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Black Hills Opry with Marlin Maynard & James Carothers


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LEAD, SD – Black Hills visitors and residents alike are invited once again to enjoy a down-home South Dakota Saturday night experience with the Black Hills Opry, an old-time classic country concerts series, back for a second year at the Historic Homestake Opera House (HHOH) at 313 W. Main Street.

Aces & Eights classic country trio is the house band for the series and consists of three Black Hills musicians: Kim Bachman of Belle Fourche, SD on mandolin, banjo, guitar, and vocals; Harland Allen of Sturgis, SD, guitar and vocals; and Pegie Douglas, of Hot Springs, SD on bass.

Marlin is a Black Hills native. He has entertained at venues across the U.S., Australia, and New Zealand. His interactions with the audience, golden oldies, country standards, and humorous originals make his show an entertaining experience.

From Nashville Tennessee, mixing together Tennessee twang, southern storytelling, and a big, booming baritone, James Carothers makes throwback country music for modern times My whole life, I've always loved those legendary artists,” he says, "I've really learned how to sound like them, too. My Willie Nelson sounds like Willie Nelson. My Johnny Cash sounds like Johnny Cash. When I do the Highwaymen, it sounds like all of them. People really do want to hear all these old classic songs. Since its opening in 2015, he's performed hundreds of shows at THE GEORGE JONES venue in Nashville. George Jones' own widow, Nancy, personally hired Carothers for the gig. He's a fresh cut from an old cloth. He’s an old soul in a new world; a native Southerner with a wider perspective on the world.


The Black Hills Opry format provides an entertainment mix of stories, and old-time classic country music by the likes of Hank Williams, Tammy Wynette, Johnny Cash, Waylon Jennings. Other genre styles such as bluegrass and Americana also are woven through the series with special guest performers a each show.

The show is appropriate for all ages and takes place once a month May through August.

Showtime is 7:00 pm. Admission is $20 for adults, $15 for HHOH members and tour groups, $10 students (with college/high school ID) and $5 for kids age 10 to 17. The ticket booth opens one hour prior to showtime.

Tickets are available online at homestakeoperahouse.org or by calling the HHOH office at 605-584-2067 or at the door. The ticket booth is open one hour prior to showtime. Beer, wine, soda, and water will be available for purchase. Free off-street and free lot parking is available within 4 blocks of the building. The building is accessible for wheelchairs.

Black Hills Opry is sponsored in part by Black Hills Tourism Association through the SD Dept. of Tourism, KEVN Black Hills Fox TV, and the South Dakota Arts Council through the SD Dept. of Tourism and the National Endowment for the Arts.

Support for the HHOH is provided by annual members, the Adams-Mastrovich Family Foundation, the City of Lead.

The HHOH is dedicated to returning the Opera House to productive use for the enrichment of the region through arts, culture, and educational opportunities. The HHOH is a equal opportunity provider and employer.