Branson, Eureka Springs musicians to perform at Opry’s eighth anniversary show
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The Refugio Country Opry organizers have pulled together a show for their seventh anniversary on Thursday, Feb. 5 that may prove to be the biggest show ever. {erformers from as far away as Branson Mo. and Eureka Springs, Ark.will take the stage, along with crowd-pleasers like David Crawford of Corpus Christi, Jeremy Charles of Willis, Loren Scudder of San Antonio, and a host of other award-winning talent.

Mike and Dale Bishop have been performing for 30 years across the country. Currently they headline the Pine Mountain Jamboree show in Eureka Springs, Ark.

They perform nightly, except for Sunday, from March to mid December, doing approximately 240 shows. The duo also were featured entertainers aboard Caribbean cruises.

This is not their first trip to Refugio County. They were on the anniversary show two years ago.

“I’m sure the crowd will welcome these two great entertainers back with us,” Jay Monrad said.

Jimmy and David Ponder grew up in North Carolina, the sons of a Baptist pastor. Singing in their father’s church led to careers in the music industry.

David went to Nashville and started his career in Christian music. He has sang with many great legends and worked with Bill Gaither. Jimmy followed to Nashville but moved to Branson, Mo.

There he formed The Branson Brothers group. He has been performing in Branson for 23 years. In 2008 David joined Jimmy as a member of the Branson Brothers.

“They love sharing their music,” Opal Monrad said. “You’re sure to be blessed.”

Loren Scudder of San Antonio is a registered nurse and has a degree in music. She was raised in a music-rich environment of country and bluegrass.

She started singing after college and has been on several Opry shows around the area including the Refugio Country Opry. Loren hopes to make a CD in the near future.

“You’ll like this lady,” Jay Monrad said.

Jeremy Charles of Willis won Houston’s Best Country Singer Overall Audience Response Award in 2005. The award opened many doors in the country music business.

Jeremy has performed in the local Opry in the past.

“He is a gifted guitarist and singer,” Opal Monrad said. “All I can say is, wow, what a talent. You are going to love this young man and so is the world one day.”

David Crawford of Corpus Christi plays the ivories like no other musician. David is a regular at the Republic of Texas Restaurant, atop the Omni Hotel in Corpus Christi.

“David loves to play with our Opry band, and we try to get him to come to all our anniversary shows,” said Jay Monrad. “You’ll see why music is his profession.”

As with all the shows, doors open at 5:30 for dinner with showtime is set for 7 p.m. at the Expo Center at the county fairgrounds. The food court offers dinner plates for $5 which include Monterrey chicken, potato salad, pinto beans as well as barbecue brisket, hamburgers, various sandwiches, chicken and dumplings, deserts, snacks, popcorn, and drinks.

Tickets are $5 per person.

“Be sure to save your stub as many door prizes are given away each month during intermission,” Monrad said.

All proceeds go toward our county scholarship program.

Feel free to direct questions to Jay and Opal Monrad at 361-543-4297 or 361 550-3212.
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