Signature grand ol’ opry style shows. Joining Aces & Eights on the stage this year are the following special guests. Tickets: http://www.blackhillsopry.org Sell out crowds expected!
May 19th: National Guest: TOM WURTH Out of the gate, at only twenty years of age, Tom Wurth was nominated for a Grammy. That particular milestone built a foundation for his career. The Grammy experience fresh in his mind, Wurth pushed forward with his songwriting aspirations.
Wurth initially signed as a staff writer with Belden; later signing with one of the largest publishers in the world, BMG Music Publishing. At BMG he garnered two major record label cuts including; “If the Road Runs Out,” appearing on This is Ty Herndon – Greatest Hits and a Ken Mellons cut, “I Can’t Kick My Country” for a NASCAR compilation, Inside Traxx. Tom Wurth found the best school was on the road playing and in the studio recording. He took to both and never looked back. He has shared a stage with some of the most respected and successful artists in music including: Vince Gill, John Ford Coley, T. Graham Brown, Eddie Money, Larry Gatlin and The Gatlin Brothers, Lonestar, Billy Dean, Ronnie Milsap, Rascal Flatts, Billy Currington, LoCash, Pam Tillis, Mel Tillis, Thompson Square, Marty Stuart, Tim Rushlow, Trick Pony, Clay Walker, Tony Coleman & many others.
Regional Guest: May 19: Sherry Ann Taylor: Like champagne falling on a tin roof backed by the glow of wood stove. A rustic elegance, the air filled with hints of sweetness, bitterness, humor, heritage, beauty and a love of God’s creations. This true American cowgirl from the Missouri River bank of South Dakota echoes the whispers of a simple but gritty way of life, with visually unforgettable images.
June 23: Mean Mary: Deering Banjo’s named her their Goodtime Ambassador, and Janet Deering describes her banjo playing as giving her “chills.” Equally versatile on guitar, fiddle, and 8 other instruments, Mary is known internationally for her lightning-fast fingers, haunting vocals, and intricate story songs. As a high-energy performer that thrives on variety and as a songwriter that chooses unusual subject matters, anything from ghost pirates to demon guitars could romp through a Mean Mary show Mean Mary (Mary James), a Florida native now based in Nashville, began life as a musical prodigy—could read music before she could read words and co-wrote songs at age five. By age seven she was proficient on the guitar, banjo, & violin, and entertained audiences across the US with her vocal and instrumental skills.
June 23: Dan McGuiness: Dan’s voice harkens a listener’s memory back to a time when Blue Eyed Soul ruled the radio. Full and powerful, Dan’s voice can go from edgy and rough to soft and delicate in an instant. His incredible range and perfect pitch are complimented by his expert technique and his soft touch. In constant demand as a singer, songwriter, performer and radio broadcaster, Dan was no longer Chicago’s best kept secret before relocating to the Black Hills area. Dan is a two-time recipient of Chicagoland’s “Suburban NiteLife’s Best of the Burbs ‘BEST ACOUSTIC SOLO PERFORMER’ award” for 2007 & 2010
July 14: James Carothers: From Nashville Tennessee, mixing together Tennessee twang, southern storytelling, and a big, booming baritone, James Carothers makes throwback country music for modern times My whole life, I’ve always loved those legendary artists,” he says, “I’ve really learned how to sound like them, too. My Willie Nelson sounds like Willie Nelson. My Johnny Cash sounds like Johnny Cash. When I do the Highwaymen, it sounds like all of them. People really do want to hear all these old classic songs. Since its opening in 2015, he’s performed hundreds of shows at THE GEORGE JONES venue in Nashville.
July 14: Marlin Maynard: Marlin is a Black Hills native. He has entertained at venues across the U.S., Australia, and New Zealand. His interactions with the audience, golden oldies, country standards, and humorous originals make his show an entertaining experience.
Brent Morris: From the Black Hills of South Dakota there is no mistaking that deep baritone voice of Brent Morris. He’s a true throwback to the sound of the country legends. When Brent strikes the strings of that guitar and belts out a classic, you will find yourself on a journey to the nostalgic past. He’s a country gentleman with a fierce love of true country music.
August 18: Dion Pride: Dion connects with crowds of all types, and works feverishly, through his performances, to win over crowds of all ages. Dion Pride is the son of legendary Country Music Hall of Famer, Charley Pride. Dion is also a songwriter and multi-talented Instrumentalist. He plays guitar, piano, drums and bass. At fourteen, he was performing. One of his songs titled “I Miss My Home” was recorded by his father and released on Charley Pride’s “Choices” album in 2011. With his impressive talent, honest heart and dedication, Dion Pride, is leaving his own mark on country music. His musical abilities appeared at an early age when he learned to plays guitar, piano, drums and bass and by fourteen, he was performing. But while touring with his father’s show, Dion began to incorporate some of his own material, the audiences were so responsive that Dion decided to strike out on his own and has not looked back.