Penny Gilley


Been looking for that one show where you can sit back and relax, listening to “Old Time Country Music”?  Have I got a show for you!  Went to the Penny Gilley show at the RFD-TV Theatre tonight.  If you like “real country” as Penny puts it, you really need to see her show. 

The show begins with brief snippets from the Penny Gilley show on RFD TV.  One revealing the fact that Penny is not Mickey’s daughter, nor cousin.  They are related by marriage – somehow.  Neither Penny, nor Mickey said exactly how.  But then the fun begins as Penny comes out singing Classic Country songs.  You’ll enjoy her – true to the artist renditions- of Loretta Lynn’s “You Ain’t Woman Enough”, “Your Looking At Country”.  Patsy Cline’s “Crazy”, “I Go Walking After Midnight”, “I Fall To Pieces”, “Sweet Dreams Of You”, Tammy Wynette’s “Stand By Your Man”, and so many other artists and songs it’s hard to remember all of them.

Penny is joined on stage several times by Jeff Brandt.  They sing a few duets including the Conway Twitty & Loretta Lynn hit, “Louisiana Woman Mississippi Man”.  Jeff takes us away from country for a while with his impressions of several popular singers like Elvis, Wayne Newton, and an impressive Tom Jones – “Delilah”.  We also were entertained by “Willie Nelson, Ronald Reagan, and Archie & Edith Bunker”. 

Let’s not forget about the band.  Brandy Roberts – Keyboards – had the crowd rockin’ to “Great Balls of Fire” while Bonnie Riley – Fiddle – was clogging at the same time as she played “The Orange Blossom Special” without missing a beat.  Truly something to see.

Penny graced us with a few Gospel songs, showed off her blue jean jacket covered with patches and pins from soldiers fighting the war.  You could tell the jacket, and her time spent overseas entertaining the troops, means a lot to her.  We were treated to a song she sang that rose to a number 1 hit, “The Coffee Song". 

The show ended with a duet by Penny and Jeff singing “America The Beautiful”, bringing the crowd to it’s feet.  I would say this show is one of Branson’s unsung jewels.  But don’t take my word for it, go and see the show and you decide for yourself.

To make sure you get a chance to see the show, go to or call 417-239-4274.  Tell them you read the review on and you will get $2.50 off an adult ticket.