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  • PATRICK'S PEOPLE: The Landrys make a musical match

  • The last time Wade Benson Landry was in Fort Scott was actually the first time he’d ever been there. Everything went so well, he’s coming back again.

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  • The last time Wade Benson Landry was in Fort Scott was actually the first time he’d ever been there. Everything went so well, he’s coming back again.
    He and his wife, Teresa Bowe Landry, will be featured performers in the Fort Scott Country Music Show at 3 p.m. Sunday in the Fort Scott Memorial Hall.
    “I’m familiar with all the band members there, and they’re good players and play the same style of music so it worked out well,” Landry said in a telephone interview from Branson, Mo. “I believe people who haven’t attended this show before will be surprised at the quality of vocalists and musicians this show has to offer on a regular basis.”
    He and his wife have both been performing since childhood.
    A native of Abbeville, La., Landry said he started playing as a child with his father. He won the title of Louisiana State Champion Fiddler at the age of 15 and again at 17, and went to Nashville at 18. He has played with numerous artists, including George Jones, Tammy Wynette, Mel Tillis and Jimmy C. Wilson.
    “I came to Branson in 1992,” Landry said. “I wanted to do my own thing.”
    He has been playing in his “Swingin’ Cajun Style” show at the God and Country Theater in Branson, sharing the stage with his wife.
    Teresa Bowe Landry started singing at the age of 5 when she joined her brother Tom, sister Collette and her father, George “Cuzn Pud” Bowe on stage. As a soloist she has opened for many stars, including the Gatlin Brothers, Toby Keith and Ronda Vincent.
    “We do shows Monday through Friday, and on weekends we work the road,” Landry said. “From January to February we play RV parks in south Texas.”
    The Landrys present a show appropriate for all family members, including Cajun, country and gospel selections with a dose of humor.  Landry said they cherish the large following they have developed among senior citizens.
    “We say busy all we want to,” he said. “With the economy the way it’s down now, I think it hurt Branson some in the summer, but it’s been picking up in the fall. We have some new CDs in the making, and that’s always exciting.”
    Other artists scheduled to participate in the Sunday show are Dewayne Bowman, guitar and vocalist; Ginelle Esry, vocalist; Scotty Henderson, steel guitar and vocalist; Gale Richey, keyboard and vocalist; Ronnie Blecher, drummer; David Owens, base guitar and vocalist; Ernie Reed, fiddle; and Jason Richison, sound system, guitar and vocalist.
    Organizer Steve Cliffman said a special treat was planned this week.
    “We will also be having pie day,” he said. “Everyone that wants can bring a pie or their favorite dessert, and we’ll serve it during intermission.”
    Page 2 of 2 - Admission to the show Sunday is $10 per person, with those 15 and younger admitted free.

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