Rhodes Show being relaunched

Wednesday, June 5, 2013
The Rhodes family reunion, Sandy Rhodes, Brenda Barnett, Savannah Morris, Donna Rhodes Morris, Sam Morris and Craig Morris.

The Rhodes Family has been associated with music since the early 1930s when Slim, Dusty, Speck and Bea Rhodes started touring the country. They had a regular radio show at KWOC in Poplar Bluff several years ago called Slim Rhodes and Mother's Best Mountaineers. They later went on to do television shows at KAIT in Jonesboro, KARN in Little Rock, and WMCT, out of Memphis, called The Rhodes Show. Their Memphis show aired from 1948-1975.

Dusty's daughters, Sandy and Donna, also have kept the family's musical tradition alive with amazing resumes including singing harmonies with Elvis, Garth Brooks, Al Green, Conway Twitty, The Bee Gees, Clint Black, John "Cougar" Mellencamp and the list goes on and on.

Dusty Rhodes was actually born right outside of Manila and his family has always felt a kinship to the area.

The Rhodes Band, 1940.

Donna Rhodes is married to a local musician, Craig Morris, who is well known in the area and has his own long list of musical accomplishments. He presently travels with Lorretta Lynn and the Coal Miners playing piano and singing background vocals. Craig has toured with acts from Donny and Marie Osmond to Dobie Gray and has written songs for Ray Charles, Reba McEntire, Gene Watson, The Oak Ridge Boys and Craig Morgan.

Sandy and Brenda Barnett wrote the song "The Clown," a big hit for Conway Twitty, in the early 1980s and toured with Mel Tillis and many others.

Two generations of the Rhodes family, Sandy Rhodes, Donna and Craig Morris and their children Savannah and Sam, along with Brenda Barnett, will be relaunching The Rhodes Show on June 22 at the West Plains Civic Center in West Plains, Mo.

The Rhodes Family Reunion in West Plains will begin at 7 p.m. and will feature classic R&B; old and new country music; old time Rock N Roll; and knee slappin' comedy.

Tickets are available at www.ticketmaster.com or the West Plains Civic Center: Box Office (417) 256-8087.

For more information on the Rhodes Show and their upcoming events visit their website: www.therhodesshow.biz; or on Facebook go to The Rhodes Show.

Following the Rhodes Show in West Plains, the family will appear from 10-11:30 a.m. July 6 at the Red, White & Blue Bar-B-Q at Thayer, Mo.; 7 p.m. Sept. 6 at the Collins Theater in Paragould; and 7 p.m. Nov. 8 at the Rector Community Center in Rector.

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