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The Blackwood Singers Say Farewell at Christmas Show at Smoky Mountain Opry Theater

PIGEON FORGE, Tenn., (Dec. 17, 2015) – The Blackwoods, led by the husband and wife team of R.W. and Donna Blackwood, present their gospel farewell “Blackwoods Morning Variety Christmas Show” at the Smoky Mountain Opry Theater in Pigeon Forge. The show kicked off Nov. 2 and will run until Dec. 31, 2015.  At the conclusion of the Christmas season, after a successful 15-year run in Pigeon Forge, the Blackwoods are moving their show to the Starlite Theatre in Branson, Mo., to be near their two children and 11 grandchildren.

“This show will get you in the mood for Christmas, and we hope everyone will come out and say hello and goodbye to the Blackwoods in their final month in Pigeon Forge,” said David Fee, president and chief executive officer of the Fee/Hedrick Family Entertainment Group.

“Come and have a wonderful time as the Blackwoods share their favorite Christmas songs. This show features huge hits, lots of laughter and plenty of music and stories that all come together to help us remember the reason for the season. We love the Blackwoods and are sad to see them leave Pigeon Forge, but we are happy that they will soon be with their family.”

Award-winning ventriloquists Bob and Marty Hamill have rejoined the Blackwoods for their farewell Christmas show. The Hamills were presented with the highest honor ventriloquists can receive at the 34th International VentHaven Ventriloquist Convention in 2010:  The W. S. Berger Distinguished Service Award.

Donna Blackwood said, “You will hear the story of the birth of Christ like it has never been told before by Bob Hamill and his dummy, Horace. Then you will hear a voice in the role of Mary saying what Mary might have thought that night, and then we finish the segment singing a rendition of the song, ‘Mary Did You Know.’”

R.W. Blackwood said, “For years, the Hamills have traveled the globe and have earned the reputation of being among the best ventriloquists in the world. We are thrilled to have them in our Christmas show.”

Other highlights of the “Blackwood’s Morning Variety Christmas Show” include “White Christmas,” “Holy Is the Lord,” “Beautiful Star of Bethlehem,” and “Joy to the World.” The Blackwood’s Morning Show also features country, gospel and patriotic music.

The Blackwoods are one of the most highly acclaimed gospel groups of our time. Through the years, R.W. and Donna Blackwood and members of the Blackwood family have recorded over 200 albums. They have won eight Grammy awards (including one with Barbara Mandrell and three with Porter Wagoner), 27 Dove Awards, five All-American Music Awards, the Publisher’s Choice Diamond Award, and they have sold more than 60 million records. The Blackwoods have been seen on every major television and radio network. They have been inducted into the Memphis Music Hall of Fame, 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.

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.  They have performed 2,854 shows from 2003 to 2015.

The current members of “The Blackwoods Morning Variety Show” include R. W. Blackwood, Donna Blackwood, Brad Smith, Brian Norris, Greg Stout and Karen Williams Tillery (who has performed in over 40 Bill Gaither videos and for 10 years on Trinity Broadcast Network (TBN).

“The Blackwoods Morning Variety Christmas 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 $29.95, plus tax. Children 11 and under are $9.95, plus tax. Tickets are available by calling (865) 428-SHOW (7469). Groups of 20 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,”  “Christmas at The Smoky Mountain Opry,” “The Hatfield and McCoy Christmas Disaster Dinner and Show, ” “Magic Beyond Belief” (the magic show will return in March), Happy Days Diner, Chef’s Catering and a website www.SeePigeonForge.com that helps guests plan their entire Smoky Mountain experience online. The Fee/Hedrick Family Entertainment Group, one of the largest show production companies in the southeast, is now in its 20th anniversary season.

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Contact:

Deborah Fee Newsom

Director of Public Relations and Merchandising

(865) 414-6887 (cell), (865) 774-8877

Deborah@FeeHedrick.com

‘Christmas at The Smoky Mountain Opry’ Theater opens as ‘Year of the Elves!’

PIGEON FORGE, Tenn. (November 2015) – From Santa and his magical elves to the area’s largest living Nativity, “Christmas at the Smoky Mountain Opry” Theater in Pigeon Forge, Tenn., is opening its spectacular Christmas show on Nov. 2.

