It’s an old-fashioned country
music hullabaloo that’ll impress even the most discerning
audience. The Look… the Sound… the Hits… they’re all there in
(to coin a phrase from The Gambler) along with just about as much
charm and charisma
as the original performers. Don’t miss Kenny Rogers with Dolly
Johnny Cash, Reba McEntire and Willie Nelson together
on one spectacular show backed by the all-star Appaloosa country
PHILIP BAUER as Johnny Cash
WENDY "T" as Dolly & Reba
MARION DEATON as Willie Nelson
For Artist's Bios
Marty Edwards has been entertaining fans since the early
started his musical career as a lead vocalist and guitarist
country band. He performed many popular
Kenny Rogers songs of the time, but never consciously tried to
imitate Kenny. It wasn't until 1998 that he thought about
doing a tribute to Kenny Rogers.
It was while recording a "Marty Edwards" album at a studio
that producer James Bowers
observed that not only did Marty bear a striking resemblance
to the country great, but he actually sounded like Kenny!
Edwards didn't do anything about the comment made by James
until 1998 when he produced the first annual
"Put A Little Love In Your Heart" benefit concert, an
annual benefit concert that helps abused children. His first
show was short one act and so he put the Kenny Rogers tribute
together as a one-time performance. It went over so well he
was asked to repeat the performance at other venues.
Marty Edwards' critically acclaimed tribute to Kenny
Rogers has since, raised thousands of dollars for charity, and
delighted audiences ever since!
Marty had the honor of meeting Kenny Rogers twice since
starting the tribute. Once in Billings, Montana, in 1998 when
he was allowed to go backstage to meet Kenny and have a
A second meeting was in 2002. Kenny
was performing and stopped to introduce Marty to the audience
to show how close Kenny and he looked.
Marty performs across Canada, the USA, Malaysia,
England, Ireland and Australia.
What a thrill for Marty to have
appeared on the Oprah Show, the Jay Leno Tonight Show and
again on CNN Headline News.
people is all Philip Bauer ever wanted to do! His dynamic stage
presence, quality and impressive vocal range has been thrilling
audiences for many years.
Philip started his musical path in Minneapolis, Minnesota where he
started thrilling audiences with his quality performances and
competing in and winning many talent contests.
In 1985 Philip won the Minnesota State Fair talent contest, 1st
place from a field of over 800 contestants. His performance got
attention and landed him his first contract to perform with a 40
piece orchestra every night of the 1986 State Fair.
Philip sang with various cover bands through-out the nineties.
In 1996 Philip auditioned and was immediately asked to perform on
the "Charlie Daniels Talent Round Up" on TNN.
In 1997 at Johnnie Highs Country Music Revue, Philip left the
stage with a Standing Ovation as the warm up act for superstar
A songwriter in his own right, Philip has had his own original
music played on over 300 radio stations across Europe. Selective
Records out of Nashville marketed his songs to the European
market. Listeners and station managers all across Europe faxed
enthusiastic reviews to the Nashville label.
In 1998 Philip moved to Branson where he performed to capacity
crowds at the Hard Luck Diner. Philip received a standing ovation
for his guest appearance on the "Down Home Country Show"
Philips reputation for quality entertainment landed him a job
performing for the dinner passengers aboard the beautiful Lake
Queen Dinner Cruise. Philip also was asked to perform on the "Live
Late Nite Radio Show" at the Grand Country Theatre.
Philip also was a honored member of the "Oklahoma Opry" from
1995-2000. In that time he won many awards including "Male
Vocalist Of The Year"and "Entertainer Of The Year".
In 2005, Philip was chosen to perform at the 10 year Memorial
Concert to remember the victims of the Oklahoma City bombing.
Philip performed to a capacity crowd of 16,000 people with Country
Superstars such as Vince Gill, Joe Diffie, and Toby Keith.
Philip currently travels across the United States,Canada,and
Mexico performing The Legend of Johnny Cash Show to sold out
audiences in theatres,casinos,fairs and festivals.
Philip recently completed a 16 city tour of Australia..The
response from the audiences was so enthusiastic that he has been
asked to come back "down under" for a 20 city tour.
Over the years Marion played with Percy Slegde, Ace Cannon,
Roy Orbison, Neil Sedaka, Gene Pitney, Dell Shannon, Bruce
Chanel, Bobby Vee, Bobby Vinton, Jimmy Clanton, Dicky Lee, Rufus
Thomas, Gee Gee Shinn, John Smith, Gene Simmons, and Ronnie
Millsap, to name a few.
In 1980, while looking at other business interests, Marion
met Robbie Blumenthal. Robbie was an executive who had a strong
musical background. She had sung on the road with her own band
and worked in various Playboy Clubs as a featured vocalist
singing with the Al Baletto Jazz Quartet. Al was Playboy
Enterprises musical director and world famous alto saxophonist.
This seemed to be a match made in heaven. They married in
November of that year and are still together. When son Matt was
two, Marion decided to get off the road. He had little to do
with music for several years.
One night, at a Karaoke bar in Memphis, Marion sang a Willie
Nelson song. The response was wild and overwhelming. The crowd
went crazy! It seemed he not only sounded like Willie Nelson,
but looked like him, too! Every time Marion sang the response
was the same. “ Oh my gosh, he looks and sounds like Willie!” A
new career was born, out from behind the drums.
Marion, now affectionately called Smooth Willie, searched the
country for the best pickers available and formed The Smooth
Willie Band. A CD was recorded as a tribute to Willie Nelson.
They started appearing all over the globe*, performing with the
respect one Road Warrior has for another. Today, Marion performs
mostly as Willie Nelson as one of he most respected tribute
tribute artists in the world.