TERRE HAUTE —
Mike Porter and sister Marsha Banning have been performing and harmonizing their way to the hearts of audiences from Tennessee to the Midwest states of Indiana, Iowa and Illinois, where they are active members of the Illinois Country Music Association.
The Mike Porter Show (with guest Banning) will be at the Boot City Opry at 7 p.m. Saturday south of Terre Haute. Tickets are $11.
The two grew up on traditional/contemporary country and the 1950s and ’60s songs that could be heard at the town square on Saturday night, as well as the upbeat Southern Gospel favorites they sang every Sunday morning in church.
Growing up on Panther Creek Lane, they became dubbed the “Panther Creek Duo.” Porter also began to excel in the art of yodeling and performing songs of legendary rockabilly artists like Elvis, Roy Orbison and Jerry Lee Lewis. The duo has performed on the same stage as Joe Diffie, Confederate Railroad and Clay Walker.
The Panther Creek Duo has won various awards. They are currently the 2008 Illinois Country Music Association’s duo of the year (for the fourth consecutive year in a row), and their album, “Panther Creek Duo,” has been named 2007 NACMAI Country Music Album of the Year.
Porter has opened for Loretta Lynn, Ronnie McDowell and Phil Vasser. He currently has 10 albums, the most recent being “Nashville Ain’t Gonna Come To Me.” This self-written album has already earned two international awards and was named the 2008 Illinois Country Music Association’s Album Recording of the Year.
Porter has earned the title of Illinois Country Music Association’s Songwriter of the Year, Entertainer of the Year and the 2008 Male Vocalist in an Opry for his creation and performances in the “Gym Bob’s Jamboree Show.”
In March 2007, Porter was awarded NACMAI Songwriter of the Year for the title track “Nashville Ain’t Gonna Come To Me,” and 2007 NACMAI Songwriter of the Year (Holiday), for “It just Don’t Feel Like Christmas,” featured on the album. He also has albums featuring his classic country, ’50s and ’60s and yodeling favorites.
Porter was also named the 2005 International Grand Champion Yodeler, so yodeling songs are always a unique favorite at his shows