Touting itself as a “Branson, (Mo.) style show),” the Grand Country Junction treated its fans Saturday to an outstanding performance to mark its 10th anniversary – classic country music performed by The Junction Boys.
The band features a host of talented musicians, including Clifton Brown, Glynn Fendlason, Duane Black, Ron Galbo, Greg Sullivan with Danny Harrell and the Nashville Edition Band, Brenda Harrell, Greg Manchester, Kristen Conaster and Jim Hawthorne, the now retired “Voice of the Tigers.”
“It’s a really, really good show,” said Sullivan, who launched the Grand Country Junction with Danny Harrell a decade ago. “It’s not because of me, it’s because of all the people that are part of it.”
“I think The Junction Boys are one of the best bands around,” he continued. “They are all local guys and they’re all talented.”
“We have a large band and we try to do the best we can to put on a quality show,” Sullivan said. “We try to keep it family oriented and we’ve had people who’ve come to the shows who’ve told me, ‘Hey, I can bring my kids to this.’”
Sullivan and Harrell started the family friendly Grand Country Junction on Jan. 7, 2007, at the Old South Jamboree in Walker. The show was originally named the Livingston Parish County and Gospel Jubilee.
Already friends since 1995, the two men “decided we could get together and put together some shows that would provide wholesome entertainment for the whole family,” Sullivan said.
“We had both been playing music all our lives and we had seen a lot of shows that came and went,” he continued.
After a few years, though, the Old South Jamboree shuttered its doors for a while but the Grand Junction show was saved by the owner of Suma Crossing Theatre, Garry Lewis.
“He a great guy to work with,” Sullivan said. “He’s a heck of a guy. He was one of the best guys we could have ever worked with.”
“At the time, the Satsuma area, actually Livingston Parish as a whole, was growing really quickly, so the timing was right,” he continued.
The Grand Country Junction shows are different every month, Sullivan said, and the band members get together to practice the new tunes at 1 p.m. prior to the shows, which are held the third Saturday of each month.
“These guys are so talented they’re able to do it and they do it well with just a few hours of rehearsal,” he continued.
Sullivan said he knows the shows couldn’t go on without their sponsors and the large audiences who come to the shows.
“We can’t do it without the public and we can’t do it without the sponsors,” he said.
Longtime sponsors include Team Toyota, Livingston Parish Tourism, Creative Cajun Cooking, Livingston Parish Assessor Jeff Taylor, Walker Pharmacy, Treads and Care Tire Company, Garry Lewis Properties, Elite Chiropractic and Mack Law Firm.
Several times a year, the Grand Country Junction takes on a theme. In November, they perform a Grand Ole Opry show, in December, it’s a Christmas show, and every year, they do a “Legends” show, complete with performers in costumes representing some of country music’s greatest stars.
The doors open at 5:30 p.m. and the show begins at 7 p.m. There is an admission fee.
The Suma Crossing Theatre is located just north of Interstate 12 at Exit 19, the Satsuma-Colyell exit.