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January 19, 2003

Shepherd of the Hills, Smoke on the Mountain featured

    The Ozarks’ historical, outdoor drama, “The Shepherd of the Hills,” and Branson’s musical comedy,“Smoke on the Mountain,” are subjects of future airings of the “Gene Williams Country Show,” featuring Gene Williams with co-host Katie Lynn on the only weekly television show taped live in Branson about Branson.
    Air dates for the Lucas Oil sponsored “Gene Williams Country Show” with Keith Thurman from“Shepherd of the Hills” and Tom Tillis and Angel O'Brien from “Smoke on the Mountain” are as follows.
    Thurman and “Shepherd of the Hills” - Sunday, Jan. 26 at 10:30 p.m. on WB 31 Springfield/Branson; Saturday, Feb. 1 at 6 a.m. on Channel 4 KARK/NBC and Dallas, Jonesboro, Ark., and Memphis, Tenn. on Channel 8 KAIT/ABC at 5 p.m.; and Saturday, Feb. 8 on WB 58 Nashville at midnight.
   Keith Thurman, director of “Shepherd of the Hills,” has been a part of the Shepherd of the Hills family since he was a teenager. He acted in the pageant for 13 years before becoming the director in 1981.
     “Keith’s enthusiasm for the outdoor drama is contagious,” said Katie Lynn, who herself appeared in the drama 1995 through 2001. “At The Shepherd of the Hills Outdoor Theatre, Harold Bell Wright's epic story of love, loss, power, hardship, and the true meaning of life is immortalized every night on the star-lit stage.”
     Tillis, O’Brien and “Smoke on the Mountain” - Sunday, Feb. 2 at 10:30 p.m. on WB 31
Springfield/Branson; Saturday, Feb. 8 at 6 a.m. on Channel 4 KARK/NBC and Dallas, Jonesboro, Ark., and Memphis, Tenn. on Channel 8 KAIT/ABC at 5 p.m.; and Saturday, Feb. 15 on WB 58 Nashville at midnight.
    “We had lots of fun with Angel O’Brien and Tom Tillis as guests on my show,” said Williams. “Branson’s only live musical comedy is now at the IMAX Complex. Angel is producer and director and also acts in the comedy. She and Tom play husband and wife on stage and their antics on the show are just a sampling of the fun audiences laugh about at ‘Smoke on the Mountain.’”
     The “Gene Williams Show” is comprised of celebrity interviews, Lynn featured in her own videos and videos from the biggest, hottest names in country music such as Shania Twain, Trace Adkins, Dixie Chicks, Alan Jackson, Brad Paisley, Faith Hill and more.
    “Gene is like a ‘Who’s Who in Country Music.’ He has worked with such greats as the Statler Brothers, Carl Perkins, the Carter Family, Charlie Walker, Del Reeves, Merle Haggard, Ray Price, Minnie Pearl, Bill Carlisle, Johnny Carver, Tommy Cash, Claude King, Ronnie Session and Little Jimmy Dickens. He is an inductee to the Memphis Music Hall of Fame. Gene grew up listening to country music just down the road from Johnny Cash and pursued his dream of being in the country music business,” said Lynn, an award winning vocalist who has held the Branson Entertainment Awards Best Support Vocalist for the past three years for her work in the
“Mickey Gilley Show.”

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