LIVINGSTON -- Ogden’s Country Jubilee has announced its return to the Polk County Commerce Center Saturday, Aug. 26, at 7 p.m. This performance will be the ninth show Ogden’s has presented in the venue.
The owner and producer of the show is Debbie Ogden Mayes. She is a lifelong resident of Polk County who also performs in the show with her three original comedy characters.
The Ogden’s Country Jubilee band is a collection of musicians who have played for acts such as Willie Nelson, Ray Price, Gene Watson, Merle Haggard and many others. They are seasoned musicians who have chosen their families over a life on the road. Several cast members have a role in each show, but feature ever-changing acts, songs and entertainment for audience members.
The affordable and family-friendly Branson-style country, gospel and comedy variety show has entertained those in and around Polk County for more than two decades. It began in a remodeled Onalaska grocery store in September of 1994. In 2002, the show moved to the newly-remodeled Old Town Theater in Huntsville. It has performed in Woodville at the Dogwood Festival and most recently in various venues around Livingston and as a Main Street Livingston fundraiser.
This show will feature country music star Doug Supernaw. After an almost 20-year hiatus, Supernaw is back with a new release of nine re-recorded Greatest Hits, plus two new songs. He was back in the studio in January to record all songs on the album, including two of many that he penned during his break.
Ogden’s will welcome back a returning feature to the show. In the late 1950s, Dennis Ivey was taken to the World Champions Fiddlers Festival in his hometown of Crockett. Johnny Horton was performing that evening and Ivey decided that was what he wanted to do.
He joined a band and it soon began to gain popularity. He opened shows for stars like George Jones, Buck Owens, Ray Price, Merle Haggard, Willie Nelson and many more. In 1975, he found a song he really liked, “Amarillo By Morning.”
Ivey played it at performances and it became his most popular song and he would be asked to play it three or four times a night. He recorded it in 1975, nine years before George Strait put it out, but was told by disc jockeys that it was “just a local type song.” This will be the sixth performance with Ogden’s from Ivey, where he will also emcee.
As always, the show will also highlight vocalists Kari Hlavinka of Pasadena, Texas, Glenda Lynn Hundl of Pearland, Texas, Kevin Carter of Lufkin, Texas, Steve Nelson of Huntington, Texas, and Ronnie Vaughn of Madisonville.
The audience will see the regular shenanigans of U.R. Nutz and Droop. A miracle will happen, as Johnny Cash and June Carter Cash make their appearance. Elva Jean is rumored to be looking for a “Long, Tall Texan.” Debbie Ogden Mayes and Brenda Ogden Kelso won’t be recognizable in their comedic antics.
The outstanding Ogden’s Country Jubilee Band, features Livingston native Rocky Coward on lead guitar, Huntington’s Steve Nelson handles the piano and vocals, and Kevin Carter from Lufkin on fiddle and vocals. Carter was recently inducted into the Western Swing Hall of Fame. Ronnie Vaughn will be playing steel.
The band members individually have all earned many awards and accolades in their careers as musicians and singers. Mayes has promised a nice variety of both country and gospel music.
Tickets for the show are $15, while ages 3 and under are free. They may be purchased at the Livingston City Hall, all three locations of First National Bank Livingston, Downtown Treasures, and on the day of the show, may be purchased at the Polk County Commerce Center from 3 p.m. until show time.
For more information, call Debbie Ogden Mayes at (936) 933-5852 or visit www.polkcountycommercecenter.com.