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Branson duo coming to A.L.

Published 9:39am Wednesday, April 11, 2012

Two country music performers from Branson, Mo., are headed to Albert Lea later this month.

Gordy Wensel and Debbie Kaye, better known as Gordy & Debbie, are set to perform April 29 at Southwest Little Theater. The concert is a fundraiser for the Post 56 American Legion, which is in the middle of a fund drive to offset its outstanding debt, bills and taxes.

As of Monday, the drive had raised $22,865. The goal is $85,000. The appeal for donations began March 1 and runs through April 15.

In Branson, Gordy & Debbie regularly perform “A Tribute to George Strait Dinner Show” at Jackie B. Goode’s Uptown Cafe, in addition to appearing on various stages and broadcasts in that tourist-friendly town.

The Albert Lea stop is part of their winter tour. They perform country, tunes from the 1950s and ’60s, gospel and patriotic music, along with some humor. The show is slated to run from 2 to 4:30 p.m.

Wensel originally is from Cedar Rapids, Iowa, while Kaye is from Kimball, S.D. The two met in 2005 and wed in 2006.

Tickets for Gordy & Debbie are $10 in advance, $12 at the door. Tickets are for sale at the American Legion Club, Hy-Vee, Nelson’s Market Place, Albert Lea-Freeborn County Chamber of Commerce and the Albert Lea Convention and Visitors Bureau. People with questions can call 373-7993.

Post 56 set up a fund through the Albert Lea-Freeborn County Chamber Foundation. People wishing to donate should send a check to the foundation at 2580 Bridge Ave. with the annotation “Legion Mortgage and Debt Reduction.” The donations are tax-deductible.