LEWISTON – Betty Cody and her son Denny Breau, one of Maine’s first families of country music, will headline the Breau Family Show Sunday, Nov. 30, at the Ramada Inn.

The show will offer a rare opportunity to hear Cody, who celebrated her 87th birthday in August, perform some of her signature songs. During the 1950s, Cody was considered one of the top female country artists in the United States. She recorded with RCA both as a solo artist and with her husband at that time, the late Hal “Lone Pine” Breau.

A younger brother of the late jazz guitar genius Lenny Breau, Denny is widely recognized for his stellar guitar work in a variety of musical genres and his beautifully crafted songs. Performances include a “smartly executed Chet Atkins medley by Breau who truly does the late Atkins proud,” according to music magazine Dirty Linen.

In 2004, Breau, who records on Outer Green Records, joined his parents as a member of the Maine Country Music Hall of Fame, the youngest inductee in the history of the organization.

Also joining Cody will be her sister, Flo Hooper of Bangor, who is also a member of the Maine Country Music Hall of Fame. Hooper’s daughter, well-known country singer Sharlene Hooper, will perform along with several cousins, including Cody’s other singing sons, Bob and Dick, and aunts and uncles. Rounding out the family will be a special appearance by Breau’s wife, Ann, who plays flute.

Backing up the family members will be some of Maine’s top musicians, including Frank Coffin on bass, Brian Hodgeman on drums, Jim McLaughlin on keyboard, Paul Mellyn on acoustic guitar, Zack Ovington on mandolin and fiddle, and Tom Zicarelli on harmonica and sax.

The three-hour concert will begin at 1 p.m. The Ramada Inn is at 490 Pleasant St. Admission is $15. Tickets will be available at the door as well as in advance at Carroll’s Music Center, 160 Canal St., Lewiston, 782-3545, and Musicians Choice, 190 Western Ave., Augusta, 623-0400.


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