Filled with the music of the holiday season, the multi-million dollar “Christmas at the Smoky Mountain Opry” show features award winning aerialists and ice skaters and Santa’s giant workshop, where toys come to life. The Christmas show includes lots of live animals such as majestic camels, horses, donkeys and a rare white lion.SMOpry Christmas#1

“’Christmas at the Smoky Mountain Opry’ has been expanded to be an even bigger and better Christmas celebration than previous years,” said David Fee, president and chief executive officer of The Fee/Hedrick Family Entertainment Group. “Our Christmas show brings to the stage a talented cast of musicians, singers, dancers and comedians performing in the largest, most spectacular Christmas show in the Smokies. We have traditional and new Christmas music, as well as a section of the show devoted to a country Christmas. We have the beauty of the true meaning of Christmas – a huge living Nativity scene that tells a story and celebrates the birth of Christ. This dramatic representation of the major events related to the birth of Christ includes animals, shepherds, wise men, Mary, Joseph and, of course, little baby Jesus.

“This is a magical and fantastic Christmas show,” Fee said. “There is something for the entire family. We have the best performers in the whole area including incredible aerialists and funny acts such as Slim Chance, a hilarious comedic juggler, who was named Branson comedian of the year, two years in a row. This is our ‘Year of the Elves,’ and Santa’s elves are prominent in this year’s show. They are busy working overtime and feeling the stress of the deadlines of Christmas. This enormous production also has unique special effects such as flying musicians and angels, snow falling softly in the theater and an electrifying laser light show.”

Fee said that the staff, producers, directors and entertainers have put into the show all of the things that remind people of Christmas such as jingle bells, dazzling lights and being at home with your family.

“We knew we wanted to create a family tradition that people would want to come back to year after year,” Fee said.  “We want to help people create Christmas memories. We are bringing back audience favorites from last year, and we have many new surprises to make the show even better this year. For example, we have created a very special Christmas moment for veterans. We have beautiful new costumes, amazing choreography, incredible special effects and lavish sets.

“We have an ice rink on stage that appears and disappears,” Fee said.  “We have former ‘Disney on Ice’ ice skaters Marco Del Zotto and Samantha Delgado, who will be bringing their pinpoint precision, graceful elegance and gravity-defying lifts to our stage. We also have Santa Claus, of course. We are extremely proud of ‘Christmas at the Smoky Mountain Opry’. This show is amazing and exhilarating!”

Fee co-produces the show with David Horton, creative director/consultant for Fee/Hedrick Family Entertainment Group. Joel Bruce is the production manager, Sandy Inbody is the director, Brandy Bailey is the choreographer, Asia Milburn is the costume designer and Marshall Whaley is the lighting/special effects designer.

Fee said, “Whether you are just starting your family tradition of coming to Christmas at the Smoky Mountain Opry or continuing this tradition from years past, our hope is that you and your family will feel the wonder that only this season brings, and we are honored to be a part of your Christmas celebration.”

“Christmas at the Smoky Mountain Opry” Theater is performed this season in the afternoon matinee slot at 3 p.m. on Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday and Saturday and in the evening at 8 p.m. every night of the week. Tickets for the Christmas show are $49.95, plus tax each, and children 11 and under are $19.95 plus tax each. Group rates are available for groups of 15 or more for the Christmas show. The show will run until Jan. 3, 2016.

The theater is at traffic light 0 at 2046 Parkway in Pigeon Forge. For more information, call the theater’s box office 865-428-7469 or 1-800-768-1170 or visit http://www.SmokyMtnOpry.com. “Christmas at the Smoky Mountain Opry” will have a special New Year’s Eve Show on Dec. 31.

In the Dec. 2014 edition of “Southern Living” magazine, the Smoky Mountain Opry was named the “Don’t Miss Variety Show” of Pigeon Forge. It was also awarded the Trip Advisor Certificate of Excellence for having a 5-star average rating on that site, making the “Smoky Mountain Opry” show one of the top-performing 10 percent of businesses worldwide on Trip Advisor.

Cast members for this year’s “Christmas at the Smoky Mountain Opry” show include specialty acts: ice skaters Marco Del Zotto and Amie Delgado; aerialists, Leann Farley and Simmone Gruzdev; and comedic juggler, David Hirschi, as Slim Chance. Vocalists include Marissa Haye, vocal captain, and Anthony Bailey, TC Barnette, Kendal Manning, Hollie Tkacik, and Hugh Warren. The understudies are Anthony Bucciero and Maria Albani-Cook. Singer/dancers include Scott Johnson and Liz Sambol. Dancers include  Adam Gullidge, dance captain, and Rocky Bowyer, Summer Collins, Casey DiPersio, Travis Layman and Amanda Russell. Understudies are Brandy and Beetle Bailey. Chorus members include Cedric Paige and Amy Jo Wagner. Band members, led by band director, Johnny Hodges include Mark Holbrook, Vince Ilagan, Dave Jackson, Chris Patterson, Daniel Reeves, Greg Stout, Jarod Wilson and Kaleb Wright.

