2017 marks Randy Plummer's 44th year to perform in Branson, MO. Randy, along with his Dad Darrell, Mom Rosie and sister Melody visited Branson in 1971 with friends and fell in love with the area. The Plummer Family Country Music Show at this time was based out of southeast Missouri in a little country community called, Knob Lick. The Plummer Family played local high schools, gyms and dances and also played several years at Piedmont, Mo at a roller skating rink/country music hall called, The Clearwater Jamboree-named after the lake there. After visiting Branson, the family was hooked and bought their theater in November of 1972 and opened May 26, 1973 on Memorial Day Weekend performing to a full house of 572. The theatre was called, The Plummer Family Country Music Show located on Highway 76 and was in business for 18 seasons. Harley Clements, who is also from southeast MO came along with the Plummer Family and sang and played guitar and did brochure distribution and worked at the theater all 18 years. Everyone in the family had their part to play. Darrell, MC'd the show, sang and played guitar and ran the business. Rosie sang, played accordion, sold tickets, did the wardrobe and bookwork. Melody sang, played fiddle, banjo, did the comedy character, Granny and sold tickets. Randy sang, played bass guitar, did the comedy character Professor Pedink, did brochure distribution and was a janitor. Melody's husband Dale Driskill sang on the show and their son Josh sang and played on a little toy fiddle.
In 1990, Randy's parents, Darrell & Rosie decided to sell the theater to retire and move back to the Farmington/Knob Lick area but Randy decided to stay in Branson and keep playing music. Randy's sister Melody, husband Dale and son Josh moved to Texas and continued in music and Harley continued to sing in the Branson area and also touring.
Also in 1990, The Plummer Family Show added The Max Bacon Family to the Plummer Family Theatre doing a 2 Pm Sunday Gospel Jubilee Program. Randy joined the Bacon’s Show that year and performed on both The Plummer’s & The Bacons Shows. After the Plummer’s sold out in 1990, Randy stayed with the Bacons and they moved their Show over to the Foggy River Boys Theater on Hwy 76 for a little while before moving to the Grand Country Music Hall-where the Bacons continued their show and later added a 7 Pm Sunday night show called, The Ozark Mountain Jubilee. The Bacon Family performed from 1990 till 2016 when they decided to retire their Show
In 1991, Randy went to work for the Roy Clark organization with a group called, Celebrity Sound and they opened for Stars that were booked in Roy's Theater called, Roy Clark Celebrity Theatre. Randy played and sang with the group for 3 years opening for Roy, Bobby Vinton, Crystal Gayle, Janie Fricke, Glen Campbell, Chet Atkins, Jeannie C. Riley, Tonya Tucker, Roger Miller, T.G. Shepherd, Ricky Skaggs, Sharon White and Buddy Ebsen. Randy got to play with a band that backed up Buddy Ebsen and he really enjoyed this true legend and gentleman. He also got to play in a band that backed up Jeannie C. Riley. After Roy Clark decided to not use an opening act anymore, Randy moved on and worked for Doug Gabriel at the Jim Stafford Theater. He also worked for Shirley Johnson with her group, Shirley, Goodness & Mercy at Silver Dollar City for at least 5 years.
Randy joined the Walt Disney Company (1992 or 93) working at the Disney Store at the Springfield Battlefield Mall and then in August of 1998 he started working at the Disney Store at Branson’s Tanger Mall. He has been with Disney for at least 21 years and is a huge Mickey Mouse fan. In 2007, Randy was hired by James Garrett, who started a new Show, A Tribute To John Denver at the Little Opry Theatre inside the Branson IMAX Entertainment Complex. Then, in 2008, Randy performed with James who started a 2nd show, A Tribute To George Strait at 5 Pm which later changed to, The Johnny Cash Songbook. Randy is still with A Tribute To John Denver Show
The Plummer Family Country Music Show did 9 Reunion Shows from 2007 till 2015 at the Hamner Barber Theater & later at the God and Country Theatre.
In 2011, Randy Plummer wrote an original story called, SNOWDEER CHRISTMAS STORY and put a Cast together to record it. On December 20, 2011, he released an audio version on CD. In 2012 SNOWDEER was released in softback book. SNOWDEER is a story about a 7 year old solid white young buck whose Christmas Wish is to pull Santa’s sleigh for Christmas delivering gifts to all the children and animals in the world. His friend Plum Puddin’-who is named after Randy-goes about to help SNOWDEER get his Christmas Wish. SNOWDEER CHRISTMAS STORY became a Christmas Production in 2012 and continues to be performed during Branson’s Ozark Mountain Christmas. In 2014, Randy released his 2nd book called, THE ADVENTURES OF SNOWDEER, PLUM PUDDIN” & PURPLE MOUSE in softback and in 2016 he released the audio version on CD. Both books are available on Amazon, Kindle and Barnes & Noble or order from www.snowdeer.org Or, You can order them direct from Randy at Box 1144, Branson, MO 65616. They are $15.oo each for the books or the audio CD’s.
In 2017, Randy released his 32nd Cd called, The Best of Randy Plummer. He continues to write songs and books and play bass fiddle and his goal is to keep promoting the great community of Branson, so others can see and experience the beauty of the Branson Ozarks. His goal too is to be a witness for Jesus and show Him to the world-reaching as many as he can.
SNOWDEER, Plum Puddin' & all characters ©Randy Plummer