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Country Tonite Theater in Pigeon Forge is celebrating the end of summer with an exclusive performance by Asleep at the Wheel and Mandy Barnett. Described as “Bob Wills meets Patsy Cline,” the two country musical acts will take the stage on August 23 at 8 p.m.
Asleep at the Wheel
Asleep at the Wheel got their start in the early ‘70’s when band members Ray Benson and Lucky Oceans co-founded the group in Paw Paw, West Virginia. From there be band headed west to California and released their first studio album ‘Comin’ Right At Ya’ in 1973. Over the past 40 years, Asleep at the Wheel has 18 songs on Billboard’s Top 100 chart, including “The Letter That Johnny Walker Read” that broke into the top 10. The band is known for their unique twist on the traditional western-swing style of country music. Today the nine-time Grammy award winning band is located out of Austin, Texas, and promises to bring an evening of fun and excitement to the Country Tonite Theater in Pigeon Forge.
Mandy Barnett introduced herself to the country music world as a teenager playing the iconic Patsy Cline in the Ryman Auditorium in Nashville’s show “Always…Patsy Cline.” Barnett’s studio album “I’ve Got A Right To Cry” released in 1999, and immediately garnished the young singer with rave reviews from critics including Rolling Stone naming it “top country album.” Barnett’s voice can also be heard on popular movie soundtracks like “Election,” “Drop Dead Gorgeous” and “Space Cowboys.”
To see this toe-tapping exciting celebrity show for yourself, tickets can be purchased by calling the Country Tonite Theater in Pigeon Forge directly at 1-800-792-4308. Tickets are $35 plus tax, and doors open at 8 p.m.
The remaining acts in Country Tonite Theater’s 2013 Celebrity Concert series include special performances by Jim Ed Brown, Helen Cornelius and Lynn Anderson on September 20, and a two-day back-to-back performance from Don Williams on October 18 and 19. Country Tonite Theater in Pigeon Forge is finishing out this year’s series with a must-see performance with long-time country music legends Gene Watson and Jeannie Seely on November 8.
For more information in exciting upcoming shows at Country Tonite Theater in Pigeon Forge, or other venues in the Smokies, be sure to check out Visit My Smokies’ events calendar under the ‘What to Do’ tab on our website. There guests will find up-to-date information on exciting concerts, Smoky Mountain festivals, Pigeon Forge attractions and more.