Louise Mandrell, fiddler
Quote: "I first started playing a Barcus-Berry fiddle during the Barbara Mandrell and the Mandrell Sisters Show, and I have played them ever since," said Louise Mandrell. "At my theatre in Pigeon Forge, I play several Barcus-Berry fiddles. I love that they have such beautiful tones, and my audience loves that they match my costumes. Thanks for making such a great fiddle."
Bio: Louise Mandrell started out as a country singer and violinist and toured for many years. In addition to her own music, she performed in variety shows with her two sisters, Barbara Mandrell and Irlene Mandrell. In the late 1990's, Louise started her own theatre called the Louise Mandrell Theater, located in Pigeon Forge, Tennessee.
The Louise Mandrell Theater immediately became one of the top attractions in the popular Great Smoky Mountains tourist destination where Louise was responsible for staging the most attended show in Pigeon Forge throughout its eight-year run. The production boasted lavish Broadway-style sets, elaborate costumes and dazzling special effects. During each two-hour performance, Louise wowed audiences with her boundless energy, whether she was belting out her favorite songs, spinning her way through a dizzying dance routine or playing 13 different musical instruments.
As a resident of Pigeon Forge, Louise made a lot of new friends offstage, too. She spent countless hours of her own time lending her name, talents and resources to a wide range of charitable causes, including the United Way and the American Cancer Society. Louise also has been a longtime champion of Boy Scouts of America, and for seven years, her Louise Mandrell Celebrity Shoot television specials raised more than $1 million for the program.
In 2005, Louise made another family-focused decision, closing her successful theater and moving her home base back to Nashville in order to spend more time with her husband, John Haywood. These days Louise still maintains close ties to the entertainment business, involving herself in recording projects, charity events and speaking engagements that allow her to stay close to home. She is respected as an artist and as a member of the community which made her a perfect fit as the featured entertainer for the “Joy To The World” Christmas Dinner & Show at the Opryland Hotel.
To find out more info about Louise, visit her website http://www.louisemandrell.com