An Evening in Mayberry with Rodney Dillard and The Walker Brothers at Fogartyville

An Evening in Mayberry with Rodney Dillard and The Walker Brothers at Fogartyville

Do you miss the simpler life? Do you ever wish life was more like Mayberry with Barney, Andy, and Opie enjoying a lazy day down by the pond fishing, laughing, and having fun with their friends? If you are a fan of the Andy Griffith Show you will not want to miss the opportunity to have an Evening in Mayberry with your friends The Mayberry Deputy, musical memories from members of “The Darling Family”, and enjoy the experience of characters from the town of Mayberry and days gone by in a family friendly atmosphere. You will be transported back in time on Friday, January 5 at 8pm at the Fogartyville Community Media and Arts Center. Tickets are $22 in advance and $25 on the day of the show. Advance tickets are available at

“The Mayberry Deputy” is the most noted of David Browning’s characters and started in 1988 when a friend of Browning hired the Dillards, known to watchers of “The Andy Griffith Show” as the “Darling boys”, to play bluegrass music inBristol, Tennessee. Browning, who started out in community theatre, put together a “Barney Fife” type act based on a sense of recall (since Browning has seen all the Mayberry shows at one time or another) which made that first performance a hit. At that time, he discovered that he could make a statement as David Browning that was not funny at all but the same statement made in uniform as “The Mayberry Deputy” had audiences falling out of their seats. Browning thinks people enjoy the “Fife” character because it reminds them of a time gone by. “The character is funny and it’s clean entertainment. In the world we live in today, people are searching for their own Mayberry,” he says. “I value this character for what it gives to people today. Laughter and memories.” As a minister with the Baptist Ministerial Association told Browning, “You are ministering to people with your corny jokes and clean humor.”

Rodney Dillard has had a long and varied career resulting so far in 2 Grammy Nominations, induction into the International Bluegrass Music Hall of Fame, and a well-known acting stint on the Andy Griffith Show. As the founding member of the legendary group, ‘THE DILLARDS’ (aka the Darlings), Rodney Dillard is seen nearly everyday somewhere in the world thanks to the still enormous popularity of The ANDY GRIFFITH SHOW reruns. By the late 1960′s Rodney had transformed the Dillards into the driving force creating new sounds in the West Coast music environment. Later, called “The Father of Country Rock”, Rodney was among the first Bluegrass musicians to “electrify” traditional Bluegrass instruments while also adding drums, steel guitar, and orchestra. The band’s unique flare for song writing and arrangement affected a broad range of important future musicians in the Bluegrass and Pop music world alike. Rodney is credited with helping set the stage for the “Country Rock” movement and burgeoning progressive sounds of Bluegrass. Albums such as “Wheatstraw Suites” and “Copperfields” remain legendary paradigm shifters and influenced many musicians who are now household names.

On January 5th take a musical journey with Rodney Dillard and The Dillard Band (aka The Darling Family): In 1962, THE DILLARDS, who had a new recording contract with Elektra Records, were asked by the producers of The Andy Griffith Show to play a bluegrass-playing family (The Darlings), whose patriarch was played by popular Hollywood actor Denver Pyle. Rodney Dillard wrote and collaborated with others to write such classic songs as “There Is A Time”, “The Darlin’ Boys”, “Ebo Walker”, and “Dooley.”

photo from WSLR

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