Mickey Gilley, Johnny Lee, Janie Fricke

Mickey Gilley & Friends

Mickey Gilley

Johnny Lee

Janie Fricke

Moore & Moore

Saturday 8.25

Doors: 1:30 pm / Show: 3:00 pm

$19.95 - $54.95

This event is all ages

Branson in the Wisconsin Dells!

Mickey Gilley
Mickey Gilley
Mickey Gilley has accomplished what most artists only dream of — a long and fulfilling career marked by loyal fans and financial success. One of the secrets behind Mickey's longevity is his ability to balance the heart of an entertainer with the brain of a businessman. He hasn't had to "reinvent" himself to stay in the game. He has stayed current with the times, but Mickey knows what not to change. He has treated his fans with the same respect throughout the years, maintained his consistent high-quality performances, selected classic songs that withstood the fickleness of trends and tapped into business opportunities with an uncanny foresight.
The landmark Texas nightclub he helped create in 1971, is the perfect case in point. Gilley's Club was the sensation of the era: the "world's largest honky-tonk." It was a launching pad for some of country music's biggest stars and the dominating force behind the "Urban Cowboy" craze that swept the country in the early '80s, following the release of the John Travolta movie filmed in the Pasadena, Texas, nightclub.
Today, more than a decade after the club burned to the ground in 1989, Gilley's — like its namesake — just keeps rising from the ashes to retain its legendary status. As the new century dawned, developers announced the rebirth of Gilley's as "Gilley's Dallas," an entertainment complex that is part of the "South Side" development in the Texas metropolis. Bigger and better than ever, the new Gilley's contains a 2,000-seat showroom featuring national headline acts.
"I knew we had done something extraordinary at the time, especially after Paramount filmed Urban Cowboy in the club," Mickey says. "But I had no idea Gilley's would outlast the millennium. This is really incredible."
In addition to Gilley's Dallas, there is a Gilley's Club at The New Frontier Hotel in Las Vegas. This gives Gilley's a presence on the world-famous Las Vegas Strip. Urban Cowboy was mounted as a musical, which ran on Broadway for part of 2003. The Gilley's Club logo was prominent on the Broadway stage.
Even as he was helping to build the original Gilley's Club into the landmark honky-tonk of the century, Mickey was also launching an incredible career as an entertainer and recording artist. He scored his first string of consecutive number-one hits in the mid-'70s — "Roomful of Roses," "I Overlooked An Orchid," "City Lights," "Window Up Above," "Don't The Girls All Get Prettier At Closing Time" and "Bring It On Home To Me." He performed traditional honky-tonk songs long before the style returned to favor in Nashville. In the '80s, he became a smooth crooner of country love songs — "That's All That Matters To Me," "Headache Tomorrow, Heartache Tonight," "I'm Just A Fool For Your Love," "Lonely Nights," "Put Your Dreams Away" and "Paradise Tonight" — and distinctive updates of such romantic classics as "Stand By Me," "True Love Ways," "You Don't Know Me," "Talk To Me" and "You've Really Got A Hold On Me."
In all, Mickey has achieved a remarkable 39 Top-Ten country hits, with 17 of those songs reaching the No. 1 spot on the country charts. In 1976, he swept the ACM Awards, hauling home trophies for Entertainer of the Year, Top Male Vocalist, Song of the Year, Single of the Year and Album of the Year. He was ranked among the top-fifty country music hitmakers in the 1989 book written by record research historian Joel Whitburn.
Mickey also guest-starred on numerous popular television series, including Murder She Wrote, The Fall Guy, Fantasy Island and Dukes of Hazzard, as well as featured appearances on 20/20, The Grammy Awards Show, The American Music Awards, Solid Gold, The Tonight Show and several others. He is among a select-few country singers who have achieved the honor of being recognized with a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame. In addition, he was a featured attraction in Las Vegas, Reno and Atlantic City, which proves how universal his music is to American audiences.
And then there was Gilley's Club. The forerunner of Hard Rock Cafe and other theme restaurants so popular today, it also helped elevate country music to new heights of popularity.
"Gilley's wasn't planned. It evolved into what it became," Mickey says. "We started out seating 750 people, but because of a local television show I had in the Houston market, the crowds began to grow, and we started adding on to the club."
Esquire magazine caught wind of the excitement being created by the Pasadena nightclub and featured it in an article called "The Ballad of the Urban Cowboy." Intrigued by the piece, Paramount Pictures contracted to use Gilley's as the centerpiece of a motion picture with Saturday Night Fever star John Travolta.
"I never really believed that Paramount was going to do a film based on that article and shoot it at Gilley's," Mickey shares. "I still didn't believe it after we signed the contracts. Then one day I was in the recording studio that we had on the grounds, and the Paramount trucks started rolling in. I thought, 'Wow, they're really going to do it.'"
Opening his Branson theater in 1990, is another example of Mickey's visionary business ability. Just as he was a pioneer in the area of country dance clubs, Mickey was among the first entertainers to recognize the potential of the Ozark music Mecca. When his first Branson theater burned down in 1993 (deja vu!), Mickey rebuilt on the same spot, updating the venue and the restaurant he had opened next door in 1992. He expanded his business ventures further in 2002, by opening Gilley's Restaurant in his hometown of Pasadena, Texas.
"Branson works because it provides the best conditions for both the fans and the entertainers," Mickey notes. "The fans get to see us under the best setting possible as far as seeing a singer. The theaters have good seats, and we have set up the best stage with state-of-the-art sound and lights. We don't have to break down and set it back up day after day while we travel night after night, so everyone on stage is rested and ready to entertain. It's a quality situation for everyone."
In 2003, Varese Sarabande Records released Invitation Only. Mickey had recorded this album in 1989 and 1990. Several of the songs on the album are now featured in his show. Sony Music also put out Mickey Gilley-16 Biggest Hits on their Legacy imprint. The CD includes all 17 of Mickey's No. 1 recordings in the chronological order that they were released.
Mickey has become successful in Branson in the same way that he was successful as a recording artist: by giving his audiences what they want. His is a timeless talent keyed to the response of his fans.
Mickey's first musical influence as a boy growing up in Ferriday, La., was his piano-pounding cousin, Jerry Lee Lewis. He grew up close to Jerry Lee and another famous cousin, Jimmy Swaggart, even as he snuck up to the windows of clubs to absorb the haunting sound of Louisiana rhythm-and-blues.
Jerry Lee was the inspiration for Mickey's decision to entertain people for a living. At age 17, shortly before his cousin scored his first big hit, the youngster moved to Houston to work in construction. Mickey went to see Jerry Lee in concert in Houston and took him to the airport after the show. "He pulled out a big wad of hundred-dollar bills, and it made me decide right then that I was in the wrong business," Mickey says with a laugh. "The problem was, I was trying to be a Jerry Lee clone. Then a guy named Jim Ed Norman [now the president of Warner Bros./Nashville] came into my life. Jim Ed got me out of the shadow of Jerry Lee by giving me songs that appealed to a bigger audience. He helped me find my musical identity."
Mickey began by performing in the Houston nightclubs. He recorded his first song in Memphis for Dot Records and later performed as a singer and pianist in cities throughout the South. Eventually, his trek returned him to the Pasadena area, where he took up residence at the Nesadel Club and quickly developed into one of the city's most popular acts. He opened Gilley's in 1971, and started hitting the pop and country charts with a bang in the mid-seventies.
The entertainer continues to maintain a residence in Pasadena, Texas. His hobbies include golf, walking and flying his own airplane.
"I enjoy performing and singing as much these days as I ever have," Mickey says. "I joke that I'm semi-retired. Of course, I work just as hard as always. The thing about experience is, it helps you keep your priorities straight. I'm interested in quality now, not quantity. I make sure my business and my life are set up so I can get the most enjoyment out of the things I love. And the thing I love the most is getting on stage and performing a good show for people."
Johnny Lee
Johnny Lee
Johnny Lee, was born in Texas City, Texas, and is a member of the “Texas Country Music Hall of Fame”. In 1968, he began a 10-year working

