willie Theater in Branson and has performed on the famous Louisiana Hayride and Ernest Tubb Midnight Jamboree in Nashville. She was a radio DJ in Norfolk, Va., and acted as MC for concerts with Kenny Rogers, Hank Williams Jr., the Oak Ridge Boys, and many more.
Among her other credits, Horton is an accomplished songwriter. She has had her songs recorded by Wanda Jackson, Norma Jean, and many other country singers.
Brian Capps has been part of the Branson on the Road show from the very start and the Ozarks music scene for more than 20 years. He plays upright bass and sings songs reminiscent of Marty Robbins and Hank Williams. Capps’ latest recording reached the Top 10 on the Americana charts and is part of the music rotation on XM Radio. As one of the best upright bass players in America, Capps has worked many Grand Ole Opry stars, such as Hank Thompson, Tommy Cash, Stonewall Jackson, Wanda Jackson, Norma Jean and Johnny Counterfit.
Cliff Boone is the newest member of Branson on the Road. He was born in Montana but grew up in the Ozarks. Boone was part of the Branson music scene for many years and a member of the cast of the popular show “Hank Williams Revisited.” He plays fantastic guitar, mandolin and banjo, and thrills audiences with his smooth baritone voice. A true pro with a wonderful talent to entertain audiences wherever he goes.
Branson on the Road is a regular featured act on the national television show “Midwest Country” on RFD-TV, seen in more than 100 million homes. For more information, visit bransonontheroad.com.
Branson on the Road will perform two shows Saturday at the Ocotillo Performing Arts Center, at 2 and 7 p.m. Tickets are $30 each and may be purchased online at www.artesiaartscouncil.com or by calling the OPAC box office at 746-4212.