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Branson on the Road brings Christmas show to Park
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Derwin Hinson, with fiddle in hand, delighted the audience with tunes from Waylon, Willie, and more. He has toured with greats such as Vern Gosdin, Charlie Louvin and has toured the last 22 years as the “One-Man Gospel Band.” - photo by Sheila Fann

A bit of Branson visited downtown McMinnville last Friday. The Park Theatre welcomed Branson on the Road – Christmas Style and delighted audience members with their own unique mixture of bluegrass, rockabilly, gospel music, and country Christmas. 

Hailing from 76 Country Music Boulevard in Branson, also known as The Strip, it is the first touring show named after the famous city and is rooted in traditions of clean, family fun. 

Derwin Hinson, Alene Gayle, and Debbie Horton brought the stage to life with elaborate rhinestone costumes and knee-slapping comedy. The trio brought melodies of Dottie West, Patsy Cline, Marty Robbins, Roger Miller, Dolly Parton, Waylon Jennings, and many other artists with the use of fiddle, mandolin, banjo, and upright slap bass.

“I love the Christmas show, and I love having them here. It’s a great way to kick off the holiday season,” said Park Theatre manager Kevin Roberts. 

The producer of Branson on the Road, Debbie Horton, said, “It is so much fun being able to bring Branson to McMinnville. We had a blast with the wonderful folks at the Park Theatre. We brought our Christmas show and the folks were asking when we’d be back. We’re planning another visit soon with our regular Branson show. It is music, laughs, and fun for everyone and I personally want to thank everyone in McMinnville for being so nice to us. It’s our first time here and we fell in love with your town!”