Mel Tillis Jr. is paying a visit to Branson, that town that lovingly hosted his world-famous father, Mel Tillis! Also known as “Sonny Boy,” Mel Jr. is a Grammy-nominated singer/songwriter whose music has been recorded by huge country artists like Ricky Skaggs, Ty Herndon, Lee Greenwood, Reba McIntire, Trace Adkins, and Billy Currington, as well as sharing writing credit for “When I Think About Angels,” a #1 hit for Jamie O’Neal. In addition to his own music, Mel Tillis Jr. enjoys sharing the music of his late and much loved father - the senior Mel Tills entertained thousands of guests over the years in a theater that carried his name. Music fans enjoyed many country hits from Tillis throughout his career, including “I Ain’t Never,” “I Believe In You,” “Sawmill,” “These Lonely Hands of Mine,” “Lyin’ Time Again,” “Good Woman Blues,” as well as “Send Me Down to Tucson” and “Coca Cola Cowboy,” hits that were featured in the Clint Eastwood film, “Every Which Way But Loose.” Tillis also enjoyed his share of accolades in the industry, including Country Music Association’s Entertainer of the Year, and the Academy of Country Music’s coveted Cliffie Stone Icon Award.
Mel’s talent got passed down to more than just his only son, Mel Tillis Jr., his daughter is the famous chanteuse, Pam Tillis, who’s enjoyed a long career of country hits, including “Maybe It Was Memphis,” “Shake the Sugar Tree,” “Spilled Perfume,” “When You Walk In the Room,” “Let That Pony Run,” and her chart-topper, “Mi Vida Loca (My Crazy Life.)” Mel Tillis Jr. has another sister in the music business; Carrie April Tillis made a name for herself singing opera, including on stage in New York City, but has also conquered country music, portraying the late, great Tammy Wynette on stage in “Stand By Your Man, The Tammy Wynette Story.”
For his popular concert performances, fans love to hear the music Mel Tillis Jr. has written for some of country’s biggest names, the songs made famous by his father, as well as other country favorites. He’ll appear in Branson for just one night only at Dick Clark’s American Bandstand Theatre, housed in a complex where Tillis Jr. enjoyed spending time when his father was performing regularly in Branson.
Additional Information/Helpful Hints
- Mel Tillis Jr. will appear at Dick Clark’s American Bandstand Theatre, located at 1600 West Highway 76.
- The concert is scheduled for Wednesday, October 23, 2019 at 7:00 p.m.
- There is a well-stocked gift shop located in the lobby area of the theater.
- The concession area - Legendary Eats - serves items like Johnsonville Brats, chili-cheese dogs, ham & turkey croissants, fresh-baked gourmet cookies, and chocolate covered bananas.
- The American Bandstand Theater has seating for the disabled with no stairs. There is a wheelchair on property.
- Beer and wine service is available on the theater's second floor landing.
- The Dick Clark complex is also home to the Celebrity Car Museum and a Hurts Donut location.
Branson offers a nice variety of concert appearances every year - when you make plans for your visit in 2019, make sure your list of “must see” artists includes the son of country music royalty, the talented singer/songwriter, Mr. Mel Tillis Jr.!