The Presleys Country Jubilee was the first show on the strip. Or were they their and strip just grew up around them. I will let you figure that one out. But way before that they had a different venue. They were an Ozark’s family who played the underground stages of the Missouri hills. Folks from all over would pack the caves to hear their legendary family performances. So many, in fact, the caverns couldn’t hold em anymore.
First there were just one or two entertaining friends and then it grew by one or two more and so on and so on. They played in a Ozark Mountain Country improvised theater made in a big cave. Oh it wasn't too fancy but what in the Ozarks was at the time. They continued to grow both on stage and in the theater seats until they outgrew their old digs and went looking for some land. They bought a piece of land out on an old black top road west of the town of Branson. They put up this huge building out in the sticks and I bet the locals thought they were crazy. But while the
Baldknobbers were still playing their show from the count house basement the Presleys became the first show on what was much later to become known as 76 Music Country Blvd. or what we locals call the Strip.
Back in the real early days one Presley was a preacher in a Pentecostal church and brought up his family with good Christian beliefs. You will hear some great Southern Golpel in the show. Today 4 generations of Presleys are in the show you can see each evening at their new-old theater. Herkimer and his son Cecil are the two comedians and they are the best in the business. I think Cecil even went to college to learn how to act so silly and Herkimer I believe is the President of the family corporation and he sure looks dignified all dressed up in his best suit at the end of the show. Sorry Cecil you looked good to.
Grand Dad Lloyd 82 is still on stage playing the upright bass and he always has a smile on his face when his grand kids are on stage doing their numbers. They do have a few on stage that are not in the family I remember the one married couple doing solo and duet vocals. During the show Lloyd sings the George Jones tune "I don't need your rockin chair" to son Steve and his son John tickles the ivories with a Floyd Cramer tune. John's sister plays the sax and violin and list just goes on and on. Mom can even be found about the concession stands during intermission.
This show has been going on for over 40 years and they are the best in Entertainment at their theater located at
2920 W 76 Country Blvd Branson, MO 65616
(417) 334-4874 or 800-335-4874
Presleys Country Jubilee