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Area Entertainment: Tim Hadler performs fantastic show, 'Strait to Branson'

Tim Hadler presented George Strait facts and history throughout his show, Strait to Branson, that were very intriguing, fun and interesting. He just pulls you in; you forget he isn't George with the way he interacts with the audience.

    His songs included several big hits from different years: “All My Ex’s Live In Texas,” “The Chair,” “Amarillo By Morning” to “Troubadour.”  

    You will be brought back to reality when "George" leaves to go find Tim. Tim comes back out and continues the show with a little of his history and songs. So, let me introduce you to Tim Hadler:

1.      What or who has had the most inspiration on you in your life?

My dad has had the most inspirational effect on my life.

2.      If you could time travel, where would you go and why?

Walupt Lake in Washington. It's a lake where our family has gone to on vacation every year. They started even before I was born. 

3.      What got you interested in music?

My brother and his friends playing guitars at the house really got me interested into music. 

4.      When did you come to Branson?

I've been in Branson since 2002. I appeared on the Grand Ole Opry in Nashville and a talent scout was in attendance and asked me to come to Branson. That was the first time I ever heard about Branson. The scout moved me and my family here in March 2002 and we've called it home ever since.

 

"The Fire In The Hole Band" are well known musicians who are top-notch. So, let's get to know them a little better as I introduce them to you.

 



Bass: Ray Marlar

1.     What or who has had the most inspiration on you in your life?

My dad!

2.     If you could time travel, where would you go and why?

I would like to explore the Roarin' ‘20s.

3.     What got you interested in music?

My interest came into effect because of Paul McCartney. 

4.     When did you come to Branson?

I'm from Cabot, AR. I've been here in Branson since 1998.

 

Drums: Paul Oney

1.     What or who has had the most inspiration on you in your life?

My parents were very supportive and definitely my biggest influences. 

2.     If you could time travel, where would you go and why?

Back to the early ‘80s. I would buy stock in Walmart and Microsoft, so that I could afford to be in the music business now!

3.     What got you interested in music?

Because I sucked at sports.

4.     When did you come to Branson?

I'm from Independence, MO. I came here in 1986 for a year, moved to Las Vegas, NV, until I moved back to Branson in February 1990.

 

Fiddle/ Vocals: Jerry Shapiro

1.      What or who has had the most inspiration on you in your life?

My parents – Mom's passion for music, art, literature and social justice. Dad's quiet, gentle strength. Both believed in a well-rounded education for their children.

2.      If you could time travel, where would you go and why?

I'm pretty happy in the here and now!

3.      What got you interested in music?

My older brother was an accomplished violinist by age 16. Both parents loved music. Our family owned a music store and were very involved in the music community.

4.      When did you come to Branson?

Born and raised in El Paso, Texas. I moved here in February of 2015.

 

Steel Guitar: Bob Tuttle

1.     What or who has had the most inspiration on you in your life?

I would have to say most of my inspiration came from my dad. From the time I first started playing the steel guitar in 1950, at the age of ten, he made sure I got to my music lessons and had a good quality instrument. He also was a very good example of honest, hardworking character.

2.     If you could time travel, where would you go and why?

I would say the 1970s - Why? Because they had much better music. 

3.     What got you interested in music?

When I was five or six years old, my dad played the fiddle for square dances. I would sit and listen to the music and my greatest desire was to be able to play music someday.

4.     When did you come to Branson?

I don't live in Branson. I live in Republic, just a few miles from Springfield. I moved here ten years ago from San Angelo, Texas.

 

Keys/Vocals: Darell Croy

1.     What or who has had the most inspiration on you in your life?

My parents indeed were the biggest.

2.     If you could time travel, where would you go and why?

I'd go to Independence, MO to see Paul.

3.     What got you interested in music?

I played in church. I also listened to music a lot growing up. 

4.     When did you come to Branson?

I'm from Advance, MO. I've been here in Branson for 37 years, since 1987.

 

Electric Lead Guitar/Vocals: Mark Boyd

1.     What or who has had the most inspiration on you in your life?

Several older and newer musicians

2.     If you could time travel, where would you go and why?

Not sure I would like to

3.     What got you interested in music?

I've always had an interest in it, just really dove into it deeper at ten years of age, after my dad passed away. 

4.     When did you come to Branson?

I'm from Henrietta, TX. Moved to Branson in the ‘90s.

 

This band started together as a full band only since March 25, 2024.

 

Next week the shows are on Wednesday, May 29 at 2 p.m.; Thursday, May 30 at 8 p.m.

   

To get tickets or see the schedule for other show times, please visit: God and Country Theatre,

1840 W. Highway 76. Phone 417-334-6806; timhadler.com

 

    Tim also introduces you to the GUMI Camp that he helps raise money for. His passion is that his music helps others. He tells a heart-touching story and sings a song that he wrote for a veteran who graduated from the program. GUMI CAMP has been a project for that reason since 2015. The program just graduated 53 homeless, jobless veterans from the six-month program. GUMI stands for Glad U Made It. 

To help or know more, please go to gumicampusa.com

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