One of the best shows I have seen was the Desoto Opry presented by the Desoto United Methodist Church last Saturday night. After some great food provided by the Church Youth and Methodist Women, the crowd moved into the Auditorium to get seated in anticipation of a great country music show. Everyone seemed excited about about our advertised Special Guests.
The Stranger Creek Band ably warmed things up to start with a rousing hoedown by the great fiddle player, Marvin Bredemeier. Lead Singer Larry Dean followed with a great rendition of George Strait’s ”Ace In The Hole”. After about three or four more songs, The Beautiful and talented Maggie Marx (picture below) was summoned to the stage.
As usual, Maggie was welcomed by the audience as she approached the microphone. No one was disappointed as she performed “”Why haven’t I Heard From You”, “It’s A Little To Late To Do The Right Thing Now” and “Stand By Your Man”. She would return in the second half.
After a couple of songs from our resident song-writer, Garry Bichelmeyer, Melissa Petropoulos (above photo) was called to the stage. She sang Guy Mitchell’s old hit “Singing The Blues” and Sammi Smith’s “Help Me Make It Through The Night” and then summoned her eleven year old daughter, Sara(below photo). They teamed teamed up to sing Miranda Lambert’s “White Liar”. These pretty ladies received a tremendous applause when they finished.
It was time then for our main attraction of the evening. Duke Mason, a singer well known all around the central U.S. for his great singing talent as well as being a great Elvis Presley sound-alike (Picture below). He came up with Elvis’ “Little Sister”
and ”Back On My Mind”, “Promised Land” and “Kiss An Angel Good Morning”. Duke often appears with Elvis’ back up group, the Jordanaires and has appeared in at least two movies. He is a very popular entertainer and always in great demand. He and his lovely wife, Stephanie, travel extensively throughout the area to multiple appearances nearly every week.
His appearance was followed by a 30-minute intermission and the audience was told there was some delicious home made pie in the kitchen for sale. It was indeed delicious and just about any kind you might want.
I want to take this opportunity to give a special “Thanks” to our Pastor, Rev. Jan Justice for her great work on the keyboard through-out the show and also “Thanks” to Pastor Justice and Tammy Jones for a wonderful job singing harmony to back up the singers during the program. Very good Ladies!
Larry Dean opened the second half with Vern Gosdin’s “Set ‘Em Up Joe” and George Strait’s “All My Exes Live In Texas”.
Melissa was called back front and center again and treated us all with Emmy Lou Harris’ “Blue Kentucky Girl” before calling Sara up to join her. Sara is going to be an entertainer, she loves to be on stage and singing with her Mom. They teamed up first on “Sugar Moon” and then a rousing “Who’s Cheatin’ Who”.
They left the stage to enthusiastic applause from an appreciative audience.
After a couple of songs from the band, Maggie was summoned back to the microphone. I had to wonder if we could have been any luckier with the array of outstanding talent we had on hand for tonight’s program. Maggie performed four songs before Duke was summoned back to a big round of welcoming applause. He obviously had a good time joking and carrying on with the band for awhile. He sang some more Elvis songs plus Roy Clark’s “Thank God and Greyhound”.
Gordon and Marvin were called on to play the fabulous “Orange Blossom Special”. Wow! what great musicians they are!
The entire cast was brought up then to assist Maggie close the show with “How Great Thou Art”
What a wonderful night we had with some of the best musicians around entertaining us.
The Stranger Creek Band and the Desoto United Methodist Church wants to thank everyone who had anything to do with helping with this show and to all of our wonderful fans that came to listen and cheer us on.
A special Thank You to all of our guests and we hope we see you all again soon.
Many, Many Thanks to Dave and Jean Hightower for the great pictures. We appreciate all the help you give us!
We hope we get to do the fourth annual Desoto Opry for everyone again next year. Please plan to join us then!