The Fee/Hedrick Family Entertainment Group, one of the largest show production companies in the Southeast, is now in its 20th anniversary season. The company also owns and produces other major shows in the Smoky Mountain area including  “The Comedy Barn”, The “Hatfield and McCoy Christmas Disaster Dinner and Show,”  “The Blackwoods Morning Variety Show” featuring the Blackwoods and “Magic Beyond Belief” starring Darren Romeo (which will reopen in March). Fee/Hedrick offers a combination show deal for only $14.95 plus tax for adult tickets to “Christmas at the Smoky Mountain Opry” when guests buy a ticket to the “Hatfield and McCoy Christmas Disaster Dinner and Show” nfor $54.95 plus tax. With this combo deal, children are free to the “Christmas at the Smoky Mountain Opry” (one child per paying adult). The company also owns Happy Days Diner restaurant, Chef’s Catering and a website, seepigeonforge.com, that assists visitors in planning their entire Smoky Mountain experience online.

Contact:

Deborah Fee Newsom

Director of Public Relations and Merchandising

(865) 414-6887 (cell), (865) 774-8877

Deborah@FeeHedrick.com

Smoky Mountain Opry Adds Sunday Shows starting Oct. 4

PIGEON FORGE, Tenn. (September 2015) – Following demand, the Smoky Mountain Opry Theater in Pigeon Forge, Tenn., will add Sunday shows to its schedule beginning Oct. 4 that will continue through the rest of the year.

“Shows will now run every day of the week for ‘America’s Ultimate Variety Show,’” said David Fee, president and chief executive officer of the Fee/Hedrick Family Entertainment Group. “Call and reserve your tickets early so you can get a good seat. The show this year is awesome! We have a lot of new high-energy numbers, and we have brought back our most requested audience favorite numbers as well. The show is packed with all sorts of different styles of music and special effects. It is a powerful show the whole family will love. We have a stunning variety show with country, 50s, 60s, 70s, 80s, Motown, rock ‘n roll, big band, top hits, gospel, movie greats, Broadway and patriotic numbers. This season has something for everyone.

“We are absolutely delighted that we have had such demand for the show that we have added Sundays,” said Fee. “Our new show has gotten rave reviews by our guests. We have the largest and most attended variety show in the Smokies, with lavish costumes, vibrant sets and majestic animals!

“The Smoky Mountain Opry Show” is a family friendly show with world-class singers, dancers, musicians, comedians, jugglers, aerialists and live exotic animals. State of the art special effects include lasers, pyrotechnics, performers that fly overhead, giant video screens and concert quality lighting and sound. The cast is available to meet the public following each show.

This year’s “Christmas at The Smoky Mountain Opry” begins Nov. 2.  “It is the biggest and best Christmas show in the area,” Fee said. “This is a multi-million dollar production that features soaring angels, dancing elves, Santa Claus and most importantly, the celebration of the birth of Christ with the area’s largest living nativity!”

In the December 2014 edition of Southern Living magazine, the Smoky Mountain Opry was named the “Don’t Miss Variety Show” of Pigeon Forge. It was also awarded the Trip Advisor Certificate of Excellence for having a 5-star average rating on their site, making the Smoky Mountain Opry one of the top-performing 10 percent of businesses worldwide on Trip Advisor.

The regular show will run through Oct. 30, and the Smoky Mountain Opry Christmas Show will begin on Nov 2. The theater will be closed on Oct. 31 and Nov. 1 to change out the shows. Regular performances run every night of the week at 8 p.m., with a 3 p.m. matinee on Wednesdays until Oct. 30. Beginning Nov. 2 with the opening of “Christmas at the Smoky Mountain Opry, there will be matinee shows on Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday and Saturdays. Reservations can be made in advance by calling 1-800-768-1170 or (865) 428-show (7469) or online at http://www.smokymtnopry.com/.

