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TV cast coming to Kings Prairie

Friday, August 12, 2011

Part of the cast of Kelly's Kountry Junction TV show will perform on Saturday at the Kings Prairie benefit concert.
A troupe from the cast of Kelly's Kountry Junction, the TV show with an Ozarks flavor aired on Ozarks Public Television on Saturday nights, will be part of the entertainment at the 12th annual Kings Prairie benefit concert on Saturday.

The concert will begin at 6 p.m. at the historic Kings Prairie school and community center, east of Monett. Also performing will be guitarist Dwayne Friend, bluegrass band Brightwater Junction and Al Brumley Jr. as master of ceremonies.

DeWayne Bowman got involved with the show at its beginning in 1963 when he was 13. Bowman will be among the performers, along with Kelly Lee James, the host; Amy Carver, who plays Amy Sue, the weather girl; Frank Howell, who plays Cousin Dud; and Kathy Butler, the producer who will sing and provide harmony.

"The show started as Kelly's idea," Bowman said. "He asked me to be part of it. When we taped the first show, we didn't know what we were doing. We started filming comedy and singing. After we did it a while, we started doing it a little differently.

"We took it to KOZK in Springfield and they liked it," Bowman said. "They said, 'Give us 13 shows and we'll start airing it.' When it started on the Saturday night slot, we had 350,000 listeners. In five weeks, we were up to 550,000 and it's grown from there."

Bowman said the Kings Prairie performance will include some of the show's comedy skits and traditional country music.

"We love the older, traditional country and we intend to keep doing that," Bowman said. "There's an audience out there starved for that."

Rather than bring an entire band, whose members live up by Lake of the Ozarks, Bowman said the group will perform with rhythm tracks. He expects the audience will enjoy the variety and the music.

"We've had a lot of good guests stars over the years, and next year we've got some more well known performers scheduled," Bowman said. "We're getting ready to film for the national PBS network. If we can do it exactly the way they want it, they'll try to take it national.

"I've known Al Brumley all my life," Bowman said. "I played at the Kings Prairie concert with Lisa Layne [in 2010]. I know we'll have a good time."

The concert will be a fundraiser to help complete bathrooms for the community center. Concessions will begin being served at 5 p.m. The music will last until around 9 p.m.

The historic Kings Prairie Community Center, located south of Highway 60, three miles east of Monett, on Highway Z one mile, then west on Farm Road 2015, across from the New Liberty Church. Those attending are urged to bring lawn chairs. Handicapped parking is available

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