Justin Reed of Sherwood made his music debut on Oct. 20 during the recent "Music in the Mountains" extravaganza that was held in Horseshoe Bend Theatre in Horseshoe Bend.
Reed is a senior in high school and enjoys country and gospel music. He began competing at six years of age in various school talent shows, and has recently auditioned for American Idol and the Great Arkansas Talent Search.
Reed will be pursuing a music degree at Williams Baptist College in the fall of 2013.
Reed performed several favorites including Johnny Cash’s "Folsom Prison Blues" and "Cocaine Blues," George Jones’ "He Stopped Loving Her Today" and "When Did You Stop Loving Me?" with a standout rendition of Brooks and Dunn’s "Believe."
"He is believed to be an up-and-coming country music star," said Melodie Clemmons of Music in the Mountains.
The second half of the show was rounded out with guests The Arnold Family, a super-talented traditional Blue Grass band out of Evening Shade.
The Music in the Mountains gang was dressed to impress during the event as they hosted guests David Sherrell, Reed, and the Arnold Family Bluegrass Band.
In celebration of Halloween and anticipation of the upcoming Trunk or Treat and Haunted House in Horseshoe Bend, they even had a couple of surprise guests: Amy Clemmons-Brown as the "Devil with the Blue Dress On," and a special cameo appearance by Tina Turner with backup by "Ike" (Melodie Clemmons and Ron Yow).
The show opened with Clemmons welcoming MITM regular Ed Luedke back to the stage after a long absence due to illness. Luedke joined Melodie for Barbara Mandrell’s "Country When Country Wasn’t Cool," and also treated the crowd to a solo rendition of "Steel Guitar Rag." Ron "Doc" Yow has become quite the crowd favorite as a vocalist with his signature covers of Eagles and CCR tunes, and Kenny Roger’s "The Gambler."
Amy Clemmons-Brown showed her "devilish" side with Dottie West’s "Lesson in Leavin," and Dolly Parton’s "Why’d You Come in Here Lookin’ Like That?" followed by David Sherrell who got everyone’s boots ‘a scootin’ to the boogie beat, a duet of After the Fire is Gone with Clemmons, and "That’s Allright Mama," which was originally released by Arthur "Big Boy" Crudup, made popular on a national scale by Elvis Presley .
The gang sang a few more such as "Suspicious Minds," "Almost Persuaded," and had no more than finished "Two Story House" when Clemmons suddenly disappeared from the stage and out came "Tina Turner" in all of her glory singing "Proud Mary" with some assistance from "Ike" on the drums. The two finished their guest appearance with "Wha’d I Say."
Regular Ron Hart received kudos from the audience with his easy listening version of Ray Stephen’s "Misty," and the man in black, Jerry Kipper, was welcomed back after his recovery from an acute aneurysm with Kristofferson’s "Sunday Mornin’ Comin’ Down." The band wound down the first half with several Gospel favorites.
On Saturday, Nov. 17, the Music in the Mountains Show presents its annual "Salute to Veterans," 6 p.m. at the Historic Horseshoe Bend Theatre located in the lower Diamond B Mall just off Highway 289 and Second Street in Horseshoe Bend.
Admission is free. Concessions are available. Donations are always appreciated! For more information, call Melodie Clemmons at 870-373-3303. For more information, visit the website www.horseshoebendtheater.com.