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Jimmy Bowen Show coming to The Capitol

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Photo of Ribbon Cutting by DALLUS WHITFIELD/The Wilson Post

Jimmy Bowen is bringing fast-paced, live shows featuring talent like Daryle Singletary and Darryl Worley to The Capitol Theatre in Lebanon this year.

Bowen said the idea for a filmed show came to him late one evening while watching Forrest Gump. "It was the part where his mama said, 'Make your own destiny,'" he said at a Ribbon Cutting on Wednesday.

Bowen understands the music industry - and was looking for a way to showcase great acts in Wilson County. He said he called friend, WANT 98.9 radio host MJ Lucas.

"I've dealt with Nashville for 20 years, but if you don't fit the mold, or you are getting a little gray in your beard, (they say) you aren't marketable," he explained. "When I was watching that movie, a little light went off. I thought, 'Mama was right.' I called MJ and said I need to get in the Capitol Theatre. I'm bringing in great talent."

His long-term goal is to convert the concert series to a dinner theatre.

"We'd like to have a dinner theatre, like they have in Branson or Gatlinburg," he said.

Another aspect of the show is that doors will open at 5 p.m. with the first act coming on-stage at 6 p.m.

"We didn't want it to be too late for anyone. This way you can get out by 9:30 (p.m.) and get home in time to get in bed and wake up the next morning for work," he said.

The shows will be family-friendly.

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