Branson entertainer dies at age 79

Branson entertainer dies at age 79

Branson, Missouri — The Branson entertainment community is in mourning following the passing of a revered fellow artist.

Shoji Tabuchi, a cherished Branson fiddler and impresario, breathed his last at the age of 79 on August 11th.

Tabuchi gained renown for his creation, The Shoji Tabuchi Show, a multifaceted family variety production featuring Tabuchi himself, alongside his wife Dorothy and their daughter Christina.

His journey with the violin began at the tender age of seven, as recounted in a piece by Explore Branson, where he developed an enduring affection for bluegrass melodies.

The evolution of his show over its three-decade tenure was remarkable, embracing an array of elements such as dancers’ performances, heartfelt love ballads, timeless hits from the 50s and 60s, soul-stirring gospel renditions, and an eclectic assortment of musical genres.

The year 2020 marked a significant accolade for Tabuchi, as he was inducted into the esteemed National Fiddler Hall of Fame. The City of Branson further honored his legacy by designating August 31, 2021, as Shoji, Dorothy, and Christina Tabuchi Day. A poignant Facebook post by the city expressed, “Prayers are flowing from the hearts of Branson’s residents and beyond, reaching out to the family of one of the city’s most treasured and enduring talents.”

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