Did we hit a new standard?

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The New Granbury Live has had its doors open for just over a year. There have been some great shows, and some well-known national entertainers who have adorned the Granbury Live stage during that time! I think about the Bellamy Brothers, Gene Watson, Moe Bandy, Janie Fricke, Gary P Nunn, and I get a little weak in the knees. I mean, these shows were simply fantastic, and you wonder how a show could get any better.

This past weekend, the one and only Michael Hix appeared at Granbury Live. For those of you who have never seen Michael, let me just say he is a talented singer, but truly one of the best entertainers I have ever witnessed. He has an energy level which is off the charts, and for the two sold out crowds that saw him Saturday, the music, laughter and fun was non-stop. Michael just kept pouring on his personality and the audience gobbled up every spoonful he dished out! I do not remember being to two shows in one day where the audience was more pleased and satisfied with the performance they just saw. Michael was simply spectacular by any type of measurement! I would stack him up with anyone for entertaining a crowd!

Michael will be back at GBL on September 1, performing and as the MC for “The Best Show Ever”, our new hit variety show which people are absolutely in love with! He will also be back on October 20th for two shows; one at 2 and another at 7pm, and for four fun filled Christmas shows on November 30, December 1 and December 2. Get your tickets now, and I mean right now, because I promise these shows will sell out just like this past weekend. You don’t want to miss Michael!

See you at the shows!

TG Shepard kills it at the New Granbury Live!

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We were very fortunate to have legendary performer TG Shepard appear at the New Granbury Live on Friday of this past week! Naturally he sold the house out, and the fans were treated to a steady diet of great #1 songs. The five-piece band was extraordinary, and the backup vocalists were certainly top notch. A wonderful all-around production.

As TG spoke to his adoring fans during the show, I could tell some of them were surprised to learn Elvis and TG were great friends and in in fact, TG lived at Graceland with Elvis for over 7 years! Elvis even GAVE a tour bus to TG!

Of course, I was very pleased when TG announced to the crowd “a lot of famous people in Nashville have been telling me, TG you have got to play Granbury Live cause you will love it! They are right because this is a great venue and I do love it”. It is so nice to hear great artists like TG appreciate our facility and our staff, our sound, and the intimacy of the theater. There is no place else like it and that makes me very proud. We work very hard to give both our customers and our performers, a unique, memorable experience.

With stars like TG Shepard singing your praises, the reputation for excellence at Granbury Live will continue to grow! Thanks for all your support and kind words!

Until the next show!

Best Show Ever opens to rave reviews!

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Ok. I must admit, it was a little optimistic to name a show “The Best Show Ever!”. I truly felt like with a special appearance by the iconic Michael Hix, and a rooster of performers which included Nikki Vassar, Wisper Cox, Kelli Fiori Watson, Braden Daniels the Magician, Ridge Roberts, Alexis Adair, and the amazing Rafi, we would have a very entertaining production, but even I was surprised by the reaction of those present! Here are some of the comments which got posted on Facebook;

“Great Show!”

“Very fun night! Loved the show!”

“Was a fantastic show!”

“Granbury Live never disappoints!”

As the Producer I can tell you we had a few minor hiccups and things I wish a few little things had gone better. However, I think the bar has now been set high and I am even more excited to see what the next show will be like! I do know I am very excited to announce Michael Hix will be bac, this time as the Host of the Best Show Ever! I think you will love the new entertainers which will be part of the show.

I hope you get your tickets bought for the September 1 performance because I expect we will have a big crowd enjoying a whale of a good time! After all, it is “The Best Show Ever!”.

Texas Singer-Songwriters

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When people ask me what type of show at Granbury Live is my favorite, I get all sorts of mixed emotions. I love our Follies show because they are always something new and exciting and the musicians and vocalists which are a part of the show are so darn good! I love when we have big name starts like the Bellamy Brothers, John Conlee, and T G Shepard; people I have been a fan of for years! Of course, it is fun to have the tribute artists like our upcoming “Lost Shaker of Salt Band” perform and see how they bring back memories for the audience. Yet with all that being said, I have a special place in my heart for Texas singer songwriters!

This past Saturday we had the pleasure of having Max Stalling perform at GBL and I feel very comfortable there was not a person who was in the theater who did not have a good time or who was not impressed by the quality of the show. Max does such a good job of telling a story through the songs he writes and his band, especially his wife on fiddle, did an extraordinary job! We are going to have more Texas singer songwriters coming to Granbury Live and I hope people come and enjoy the experience. Some may not be performers who you have heard on the radio, or who have big names, but they are true talents and people who present OUR Texas music in a unique and memorable way. If you have never been to a show which features Texas singer songwriters, give it a whirl. You will not be disappointed.

