Country legend music to perform
July 8, 2006
Branson, Mo. is known as "The Live Music Capitol of the World," according to Branson’s official Web site. On July21, country music Branson-style is coming to Park City every Friday and Saturday night at Prospector Theater.
Country artist Larry King is the star and host of the show, according to his wife, Gwen. Larry is in charge of the choreography and hiring band members. Larry has been the producer, host and star of his own country music show since 1978. He had the only country music dinner theater in a nine state radius, according to Gwen.
"He started his award-winning country music show in Keystone, South Dakota, before moving it to Branson. His most prized award is the one he received for his dedication in keeping the music of the legends alive. Larry is known as the King of Country Music Legends," Gwen said. "Larry believes in maintaining country roots and will eagerly meet everyone following the show."
Larry’s show at the Prospector Theater will follow the same format he produced in Branson by highlighting country’s biggest legendary hits.
"You’ll begin to re-live a memory from a great Johnny Cash medley, and then Larry introduces a woman who will guide you into a remembrance from a female legend like Patsy Cline or Tammy Wynette," Gwen said.
"It’s a great honor to honor the traditions of country music," Larry said.
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Larry’s not just a "Coca Cola cowboy," Gwen added. He doesn’t just sing and act like he’s a man who has been on the range.
"He’s a true cowboy having grown up on a ranch in South Dakota," Gwen said. "He rode bucking horses and made the rounds on the rodeo circuit. You can find him promoting the show in Park City and throughout Wyoming, sporting his signature black cowboy hat."
According to a press release sent by the Prospector Theater, Larry is known for finding the best musicians possible and putting together award-winning shows. The Prospector band Larry put together this year is a combination of solid musicians.
"Each member of this seven-piece band are extremely accomplished musicians, most of them have mastered more than one major instrument. Three members of this elite group of musicians are also great singers," said the press release.
Larry King will be the featured male vocalist and star of the show, but according to Gwen, Larry is a firm believer in sharing the spotlight and he makes sure all members of the show are given the opportunity to shine.
The featured female singer is a local entertainer, Rima Gustafson.
"This beautiful lady has the voice and talent to rival anyone in Nashville or Branson. She can sing a sultry Patsy Cline song and then turn around and equally amaze you with a Reba number," Gwen said.
The two-hour show will travel the pathway of "good ‘ol country music," while highlighting some of the stars of today, Gwen said.
"The newer artists featured are those who continue to keep country music somewhat traditional. The entertainers are never impersonated. The music is performed as close to the original cut as possible and the lyrics are sung the way they were when first recorded," Gwen said.
Many of the songs are in medley form in the first half of the show, which allows more hits to be highlighted in a shorter amount of time. The second half of the show will be "non-stop country hits after the other with little talking. This show is like attending several concerts all in one night. Over 25 entertainers are highlighted with more than 40 hit songs," Gwen said.
The Legends of Country Music Show, a Branson West Production, will run every Friday and Saturday night at 8 p.m. starting July 21. For more information on tickets, dinner packages and reservations, call 658-3030 or 888-283-3030 or visit http://www.prospectortheater.com.