This weekend’s edition of “Branson Country USA,” set for 10:30 p.m. Friday at the Grand Country Music Hall, will feature “Branson’s Guitar Wizard” and star of “A Tribute to Marty Robbins and Other Classic Artists” at the Dutton Family Theatre, Leroy New.
For more than two decades, the man known as “Branson’s Guitar Wizard,” has performed his classic country music in Ozark Mountain Country. New is not only an accomplished Branson performer, he is also a writer, show producer, pastor, member of the Traditional Country Music Hall of Fame, and also had a No. 1 song in Sweden.
Originally from Indiana, New moved to Kentucky and was raised by his grandparents after his parents divorced. Once he was “raised up,” New returned to Indiana and worked at a steel mill for 30 years, playing music during the weekend.
Even though he went to Nashville a few times and had a few offers, New opted to stay home until his children began finishing school. He eventually made his way to Branson. New spent a decade performing at the Shepherd of the Hills before starting his own show at the Little Opry Theatre more than a decade ago. Several years back, New changed the format of his show to feature the tunes of Marty Robbins and other classic country stars.
Last year, New decided to take some time away from the Branson scene and do a few road dates, but “semi-retirement” didn’t suit him, and her returned to the Branson scene, this time at the Dutton Family Theatre.
“A Tribute to Marty Robbins and Other Classic Artists” features 2 p.m. shows every Tuesday, Thursday and Friday throughout the season.
“Branson Country USA” is a weekly radio and TV show, featuring Patrick and Haage as hosts, as well as the New South Quartet, David Ragan, Jon Drockelman, Mark McCauley, Luke Menard, female vocalists Jackie Brown and Melody Hart, and the Grand Band, known locally as the “Rhinestone Mafia,” which features steel guitarist Gene Mulvaney, keyboard player Michael W. Davis, bassist Larry Allred, drummer Rob Blackburn, guitarist Chad Cathell and fiddler Wayne Massengale.
Showtime is 10:30 p.m. Friday at the Grand Country Music Hall.
Next week’s “Branson Country USA” guests will see The Duttons from “The Duttons Experience” at the Dutton Family Theatre, followed by Alan Jackson tribute artist Doug Brewin, who will perform at “Legends in Concert” June 7, and Ozarks bluegrass favorite the Pam Setzer Band, June 14.
Showtime is 10:30 p.m. Friday at the Grand Country Music Hall. Visit grandcountry.com for more.