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Happening this weekend. You can ring in the holidays with a big country music show right here in mid-Michigan. I’m joined now by Sue Leiter and Tori Schmitt. They’re here to talk about this year’s Christmas In The Country Music Show. It’s happening Saturday [December 2] just outside of West Branch. Thanks for being here.
Thanks for having us.
So, what can folks expect from this year’s show?
Well, it’s all Christmas, and all country.
If you enjoy country music, but we also have a lot of people who have seen the show in the past who are not big country music fans, but it’s very entertaining and they come back year after year. This is our 3rd season. It’s just a good time for family to get together and start off the Christmas season.
Ok, so Christmas with a twist.
Now who’s going to be performing?
A couple of the names that are going to be there: Donna Hyland, Lenny Hicks, Amanda Keri, myself [Tori Schmitt], and Sue [Leiter].
Ok – that’s awesome! Now, where did the idea for Christmas Country Music Show…where did that come from?
Well, the Michigan Country Music Hall of Fame was established back in 1971 right here in the tri-city area, and when we took it over, my husband [Randy Leiter] and I, in 2015, and moved it to West Branch, we decided to do 3 shows a year, and one of them, a Christmas show. And considering the fact that we’re country music, Christmas In The Country sounded perfect!
Awesome! Now, one of the performers…Tori correct?
Now they’re the Hall of Fame…is it Tenderfoot?
Ok – I love saying that.
So, tell us a little bit about that.
Well it’s a new category that we created to bring in the next generation into the Hall of Fame, and part of the requirement is their age is between 18 and 35, and they show an interest and a talent in the music industry.
Ok – great! Well it sounds like it’s going to be an amazing event, and I’d like to thank you two for joining us today and telling us all about it. And for you [viewers], if you’d like to learn more information about that, the Christmas In The Country Music Show, or if you want to get tickets, just go to the TV5 Hotlinks page.