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Mr. Banjo, Buck Trent, Guests on Gene Williams Show

Buck Trent makes himself at home on the next broadcasts of the Gene Williams Country Television Show along with comedian Murray Conque.

"Mr. Banjo, Buck Trent and I reminisced about Hee Haw and our friends in country music," said Gene whose show is sponsored by Lucas Oil Products and currently seen in 11 markets with three more markets being added soon.

Trent is the inventor of the electric banjo and is one of country music’s premier banjo players. He is skilled on most string instruments. He could play the steel guitar by the time he was 7 and was only 10 the first time he was on radio. He became one of Porter Wagoner’s Wagonmaster in 1962 and worked extensively with Dolly Parton. In 1973 he joined Roy Clark and toured with Clark as the first country show to travel to Russia. For seven years he opened for Roy. Buck credits Roy with helping him become an entertainer and humorist. He and Roy won Country Music Association’s Instrumental Group of the Year in 1975 and 1976 when he was also voted Instrumentalist of the Year.

Among Trent’s numerous television appearances in addition to Hee Haw are the Tonight Show and the Mike Douglas Show. Early in his career he was a regular on television in Asheville, N.C., before he joined Bill Carlisle on the Grand Ole Opry in Nashville. Affectionately known as Mr. Banjo, Trent presents the Buck Trent Morning Show at the Dinner Bell Restaurant in Branson.

"Joining Buck on a show is Murray Conque. We have a lot of fun with Murray who is a Cajun humorist. In addition to my show, he has appeared on national television with Regis," said Gene. "Conque appears regularly at the Mickey Gilley Theater in Branson with 12-year-old Cajun sensation Hunter Hayes."

Trent can be seen on the broadcast on Sunday, Oct. 5 at 10:30 p.m. on WB 31 in the Springfield/Branson/Harrison markets; Saturday, Oct. 11 at 6 a.m. in Little Rock/Fort Smith and Shreveport, La. on Channel 4 KARK/NBC and Jonesboro, Ark., Dallas, Texas and Memphis, Tenn. on Channel 8 KAIT/ABC at 5 p.m.; and Saturday, Oct. 18 on WB 58 Nashville at midnight and Fox at 11:30 p.m.

The show with Trent and Conque will air on Sunday, Oct. 12 at 10:30 p.m. in Springfield/Branson/Harrison markets; Saturday, Oct. 18 at 6 a.m. in Little Rock/Fort Smith and Shreveport, La. on Channel 4 KARK/NBC and Dallas, Jonesboro, Ark., and Memphis, Tenn. on Channel 8 KAIT/ABC at 5 p.m.; and Saturday, Oct. 25 on WB 58 Nashville at midnight and Fox at 11:30 p.m.

Williams, the creator of the only weekly television show taped in Branson about Branson, is an inductee to the Memphis Music Hall of Fame and has worked with greats like Johnny Cash, the Statler Brothers, Carl Perkins, the Oak Ridge Boys, the Carter Family, Charlie Walker, Del Reeves, Merle Haggard, Ray Price, Bill Carlisle, Johnny Carver, Tommy Cash, Claude King, Ronnie Session, Little Jimmy Dickens and more.

Williams is credited with blazing many trails for country music television and was recently featured in his own prime time special airing during KAIT’s 40th anniversary. The Gene Williams Television Show is a recipient of a Telly Award, cable television’s equivalent to an Emmy. The show includes celebrity interviews and videos from the biggest, hottest names in country music such as Shania Twain, Trace Adkins, Alan Jackson, Brad Paisley, Dolly Parton, Faith Hill and more. Williams is planning a one hour Christmas special which will feature Mickey Gilley and a Christmas greeting from the Oak Ridge Boys among other celebrities.

Williams’ co-host is Katie Lynn, an award winning vocalist who has held the Branson Entertainment Awards Best Support Vocalist for the past three years for her work in the Mickey Gilley Show.

For more information check out the web site at genewilliamscountry.com.


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