Live! At the Ozark Opry

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In the Ozarks, music frames everything. The Ozark Opry was a focal point of that cultural tradition for over fifty years, playing to sold-out audiences and influencing the course of the American entertainment industry in vital ways hitherto untold. This behind-the-scenes story of Lee and Joyce Mace’s incredible venture by historian and former Opry performer Dan William Peek reawakens the foot tapping and fiddle scraping still clinging to the shores of the Lake of the Ozarks. This story also spotlights some of the...
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Overview

In the Ozarks, music frames everything. The Ozark Opry was a focal point of that cultural tradition for over fifty years, playing to sold-out audiences and influencing the course of the American entertainment industry in vital ways hitherto untold. This behind-the-scenes story of Lee and Joyce Mace’s incredible venture by historian and former Opry performer Dan William Peek reawakens the foot tapping and fiddle scraping still clinging to the shores of the Lake of the Ozarks. This story also spotlights some of the most fascinating characters of the times—the Nashville stars, Chuck Foster, the Mabe Brothers, Albert Gannaway, Seymour Weiss, Scott O. Wright, Sarah Gertrude Knott and Cyrus Crane Willmore.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781596290983
  • Publisher: History Press, The
  • Publication date: 12/7/2010
  • Pages: 128
  • Sales rank: 1,410,880
  • Product dimensions: 5.90 (w) x 8.90 (h) x 0.40 (d)

Meet the Author

Dan William Peek lives with his wife, Joy, in Columbia, Missouri, five minutes from their grandchildren, Grace and Spencer. He has authored a number of articles, essays and reviews on a variety of subjects and a book on the social history of the sport of darts, To The Point: The Story of Darts in America. Dan is co-founder and president of Grandparents and Others on Watch, Inc., a nonprofit child advocacy organization.
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Table of Contents

Foreword Joyce Mace 5

Acknowledgements 7

Introduction 9

1 Once Upon a Time in the Ozards 11

2 The Ozarks of Old 15

3 That Mountain Music 20

4 Loose Taps 25

5 The Lake, Lee and Cyrus Crane Willmore 30

6 1953 36

7 Lee, Seymour Weiss and Al Gannaway 39

8 The Hillbilly as Performance Art 44

9 The Monroe Standard 50

10 Hat and Buckle Bluegrass Boy 54

11 Mobile Market 59

12 Links to Lee 68

13 Rosin the Bow 76

14 Repertoire, Wardrobe and Culture War 80

15 Goofer 85

16 The Search for Talent 90

17 Ozark Annie 95

18 On the Road 101

19 On the Record 107

20 Letters from Nashville 111

21 No Stronger Will 115

22 Branson and Beyond 118

23 Ozark Encore 121

Conclusion 123

Selected Bibliography and References 125

About the Author 127

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