Blackwoods to host special guest stars in Pigeon Forge at The Smoky Mountain Opry Theater during NQC Week
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PIGEON FORGE, Tenn., Sept. 24, 2015 – The Blackwoods Morning Variety Show in Pigeon Forge will celebrate the National Quartet Convention coming to town with special guests Sept. 27 through Oct. 4 at 10 a.m. each day at The Smoky Mountain Opry Theater. Guests will include James Blackwood, Jr., who will perform with R. W. Blackwood Jr. and Donna Blackwood and the Blackwood Singers all week and many others including The Mercy Road Quartet, The Michael Frost Trio, Kenna Turner West, The Troy Burns Trio, Charles Yates, Phil Enloe, Dean and Mary Brown, and Tony Gore.
– Sunday, Sept. 27 – Mercy Road Quartet and the Michael Frost Trio. Frost is remembered at The Smoky Mountain Opry Theater for his roles in “the Miracle” and “Joseph and The Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat.”
– Tuesday, Sept. 29 – Kenna Turner West. West is one of Gospel Music’s top songwriter’s today and is the daughter of Ken Turner, who formerly sang bass for the Blackwood Brothers.
– Wednesday, Sept. 30 – Troy Burns Trio. Burns was a founding member for the Inspirations of Bryson City, S.C. and had 33 number one songs in gospel music. Troy will be joined by his wife, Tammy and by Roland Kesterson to make up the trio.
– Thursday and Friday, Oct. 1 and 2. Charles Yates, who formerly sang tenor for the Speer Family and also The Masters Five will appear and it will be the 50th year reunion of the Jr. Blackwood Brothers. The JR. Blackwood Brothers consisted of James Blackwood, Jr., Dean Brown, Phil Enloe and R. W. Blackwood Jr. On Friday Dean and Mary Brown will also be on the show. They are known for their television shows, “Music That Ministers” and “Unfolding Majesty” that they hosted on the TBN network.
“I am so excited to have my old friends come and sing with me on our show for these two days,” Blackwood said.
– Saturday, Oct. 3 – Charles Yates as well as Chris Golden formerly of The Oak Ridge Boys. Golden was a member of the Oak Ridge Boys band for 17 years and filled in as one of the singers from time to time. Golden is the son of Oak Ridge Boys baritone, William Lee Golden.
– Sunday, Oct. 4 – Tony Gore will wrap up the special Blackwoods week. Gore lives in Sevier County and owns Tony Gore’s Smoky Mountain Barbeque and Grill.
“Tony is a gospel music great with inspiring music,” R. W. Blackwood, Jr., said. “We always look forward to having Tony on our show and then heading out to his restaurant for some good eating.”
Blackwood, Jr., said, “As the week of the National Quartet Convention approaches, I am thrilled that our employers, The Fee/Hedrick Family Entertainment Group, are allowing us to have some of our Southern Gospel Music family and friends who will be in town, join us on our Blackwood Morning Show each day at the Smoky Mountain Opry Theater during that week. My cousin, James Blackwood Jr. will be singing with us each morning and joining with me as we honor our fathers with Blackwood Brothers music so many have loved through the years.
“Because of these great men, not only in our personal lives, but also in the life history of Gospel Music, there is a National Quartet Convention, there is a Dove Awards, and there are many other aspects of ‘the business’ that were trailblazed and set in motion for those of us who enjoy our calling in Gospel Music today,” Blackwood, Jr. said.
The National Quartet Convention was the “dreamchild” of my dad, R W Blackwood, Sr. and my Uncle James Blackwood back in 1954 before my father was killed In a tragic airplane crash on June 30, 1954,” he said. “After my father’s death, Uncles James and Cecil Blackwood, and J. D. Sumner brought that dream into fruition with the first NQC in 1957. Clark Beasley and the Board of Directors of the National Quartet Convention have continued to carry on that tradition that began so many years ago and keeps Gospel Music alive all around the world.
“We hope that guests to our city during the week of September 27 through October 4 will find a way to attend our show at 10 a.m. each morning and hear the story in word and in song of the Blackwood Brothers and also enjoy the music of our vocal guests during the week,” he said.
The special guest of the day is included with admission to The Blackwoods Morning Variety Show.
R.W. and Donna Blackwood have been performing with The Fee/Hedrick Family Entertainment Group since 2003 and in Pigeon Forge since 2001. They have entertained hundreds of thousands of fans with their gospel show. Their current Christmas show opens Tuesday, Nov. 3.
The dynamic Blackwoods Morning Variety Show is a mixture of country, pop, patriotic and gospel harmonious sounds that showcase the talents of R.W. and Donna Blackwood, Brad Smith, Karen Williams Tillery, and Brian Norris.
The Blackwoods Quartet began their career in Choctaw Co., Miss., in 1934. The original members were Roy, Doyle, James, and Roy’s son, R.W. Blackwood Sr. They recorded over 200 albums and sold over 50 million records. They won eight Grammy Awards, four Dove Awards, and were inducted into the Grammy Hall of Fame, the Gospel Music Association (GMA) Hall of Fame, The Southern Gospel Music Association (SGMA) Museum and Hall of Fame, and the Rockabilly Hall of Fame. In 1954, R.W. Blackwood Sr., Bill Lyles and Johnny Ogburn died in a plane crash. R.W. Blackwood Jr., the son of R.W. Blackwood Sr., and his wife, Donna, now continue to carry on the legacy of the Blackwoods.
The Blackwoods Morning Variety Show is open six days-a-week at 10 a.m. (preshow starts at 9:30 a.m.) at The Smoky Mountain Opry Theater (The show is closed on Monday). Adult tickets are normally $29.95, plus tax. Children 11 and under are $9.95, plus tax. Tickets are available by calling 1-865-428-SHOW (7469). Groups of 15 or more qualify for group rates, available by calling 1-866-492-6972. The Smoky Mountain Opry Theater is located at 2046 Parkway in Pigeon Forge. For more information about the show, visit http://www.smokymtnopry.com/shows/blackwoods-morning-variety-show or call 1-800-768-1170.
The show is part of the Fee/Hedrick Family Entertainment Group that includes: “The Comedy Barn®;” “The Smoky Mountain Opry;” “The Hatfield and McCoy Dinner Show;” “Magic Beyond Belief, ”Happy Days Diner; Chef’s Catering and www.SeePigeonForge.com.