Fans of true musicians are fans of Leroy New - fans who don’t just see excellent pickers and players as a “background” for a featured singer or other performer, but who want to see these talented and authentic artists showcased front and center on stage. Leroy New is one incredible guitar player, the type of musician whose artistry deserves the spotlight, and Branson has always been happy to let it shine brightly on him! Don’t get us wrong, Leroy deserves to take center stage as a vocalist, too, but it’s always been his phenomenal skill as a picker that sets him apart, especially when he’s paying homage to the greats, like he does in his show, A Tribute to Marty Robbins and Classic Country Stars, now playing at the beautiful Dutton Family Theatre in Branson.
Music loving folks who’ve been coming to Branson for years will remember Leroy New’s up-close-and-personal show in the intimate Little Opry Theatre in the IMAX Entertainment Complex. Now, in the larger Dutton venue, he’s got a bit more room, both to entertain and to invite more Leroy New fans-in-the-making! In his Tribute to Marty Robbins and Classic Country Stars, Leroy delights in sharing the music of Robbins, one of country’s first superstars, and an equally skilled Nascar competitor. He helped grow the audience for what was still called “country & western” back in the 50s when Robbins first started delivering Top Ten hits - he continued churning out chart toppers throughout the 60s and 70s, even as more big names were populating the growing country music scene. New shares some of Robbins’ biggest songs, and there’s a long list to draw from - he had #1 hits with several songs, including “The Story of My Life,” “Ribbon of Darkness,” “I Walk Alone,” “Among My Souvenirs,” “A White Sport Coat,” “Devil Woman,” “Just Married,” and his Grammy-winning, Grammy Hall of Fame hit that tops most lists of favorites - “El Paso.”
In addition to the music of the masterful Robbins, Leroy New gives an enjoyable nod to greats like Bob Wills, Maybelle Carter, Johnny Cash, and Hank Wiliams, as well as another guitar master whose career has inspired New, and whose brilliance put him on Rolling Stone Magazine’s list of 100 Greatest Guitarists of All Time, the legendary Chet Atkins. For any fan of the artists honored in Leroy New’s show, or of music shows that deliver a nice mix of traditional country and western, gospel, bluegrass, and even a bit of Cajun, Leroy’s show is one you’ll thoroughly enjoy. You can catch it March through December on Tuesday, Thursday, and Friday at 2:00 p.m.; there are also some 10:00 a.m. performances from October through December.
For more great Branson country music shows, you’ll find details here: “Branson - Where to Get Your Country On in the Home of Live Entertainment!” And for tribute shows, look here: “When Branson Missouri Pays Tribute, Everyone Pays Attention! 37 Tribute Shows, All Dressed Up with Someplace to Go...Branson!”