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Music in the Mountains welcomes Whitworth, Oaklawn Opry to town

Thursday, September 25, 2008

This big weekend just keeps getting bigger.

And at this rate, it looks like this weekend is primed to be one Legendary time in the city of Horseshoe Bend.

In addition to the Music in the Mountains' regular monthly show, scheduled for Sept. 27, there will be a special Music in the Mountains show the evening before, Sept. 26.

For this special show, Melodie Clemmons has invited the Oaklawn Opry from Texarkana, Texas, featuring her good friend and former Arkansas State Fiddle Champion Henry Matthews.

"The Oaklawn Opry was formed over 10 years ago and continues to bring the best in country music to the Texarkana area," Clemmons said. "We're really excited to have them join us on what should be a wonderful weekend of music and entertainment."

Clemmons' music history with Matthews dates back to 1982, when Matthews was playing with the Ashdown Jamboree.

"Our friendship has lasted a lifetime," said Clemmons. "We've played in several bands and stage shows together. He's spent his lifetime playing in shows and events throughout the Arkansas/Louisiana/Texas area. He's an accomplished fiddle and steel guitar player and has played with many legends in country music."

A couple of those legends include Freddy Fender and Ernest Tubb, impressive names, indeed.

Matthews started playing fiddle at age 13 and was named Arkansas State Fiddle Champion in 1978 and won the Texas Out of State Fiddle Championship in 1980.

A sampling of the shows that Clemmons and Matthews have shared the stage at include: Ashdown Jamboree, Prescott Hoedown, East Texas Round-up, Frontier Jamboree, Four States Fair and Rodeo and the Oaklawn Opry.

This special show with the Oaklawn Opry will start at 6 p.m. on Sept. 26, with an admission fee of $5 at the door.

But that's not all that's going on at Music in the Mountains during Legends weekend.

The Sept. 27 show will feature regular performers like Clemmons, The Alta Street Blues Band, T-Tom Richardson, Joe Hutchinson, Diana Melton and Ed Luedke.

And as an extra-special surprise at the show, Legends Tour player and World Golf Hall of Famer member Kathy Whitworth will help Clemmons emcee the evening's festivities.

The Sept. 27 show also kicks off at 6 p.m.

"I'm very proud of our Theatre and what we have accomplished here in Horseshoe Bend," said Clemmons. "I'm sure Henry and the Opry will enjoy the historic Horseshoe Bend Theatre and I hope everyone will accept my invitation to come and enjoy a great weekend of musical entertainment."

For more information, call 870-373-3303.

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