Branson & the Old West | Western & Cowboy Music & Heritage
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Branson is the “Live Music Capitol of the World.” And much of Branson’s music reputation is built on Country & Western music. It’s easy to find the Country. It’s nearly everywhere. But where do you turn when you are really only looking for the Western of the Country & Western? You know…….good old Cowboy culture: six guns, trusty steeds, ten gallon hats, tumbleweeds, and tight harmonies. Well, look no further. Here are 5 great Branson shows that truly bring honest, rugged, tumbleweeds-dancing-down-the-dusty-street Western music and culture to life right here in Branson.
- Sons of the Pioneers. This pillar of the Western music world has been weaving tight harmonies and tales (some taller than others) of the Old West for 75 years and counting. Their classic renditions of “Tumblin’ Tumbleweeds,” “Cool Water,” and “Ghost Riders in the Sky” are landmarks in the history of American music. They perform at Shepherd of the Hills, with a tantalizing Chuck Wagon Dinner show.
- Circle B Supper Show. Speaking of great Chuck Wagon Dinner shows, the Riders of the Circle B serve up a great dinner and even greater evening of entertainment. Before the show, you’ll enjoy popcorn and Old Western movies & TV shows. Then, this hilarious family serves up a great meal, all from scratch, and performs some fantastic Cowboy, & Cowgirl, music. I’ve seen the show twice, myself; and had a great time at each performance. You’ll love the intimate setting, and the music!
- Roy Rogers Jr Show. Following in the footsteps of his legendary father, Roy Rogers Jr takes you back to those classic western moments with great music, comedy, and nostalgia. Joined by his son, Dustin, and backed by the High Riders Band, you’ll understand why Roy Rogers Jr was named 2009 and 2010 Western Artist of the Year by FAME. (Families Advocating Moral Entertainment)
- Shepherd of the Hills Outdoor Drama. One of the best selling American novels of all time, Harold Bell Wright’s classic, “The Shepherd of the Hills,” is brought to life nightly at the historic outdoor Old Mill Theatre. Not exactly full of music, but this tale of mountain folklore and plain old mountain folk is a must see.
- Silver Dollar City’s “Headin’ West.” As you likely already know, Silver Dollar City is full to overflowing with 1880's music, craftsmanship, and lore, with a variety of music shows, the saloon show, and many, many more. But you may not know of the acclaimed musical “Headin’ West.” It was produced specially for Silver Dollar City, and features great music, special effects, and ultra-talented performers.
Now, after all that Western fun and fare, you’ll likely want to take a great Western photo of your own cowboy crew. You may want to give “Saloon Photos” & “Mo’s Old Time Photos” a try. Each is located right on 76 Country Boulevard, and a trip to either will give you a period photo keepsake to commemorate your Branson Old West Adventure.