relationship with Mickey Gilley, at the World Famous Nightclub “Gilley’s” in Pasadena, Texas. In 1979, Lee's first screen role was in a 1979 TV Movie,

“The Girls in the Office”, starring Barbara Eden and Susan St. James. He was then asked to perform in the film, “Urban Cowboy”, which starred: John Travolta and Deborah Winger, "Lookin' For Love", Was from that Movie soundtrack, and became Lee's 1st “Gold Record”. The song spent 3 weeks as, #1 on the Billboard Country Music Charts, and #2 on the Pop Music Charts. Later becoming one of the Top 100 best Country Songs of all Time. When not traveling and Performing, Johnny can be seen on many Celebrity hunting and fishing shows. As well as on RFD TV’s: “Larrys’ Diner” & “The Homecoming”. With a string of Top 10 hits such as: "One In A Million" - "Bet Your Heart On Me" - "Cherokee Fiddle," "Sounds Like Love," - "Hey Bartender" - "You Could've Heard a Heart Break." And Many, Many More.
Janie Fricke
Janie Fricke
"All I ever wanted to do was sing." Janie Fricke has gone from Indiana farm girl to internationally acclaimed recording artist throughout her career. She was born in South Whitley, Indiana, and raised on a 400-acre farm where her father taught her how to play guitar. From county fairs to corporate trade shows, live concerts, in recording studios, or before millions on television, Fricke's individual sound and performance personality has captivated audiences around the world.

