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Shoji Tabuchi
Birth name Shoji Tabuchi
Born April 16, 1944 (1944-04-16) (age 65)
Origin Osaka, Japan
Genres Country
Occupations Musician/Entertainer
Instruments Vocals, Fiddle
Years active 1967-present

Shoji Tabuchi (April 16, 1944) is an Japanese country music fiddler and singer who currently performs at his theatre, the Shoji Tabuchi Theatre in Branson, Missouri.

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Growing Up

Shoji Tabuchi was born April 16, 1944 [1] in Daishoji, Japan. When young Tabuchi turned 7 years of age, his mother encouraged him to learn how to play the violin under the Suzuki Method. Shoji Tabuchi always loved American country music and promised that one day he would make it to America.

When Roy Acuff, of the Grand Ole Opry, took his act to Japan, Tabuchi attended his concert then met him after the show. Acuff told Tabuchi that if he was ever in Nashville to look him up. Shoji eventually traveled to America with his violin and $600. After spending some time in San Francisco and Kansas City he eventually made it to Nashville to meet Acuff. Acuff was true to his word and arranged an appearance for the young Japanese fiddler on the Grand Ole Opry radio variety show. Tabuchi later made numerous appearances on the Grand Ole Opry. [2]

Around 1980 Tabuchi arrived in Branson, MO and after performing successfully for a few years he took a gamble and built one of the most elaborate theaters in Branson. Tabuchi has never produced a recording on a major label, but Japanese-born fiddler Shoji Tabuchi ranks as among the most popular musicians in the United States creating a multi-million dollar entertainment empire. He employs about 200 people at his elaborate 2,000 seat theater in Branson, Missouri, where he performs two shows daily during most of the year, often selling out the shows.

Selected Discography

After Dark, Shoji Entertainments
Different Moods: Collection One, Shoji Entertainments
Fiddlin' Around, Shoji Entertainments
Live from Branson, Shoji Entertainments
Notes from Shoji, Shoji Entertainments
The Shoji Tabuchi Show! Vols. 1-4, Shoji Entertainments
Songs for the Lord, Shoji Entertainments

References

  1. ^ http://www.enotes.com/contemporary-musicians/tabuchi-shoji-biography
  2. ^ "A Japanese Disneyland" (review); Branson Courier, 25 July 2004

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