Cash’s White River Hoedown
Mountain View’s premier music and comedy variety show, featuring Aunt Minnie and her family of misfits. The hoedown features an all star band than covers a wide variety of country, americana, bluegrass, rock & roll and gospel music that will have you astounded with their talent and versatility.
Our outstanding cast of musicians and singers has entertained Mountain View visitors for years. Audiences have been amazed at the musicianship and the singing ability of each our entertainers. We think you’ll enjoy learning more about our talented cast members and the major stars they have been associated with over the years.
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Pat Cash, better known as “Aunt Minnie Miles!!!”
Pat Cash got her start onstage quite by accident. Her debut came one night as she disguised herself and jumped onstage to sing Happy Birthday to her husband Jim. The band was taken completely by surprise and wouldn’t stop playing to let her sing so she started gig dancing. When the band finally stopped she was too out breath to sing so she told a few jokes and a new career was born!
Pat Decker Cash was born and raised in Mountain View, Arkansas. She says she is a City girl, because she grew up on Main Street, downtown, Mountain View, population less than 1000 for most of her growing up life.
Her father was Buster Decker, one of the most well known persons in the area. He was so well known because he was so friendly, outgoing and an owner of several different businesses in the area. Her mother, Mae Hinkle Decker (who also had a great personality) and her Dad were the first people to go in to the Tourism business by opening a theme park called “Land of the Crossbow” located at Blanchard Springs, near Fifty-Six, Arkansas, just north of the little town of Mountain View. The Decker family lived at the park in the summer in the early 1950’s, a decade before the world renowned discovery of the upper level of Blanchard Springs Caverns which was called “The cave find of the century” by Time magazine. This put Mountain View on the map! Growing up in this type of environment developed Pat’s ability to be fun loving and a great “people person.” Like her father, she never met a stranger and loves to be surrounded by people. In high school she was voted by the students, Ms. Mountain View High School, her junior and senior years. At the same time she was voted Friendliest, and Wittiest. Her friends say that when they get down in the dumps they just go see Pat and she will have them laughing and forget about their troubles.
She married Jim Cash in 1964 and they have three children, Pamela Ann Dobbins, Jana K. Wickham and Jim Ed Cash. They now have five grandchildren. Both Jim and Pat still attend the First Baptist Church where they both have been members of all their lives. They also live in the house Pat grew up in on Main Street.
In 1984 after visiting Branson, Missouri and attending shows there, Jim and Pat decided that Mountain View had just as much to offer and possibly more with Blanchard Springs Caverns being located nearby. We already had music on the courtsquare, which is very unique, and other theater type shows such as the Ozark Folk Center, Grandpa Jones Dinner Theater, The Folklore Society and Jimmy Driftwoods Barn. So they felt like another type of show with country music and comedy would be a fantastic asset to the community. They had a friend who agreed to build them a theater where Jim’s Pulpwood Yard was located, this was where Jim was self-employed and bought and sold timber. Pat was employed at Arkansas Power & Light as a customer service representative. But they both loved country and western music, 50’s and 60’s rock and roll, and gospel music so they decided to “stick-their-necks-out” and build a theater. And that’s how the Cash family got started in the music business. Their first years were not profitable at all. They had to support the show by working at other jobs and not giving up on their dream.
Today Pat is a Vice-President of Customer Development with The Citizens Bank, but in the early days of the show she had no plans of being in the show. Her big debut as a comedienne started at the end of the first year when she disguised herself and went on stage to sing Happy Birthday to Jim. The band thought she was some crazy woman and would not stop playing music. She started gig dancing and when they finally did end the song she was out of breath and could not sing. She introduced herself as Aunt Minnie Miles, because she said, “She ain’t got many miles left!” Then she told a joke and the crowd laughed and laughed. So, she told another. Jim or Pat could not believe it. They had auditioned several comedians and just could not find one that was funny. Comedy is all about timing and enjoying what you are doing and she had it all. After 23 years of making people laugh she still enjoys every minute of it and people from all over the world loves Aunt Minnie Miles.
Her son Jim Ed, after finishing high school, began to perform with Aunt Minnie Miles as Bumpy Miles. Like his mother, he too had the art of making people laugh and entertaining the public. Bumpy Miles was a great asset to the family business and performed at the show for 15 years. In the summer of 2006 he decided to pursue a career in the real estate business and take some time off from the show. Pat hopes that he will soon return to the stage with her. So many people loved the mother-son duo. The entire family is involved one way or another in this family operated business!
Brenda Bear Barnett
Brenda Bear Barnett grew up in southern Missouri around West Plains. Her father, James Barnett, was a well known Pentecostal Preacher and Brenda started singing at a young age in church and with various local Ozark bands. During this time she started developing her bass playing and entertaining skills.
