17th annual Joe Edwards Show slated for Sept. 1 in Bloomfield

Thursday, August 14, 2008

For musical talent from A to Z, be sure to check out the 17th annual Joe and Jan Edwards Show scheduled for 2 p.m. on Sept. 1 at the Bloomfield Town Park.

The event -- which brings out music lovers of all ages -- spotlights Edwards who was a member of the Grand Ole Opry Staff Band for 32 years.

Edwards is known for his fiddle playing although he also plays guitar, drums, bass, mandolin, and banjo.

"People like to hear Joe play. ... He seems to draw a crowd every time," organizer Red Oliphant has stated in past interviews.

Edwards' wife Jan Masters Edwards will also make an appearance.

Jan began singing at the age of 5. Her vocal talent ranges from country to big band, show tunes to jazz standards, and gospel to blues.

Joe and Jan kick the show off at 2 p.m. with a full hour of musical entertainment.

"I've got a whole bunch of guests including Lloyd Wood and the Crystal Valley Quartet will anchor the show. There will be several good singers and players," Oliphant added.

The line-up of entertainers will also include former Lyons resident Bruce Osbon -- who in past years was the lead guitar picker for both Porter Waggoner and Dollie Parton.

Also returning this year are Merle Porter, Kade Puckett, Holly (Dunn) Lynn, Misty McCombs Sargent, the Peggy White family and several others.

"Everyone has two spots," Oliphant said, noting the exception of Lloyd Wood who will play for 15 minutes.

Edwards, Osbon, Ronnie Scott, Rich Anderson, Charlie Morris, Bill Oliver and Bedford Blakely will offer back-up to those performers requesting it.

The free show is for all ages of people, Oliphant added. It has the makings for a good day in the park.

The show usually draws 400 or 500 people and was originally held at Oliphant's property located on Seminary Street in Bloomfield.

Bring your lawn chairs and blankets. But no alcohol is allowed.

"Come early and grab a good sitting spot," Oliphant added. "We guarantee four to five solid hours of entertainment."

In the event of inclement weather, the show will be moved to the Shawnee Theatre.

The County Smokehouse will be serving barbecue during the event.

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