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Tommy Horton Headlines Mason Opry
Wednesday, June 25, 2008 • Posted June 25, 2008

The Mason Country Opry will be staged on Thursday, June 26, at the Odeon Theater in downtown Mason. The show begins at 7:30 p.m. and admission is $10.00 per person. Tickets will be on sale at the door.

Branson entertainer Tommy Horton will highlight the second half of the Mason Country Opry. During his show, Tommy will do a special “Tribute To Johnny Horton” as part of his program.

Johnny Horton was one of Country Music’s greatest stars with hits like “North To Alaska” “Sink The Bismark” “The Battle of New Orleans” and “Honky Tonk Man.” He was a member of the Louisiana Hayride and was killed in an automobile accident on November 5, 1960, after performing in Austin. Ironically, the young college student that hit Horton was from Brady.

Tommy Horton was a regular on the Louisiana Hayride out of Shreveport, Louisiana, from late 1975 until mid 1977. Tommy was part of the Tony Douglas Show, played bass and was a front man for the Norma Jean and Claude Gray road show, and a performer on the Big “D” Jamboree in Dallas. Tommy has even been featured on The Nashville Network and the RFD Television Network.

Tommy wrote and recorded a song called “The Surveyors of Texas” for the Texas Society of Professional Surveyors. This song, along with the fact that Tommy worked as a land surveyor for many years, has given him the title “The Singing Surveyor.”

Tommy has won many awards during his career including the prestigious Male Entertainer of the Year by the Metroplex Country Music Association (MCMA) in Fort Worth/Dallas, Texas. He holds a degree in Commercial Music received from South Plains College in Levelland, Texas.

In 1997 Tommy released an album “Tommy Horton Sings The Electrified Donkey” and is receiving national airplay from this release. Between shows, Tommy enjoys fishing, amateur leather working and his involvement with the Masonic Lodge. He is also a long time member in good standing with the Texas Society of Professional Surveyors and the Country Music Association.

In April, 2000, Horton moved his show to the legendary BoxCar Willie Theater on the world famous 76 Country Music Boulevard in Branson, Missouri. Jimmy Lancaster, Entertainment Editor for The Branson Daily News, wrote a rave review about their show describing it as “excellent”, “great”, “fantastic” and ended the review by saying, “ ...for some good traditional classic country, bluegrass, gospel and a touch of the late Johnny Horton, The Hortons show is the one to see.”

“It is great to have Tommy Horton back at the Mason Country Opry,” steel guitarist Benny Fred Kothmann said. “Tommy is a great musician and a great singer. His style will definitely please all of the opry fans this month.”

Other entertainers on the Mason Country Opry will include Justin Trevino, Dora Lee Sewell, Tommy Kent, Benny Fred Kothmann, Shane Lively, Sammy Geistweidt and Kelsey Behrens. Tracy Pitcox will MC the show.

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