Hayride brings back catchy country hits

This dinner and show will take one on a magical journey, overflowing with great stories and songs

  • Aug. 24, 2016 12:00 p.m.
Singing songs: Patrick Ryley

Singing songs: Patrick Ryley

The Sons of the Louisiana Hayride are returning to R.J. Haney Heritage Village on Thursday, Aug. 25 with songs straight from the Louisiana Hayride Show.

This dinner and  show will take one on a magical journey, overflowing with great stories and songs.

The Louisiana Hayride was a live radio show that ran from 1948 to 1960. During its heyday, The Hayride was broadcast nationwide and, for a time, was even heard overseas on Armed Forces Radio.

Cast of The Sons of the Louisiana Hayride are Gil Risling, William Brookfield and Mike Melnichuk.

They will entertain you with their wonderful three-part harmonies and superb rendition of songs such as Tumbling Tumbleweeds and Cattle Call, by Eddy Arnold.

Melnichuk will rock the keyboard with his stellar performance of Jerry Lee Lewis’ Whole Lotta Shakin and delight you with his uncanny resemblance to Johnny Cash when he sings I Walk the Line. Brookfield’s smooth vocals will bring you back in time when he sings Crazy Arms and the always popular Chatanooga Shoe Shine Boy.

Risling will add a couple of real crowd pleasers with El Paso and Dang Me.

This music extravaganza, performed with a live band, re-creates the ambiance of the early days of country music and features some of the greatest country music stars of the 50’s and 60’s.

Familiar characters such as Hank Williams, Willie Nelson, and Roy Orbison will entertain and delight you from start to finish.

Ticket holders will also enjoy songs from Johnny Cash, Conway Twitty, Waylon Jennings, Red Foley and Merle Haggard.

Written and narrated by Lori Risling, Son’s of the Louisiana reproduces the ambiance of those early days.

Accompanying the fantastic music, audience members will be privy to lots of historical bits of trivia as well, such as why Roy Orbison wore dark glasses and how Glen Campbell came to record Wichita Lineman. The Hayride will take you back in time as you listen to those familiar tunes and hear great folklore.

This incredible ensemble recreates one of the most influential shows in music history, transporting you back to that magical time when these giant legends were discovered.

Don’t miss this extraordinary evening as the atmosphere of those early days in country music is brought back to life by gifted singers in story and in song.

Tickets are $40 and can be purchased by calling the Village 250-832-5243 or at Askew’s Foods.

For more information visit www.salmonarmmuseum.org