Show tickets are $44.95 per person plus tax for the regular show, $49.95 plus tax for the Christmas show and $19.95 per person for children ages 3 to 11. Children ages 2 and under are free.

The Smoky Mountain Opry Theater is located at 2046 Parkway in Pigeon Forge, at traffic light 0. Group rates are available for groups of 15 or more.

The Fee/Hedrick Family Entertainment Group, one of the largest show production companies in the Southeast, is now in its 20th anniversary season. The company also owns and produces four other major shows in the Smoky Mountain area including  “The Comedy Barn Theater®,” The “Hatfield and McCoy Dinner and Show,” “The Blackwoods Morning Variety Show” featuring the Blackwoods and a new show that opened this year, “Magic Beyond Belief™” starring Darren Romeo.  “Magic Beyond Belief” will close for the season on Sunday, Oct. 25, and reopen next year. “The Blackwoods Morning Variety Show” will continue until the end of the year every day except Mondays, and then it will relocate to Branson for next year. The Fee/Hedrick Family Entertainment Group also owns Happy Days Diner and Chef’s Catering.

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CONTACT:

Deborah Fee Newsom

(865) 774-8877 or (865) 414-6887 (cell)

 

 

 

‘Hatfield and McCoy Dinner Show’ featured on Animal Planet ‘Tanked’ TV Series Friday Night

PIGEON FORGE, Tenn. (Jan. 13, 2015) – “The Hatfield and McCoy Dinner Show” will be featured on the television show “Tanked” this Friday, Jan. 16, at 9 p.m. on the Animal Planet Network as the season finale.

The episode, titled “When the Moon(shine) Hits Your Eyes,” will feature an old moonshine still that was in the lobby of the theater and is replaced with an aquarium. Also shown will be scenes from the actual “Hatfield and McCoy Dinner Show” as well as the tank reveal to the cast members and to David Fee and Jim Hedrick, co-owners of the theater.

Wayde King and co-host Brett Raymer (business partners and best friends) who own Acrylic Tank Manufacturers (ATM) in Las Vegas, host the popular TV series, seen each Friday night on Animal Planet. The two began the series four years ago.

Animal Planet Tanked episode at Hatfield and McCoy Dinner ShowThe reality show features King and Raymer traveling all over the world designing one-of-a-kind, custom-made outrageously themed fish aquariums. They have created tanks to look like pyramids, phone booths, cars, trucks and much more. Also featured in the show is Robert “Robbie Redneck” Christlieb.

Spoiler Alert:  The Jan. 16 episode will feature a 1,200-gallon fish tank in the shape of a moonshine still with a copper dome. Next to the still are two smaller tanks shaped like moonshine jugs. The tank weighs almost five tons. Inside the tank are more than 50 fish.  The Hatfield family is represented by a species of fish known as a hi-hat, and the McCoy family is represented by the koi fairy wrasse. Other types of fish in the aquarium include surgeonfish, angelfish, puffers, snappers and what else, but triggerfish! It is a saltwater tank with a freshwater theme.

When the tank was revealed, the cast, dressed in their show costumes, ran into the lobby to see the aquarium. Both families “hollered,” clapped, cheered and fired their guns, loaded with blanks, and then started to play their instruments. There was even a live pig named “Lou Lou” on hand that squealed with delight.

Fee, president and chief executive officer of Fee/Hedrick and co-owner of the Hatfield and McCoy Dinner Show said, “We are delighted that the Animal Planet ‘Tanked’ TV series chose the Hatfield and McCoy lobby for their show. We encourage people to watch the show this Friday night and to stop by the lobby of our theater to see our moonshine still tank.”  More than two million viewers will see the segment on Animal Planet.

“The Hatfield and McCoy Dinner Show” is currently running and tells a hilarious story inspired by real life tragic events. The musical clogging show is full of comedy, romance, forgiveness and laughter with many twists.

This approximately two-hour live show offers guests extraordinary country, bluegrass, and gospel vocal and instrumental musical performances, award-winning hillbilly musicians and cloggers and a huge mountain feast.

For more information about the show, visit www.HatfieldMcCoyDinnerFeud.com or call (865) 908-7469 (SHOW).  The Hatfield and McCoy Dinner Theater is located at 119 Music Road between traffic lights 0 and 1 on the Parkway in Pigeon Forge next to the Titanic.