At the age of 18, she auditioned for the Dusty Rhodes Show in Branson, Mo. Shortly after she met and began working with Sandra and Donna Rhodes and Charlie Chalmers. Together they toured with Paul Anka, sang in several Farm Aid Shows with Willie Nelson, performed on the Grand Old Opry and the Nashville Now TV Show.
Brenda’s voice is on many of the recordings you hear everyday. Her background vocal credits include: Paul Anka, Bobby Vinton, B.J. Thomas, Tanya Tucker, Englebert Humperdink, Mel Tillis, Roy Clark, Moe Bandy, Ray Stevens, Jim Stafford, Boxcar Willie, Ferlin Husky and Cristy Lane. She has written songs for The Oak Ridge Boys and Conway Twitty, including the No. 1 record, “The Clown”. In the early 90’s, she performed in an off Broadway play, “Holiday On Ice”, in New York City, as the female lead singer. She then returned to Branson, Mo., and continued working in recording studios during the day and shows at night.
In 1998 Brenda joined Cash’s White River Hoedown in Mountain View. She has amazed the audiences with her tremendous talent as an entertainer. She is one of the best bass players you will ever hear along with a fantastic voice. Her quick wit also makes her a great emcee. Brenda continues writing songs and working in recording studios in Branson and Springfield, Missouri.
Sandra Rhodes was born in Memphis, TN.. She is the daughter of Dot and Dusty Rhodes who were part of the famous Rhodes Family Band, along with Slim, Speck and Bea Rhodes.
She began singing on her family’s Memphis based television program, “The Rhodes Show” at the age of eight. Her mother taught her to play the guitar when she was ten years old. She continued playing and singing with her brothers, Gordon and Perry and sister Donna on various shows including “The Louisiana Hayride” and “The Grand Old Opry”.
Sandra enjoyed her first commercial success as a songwriter at the age of fifteen with a top ten country/pop single “How Much Can A Lonely Heart Stand”, recorded by Grand Ole Opry Star, Skeeter Davis.
Sandra and her sister Donna went on to record for RCA Victor Records as “The Lonesome Rhodes” in the early 70’s, with Chet Atkins as their producer. They achieved commercial acclaim with a self tested album and several chart singles. During this time they performed on many Nashville based television shows including, The Porter Wagoner Show, Pop Goes the Country with Ralph Emery and made frequent guest spots on The Grand Ole Opry.
Sandra met her former husband, Charlie Chalmers at Sam Phillips’ Sun Records Recording Studio. She and Charlie, along with sister Donna, formed a much sought after background singing group. Their list of credits include: Elvis Presley, Frank Sinatra, B.J. Thomas, Paul Anka, Mac Davis, Liza Minelli, Jackie DeShannon, Tanya Tucker, Ann Peebles, Neil Diamond, Andy Gibb, Harry Chapin, Englebert Humperdink, John Mellencamp, Olivia Newton-John, Ray Stevens and Al Green.
She has written songs for Isaac Hayes, The Oak Ridge Boys, Al Green, Liza Minneli and Conway Twitty, including his number one record, “The Clown”.
In the early 90’s, Sandra, Charlie and Brenda Barnett traveled and performed with Mel Tillis for several years. While living in Branson they worked and recorded with various artist including, Roy Clark, Ray Stevens, Bobby Vinton, Box-Car Willie, Jim Stafford, Moe Bandy, Foster Brooks, Ferlin Huskey and Cristy Lane.
Sandra joined with her father Dusty Rhodes at Cash’s White River Hoedown in 1998. Audiences’ are in awe at her fantastic lead guitar playing, lead singing and back up vocals. She is truly a spectacular entertainer. She also continues to write songs and do a lot of studio work in Branson and Springfield, Missouri.
Zendel Rainey has been involved in the music business since his birth. He is the son of the famous song writer/performer Mr. Wayne Rainey. Mr. Rainey has written several number one hits for Hank Williams Sr.
Zendel performed with his Father on the Grand Old Opry at the age of 11 playing a guitar. He later learned to play the piano and harmonica. He has been in the recording business for over 52 year. In 1992 he built a new recording studio at his home in Drasco called Rainey Recording Studio.
He plays piano and harmonica as good as or better than anyone you will ever see. We are honored to have such a proficient musician performing at Cash’s White River Hoedown.
Since the age of 17, Tom Arnold has played drums. Early in his career he played with the 20th Army Band. Working with hit makers like Louis Jordan, Larry Hosford, Carl Gray and Rose Maddox has given Mr. Arnold quite a following of fans. Lately, Tom has lectured and has done tutorials of his drum solo technique.
This is String Bean….an upcoming comedian. He plays drum and a tub-bass and also joins in on some of the comedy skits. You never know where he will pop up, so stay awake…he might just sit down beside you! This is Aunt Minnie’s Grandson, D.J. Binnie.