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Outpost Opry in Dallas akin to Branson variety show
by Savannah Weeks
sweeks@neighbornewspapers.com
August 09, 2012 11:49 AM | 1196 views | 0 0 comments | 22 22 recommendations | email to a friend | print
The Major Dogs, shown with country music legend Becky Hobbs after a show earlier this year, is the house band at the Outpost Opry.
The Major Dogs, shown with country music legend Becky Hobbs after a show earlier this year, is the house band at the Outpost Opry.
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Relatives of two country legends will grace Paulding County in August and September at Nashville in the Country in Dallas.

The venue hosts “The Outpost Opry” variety show the third Saturday of every month at 400 Red Mountain Road in Dallas, off U.S. 278.

Aug. 18, Darren Rhodes and Deby Kelley will perform.

Kelley said she is a distant cousin to Patsy Cline and will do a tribute to the country icon in her set, according to Joey Garland, the show’s organizer.

In September, Conway Twitty’s son, Michael Twitty, will perform a show called “Remembering Conway.”

Garland, the founder of the show, has a background in music, having played the drums since he was 5 years old and getting into songwriting as an adult.

“I played drums for Johnny Paycheck, John Berry,” he said.

Garland said he formed the show after getting tired of the club circuit and politics of Nashville songwriting.

The Douglasville native started the show in Tallapoosa in 2008, then moved it to Carrollton and finally to Dallas about a year ago.

“The reason we moved to Dallas was to reach more people in the west Georgia area,” said Garland.

The venue seats 200 comfortably, and Garland said they averaged about 100 guests per show.

Garland said the show was like any variety show one would see in Branson, Mo., or Pigeon Forge, Tenn., and that it was an alcohol-free and smoke-free venue for families.

“The concept was to create a Branson-like variety show for families who want to go see a variety show like that but can’t make it happen economically,” Garland said.

The venue has a concession stand, which includes homemade goods, as well as the standard concession foods such as hotdogs, pickles and soft drinks.

Garland said he was considering partnering with an established business to make the show a dinner theater event, as well.

The show is always looking for talented individuals who have the ability to both play an instrument and perform a skit or comic routine, Garland said.

He said the show was the only variety show in the state, and he hopes it will outgrow the Dallas venue in time.

“We would love to be able to get big enough to have a side stage,” Garland said.
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