New museum celebrates Lake’s original music show

Back in the day, hundreds would line up outside the doors to buy tickets for the Lake's premier country show to spend a few hours listening to music.

Read the Lake news about the new museum here:

Author Dan William Peek has written a book, released by The History Press, on the history of the Ozark Opry. He submitted the following synopsis for the Ozark Opry web site.

Publisher's Description:

In the Ozarks, music frames everything. The Ozark Opry was a focal point of that cultural tradition for over fifty years, playing to sold-out audiences and influencing the course of the American entertainment industry in vital ways hitherto untold. This behind-the-scenes story of Lee and Joyce Mace's incredible venture by historian and former Opry performer Dan William Peek reawakens the foot tapping and fiddle scraping still clinging to the shores
of the Lake of the Ozarks. This story also spotlights some of the most
fascinating characters of the times--the Nashville stars, Chuck Foster, the
Mabe Brothers, Albert Gannaway, Seymour Weiss, Scott O. Wright, Sarah
Gertrude Knott and Cyrus Crane Willmore.

-The History Press

From Reviewers:

"Well written, fact packed and filled with photo's" - Art Axis, *Columbia
Daily Tribune* - December 20, 2010

"Delightful and readable illustrated history" - Dr. Howard W. Marshall, *Old
Time Herald* - February -March, 2011

" Wonderful read" - customer review - February 3, 201

Lee Mace And His Ozark Opry

From "Sit A Spell" Poems of the Ozarks
by Marcellus Bosworth - The Bard of Osage Beach

Young Mace returned from Korea
With a bass fiddle in his hand;
The neck on the thing was broken,
But Lee thought it mighty grand.


He found it in a bistro in Paris
And brought it across the sea;
For he had a dream that he cherished -
And dreams,as you know, are free!

He fashioned a neck from a ball bat,
Then he added each new bow-strong;
By the time he got back to Linn Creek,
He was ready to do his thing.

He formed a band at Tuscumbia,
And they played to all who'd come;
But Lee was the main attraction -
Folks sure loved to hear him strum!

Now they play at the Ozark Opry
All summer of every year;
In winter, they travel the circuit -
And their music is something to hear!

The Band is now bigger than ever,
With Goofer right in the middle;
But the star of the show, as always,
Is Lee Mace and his big bass fiddle!

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Book Celebrates Lake Landmark The website recently posted an article about the new book by Dan Peek. You can find the article here.