The Baldknobbers, Branson’s First Show, Celebrates 48 Years of Great Country Music & Comedy

Family entertainment and fun are an important part of the Branson tradition. The Baldknobbers Jamboree, now in their 48th year, started that tradition, in 1959 when the four Mabe brothers began entertaining visitors on the Branson lake front. Today, the family legacy spanning six decades and four generations continues. The highly successful Baldknobbers Jamboree, owned by The Mabe Family, is the longest continuous running show in Branson, Missouri.

Today’s Baldknobbers Show is a musical powerhouse featuring a talented cast of dynamic singers, musicians, comedians and entertainers as they perform your favorite country classics, hot new country hits, toe tappin’ gospel and lots side-spitting comedy.

Tim Mabe, comedian, the show’s producer and son of Jim and Katie Mabe, says, “Family comedy has been a central part of the show. We truly believe that healing through laughter is important and there is not much in life you can’t laugh at and with a family as big as ours, there is always lots to laugh about!”

Brent Mabe, son of Lyle and Betty Mabe, plays guitar and serves as the Band Director. “My earliest memories go way back. I grew up around the show and that was all I knew. When I was a baby my mom and dad would put me in a guitar case to sleep during the show,” said Brent, who started playing the guitar at the young age of 10 and joined the show in 1985. “This is a great job. I was able to work in the past with my dad, uncles and cousins. And today, we carry on the same principals of great family entertainment that our fathers created 48 years ago,” said Brent.

Other family members on stage are Patty Mabe, Tim’s wife and their son Brandon and his son Broden Mabe. Denton and Garrett Mabe, son of Renee and late Dennis Mabe and grandsons of the late Bill Mabe, plus Joy Bilyeu, granddaughter of the late Bill Mabe.

“There is nothing better than family harmony and combined with our fast paced show, there is something for people of all ages,” said, Patty Mabe.

“Almost every night someone comes through the autograph line at intermission and tells me, that they came with their parents as a kid and now they’re back with their children, I am very proud to be a part of my family’s tradition of great country music and comedy that has lasted for generations!” says, Brandon Mabe.

The family tradition at The Baldknobbers Jamboree is destined to continue for many years to come as the mantle is handed down from generation to generation. “I believe Grandma and Grandpa Mabe would be happy to see how they instilled a love of music and the strong family
ties we all share today,” said Brent Mabe. “If we could talk to our grandparents today, I think they would say good job, well done.”

The Baldknobbers Jamboree Show, “The Show That Started It All” is located on the famed 76 Country Music Boulevard in Branson, Missouri, with performances Monday through Saturday at 8 PM.

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