Cassadee Pope is becoming a regular visitor to Warren County. She sang “I Am Invincible” Saturday night in Viola.
She was portrayed by Rhiannon Hoover as part of The On the Road Again Show that capped the day-long Viola Valley Homecoming. The show features local residents lip-syncing some of their favorite songs.
Kevin Deason, who plays “Bubba” and is the show announcer, spent the evening entertaining the crowd with comedy during small breaks between acts. This year’s stage was absent a moonshine still. During last year’s show, Deason pretended to make moonshine. Toward the end of the show, Warren County Sheriff Jackie Matheny came on stage and “arrested” him.
“I was arrested last year and went to jail,” said Deason. “I met a whole lot of new friends in jail, but I can’t be making shine this year. I’m on probation.”
Other performers were Allie Childers with “Rocky Top” by Minnie Pearl, Tom Thaxton with “Lady” by Kenny Rogers, Kelly Taylor and Kara Helton with “Love is Alive” by The Judds, Greta Hoover with “Strong Enough to Bend” by Tanya Tucker, Billy Kesey with “Born Free” by Kidd Rock, Tabitha Lee with “Here for the Party” by Gretchen Wilson, Steve and Hillary Helton with “Louisiana Woman and Mississippi Man” by Conway Twitty and Loretta Lynn, Connie Patrick with “Little Rock” by Reba McEntire, and Colby Henson with “Troubadour” by George Strait.
While the real Cassadee Pope will be the headline entertainer at Warren County A&L Fair on Thursday, Sept. 17 at 7 p.m., The On the Road Again Show will help kick off the fair on Saturday, Sept. 12 at 7:30 p.m.
“I don’t know if y’all know it, but we’ll be performing at the fair this year,” said Deason. “That’s right. We are going to the big city. We are gonna take the grandstand by storm. It’s going to be fun. Don’t miss it.”
Rounding out the remaining performances were Jamie Allison and Travis Hutchings with “Party for Two” by Shania Twain and Billy Currington, Ashley Silvus with “Cowboy Casanova” by Carrie Underwood, Tyler Jones and Cassie Mainer with “It’s Your Love” by Tim McGraw and Faith Hill, Megan Clark with “Teenage Daughters” by Martina McBride, Billy Kesey, Arzie Templeton and Steven Helton with “The Only Way I Know” by Jason Aldean, Luke Bryan, Eric Church, and Salem Sweeten with “Girl Crush” by Little Big Town, Kelly Taylor with “No One Else on Earth” by Wynonna Judd, Lauren Childers with “Suds in the Bucket” by Sara Evans, Tom and Marian Thaxton with “All I Ever Need Is You” by Kenny Rogers and Dottie West.
Ending the night was Arzie Templeton with “Bottoms Up” by Brantley Gilbert.
“OK, that’s it,” said Deason. “The show’s over. Get the lights on so these people can get out of here. If you don’t live in Viola, it’s time to get out.”