Nashville artist, Mark Twain character actor appear on Gene Willams TV Show - KAIT Jonesboro, AR - Region 8 News, weather, sports

June 24, 2003

Nashville artist, Mark Twain character actor appear on Gene Willams TV Show

An up and coming Nashville artist, Leland Martin, and an outstanding character actor who portrays Norman Rockwell and Mark Twain, Dennis Seibel, join Gene Williams as guests on the next broadcasts of the "Gene Williams Country Television Show" sponsored by Lucas Oil Products.

"Originally from Houston, Mo., Leland Martin has been getting tremendous response to his new album 'Simply Traditional' around Nashville and I am delighted to have him on my show," said Williams. "The next show takes a turn from traditional country to Americana with my guest Dennis Seibel who presents Branson's popular one man show 'A Visit with Norman Rockwell and Mark Twain' mornings at the Majestic Theatre."

The broadcast with Martin can be seen Sunday, June 29 at 10:30 p.m. in Springfield/Branson/Harrison markets; Saturday, July 5 at 6 a.m. in Little Rock/Fort Smith and Shreveport, La. on Channel 4 KARK/NBC and Dallas, Jonesboro, Ark., and Memphis, Tenn. on Channel 8 KAIT/ABC at 5 p.m.; and Saturday, July 12 on WB 58 Nashville at midnight.

The show featuring Seibel as the guest will air on Sunday, July 6 at 10:30 p.m. in Springfield/Branson/Harrison markets; Saturday, July 12 at 6 a.m. in Little Rock/Fort Smith and Shreveport, La. on Channel 4 KARK/NBC and Dallas, Jonesboro, Ark., and Memphis, Tenn. on Channel 8 KAIT/ABC at 5 p.m.; and Saturday, July 19 on WB 58 Nashville at midnight.

Williams, the creator of the only weekly television show taped in Branson about Branson, is an inductee to the Memphis Music Hall of Fame and has worked with greats like Johnny Cash, the Statler Brothers, Carl Perkins, the Carter Family, Charlie Walker, Del Reeves, Merle Haggard, Ray Price, Bill Carlisle, Johnny Carver, Tommy Cash, Claude King, Ronnie Session, Little Jimmy Dickens and more. He is credited with blazing trails for country music television and his show recently won a Telly Award. It includes celebrity interviews, videos from the biggest, hottest names in country music such as Shania Twain, Trace Adkins, Alan Jackson, Brad Paisley, Faith Hill and more.

Gene has big plans for Branson and his viewing area which serves a major portion of the US. He is moving his TV show from WB 31 studios in Branson to a world famous theater on Hwy 76 where a major artist performs. The show will still air on WB 31 Branson/Springfield, he said.

"This is the biggest thrill of my life, being associated with a world class entertainer - my life's dream," Gene said. "Watch for details next week."

For the next two shows, while co-host Katie Lynn is on vacation, Sarah Zapp will be filling in as co-host. Sarah performs regularly on Gene Williams' show reporting news from Nasvhille each week.

For more information check out the web site at genewilliamscountry.com.

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