On Saturday, April 19 at 8 p.m. the curtain will open on the Rathbun Country Music Theater’s stage to warm the hearts of music fans after a long, frigid winter.
Though John Bain Sr., and his wife, Shirley, purchased the theater from Willis and Faye Dickerson, he gave his son, John Jr., wife Karen and their two daughters, Sylvia and Sophie, the opportunity to launch a new era at the musical paradise. After 40 highly successful years of entertaining countless fans from far and wide, the Dickersons’ decided to retire.
Deeply appreciative of his parents’ generosity and love of music and his family, John explains, “We aren’t strangers to Rathbun. When I was a young boy, my grandparents went there a lot and they took me many times. I always enjoyed the show.”
Attracted to music at an early age, Willis invited John to perform on the Rathbun stage in a guest slot. Smiling, John recalls, “I was about ten at the time. The first half of the show went fine. As I began to walk on stage for the second half, a button on my shirt caught on a guitar string and broke it. Embarrassed, I told Willis of my problem. He unstrapped his guitar and calmly said, ‘Here, take mine.’”
Young John turns 40 this summer, the same age Willis was when he started at the theater. John’s been a piano and guitar teacher for over 25 years. For many years, he’s been traveling with bands to play in clubs or wherever else they were booked. “Time to settle down,” he says, grinning. “No more packing.”
John owns an electronic business in tiny Lovilia, called High Octane Audio. In addition to repairing pro-audio equipment, he designs and builds custom guitar amplifications and records CD’s and albums.