By CHERIL VERNON
Slocum natives, the Bishop Sisters, will be among the performers set to take the stage for the Dogwood Jamboree’s “A Country Connection” show at 7 p.m. Saturday at the Palestine Civic Center as part of the second weekend of the Dogwood Trails Celebration.
“We have a lot of folks coming into town for this show,” Dogwood Jamboree Producer Dan Manual said Thursday.
The Bishop Sisters — consisting of Lisa, Lori and Linda — were reared in Slocum and they all graduated from Slocum High School. They are the daughters of Jim and Laura Bishop, with an older brother, Mike. The sisters have been performing music with their dad and brother since they were toddlers.
In fact, their father taught them almost everything they needed to know about harmony and chords, as he played many instruments including the fiddle, guitar, piano and banjo.
In high school, the sisters created their own band and performed for many in their surrounding communities, including the Palestine Rodeo, Anderson County Fair Grounds, Palestine Civic Center, local churches and the annual Slocum Volunteer Fire Department barbecue and school reunion.
Lori Bishop Young recently traveled to Nashville, Tenn., where she recorded a CD, “How Many Tears.” She still resides in Slocum and is part owner of the Bishop’s Brisket House in Palestine. Linda and her husband, Ed, live in Katy, just west of Houston. Lisa Peso lives in Katy as well. The sisters and their families still get together to sing as often as they can.
In addition to the Bishop Sisters, others set to perform include: Steve Carpenter, Mandy Seale, Taylor Heard, Kimmy Hendricks (Jamboree Artist Of the Year for 2011), W.J. Copeland, Mike Kellogg, Bobby Perry, Billy Lane, George Lester, Joe Hancock, Neal Hall, Shelia and Rick Wheat, Sandy “Flo” Singleterry, the Dogwood Jamboree singers and Manuel.
Three young artists Reagan Star, Courtney Lockett and Abby Clark (winners in preliminary competition) will compete in the Dogwood Jamboree Youth Talent Search for March. The winner will be selected by a panel of judges and audience vote. The winner will advance to the December finals.
“Many people travel to Branson, Mo. or Nashville, Tenn. for shows that cost a lot more in money and travel time, and from the reviews we have received in numerous country music magazines like American Profile, Coast To Coast Country Music Magazine, the In Magazine, etc., the quality of the Jamboree and the performers are equal in many respects,” Manuel said. “We want to encourage those who have never attended one of the shows to make a special effort to bring the family out and enjoy the music, artists and comedy that fills the civic center during the evening performance and vote for your favorite artist in the talent search contest.”
Doors open at 6 p.m. At the intermission, door prizes donated by local merchants and businesses will be given away.
Tickets can be purchased in advance at Cavender’s Boot City, Hometown Pharmacy, Dogwood Diner, Bishops Bar-B-Que or by calling 903- 729-7080. The advanced ticket price is $12.50 per adult and $6 per child 6 years through 10 years. Tickets at the door are $15 per adult. Advanced tickets can be purchased through 5 p.m. today. After that, they must be purchased at the door.