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Louisiana Hayride pays tribute to country stars

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A performance modelled after an old-time country music program will pay tribute Friday, April 8 to stars such as Hank Williams, Roy Orbison, Patsy Cline and Willie Nelson.
The Louisiana Hayride Show is based on a historical radio show that featured country music’s brightest stars.
Louisiana Hayride was a radio and later television country music show broadcast from the Municipal Memorial Auditorium in Shreveport, Louisiana from 1948 to 1960.
The modern-day Louisiana Hayride Show will be at the Empress Theatre on Friday, April 8 at 7:30 p.m.
The singers and musicians of the Louisiana Hayride Show recreate these iconic artists and you’ll see and hear Hank Williams singing Hey, Good Lookin’ and Lovesick Blues.
Roy Orbison shows up with Crying and Pretty Woman and Patsy Cline will send shivers up your spine when she sings Crazy and Sweet Dreams.
And that’s not all. Joining Hank, Roy and Patsy will be Loretta Lynn, Tammy Wynette and Willie Nelson singing their big hits.
Show creators Lori and Gil Risling have been touring this production, now in its seventh year, across western Canada to rave reviews.
Shows have been selling out and people are attending over and over again.
“The music in this show will bring back memories from a bygone era,” Gil Risling said. “This is music the audience remembers, either first hand, or in many cases, it’s music they remember their parents or grandparents playing. Music that’s no longer easily accessible.”
Interspersed throughout the show will be little bits of trivia about the artists the group portrays, which Lori Risling said is an audience favourite.
“They love hearing the history,” Lori Risling said. “A lot of it is quite surprising to them.”
The cast of multi-talented musicians includes Gil Risling on electric and acoustic guitar and vocals when in character as Hank Williams, Willie Nelson and Roy Orbison.
Additional characters are provided by Andrea Anderson as Patsy Cline, Loretta Lynn and Tammy Wynette.
William Brookfield plays double keyboard, guitar and vocals and recreates songs by Johnny Cash, Jerry Lee Lewis and Conway Twitty.
Mike Melnichuk adds stand-up bass, electric guitar and smooth vocals when he treats the audience to songs by Faron Young, Red Foley, Burl Ives and Ray Price.

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