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Baldridge trio returns for second season as White River Wranglers
BRANSON, Missouri — The Baldridge boys are back.
Muscogee (Creek) brothers Steven, Paul and Shawn Baldridge have agreed to a second season as the White River Wranglers, the opening act in the Carriage Room at Dolly Parton’s Stampede in Branson.
“We’re very thankful and proud to be a part of the Stampede,” Steven Baldridge said. “Our whole performance from start to finish keeps the crowd on the edge of their seat. This is a dream job come true and sometimes I pinch myself to make sure it’s real.”
The award-winning and fun-loving band of brothers originally from Okmulgee, Oklahoma, take guests on a musical journey through the history of Ozark Mountain music with classic folk tunes, early country, southern rock and hard-driving bluegrass.
They have been performing together on stage for 37 years, most notably as Goldwing Express. The show in Branson allows them to continue in music and be close as a family.
“We’d probably be miserable if we didn’t work together, “ Paul Baldridge, the oldest brother, shared. “We’re performing at the finest establishment in the entertainment business. It’s a great honor and we’re humbled.”
Shawn is the youngest, playing upright bass and singing all the low notes. Crowds sometimes shout for Shawn to sing songs like “Hello Darlin’,” “Lay You Down” and “Long Black Train,” which features his vocalized long train whistle.
“Playing music with my brothers is a blessing. Our dad was a pastor and brought us up in music. It’s where we got our foundation,” Shawn Baldridge said. “We bring all of our past experience to this stage at Dolly Parton’s Stampede. We’re proud to be part of this fine attraction.”
Dinner shows at Dolly Parton’s Stampede in Branson are performed up to five times daily. For show times and reservations, call: 1-800-520-5544 or visit: www.dpstampede.com.