Branson Beat: ‘Lasting’ fun with Mike Walker

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The ‘Lasting Impressions’ of Mike WalkerWith the live show slate not exactly “hopping” until later this week, my options for this week’s show experience were quite limited. Lucky for me, Branson’s only show last week just happened to be a personal favorite, “Mike Walker -— Lasting Impressions” at the Hamner Variety Theatre.Even though Walker has a great voice, as well as great songs, of his own, Walker is also an impressionist, not an impersonator. That simply means aside from a few props, his goal is to sound like the most legendary artists of all time, especially those with the most unique voices.To show off his own voice, Walker starts off with a hit song of his own, 2001’s “Honey Do.” From there, he tells the story of how he became a performer and ended up in Branson, as well as how he began doing impressions. From there, he maniacally delves into dozens of impressions that are utterly fantastic.Some of my personal favorites include Ray Charles, which he flat-out nails, a duet with Kermit the Frog and Louis Armstrong, a conversation between Michael and LaToya Jackson, and a flat-out perfect rendition of a John Anderson tune. As awesome as all those vocal impressions are, the two that stand out for me most are Michael Bolton and of course, Conway Twitty.Walker’s impression of Conway Twitty is so spot-on, he even headlines a full show dedicated to the music …


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