The Fee/Hedrick Family Entertainment Group, one of the largest show production companies in the Southeast, is now in its 20th anniversary season. The show is part of the Fee/Hedrick Family Entertainment Group that includes “The Comedy Barn®”, the “Smoky Mountain Opry” and the “Blackwoods Morning Variety Show” featuring the Blackwoods. The company will open a new show, “Magic Beyond Belief,“ in March. The company also owns Happy Days Diner, Chef’s Catering and a website, http://www.seepigeonforge.com that helps guests plan their entire Smoky Mountain experience online.

Ticket prices for The “Hatfield and McCoy Dinner Show” are $49.95 plus tax, and children are free. Group rates are available for groups of 15 or more. Fee/Hedrick is currently running a special combination show deal that offers customers the opportunity to pay only $15 plus tax for “The Smoky Mountain Opry” when they buy the world-famous “Hatfield and McCoy Dinner Show.”

 

CONTACT:

Deborah Fee Newsom

(865) 414-6887 or (865) 774-8877

Deborah@FeeHedrick.com

 

 

 

 

 

Siegfried & Roy’s Protégé, Darren Romeo, Brings Las Vegas to Tennessee with White Tigers in Multi-Million Dollar Production

PIGEON FORGE, Tenn. (October 2014) – In a move designed to bring a taste of Las Vegas to East Tennessee, The Smoky Mountain Opry Theater in Pigeon Forge has signed nationally known star magician Darren Romeo, “the Voice of Magic,” to a multi-year, multi-million production beginning March 7, 2015.

Romeo, a magician and a singer, will bring his critically acclaimed full-scale production “Magic Beyond Belief” to the stage. The new show features white tigers, large-scale original illusions, vocal performances, celebrity impersonations, comedy and a huge tribute to the magicians who inspired him the most, mentors Siegfried and Roy and Harry Blackstone Jr.

In addition to worldwide touring, Romeo starred in his own show as “Siegfried & Roy presents, Darren Romeo” at the Mirage Resort Hotel and Casino. He has also performed in Las Vegas at Caesars Palace and the Flamingo Hilton and at the world famous Magic Castle in Hollywood to name but a few.

Magician Darren Romeo opens in Pigeon Forge in 2015.

Magician Darren Romeo opens in Pigeon Forge in 2015.

“Magic is my passion, and The Smoky Mountain Opry Theater is one of the most beautiful theaters I’ve ever seen. I will be able to present the biggest and best version of my show ever. And with majestic tigers, I hope to honor and celebrate the legacy of Siegfried and Roy,” Romeo said.

One of the most awarded magicians in the history of magic, Romeo has garnered an extensive list of accolades including: “Magician of the Year” from the Magic Castle, the Academy of Magical Arts, Inc., “Show of the Year” (two years in a row) from the Branson Critic Association and the “Milbourne Christopher Award for Notable Contributions to the Art of Magic” from the Society of American Magicians (SAM).

Recognizing the historical importance the “art of magic” has had throughout the centuries, Romeo will honor Harry Blackstone Jr.’s legacy by performing his famous “Floating Light Bulb” illusion – the only magician in the world granted permission from the Blackstone family to perform this full tribute.

“Pigeon Forge has a new star! We are thrilled to have Darren join us at The Smoky Mountain Opry Theater. As a former magician, I can tell you he has one of the best magic shows on planet Earth,” said David Fee, president of The Fee/Hedrick Family Entertainment Group.

The New York Daily News called Romeo’s show “Irresistible,” and the Las Vegas Review-Journal said it was “the most unique and compelling show to hit the strip in many years,” while Entertainment Today said his show was “Extraordinary. Fantastic!”

For more information, call the theater’s box office (865) 428-7469 or 1-800-768-1170, or visit www.PigeonForgeMagic.com.

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Special Escort Planned for Vietnam Veterans Memorial at Pigeon Forge Arrival

PIGEON FORGE, Tenn. (Aug. 11, 2014) – A caravan down the Parkway to mark the arrival of a half-scale replica of the Vietnam Veterans Memorial has been added to a multi-day salute to America’s veterans in Pigeon Forge this month.

The major events are Aug. 21-24 and include the Celebrate Freedom Welcome Home Vietnam Parade on Aug. 23. The arrival of the memorial replica will get special attention on Aug. 20.

The replica of the Vietnam Veterans Memorial is one of several “Cost of Freedom” memorials and exhibits organized by the American Veterans Traveling Tribute, a self-funded and veteran-owned organization.

