With singers, comedians, jugglers and cast regulars, there is little left unhatched during the hourlong show, which uses the formula that has made it one of TNN’s most popular offerings with both audiences and the recording artists who appear.
This seg is among series’ best, backed by a solid contingent of perfs by its regulars, down-home banter from its principals and noteworthy contributions from its guests.
Fans will welcome the addition of country warblers Crystal Gayle and Ronna Reeves as show regulars, replacing Janie Fricke and Rex Allen Jr.
Also helping matters is the first-rate perf by country crooner Alan Jackson, currently the genre’s top man on the totem pole. He showcases his newest radio-friendly tune, “Gone Country.”
The lanky singer also delivers a well-executed reading of “A Good Year for the Roses,” a moving tune Jackson recorded with George Jones for the latter’s just-released “The Bradley Barn Sessions” disc.
Set designer Jim Stanley uses old-time auditorium decor to cement the down-home vibe, while director Steve Womack keeps the action perky and entertaining.