Pigeon droppings: Kevin Wilson

tsj column writers pigeon droppingsBy Bob Hamill

Kevin Wilson got his start in show business on a fluke. He was well into his teen years when his mother entered him in the local 4-H talent contest. He didn’t know much about anything in performing. The first time Kevin sang on stage it was an Alabama song and he sung along with the record. After the show, someone mentioned to Kevin he could get just the music. From that point he did the show for the next three years with the proper music.

Wilson auditioned for OpryLand Productions and was hired on as an alternate. That didn’t last long as he was called to perform in Fiesta, Texas. He packed up everything he had and moved out west for three months. A move to Nashville and he continued to work for OpryLand Productions until they closed the park. He then moved to Pigeon Forge where he entertained at Governor’s Crossing. The show was more of a variety show than straight country. This had Kevin frequenting Country Tonite. He was hired on as the host in 2000 and has been there ever since.

Kevin’s favorite part of the show is the end when the cast comes into the lobby for a meet and greet. He likes the part that the performers spend getting to know the people they have just entertained. “What is really special is that every year there are some special needs kids and adults and they remember so much. They will tell you about costumes and songs we did years ago.” He also enjoys the fact that they can be politically incorrect. “When we do the Gospel section it’s such a pleasure to be able to say the name Jesus and not worry about it offending anyone. I’m also very proud we include giving thanks to our veterans.”

Stop by Country Tonite on the Parkway which year after year wins accolades for best show.


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