Piney Woods Jamboree brings Branson-style entertainment to Webster Parish

Winford Hunter

Mark Eubanks of the Piney Woods Jamboree is passionate about tunes and making great displays for audiences. “I’ve been participating in for 53 many years — 43 of those people several years professionally,” Eubanks said. “My mom mentioned I started at two years outdated, beating on Folgers espresso cans with pencils. I do not get weary of music.”

The Piney Woods Jamboree Band is chock comprehensive of proficient musicians. “The band are all studio and highway-high-quality musicians,” explained Eubanks. “They all engage in three to five instruments apiece. They can swap all around if they want to.”

The Piney Woods Jamboree Band consists of Brett Traylor of Haughton, Louisiana, on piano Gene Simmons of Dierks, Arkansas, on metal Tommy Amason of Fordyce, Arkansas, on bass Ronnie Hearnsberger of Springhill, Louisiana, on keyboards Zane Glasscock of Magnolia, Arkansas, on lead guitar David Mann of Warren, Arkansas, on direct guitar Mike White of Shongaloo, Louisiana, on guitar and fiddle, and Mark Eubanks of Springhill, Louisiana, on drums. Alongside one another with the assistance employees, they have created an avenue to convey Branson-design reveals to Springhill, Louisiana, on the next Saturday of each thirty day period (except in Could). 

This band does an spectacular amount of money of function to put together a new demonstrate with unique headline performers each individual month. Eubanks explained his component of the approach, indicating:

“I get the songs collectively, and speak to all the kinds who are likely to be singing and say, ‘give me four tunes, the artist and the version that you are executing, and the crucial that you want to do them in.’ I do that for each and every person and then ship it out to all my musicians.”

The musicians then have about two to a few weeks to seem over it and examine it. 

“Meanwhile, I’m placing the show together — how it’s likely to go, who’s heading in what order. I have got a comedian who will come out of Hot Springs every single month — Mickey ‘Shinbone’ Shinn of Malvern, Arkansas — who made use of to be in Branson. When that is all set alongside one another, I deliver them out a duplicate of the set listing so they can glance and be acquainted with the move of the show. They roll in on the working day of the clearly show at noon and set up, and from one o’clock to five o’clock we put any place from 24 to 27 music jointly and place the demonstrate with each other. Then at 7 o’clock we do the demonstrate. Which is how very good they are.

“Next weekend Brady Rhodes from Cale, Arkansas, is likely to be on the demonstrate with us, and he just received back from Radio City Songs Hall with Barry Manilow. Josie Hargis from Warren, Arkansas is going to be with us: it’s like her second time staying with us, and individuals just beloved her. She’s acquired a music she wrote that, on Spotify, obtained more than 2.3 million hits. She’s super great,” said Eubanks.

To hold issues new, Eubanks enjoys contemplating of month to month themes.

“I tend to try out to theme reveals. For the February demonstrate, we’re wanting to concept it with place appreciate music, because which is likely to be Valentine’s. It does not essentially have to be for each se a really like song, perhaps like Rascal Flatts’ music ‘What Takes place When You Perform a State Song Backwards’ — you get your spouse again, you get your puppy again, you get your trailer back again — it is humorous. Or it could be like Willie Nelson’s ‘Always on My Brain.’ The April present might be an Easter concept — searching extra toward region gospel,” he stated.

The Piney Woods Jamboree is held at the Frank Anthony Local community Action Middle (FACA) in Springhill. Each individual clearly show will get started with a prayer and a rendition of the National Anthem, a little something that Eubanks feels strongly about. 

Another detail that Eubanks strives for is the consolation of his audience. Whilst the FACA has a seating ability of about 900, they generally set up more than enough for only 600-700 people today to give loads of space to walk between rows of seats. Concessions are readily available and reasonably priced. And there is even a 31-unit RV park following to the FACA for people today who want to keep near by. Admission is $10. The doors open up at 6 p.m., and the clearly show starts off at 7 p.m. 

For forthcoming events, test out the Piney Woods Jamboree Springhill Facebook website page.

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