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|Franklin Opry reunites original Gene King Band|
The March edition of The Franklin Opry will be the setting for a reunion of the original Gene King Band. The monthly music event at The Princess Theatre is usually held the third Saturday of each month, but due to the annual Dinner Theatre set for that weekend, the Opry will be held the second Saturday, March 8.
"This is going to be one you don't want to miss," said Gene Thompson, executive director of the Princess. "This has been in the works for sometime, and is sure to be a great event," said Thompson.
Along with Gene King, leader, guitarist and vocalist for the group, will be John Brown on drums, Joe McGuffie on steel guitar, Mike Scott on bass and Al "Puddler" Harris on piano.
"When this group gets on stage there will probably be the most top rack musicians at one time that we've had at The Opry," said Gene King. "After our band broke up, some of these guys went on to perform all over the world with artists such as Loretta Lynn, Conway Twitty, Barbara Mandrell, Mel Tillis, and Jody Miller, just to name a few. So as you can see it's going to be an incredible evening, said King. "Hopefully everyone will remember that it's the second Saturday this time and not the third. We wouldn't want anyone to miss it."
In addition, the regular performers will be on hand including the current Gene King Band, Jimmie Commeaux and emcee Carl Bamburg.
The box office opens at 6:15 and the show starts at 7 p.m. on Saturday, March 8. Ticket prices are $10 for ages 13 and up and $3 for ages 12 and under. Soft drinks and popcorn are available at the concession stand. Sponsors for the March event are Franklin State Bank, Nelson Tractor, Co. and Hospice Care Resources all of Winnsboro.