“We want to draw special attention to the memorial and invite interested citizens to provide an escort when it arrives in Pigeon Forge,” said Pete Smith, an organizer of the Smoky Mountain Military and Relic Show, another event in the larger salute to veterans.

Veteran-led honor guards will participate, and anyone wanting to be part of the escort, which is sponsored by the Titanic Museum Attraction, Smoky Mountain Resorts and the Collier Restaurant Group, is invited to assemble at the Titanic starting at 4 p.m. Aug. 20 (Wednesday).

The caravan will travel from the Titanic to the Smoky Mountain Convention Center starting at 5:30 p.m. The exhibit will be free to the public Aug. 21-24.

Other special events for veterans include:

  • The Celebrate Freedom Welcome Home Vietnam Parade at 10 a.m. Aug. 23. While billed as “the parade they never got” for Vietnam veterans, it honors all veterans. Entertainer Louise Mandrell is the grand marshal. The special events office of the Pigeon Forge Department of Tourism is organizing the parade.
  • A “Salute to Patriots” at the Smoky Mountain Opry on Aug. 21.
  • “Radio Saigon,” a dinner and presentation of Vietnam-era music, on Aug. 22 at the Grand Majestic Theater.
  • A special show at Dolly Parton’s Dixie Stampede on Aug. 23.
  • A “Sunday Morning Remembrance” program with the Blackwoods on Aug. 24 at the Smoky Mountain Opry.
  • Free admission at the Titanic Museum Attraction for veterans with military identification or papers Aug. 21-24. Anyone accompanying a veteran receives a military discount.
  • Free admission to the Smoky Mountain Military and Relic Show for veterans and active duty personnel Aug. 23-24.
  • Free breakfast for veterans at the Golden Corral on Aug. 23 from 7-10 a.m. before the Welcome Home Vietnam Parade.

US Tours has packaged the various elements of the event. Tour information is available at WelcomeHomeVietnam.com.

“An additional way for veterans’ families to honor their veterans is to nominate someone for recognition at the military and relic show. Nominating someone is as simple as going online to NominateYourVeteran.com,” Smith said.

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 Contact:

Pete Smith

865-908-3015

pete@smokymountainresorts.com

 

 

Blackwoods Show Moves To Smoky Mountain Opry

PIGEON FORGE, Tenn. (July 8, 2013) — The Blackwoods Morning Variety Show has moved to a new location in a larger venue at the Smoky Mountain Opry in Pigeon Forge.

The show features the internationally recognized Blackwoods Singers and the comedy/ventriloquism of Bob and Marty Hamill.

The Blackwoods are now singing right back where they began at the very first theater they started at in Pigeon Forge, even though the name of the theater has changed over the years.  The new Blackwoods location is just a few doors down from their previous location and can accommodate almost 700 more people than they could before.

 

R.W. and Donna Blackwood have been performing with the Fee/Hedrick Family Entertainment Group since 2003 and have been most recently located at the Hatfield and McCoy Dinner Show. All of the performers and most of the employees have stayed with the show during the move. The new season of the show has performances every morning Tuesday through Sunday.

Smoky Mountain Opry co-owner David Fee said, “We now have a bigger and even better Blackwoods Morning Variety Show. We have moved the time of this show an hour later, and it now begins at 10 a.m., and we are no longer serving breakfast. We found that most of our vacationing tourists wanted to sleep in a little longer on their vacation, and we also found that most people had already received a free breakfast at their hotel or motel.

“This show has a unique mixture of the humor of Bob and Marty Hamill, as well as the Blackwoods singing country, gospel and patriotic music. The Blackwoods have a strong fan base and an engaging stage presence. Their influence in country and gospel music endures.  We are thrilled to have them.”

Donna Blackwood said, “We are excited to be moving to the Smoky Mountain Opry Theater celebrating 13 years of providing awesome entertainment to millions of people in Pigeon Forge. Just because we are in a new place, doesn’t mean everything is new. We are still singing a lot of fan favorites and all of our performers that people have come to know and love are back.”

Although most people associate the Blackwood name with outstanding gospel music, they have an award-winning country music background as well.

The dynamic new show is a country and gospel mixture of the former Blackwood Breakfast Variety Show and showcases the talents of Karen Tillery (who has performed in over 40 Bill Gaither videos and for 10 years on Trinity Broadcast Network), Craig Hodges, Jonathan Lee Kunkle and Brad Smith, in addition to the Blackwoods.

