The Heart of Branson: The Entertaining Families of America's Live Music Show Capital

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Millions of Americans cherish childhood memories of family trips to Branson to see performances by the Baldknobbers or the Presleys. Now they take their own children to see how new generations of those same entertaining families continue to split sides and tug heartstrings. Go backstage with Arline Chandler in places like Silver Dollar City and the Shepherd of the Hills. Reminisce in the stories of the people who made Branson into the showbiz marvel that it is today while holding on to the values of hard work and family at the town's cultural foundation. And learn about the emergence of newer acts like the Duttons, the Hughes Brothers and Shoji Tabuchi in a place where Broadway and the backwoods shake hands and SIX voices is all that is needed to produce a full orchestra.
ISBN: 9781609490041
Format: Paperback
Publisher: The History Press
State: Missouri
Images: 70
Pages: 160
Dimensions: 6 (w) x 9 (h)
Arline Chandler left a teaching career in the kindergarten classroom to launch full time into writing. She combines RV travel with her interest in people and places and their history. Her numerous articles have been published in Workamper News, Branson's Review, Motorhome, Ozarks Mountaineer, Ozarks Magazine, Mature Living, Coast to Coast magazine and other entertainment, travel and senior adult publications. Chandler served as an instructor at the University of Idaho's annual "Life on Wheels" RV conference from 1995 to 2005 and was a featured speaker for the Rally, an annual RVing event held at various locations around the United States. Her most recent book, Truly Zula: Daughter of the Ozarks, recounts the life and experiences of her aunt, the late Zula Turney. Chandler's essay "A Teacher for Life" is one of fifty in an anthology entitled My Teacher Is My Hero, published by Adams Media in 2008. When not on the road, she and her photographer husband, Lee Smith, make their home in the Ozarks foothills at Heber Springs, Arkansas. Information about her life and books is available at and
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