Music at the Oak Tree Opry

It isn’t often that world travelers set down in the small town of Anita, for any length of time, however one of the best known talents that traveled the world with Barbara Mandrell, now makes her home in Minnesota, and she’s about to pay a visit to the Oak Tree in Anita, on May 31st.

Betty Rydell plays something like fifteen different kinds of musical instruments, much like her formmer boss, Barbara Mandrell who she performed with as a special show performer. Singing a variety of songs. Betty’s music took her to Canada Central America, all over the USA, and Europe. However, for Betty, it was also an adventure to perform with artists like Charlie Pride, Conway Twitty, Ernest Tubb, Tex Ritter, Carl Perkins, Marvin Rainwater, LeRoy VanDyke, and the list goes on and on. Working that high on the talent scale around the world says a lot about what Betty Rydell does when she is on stage. She especially enjoys performing before a live audience.

Betty has added many new exciting routines to her show like her new tribute to the Everly Brothers that she sings with her husband, Ed Bearse, who increasingly has become an intimate part of the show. Together, they do several husband/wife comedy routines plus singing numerous harmony songs. Some of their comedy routines include “The Fish Song” and “The Funeral Song.” Ed, who is a semi-retired sitting judge in Minneapolis, is also a comic writer, including one of their newest routines “The Winter Texan Tribute.”

Betty Rydell also still does the parodies of “Are You Lonesome Tonight” and “Help Me Make It Through The Night.” There are several Gospel songs in each show too, including their most requested one. “On My Father’s Side.”

As each year goes by, Betty strives to add more ‘tribute’ medleys and performances. Together the team is working on a tribute to the “Beatles” as well as one to “Ray Price.” The newest recording project the duo has accomplished is the award winning CD “We Could.” The album was awarded “Country Duet of the Year” in 2014 at the National Old Time Country Music Festival.

Betty Rydell and her husband Ed, will be performing at the Oak Tree in Anita on May 31, show time is 7 p.m. Reserved seats are sometimes recommended. 712-762-4363. We’re still a 501©3 non-profit keeping the music of the past alive.