Ozark Mountain Country is gearing up for one of its most star-studded weeks of the year with nearly a dozen special shows and performances set for the next week or so.
The Starlite Theatre gets things rolling Wednesday by welcoming the BootDaddy Concert Series back to the venue with Gene Watson performing a 7:30 p.m. show, followed by a 2 p.m. show Thursday.
After performing in Houston area night clubs in the early 1970s, Capitol Records picked up his album entitled “Love in the Hot Afternoon” and released it nationally. The title track was released in June 1975 and it quickly reached No. 3 on the Billboard chart.
Throughout the next 15 years, Watson was a staple on the Top 20 charts. In all, he released six No. 1s, 22 Top 10s and 50 charted singles.
Watson has been touring ever since his breakthrough more than 40 years ago, performing some of his biggest hits like “Where Love Begins,” “Paper Rosie,” “Should I Go Home (or Should I Go Crazy),” “Nothing Sure Looked Good on You,” “14 Karat Mind,” “You’re Out Doing What I’m Here Doing Without,” and “Farewell Party,” which quickly became his signature song.
Wednesday afternoon the Mansion Theatre will kick off its busiest stretch of the year by welcoming back country music hitmaker Neal McCoy, who is set to perform select shows through Nov. 16.
McCoy has gained a reputation as one of the best live acts in country music, even prompting Garth Brooks to say that McCoy was his favorite entertainer. In addition to the numerous hit songs, including “No Doubt About It,” “Wink,” “The Shake,” “For a Change,” “You Gotta Love That” and “They’re Playin’ Our Song,” McCoy plays rap, rock ‘n’ roll and classic big-band era music.
McCoy will perform 3 p.m. shows Nov. 1, 2, 8, 9, 15 and 16.
Country Music Hall of Famers the Oak Ridge Boys are also performing shows at the Mansion Theatre Oct. 26 and 31, and Nov. 1, 2, 7, 8, 9, 14, 15 and 16 at 8 p.m.
Friday night, the Mansion Theatre will be home to country music and southern rock hitmaker Charlie Daniels.
The Wilmington, N.C., native, who turned 81 last weekend, broke through as a force in the record business in 1973 with his cult classic, “Uneasy Rider” after spending many years as a songwriter and musician.
Two years later the southern rock standards “Long Haired Country Boy” and “The South’s Gonna Do It Again” propelled him to double platinum status. In the summer of 1979, Daniels released the platinum hit “The Devil Went Down to Georgia,” which topped both country and pop charts, won a Grammy Award, earned three Country Music Association trophies, and became a cornerstone of the “Urban Cowboy” movie soundtrack, along with artists like the Eagles, Johnny Lee and Mickey Gilley. The soundtrack album also gave Daniels a triple-platinum album.
Saturday night, the Mansion Theatre is hosting actor, director, producer, entertainer and rock star front man Dennis Quaid, along with his band, the Sharks.
Quaid and the Sharks have been bringing their style of “rock ‘n’ roll country soul” music to the masses since 2000, after Quaid and members of the Harry Dean Stanton Band, started doing their own thing. Since then, the band has gone around playing live shows in many L.A. clubs, as well as various other venues across the country.
Quaid handles the lead vocals and rhythm guitar, along with fellow band members Jamie James, Tom Slick, Ken Stange, and Tom Walsh.
In addition to their original music, Quaid and the Sharks will also perform cover tunes like “Great Balls of Fire” and “Whole Lotta Shakin,’” as well as “s couple of Doors tunes,” and other rock ‘n’ roll favorites.
Sunday, Nov. 5, the Mansion Theatre will host the annual “Vets for Vets” show, which helps kick off Veterans Homecoming Week in Ozark Mountain Country. Local favorites Barbara Fairchild and Roy Morris will again host, with “Raiding the Country Vault” star Michael Peterson, “Branson’s Famous Baldknobbers” standouts Brandon and Megan Mabe will perform, as will the “Golden Sounds of the Platters” with Vietnam veteran Eddie Stovall, U.S. Army veteran Jerry Presley and his “Elvis Live” show, Vietnam veteran Norvan Breek’s Sonshine Dance Studio dancers, Broadway performer and Ms. Senior America Peggy Lee Brennan, and more performing.
No tickets issued for the “Vets for Vets Celebration” but the show is free to veterans and their families. The open seating format is on a first come, first served basis.
Coming up, the Mansion Theatre will host Dailey and Vincent Nov. 10, Scotty McCreery Nov. 11, Johnny Mathis Nov. 17 and 18, Home Free Dec. 2, Wynonna and Big Noise Dec. 9.
Wednesday night, Nov. 8, Up Close Concerts and Dick Clark’s American Bandstand Theater are hosting the “Country Unplugged Tour” featuring Joe Diffie, Mark Chesnutt and Lorrie Morgan.
Lorrie Morgan burst onto the country music scene in 1990, charting more than 25 singles on the Billboard Hot Country Singles & Tracks charts, including “We Both Walk,” “Except for Monday,” “Watch Me” and “Back in Your Arms Again.” She reached the top of the charts three times, with “Five Minutes,” “What Part of No” and “I Didn’t Know My Own Strength” all reaching No. 1.
Mark Chesnutt was one of the most successful country acts of the 1990s, charting 20 Top 10 hits on the Billboard Hot Country Songs charts in that decade. His biggest Top 40 hits include “Too Cold at Home,” “Blame it on Texas,” “Your Love is a Miracle,” Old Flames have New Names,” Goin’ Through the Big D,” and “Thank God For Believers.” The songs “Brother Jukebox,” I’ll Think of Something,” “It Sure is Monday,” “Almost Goodbye,” “I Just Wanted You To Know,” “Gonna Get a Life,” “It’s a Little Too Late,” and “I Don’t Want to Miss a Thing” all reached the No. 1 spot on the charts.
Joe Diffie started in the music business working as a demo singer through the 1980s. In 1990, he signed his first record deal, and success wasn’t far behind. For the next 20 years, Diffie charted 35 tunes on the Billboard Hot Country Songs chart, including five that hit No. 1 with “Home,” “If the Devil Danced (In Empty Pockets),” “Third Rock from the Sun,” “Pickup Man” and “Bigger Than the Beatles.” He also tallied 12 additional Top 10s and 10 more Top 40s. For tickets at Dick Clark’s American Bandstand Theater, visit the box office, call 417-339-3003, or visit upcloseconcerts.com.