Johnnie High's Country Music Revue

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The Johnnie High's Country Music Revue is a weekly variety show held at the Arlington Music Hall in Arlington, Texas in the Dallas Fort Worth Metroplex. It helps to showcase local talent; Old or young. It was created by Johnnie High, a singer, musician, songwriter and businessman. The Revue began in 1974. High had purchased a former movie theater in 1994 and turned into the Arlington Music Hall as the permanent place for the weekly country music show.

The revue has been a success for thirty-one years. It features a seven-member cast, a band and back-up singers. It introduces at least 20 or 25 different performers. The show opens up every Friday and Saturday. Country music fans from all over the world have gone to the revue to see amazing talent.

The show also has different themes. The show might open up with a 1950s theme or a Big Band theme. The show has a rotating talent roster that hold open auditions three times a year.

Over the years, Johnnie High's Country Music Revue has opened the door for many famous people such as Kelly Clarkson, LeAnn Rimes, Lee Ann Womack, Gary Morris, Box Car Willie, Wanda Jackson, Kitty Wells, Tommy Cash and many others. His granddaughter, Ashley Smith, is a regular performer on the show and helps play co-host.

They hold shows such as Fabulous 50s shows, Legends shows, Incredible Kids, New Faces shows and gospel concerts.

The revue is a four-time winner of the Live Country Music Show of the Year by the National Organization of Country Music Associations.


Hamm, Dorothy Johnnie High - People Told Him It Wouldn't Work Article September 9, 2005 column for Texas