By CHERIL VERNON
A salute to country music icon George Jones is on tap for the Dogwood Jamboree’s “All American Country” show set for 7 p.m. Saturday at the Palestine Civic Center.
“Several of the performers will be singing songs recorded by Jones — who was no doubt one of the greatest country music artist of all times,” Dogwood Jamboree Producer Dan Manuel said.
One of the highlights of June’s Dogwood Jamboree will be a special performance by the Branson group “The Texans,” who perform regularly at their dinner theater in Eureka Springs, Ark.
“We are so happy to bring this Branson group to Palestine for the first time,” Manuel said. “The Texans have been in Branson with their own show for the last 20 years.”
Also featured on the show is Jake Penrod, who sings Hank Williams songs.
“We have been requested to bring him back to the Jamboree and we look forward to having him on the show in June,” Manuel said.
Others who will be performing include: Joe Hancock, Sissy Perry, Neal Hall, W.J. Copeland, Hal Roper, Tammy Bostick, George Lester and Manuel.
Three young artists under age 18, who were selected in a preliminary competition earlier this month, will compete for the Dogwood Jamboree Talent Search. A panel of judges and audience vote will go toward choosing a winner, who will advance to the finals on Dec. 7.
“These young people along with others are talented and we are happy to have them on the show,” Manuel said.
Band members on the show are: W.J. Copeland, Shelia Weaver, Mike Kellogg, Bobby Perry, Billy Lane, Neal Hall and Rick Wheat. Sandy “Flo” Singleterry is the featured comedian.
“This is sure to be one of the best performances of the Jamboree and we encourage Palestine and the surrounding area to join us along with visitors for various cities and states as we continue in our ninth year of production,” Manuel said.
Doors will open at 6 p.m. and the show will start at 7 p.m. During the intermission, door prizes donated by local merchants and businesses will be given away to ticket holders.
Advance tickets are $12.50 and available at Cavender’s Boot City, Hometown Pharmacy, Dogwood Diner, Bishop’s Bar-B-Q or by calling 903-729-7080. Advance tickets can be brought through 5 p.m. Friday. After that, tickets must be purchased at the door for $15 per adult.