Feb. 12, 2007

Bruce Hoffman brings Branson to Howard Lake

Howard Lake native, Bruce Hoffman, will bring his fiddlin’ talents to town

By Jennifer Gallus
Staff Writer

Howard Lake native Bruce Hoffman will be returning to his home town to offer an encore performance of his show from last year.

The show is called, “Bruce Hoffman’s Best of Branson, An Entertainment Review,” and will be Sunday, Feb. 18 at 2 p.m., with a second show at 7 p.m.

Hoffman, a well known Branson fiddler, graduated from Howard Lake-Waverly High School in 1983 and has been in the Branson entertainment circuit since 1994.

In the past, Hoffman has worked with such national recording artists as Pam Tillis, Barbara Fairchild, Johnny Lee, Moe Bandy, and Piece Arrow.

In his spare time, Hoffman does recording on record sessions and has a recording studio in his home. “I’ve done session work with Jim Stafford, Jimmy Osmond, Arlo Guthrie, and Tanya Tucker,” he said.

As if that wasn’t enough, Hoffman performs shows with Buck Trent, Porter Wagner, and at a well known Branson theme park called Silver Dollar City, as well as selected dates with Pam Tillis.

Hoffman will not only bring his newest CD release called “Fiddlin’ Round Two” to the show in Howard Lake, but will also have in tow four other huge talents.

“These are absolutely some of the best entertainers in the country. When I say it’s the best of Branson, be assured they’re definitely top notch,” said Bruce Hoffman of his upcoming show in Howard Lake.

The other Branson star musicians are Splinter Middleton, Clay Cooper, Trent Wideman, and R.P Harrell.

“Splinter is a legend in this area (Branson). He writes for Mel Tillis’ publishing company. Clay Cooper is well known in Branson. He’s been here (Branson) for 20 years and has his own show. Trent Wideman is a multi-instrumentalist and very funny comedian. And R.P. Harrell is a record producer, a great singer, and a great musician,” Hoffman said.

“I’m looking forward to the show in Howard Lake and seeing a lot of friends there. Last year’s show was a huge success and had a great turn-out. I’d love to take the my fellow musicians ice fishing out on the lake. They’re southern boys and have never been on ice. Unfortunately, this year will be a quick trip and doesn’t allow for that. Hopefully, in years to come, I’ll get them out on the lake,” Hoffman laughed.

Tickets are $18 in advance or $20 at the door. They can be purchased at Ittel’s Meats, Joe’s Sport Shop, Howard Lake Drug Store, and at the Howard Lake-Waverly-Winsted High School.

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