See you at the shows!

Conlee Brought the House Down

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You didn’t have to look through “rose colored glasses” to see a great concert at Granbury Live this past Sunday. John Conlee was in town and he absolutely brought the house down with a nearly two-hour performance! Singing hit after hit, our audience could not help but sing along with John in what amounted to a tribute to his 40 years in show business. The intimacy of our theater and John’s jovial and gentle nature created a performance many will not soon forget. So now for the good news…John and I talked after the show and I am already in contact with his booking people to get him back here after the first of the year! I know some of you could not get tickets to the show because of it being sold out, so go to the web site and sign up for our emails so we can let you know when tickets go on sale or the next show. You don’t want to miss out the second time around, because I will bet the farm it is sold out again! Come join the fun we are having at the New Granbury Live!

The Perfect Outing for Groups!

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We had a great Granbury Live Follies show last night and had two special groups which made up a part of our audience. We had a big group from the First Methodist Church in Granbury as well as a large group from the Lone Star Street Rod Club. Since we knew the Car Show was in town, the subject matter for our show was “Cruisin”; meaning the kind of music you like to listen to when you are driving around in your car. We sang the Beach Boys, Beatles, Motown, and many other great songs and many times the crowd would sing along. It was a great bunch
of fun for the audience and for the performers!

Have you thought about bringing a group to a show at Granbury Live? We provide groups of ten or more with special pricing, preferred seating, and an experience which will put a smile on your entire group! We can even help with arrangements for a meal at a local restaurant prior to or after a show! Get your friends together and give us a call at 800-340-9703 and let us give your group a unique and memorable experience. Just go to our website at www.thenewgranburylive.com and pick out a show, then call. It is all fun after that!

Learn more about our group discounts at www.thenewgranburylive.com/groups

GENERAL LEE comes to visit Granbury and to meet Janie Fricke!

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CMA Female Vocalist of the Year Janie Fricke will be appearing at the New Granbury Live on June 2 at 7:30 pm. Some people may not know Janie also appeared in the original series of The Dukes of Hazzard in an episode called “Happy Birthday General Lee”.  Janie was the only musical artist to ever appear in the series in a non-singing roll.

Car enthusiast Keith Montgomery from Cleburne has been a long-time fan of “The Dukes of Hazzard” and in 2008 built a replica of the famous General Lee automobile. The paint color’s code was provided to Keith by the Dukes of Hazzard head mechanic and was also provided the authentic decals. Since completing his “General Lee” the vehicle has appeared at the Dukes Fest at the Atlanta Motor Speedway where it made three honorary passes around the track. This past year the car was selected as “Bo’s Pic” for the best General Lee at John Schneider’s personal event in Holden, Louisiana. The car has been autographed by cast members Catherine Back (Daisy Duke), John Schneider (Bo) Tom Wopat (Luke), Sohney Shroyer (Deputy Enos Strait), Ben Jones (Cooter), Rick Hurst (Deputy Cletus Hogg) Byron Cherry (Coy Duke), James Best (Sheriff Roscoe P. Coaltrain), Don Pedro Colley (Sheriff Ed Little), and Lindsay Bloom (Mabel Hogg).

Mr. Montgomery will have his award winning General Lee vehicle at the New Granbury Live on Saturday starting at noon where it will be on display in the front of the theater.

At approximately 6 pm June 2, Janie Fricke will autograph the vehicle.

Tickets are still available for the Janie Fricke concert at 7:30pm. Purchase Tickets Now

Contact Sam Houston General Manager for more information or to reach Keith Montgomery

[email protected] or 940-727-2145

Memories are a powerful human event.

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Memories are a powerful human event. We all have memories. Sometimes memories are good thoughts which take us to a time or place where we were happy, healthy, and carefree. There are a lot of things which trigger memories; the smell of bread baking might take you back to your grandmother’s house on Thanksgiving, the smell of chlorine could transform you back to the neighborhood pool where you swam as a kid, and the scent of leather always takes me back to days spent a horseback. Perhaps there is no greater memory trigger then music. When you hear an old song, it seems to take you back to the time, place and location where you “lived it” and it frequently puts a smile on a person’s face. I always tend to remember someone I was dancing with, people I was riding around in a car when the song played, or a quiet moment late at night when I would listen on my nightstand radio.

