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Sweet Sound of Country Returns
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Front Row (l to r):  Brantley Boyett, Lacey Hooks Hudson, Leah Rucker, Emma Waters, Marty Pye, Rita Ponder, Kinsley Cook, and Melissa Cook. Back Row:  Dylan Mulligan, Joe Banks, Ken Tatum, Greg Simmons, Scott Rogers, Eben Banks, Denny Thigpen, Robert Pierce, Marty Adams, Richie Waters, Kim Tatum, and Lamar Cook.

After a two-year hiatus, the halls of the Glennville City Auditorium resonated with the sound of music on Saturday, April 30, 2022.   

The Sweet Sound of Country performers wowed the crowd as they performed country classics as well as a few current hits. 

Newcomers to this year’s show, Denny Thigpen, Rita Ponder, and Robert Pierce, made up the Bluegrass group, “Two Thorns and a Rose,” who entertained with a pre-show performance as well as performing during the show.  Joining them during their show performance of “Roll in My Sweet Baby’s Arms” and “The Old Home Place” was little Miss Memphis Mathison, who joined them on the violin. 

Serving as emcee for this year’s production was Dylan Mulligan.  Mulligan has lived in Glennville his entire life, except when he was attending college, and has a deep love for Tattnall County.  His participation in this year’s show is greatly appreciated. 

Kicking off the fun-filled evening, performing Exile’s hit song, “Give Me Just One More Chance,” was Lamar Cook, Joe Banks, Richie Waters, and Marty Adams.  They would team up several more times throughout the show and perform such classics as “Y’all Come Back Saloon” and “Fancy Free.”

Joe Banks’ performance of “Working Man Blues” was certainly a song that many in the audience could relate to.  Banks also performed “Getting Better All the Time” and “Home.”

Lamar Cook and Lacey Hooks Hudson joined their talents as they sang George Jones’ “Rockin’ Years.” Cook also teamed up with Leah Rucker to perform “I Told You So” by Randy Travis. 

Performing solo, Cook sang “Daytime Friends and Nighttime Lovers,” entertaining the crowd as he always does.  Cook is a veteran performer with Sweet Sound of Country and Tattnall County Productions and is always an integral part of the show – not to mention he is a crowd favorite. 

Adding some fun to the show was the performance of “Man of Constant Sorrow” by the Soggy Bottom Boys: Denny Thigpen, Ken Tatum, and Greg Simmons.   

Scott Rogers is always “the entertainer.” This year, Scott performed three current hits that are special to him and his wife, Becky.  He then joined Marty Pye, Leah Rucker, and Emma Waters in Dolly Parton’s “Romeo.”

Pye, who has been a long-time performer in Sweet Sound of Country and Tattnall County Productions, sang “You Don’t Even Know Who I Am” by Patty Loveless, as well as “You Lie” and “When I Think About Cheating.”

The extremely talented Rucker joined the show for only her second time. She impressed the crowd as she sang Martina McBride’s, “Independence Day” as well as two more selections.  Look for Leah to perform in Tattnall County Productions in February and also at the Glennville Sweet Onion Festival on Saturday, May 14, 2022.

A special thank you is extended to Donna Blocker for her hysterical performance in the “wine joke” that had everyone laughing.  Thank you to Joe Wenum for participating. 

Jana Thompson Reaves is no stranger to the stage.  Entertaining the crowd in her usual fun and upbeat display of talent, Jana performed Carrie Underwood’s “Before He Cheats.”  She also sang, “Heads Carolina, Tails California” and “Sleeping Single in a Double Bed.”

“Country Sunshine.” “Deeper Than the Holler,” and “Cowboy Take Me Away” were performed by Emma Waters. Joining her on stage during her performance of “Country Sunshine” was Master Brantley Boyett, who enjoyed riding his John Deere pedal tractor. 

Richie Waters has performed for several years with the Sweet Sound of Country show.  This year, he performed “Lookin’ For Love,” “Some Broken Hearts Never Mend,” and “Lonesome Song.” 

Marty Adams has only been performing on the Tattnall County stage for a few years, but he has become a crowd favorite.  This year, he sang “Silver Wings” and “Long Black Train” as well as joining Lamar, Joe, and Richie in several group songs. 

Lacey Hooks Hudson has grown up on the stage, performing in Tattnall County Productions and Sweet Sound of Country.  Lacey is a welcomed performer who brings great talent to the show.  Her performance of Tammy Wynette’s “Stand By Your Man” was certainly a crowd pleaser.   

As the evening ended, everyone in the auditorium joined together in singing Lee Greenwood’s “God Bless the U.S.A.” as members of the VFW Post #7764 from Reidsville posted the flag. 

“We would be remiss if we did not recognize those who made the show possible,” Co-Directors Kim Tatum and Melissa Cook said.  

The following people were instrumental in the success of the show:  Eben Banks, Valorie Banks, Walt Banks, Casey Brannen Strickland, Jensen Bland, Stuart Bland, Donna Blocker, Mark Thompson, Lulynn Mitchell, Sheila Brewton, Laurie Hutcheson, Kinsley Hutcheson, Lanie Yancey, Dylan Mulligan, Tracy Waters, Paul Evans, The Journal Sentinel, WRBX Radio, Sandy Simmons, G & R Farms, Shuman Farms, Mr. Buck’s Onions, Bland Farms, and Tattnall Sheriff Kyle Sapp. 

Tattnall County Productions will be held at the auditorium on February 24 and 25, 2023.