Fricke began her career singing in a "little church up the road" where her mother played piano. She sang at local coffeehouses, high school events, as well as her way through college where she obtained her degree from Indiana University in elementary education. Fricke then chose a musical career, working in Memphis, Dallas and Los Angeles. There, as one of the marketing industry's most successful jingle singers, her voice became known to millions as the voice for such advertising giants as United Airlines, Coca-Cola, 7-Up, and Red Lobster. Her voice led her to singing sessions for Country artists such as Loretta Lynn, Eddie Rabbitt, Crystal Gayle, Ronnie Milsap, Barbara Mandrell, Mel Tillis, Johnny Duncan and others. She has also been given the privilege to sing on albums for Charlie Rich and Elvis Presley, after their deaths. It was a line in Johnny Duncan's single Stranger that ultimately gained the most attention for Fricke. When it hit the top of the charts in 1977, fans wanted to know who sang the line, "Shut out the light and lead me..." The music industry took notice as her voice was heard on duets with Merle Haggard, Moe Bandy and others, leading her to her first major recording contract.

Fricke soon began to dominate the country charts with smash hits such as Don't Worry ' Bout Me Baby, He's a Heartache and You're Heart's Not In It. It was only a matter of time before she started winning awards. Included among them are: Country Music Association's Female Vocalist of the Year, Music City News Female Vocalist of the Year, "Billboard" Top Country Female Vocalist, "Cash Bed' Top Country Female Vocalist, Academy of Country Music Female Vocalist of the Year, British-based Country Music Round Up Most Popular International Female Solo Act, and she was chosen to the Country Music Hall of Fame Walkway of Stars. Twice she has been nominated for the coveted (Grammy Award, once for her It ain't Easy Being Easy In her recording career, Janie has released 23 albums and 36 hit singles.
Moore & Moore
Moore & Moore
Twin sisters, Debbie & Carrie Moore, known as country duo, Moore & Moore, hail originally from Belton, MO but have become bona fide Nashvillians. They have shared the stage with a diverse hatful of artists including country legends Alabama, George Jones, Mickey Gilley and the Oak Ridge Boys to an array of top-notch celebrities such as Donny Osmond, Kenny Chesney, Jerry Reed, Dierks Bentley, Smokey Robinson, Jerry Springer and the Temptations. Their accolades include performances on the Grand Ole Opry and an extensive tour with the Statler Brothers. Moore & Moore have written #1 songs, traveled the world, and have received numerous awards including “Country Duo of the Year” and "International Entertainer of the Year”. Their success has prompted appearances on a variety of television shows on CBS, NBC, FOX, ESPN, WTBS, TNN/Heartland, GAC, CMT, RFD & the BBC. Their steadfast commitment to country music proves that they are not going anywhere, except forward! With a career that is always on the move, great things are most certainly around the corner.

The best performances come from people who work well together. That would be a major understatement for twin sisters Debbie and Carrie Moore. Having sung together all of their lives, there is something really special about the close-knit harmony they create. Adept at working with an audience and making them part of their performance, Moore & Moore give the all out kind of show that only comes from the heart.


Debbie and Carrie hail originally from Belton, Missouri. It was easy to see that these two were destined for musical careers. As young girls, they were shy performers, resulting in hiding behind the family couch when relatives tried to coax them to perform. To see them on stage today, you would never guess that they would ever do anything else. They grew up listening to old records and would memorize all the words. By the time they were teenagers, they were performing in their church choir, at weddings, talent shows and in numerous school groups. They wrote their high school graduation song and were voted "Most Talented" by their senior class. "We sang our senior class song at the Kansas City Music Hall for graduation. After hearing the applause and seeing how we could touch people through our music, we knew from that moment on.... we were put on this earth to sing!"


After playing clubs all over the United States and Canada, Debbie and Carrie made the move to Nashville, Tennessee. "We were told that a lot of people go back home after giving Nashville only a few months. We had been living in an apartment about that long when a light bulb went out in the ceiling. When we had to stack suitcases to change it, we knew it was time to bring down the furniture and become Nashvillians."


It was a good move for Moore & Moore. In 1991, they released their first single, "Out With The Old" which stayed at #1 for seven weeks on the Independent Charts. This is still the longest running #1 debut single in Independent Chart history. The accompanying debut video won Video Challenge five nights in a row on The Nashville Network's Video PM. There have been four Number One singles since that release: "Steal Me A Heart", "Don't Come Knocking", "Break Down the Walls" and "I Surrender".