“Our new production has a selection of country favorite songs sung as a tribute to the country stars that R. W. and I have worked with, including Johnny Cash, June Carter Cash, Glen Campbell, Dale Evans, George Jones, Larry Gatlin, the McGuire Sisters, the Oak Ridge Boys, Dolly Parton, Roy Rogers, Linda Ronstadt, the Statler Brothers, Tanya Tucker and Tennessee Ernie Ford,” said Donna Blackwood.

In addition, the show has some Blackwood singer audience favorites that Blackwood fans expect to hear every show such as “Put Your Hand in the Hand,” “Daddy Sang Bass,” “Sunday Afternoon Boat Ride” and  “Stop and Smell the Roses.”

They invite audiences to take a trip down memory lane to when the Blackwood Singers had songs on the charts in the 70s. R.W. Blackwood said, “We had six country hits in the top 100 Billboard and Cashbox Magazine Music Charts in the 60’s and 70’s.  We are performing some of our more popular country hits and yet not forgetting our gospel roots.

“We feel very blessed that we performed in Archie Campbell’s backup group, and we worked with many great country performers such as Roy Rodgers and Dale Evans, Charley Pride and Dale Robertson,” he said.  “A lot of people still like traditional country but can’t hear it on the radio. People come up to us and ask us to perform these songs that they miss.”

“The Blackwoods Morning Variety Show” includes a video of Roy Rodgers and Dale Evans singing “Happy Trails.”  Some of the other songs in the show include “Feeling Fine,” “You Raise Me Up,” and “Elvira.”

“The last country hit we had was a song named ‘Dolly’ that I recorded, and I sing it again in our show,” Donna Blackwood said.  “Jonathan Lee Kunkel performs an inspiring version of ‘Rhinestone Cowboy,’ and there is a tribute to Elvis Presley, called  ‘If The Lord Wasn’t Walking By My Side.’  Elvis was a friend of our family and as a young man wanted to be a Blackwood Brother but was turned down after an audition.”

Multi-talented ventriloquists Bob and Marty Hamill joined the Blackwoods five years ago. They entertain the crowd with two comedy segments in the show, one with puppets and one as “senior citizens.”

The Hamills were presented with the highest honor a ventriloquist can receive at the 34th International VentHaven Ventriloquist Convention, the W. S. Berger Distinguished Service Award. W.S. Berger was the president of the International Brotherhood of Ventriloquists and founder of the VentHaven Museum.

R.W. Blackwood said, “For years the Hamills have traveled the globe and have earned the reputation of being among the best ventriloquists in the world. We are thrilled to have them in our show.”

The show’s highlight is a patriotic finale to “When the Saints Go Marching In” that brings the crowd to its feet, complete with flying flags and video special effects. This is a special tribute to the veterans of the armed forces.

“We thank our veterans, our God and our country, and we pray our country turns back to God.”

In addition to its array of country and gospel music, the show features a dazzling but elegant use of modern sound and lighting, stage design, and costuming to usher audiences into the remarkable world of country and gospel music and bring standards of grand theater production to new levels.

The Blackwoods have had over a quarter century career, from their early days performing at county fairs, western festivals and political conventions to their eventual status as one of country and gospel music’s top acclaimed acts.

“Most people don’t realize that most of the country stars are either friends of ours or were friends of my Dad’s,” said R. W. Blackwood. For example, my Dad worked with the Everly Brother’s Dad in Iowa and he did “The Grand Old Gospel” with Porter Wagoner.”

The Blackwoods Morning Breakfast Show is open six days a week at 10 a.m. at the Smoky Mountain Opry Theater (dark on Monday). Adult tickets are $29.95, plus tax. Children 11 and under are $9.95, plus tax. Tickets are available by calling 865-908-SHOW (7469). Groups of 20 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 www.Blackwwodshow.com/tickets.html or call 1-800-768-1170 or 865-428-7469 (SHOW).

The Fee/Hedrick Family Entertainment Group is currently running a special combination show deal that offers customers a chance to buy a ticket to the Hatfield and McCoy Dinner Show for $49.95 plus tax and then for just $15.00 plus tax, they can purchase a ticket to The Comedy Barn®, the Smoky Mountain Opry or the Blackwoods Morning Variety Show.

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;” Tony Roma’s Ribs, Steaks, and Seafood; Happy Days Diner; Chef’s Catering and www.SeePigeonForge.com.

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