Louisiana Radio Show ‘Cradle of the Stars’ returns Saturday

Classic tunes popularized by Elvis Presley, Johnny Cash, Patsy Cline and Hank Williams will be performed during the Louisiana Hayride Live Radio Show, on Saturday at Red Deer’s Memorial Centre.

Classic tunes popularized by Elvis Presley, Johnny Cash, Patsy Cline and Hank Williams will be performed during the Louisiana Hayride Live Radio Show, on Saturday at Red Deer’s Memorial Centre.

The returning stage show recreates the KWKH Radio show from Shreveport, Louisiana, that helped launched the careers of many performers during its run from 1948 to 1960.

The Louisiana Hayride earned the nickname “Cradle of the Stars” because of the artists who performed on it, including such greats as Presley, Cline, Cash, Williams, Roy Orbison, Jerry Lee Lewis, Jim Reeves, Marty Robbins and others.

More than 25 songs made famous by these singers will be performed in the touring show that sold out across British Columbia.

The cast is made up of talented musicians and vocalists — including Andrea Anderson, who sounds like Cline and was the national anthem singer for the Phoenix Coyotes and Chicago Cubs before returning to Canada to win the 2004 Okanagan Idol contest.

Also among cast members is: Patrick Ryley, the EZRock Morning host who resembles Williams and has toured the country for three decades singing, acting and dancing; Adam Fitzpatrick, who won the World Elvis amateur division in 2008; and pianist/guitarist/banjo player William Brookfield, who formerly toured with Long John Baldry.

The Louisiana Hayride Radio Show goes back in time to reveal why Orbison wore dark glasses, and where the phrase “Elvis has left the building” was first uttered. It’s billed as an “extraordinary” production of songs and stories.

Tickets for the 7:30 p.m. show are $34 from Ticket Central.

lmichelin@bprda.wpengine.com

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