From 1991 to present, Moore & Moore have received several awards and nominations from Indie Bullet, Airplay International, TNN/Music City News Awards, Business Leaders, BMI, NSAI and NATD. Their success has prompted appearances on WTBS's Roots of Country with Robert Oermann, The Sally Jessy Raphael Show and TNN's Nashville Now, Video Morning, Video PM, Country Beat, Miller and Company, Music City Tonight, Club Dance, Wildhorse Saloon Show, TNN Country News, The Statler Brothers Show, and Prime Time Country, and various shows on CBS, NBC, FOX, ESPN, GAC, CMT, RFD & the BBC.


In 1994 they were asked to go on tour as the opening act for the legendary Statler Brothers. In 1995, they were honored to make their first appearance on the world famous Grand Ole Opry. Moore & Moore toured with talk show host, Jerry Springer in 1995 and were featured on his country album, “Dr. Talk”. In 1996, they performed in Korea and Japan for the military and received the Award for International Duo of the Year.


In 1997 they toured Europe with the Bellamy Brothers and the Nitty Gritty Dirt Band. In 1999 they toured Australia and Europe. Debbie Moore co-wrote the song "Wish You Were Here" with Bill Anderson and Skip Ewing recorded by Mark Wills on Mercury Records. It went to #1 on the Billboard, R&R and Gavin Charts in April 1999. Today, Moore & Moore continue to tour all over the world and have received numerous awards, including “Country Duo of the Year” and “International Entertainer of the Year”. Their album, “Meant To Be” was nominated for the 2007 “Country Album Of The Year” by the Independent Music Awards. Moore & Moore’s single, “Find Me A Man Like Goober” received rave reviews, including Music Row Magazine’s Robert Oermann claiming, “Their twin-like vocal harmonies are absolutely perfect, and the bopping song is as cute as the dickens”. The accompanying video, featuring George “Goober” Lindsey and cameos of 17 legendary artists, has been added to country video outlets worldwide.


Moore & Moore collaborated with Ireland’s Queen of Country, Philomena Begley, for their 2013 single release, “Country Girls Never Get Old” (written by Debbie & Carrie) that is included on Philomena’s latest album, “How I Love Them Old Songs”. The song went to #1 on the Country Airplay Direct chart.


Moore & Moore’s previous CD, “The More I Get, The More I Want” included a feature “Listen Up” article in Country Weekly magazine, & a free download of the popular song, “Wild Women Don’t Get The Blues”. Their latest CD with the title cut of “Show Me Your Country” was accompanied by a fun music video that debuted on Young Country, which airs on RFD and the Rural TV/Family Net Network. “Show Me Your Country” was also featured on the Heartland Network, CMT.com and many other video outlets. A new album entitled “My Present To You”, with special guests, James Carothers, Helen Cornelius, Marty Haggard, T.G. Sheppard and Billy Yates has been released. The album rose to #1 on the December 2016 Country Airplay Direct chart, with 15 songs on the Top 15 on the Country Singles chart. The single, “I'm Going To Roam” rose to the Top 20 on the UK HotDisc chart in August 2016, and “Follow The Star” with Marty Haggard hit the Top Ten in December 2016. The single, “Wine and Whine” with Helen Cornelius stayed in the Top 20 for 6 weeks in early 2017. The catchy tune, “Sand In Our Shoes” with Billy Yates was released in June 2017 with an accompanying video. The song went to #10 on the German Country Music Chart and all the way to #2 on the UK HotDisc chart! (June 2017)


Moore & Moore have shared the stage with Alabama, Marty Stuart, Jerry Reed, Kenny Chesney, Little Jimmy Dickens, The Gatlin Brothers, The Oak Ridge Boys, George Jones, The Temptations, Smokey Robinson, Dierks Bentley, Mark Chesnutt, Jim Ed Brown, Confederate Railroad, Johnny Rodriguez, Donny Osmond, Sam Moore, Tom T. Hall, JoDee Messina, Doug Kershaw, Holly Dunn, Buddy Jewell, Ricky Van Shelton, Billy Ray Cyrus, Ronnie McDowell, Terri Clark, Randy Travis, Porter Wagoner, Jeannie Seely, Ricochet, Barbara Fairchild, T.G. Sheppard, Helen Cornelius, Ty Herndon, Wanda Jackson, Jack Greene, Clay Walker, T. Graham Brown, Tommy Overstreet, Janie Fricke, Crystal Gayle, Aaron Tippin, Moe Bandy, David Frizzell, Gene Watson, Mickey Gilley, Johnny Lee, Ronnie Milsap and many others.


With a career that is always on the move, great things are most certainly around the corner. The musical blend of voices that were born to sing together, the sense of humor that only a sibling could get away with, complimented by the best in upbeat country songs make for a really great show.
Venue Information:
Crystal Grand
430 W Munroe Ave
Wisconsin Dells, WI, 53965
http://www.crystalgrand.com/