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Nashville artist James Carothers will be on the stage for the July 14, 2018 performance of the Black Hills Opry.  Known for his uncanny ability to sound like Johnny Cash, Willie Nelson and others, he performs regularly at the George Jones venue in Nashvil
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Nashville artist James Carothers will be on the stage for the July 14, 2018 performance of the Black Hills Opry. Known for his uncanny ability to sound like Johnny Cash, Willie Nelson and others, he performs regularly at the George Jones venue in Nashvil

Black Hills Opry offers classic country entertainment


F.Ganje - July 11, 2018

Lead, SD – With many county western music fans longing for the ‘good, old days’, a specialty show now in it’s second year, aims to deliver.  The Black Hills Opry is the music creation of the regional performing group “Aces & Eights,” a trio of musicians  known for masterful guitar licks, old time banjo and mandolin melodies, blended with strong leads and beautiful harmonies. Among the founders of the group is Kim Bachman.

“The Black Hills Opry was an idea that Harlan Allen (another founding member of “Aces & Eights”) and I had; the idea for a signature grand old opry show in the Black Hills,” she notes.

The next Black Hills Opry performance is set for Saturday, July 14, 2018 at the Homestake Opera House in Lead, SD.  Bachman says the ambiance and music takes the audience back to an earlier time in country western music.

“When you walk in and see the stage, you’ll feel like you’ve walked back in time,” she shares.  “The huge drapery is hung with over-sized portraits of country legends Tammy Wynette, George Jones, Willie Nelson, Merle Haggard and Don Williams.” She continues, “The show itself runs very much like a signature grand old opry-style show where musicians are weaved on and off the stage.  You’ll feel like you’ve stepped back time and are a part of something from the 60’s and 70’s.”

The Black Hills Opry is what Bachman calls, “a four series signature show.”  The format provides an entertainment mix of stories and old-time classic country music by the likes of Hank Williams, Tammy Wynette, Johnny Cash, and Waylon Jennings. Other genre styles such as bluegrass and Americana are also woven through the series with special guest performers part of each show.

“It is classic country.  Aces & Eights has been very selective in choosing the musicians and talent for the show in that we want to keep it the old-time, country music – not the new style of today.” She adds, “While we encourage musicians  who perform new country, our style is old-time. We work with a Nashville talent agency that represents up and coming country stars who feel the same way we do about keeping that classic country sound alive.”

Performers for the July 14th performance represent some of the best in the classic country style with Black Hills native and international performer, Marlin Maynard and Nashville recording artist,  James Carothers.

“Marlin is a Black Hills native who has entertained at venues across the U.S., Australia, and New Zealand,” shares Bachman. “His interactions with the audience, golden oldies, country standards, and humorous originals make his show an entertaining experience.”

The Opry’s Nashville performer is James Carothers who makes throwback country music for modern times.  “My whole life, I’ve always loved those legendary artists,” he says. “I’ve really learned how to sound like them, too. My Willie Nelson sounds like Willie Nelson. My Johnny Cash sounds like Johnny Cash. When I do the Highwaymen, it sounds like all of them.”  He is a regular performer with The George Jones venue in Nashville.

Doors open at the Black Hills Opry at 6:00pm. Showtime is 7:00-9:00pm and includes a brief intermission.  Tickets are available on line at www.blackhillsopry.org and at the door.

“As founders, hosts and performers of the Black Hills Opry,  we’re excited to be on stage with our guests,” says Bachman.  “There’s a grand finale at the end where we all sing together and it’s a wonderful way to wrap the show. For anyone who enjoys classic country, this is a great place to experience it.”



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