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Thayer, Mo. — The Oregon County Country Music Theater (OCCMT) re-opened Friday night with a concert starring Gene Boren and Stephen Wayne Clark.
Boren, who with his late wife Peggy launched OCCMT 15 years ago, performed a tribute to legendary country music star Eddy Arnold, singing hits from Arnold’s long time career.
Some of the tunes Boren brought back to life included “A Bouquet of Roses,” “Any Time,” “Make the World Go Away” and “What’s He Doing in My World.” He took the audience on a great trip down memory lane and crooned the songs with a fine tenor voice.
Stephen Wayne Clark then took the stage and shook things up with “King of the Road.” Clark, who grew up in Thayer, started his musical career in Branson, Mo., at the Andy Williams Theater, where he sang for three years. Recently he has sung in Pigeon Forge, Tenn.
Clark Friday ran through a program of pop, country and gospel and ended up his concert with “Amazing Grace.”
Clark put on a polished show and has an unusual voice. If you get a chance to see him again, make sure to go.
For more on Stephen Wayne Clark, see his web site stephenwayneclark.com

State Rep. Steve Cookson


After the concert, State Rep. Steve Cookson of Fairdealing — who currently represents all of Ripley, Oregon, Carter and parts of Butler and Wayne counties in Missouri’s 153rd District — presented Gene Boren and the Oregon County Country Music Theater with an American Flag and a Missouri state flag which have flown over the state capitol.

Gene Boren sings last Friday night at the Oregon County Country Music Theater. Click photo to see and hear video.


Stephen Wayne Clark sings last Friday night at the Oregon County Country Music Theater. Click photo to see and hear video.

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