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20171228 Leland wguitarLeland Jones is no stranger to the country music business. He is the seventh son and youngest of 11 children – all who were musically inclined. His mom played the organ and his dad played the fiddle.

That more than likely had some major influence on Jones' life. The results have been about 60 years of performing traditional country, western swing, bluegrass and gospel music. He continues to return to the Rio Grande Valley and perform here for four months.

Leland was inducted into the America’s Old Time Country Music Hall of Fame on Sept. 1, 2017 in LeMars, Iowa. He felt honored and performed five shows for 30 minutes singing his most requested songs. Many Nashville performers are part of this organization and have appeared many times and crossed this same stage from Nashville and all over the United States.

He began his professional career at age 12 where he performed, sang and played his borrowed guitar. He sang “Slowly” the then No. 1 hit from Web Pierce. His older brother Byron Jones took Leland to many shows, fairs and festivals. They performed as a duet, signing Wilburn and Louvin Brother style songs.

In high school, Leland formed his own band, the Show Me Bluegrass Band, and played all over Missouri. “I thought we were pretty good,” he said. “And we were.”

He was on Red Foley’s Ozark Jubilee in Springfield, Mo., doing many live radio programs, stage shows and television programs in the mid 50s and 60s. In 1963 his brother Byron opened the Farris Opry, Richmond Opry, Richmond Missouri and filled the Farris Theatre more than once on the same Saturday night for many years.

Leland became a very important part of the Lee Mace’s Ozark Opry for three years driving the bus, performing TV shows on KRCG out of Jefferson City, Mo. and then doing 10 shows a week.

“When we first started there wasn't a lot of music on TV,” Leland said. “But people would line up for two hours before the doors opened. We would try to put in as many people as we could to fill the place.”

In 1970 Leland accepted a contract to perform in St Louis Missouri where he became acquainted with Nick Nixon, Barbara Fairchild, Helen Cornelius, Bobby Caldwell, Scot DeWitt, Jimmy Queen, Roy Queen doing radio and stage shows. 1972 He then went to Nashville cut several recordings. Promoting the recordings and performing all over the United States booked by Hubert Long Agency performing with Dottie West, David Houston, Cal Smith, Leona Williams, Bobby G Rice, Bobby Lord, Gene Watson, Porter Wagoner & Dolly Parton, Rhonda Vincent any many more

Since 1992 Leland has owned and operated his own “Country Pickin’ Opry Show” located in Osage Beach Missouri then relocated the show to his pole barn behind his log home near Richmond, Missouri and promoting Traditional - Classic Country Music for the past 25 years entertaining audiences.

For more information or to book Leland, call (816) 509-4015.

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