Jesse and Darlene Hammer, Miller, recently spent a week in Branson, Missouri as guests of friends in their cabin time-share. They had a wonderful time and attended many shows, but none as memorable as “Gordy & Debbie – A Tribute to George Strait Dinner Show.”
Gordy came down into the audience, tapped Jesse on the shoulder, and invited him to go up on stage. This was a ploy to sit next to Darlene and sing a love song to her! It was supposed to be a joke on Jesse, but he took full advantage of the opportunity and put his arm around Debbie on stage, and even gave her a little smack. After the show, a man came up to Jesse and said, “I hope that some day you will be able to overcome your shyness.”
Gordy and Debbie Wensel were voted Branson’s best musical group of the year for 2013, and received many other awards. The Hammers highly recommend this dinner show.
In visiting with the Wensels afterwards, we learned that Debbie was originally from Kimball, S.D. and her parents had previously owned the truck stop in Kimball. Debbie sang there and other places in South Dakota before moving to Branson, where she became very successful. She and Gordy have been performing together since 2005.
BACK STAGE AT BRANSON, l to r, Jesse Hammer, Debbie Wensel, Darlene Hammer and Gordy Wensel.`