The Paint Valley Jamboree will begin its 55th season Saturday. (Submitted photo)
The Paint Valley Jamboree will begin its 55th season Saturday. (Submitted photo)
The Paint Valley Jamboree, Ohio’s longest-running country music show, kicks off its 55th season at the historic Paxton Theatre Saturday, Feb. 9 at 7 p.m.

The family-friendly show has returned to its popular Saturday night time slot and will occur on the second Saturday of every month.

The 55th season kicks off with a new emcee and band leader, a Paint Valley Jamboree regular, Rick Henderson. Henderson has been performing since the age of 11 when he first sang the Hank Williams classic “Your Cheatin' Heart” at a VFW picnic in his hometown of Xenia.



Henderson is an accomplished musician and tackles guitar, banjo, mandolin, piano, horns and more. Henderson has recorded professionally, appeared in the country music video “Go On Back” and has been a guest DJ at the classic country radio station in his hometown.

Henderson is excited about heading up this season of the Paint Valley Jamboree and is introducing a more laid-back format where the musicians, vocalists and audience all interact to steer the show and create a great night of country music.

Vocalists on Saturday will include Jamboree favorites LeighAnne Cooper and Tim Villars, as well as newcomer Preston Dailey. Cooper and Villars have years of history with the Jamboree and were both eager to return for the first show of 2019. Dailey made his Jamboree debut last fall to much praise and was an easy choice for show organizers when putting together Saturday’s lineup.

The lights came up on the Paint Valley Jamboree for the first time on Feb. 27, 1965, when James Sweeney and Lou Harris formed a partnership to bring a live country and western show to the old Paxton Township Hall (also known as the Bainbridge Opera House). The Jamboree grew wildly in popularity with its mix of local talent and Nashville’s up-and-coming stars of the time: Waylon Jennings, Dottie West, Merle Haggard, Connie Smith, Johnny Paycheck, Minnie Pearl, Conway Twitty, Loretta Lynn, Little Jimmy Dickens, Porter Wagoner and many more.

The Paint Valley Jamboree has played an important part in the history of the Paxton Theatre. In celebrating the 55th season of the Jamboree, Paxton Theatre Foundation Chairman Tim Koehl wants to push the Jamboree into the spotlight and celebrate the rich country music history rooted in the village of Bainbridge.

Doors open for each performance at 6 p.m., with the show starting at 7 p.m. Tickets are $10 and are available in advance at paxtontheatre.org or by calling (740) 634-3333.

The Paxton Theatre is located at 133 E. Main St., Bainbridge. For more information, visit www.PaxtonTheatre.org.