Granbury Live is going to have a tribute to The Carpenters as performed by Diana Lynn on June 23. Of course, the Carpenters really need no introduction. From the late 60’s thru the 70’s they were one of the most powerful performers in popular music. With 15 #1 Hits and over 100 million records sold, they are one of the most popular artists of all time!  Diana Lynn has been performing her Carpenter’s Tribute Show for some time and has garnered a great deal of critical review and recognition in her own right. Perhaps none more significant than her show being awarded the Best Tribute Show in Branson!

Where we you when you first heard “Rainy Days and Mondays”? How many weddings did you attend when “Close to You” was played? Maybe even your own? The Carpenter’s music brings back lots of great memories and Diana Lynn will bring all those memories back to life at the New Granbury Live on June 23 at 3pm and again at 7 pm. Get your tickets now and rekindle your old memories. You will be glad you did!

It is always a fun, fast paced, good time!

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Blog for May 20/18

At Granbury Live we regularly have performances of our Granbury Live Follies; usually about once a month. I think everyone in the show takes a great deal of pride in the performance we give our audience and it is certainly fun we have a different musical theme for each show; whether it be “Classic Country”, “Country Y2K”, or “Cruising with the Follies”. It is always a fun, fast paced, good time!

As the Executive Producer I take a great deal of pride in the ensemble we have brought together to make-up the Follies. Do you realize the experience and the level of talent we have in our shows? I know you may have heard them sing and play and said to yourself, “Wow, these folks are really good”, but do you really know how good?

Our Music Director Mark Gheen has just this last year played with the legendary Vegas performer, Wayne Newton, as well as the voice of Restless Heart Larry Stewart!  Rocky Gribble, our guitarist, has played with the likes of Miranda Lambert, Ronnie Millsap, B.J Thomas, LeAnne Rimes, Hank Thompson and others as well as being a member of the West Texas Music Hall of Fame and the Grapevine Opry Hall of Fame!

Then of course we have vocalist Krista Bailey who has sung as a member of Vince Vance and the Valliant’s and opened for the likes of Harry Connick Jr., Neal McCoy, and Stevie Wonder! She has also sung background vocals with Bryan White, Gary P Nunn and countless others.  DeAnna Wood has opened for the likes of Randy Travis and was the Female Vocalist of the Year at the Grapevine Opry three consecutive years! She also received the coveted Horizon Award along with fellow Follies Member Nicki Vassar!

Folks, our Follies shows are full of special talent and they present a show which would fit right in with any theater in Branson! It is music at its best, singing songs you love, backed by the best musicians in the business, in the most intimate venue in Texas. It just doesn’t get better then that! So, do yourself a favor and grab up a ticket to the next Follies show. You will learn what all the excitement is about and have the time of your life! But please be careful; you are likely to become addicted and be a Follies fan for life!

 

See you at the show!

Gary P Nunn provides a unique and memorable experience during his show at Granbury Live!

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Today, certain phrases in our daily conversations are way to overused. Commonly, we are inundated with the description of an event using the term “super”, “awesome”, and “fantastic”; so much so the words don’t seem to have much meaning. When was the last time you were truly in “awe” of something you experienced?

For me, this past Saturday night was such a moment. Gary P Nunn has been thrilling Texas audiences for nearly fifty years and he certainly did not fail to deliver in his performance at the New Granbury Live. His six-piece band was dialed in and the intimate setting of GBL allowed the audience to really experience and feel the “true sound” of Mr. Nunn. Lots of people have seen Gary P.  perform at a bar or a honky tonk, (including myself) and that is a memorable and unique, but to have him in the intimate confines of Granbury Live without the interference and distractions of bar noises, the experience was far from common; it was AWESOME!

I took a lot of pride in Gary P telling the audience how much he loved our venue and what terrific service the staff had provided him while he was here. Legends who have performed in literally hundreds of venues don’t ordinarily make such a statement to the audience. Nice of him to say so and it did make me feel like we are moving in the right direction at GBL.

For those of you who were at Granbury Live Saturday night, you know exactly what I mean. If you were not there, you flat missed something special. Starting this morning I am working to bring Gary P. back to Granbury Live. Keep your eyes peeled because you want to get a ticket to the next show before they are all gone. To miss Gary P twice…well that may be a Texas sized mistake!