Longtime performer Cindy Lawhorn plays old hits.
If you are a fan of the live music scene at Lake of the Ozarks, you’ve probably heard of Cindy Lawhorn. For almost four decades she’s been performing at local venues, playing songs you know and love but may not have heard in years. It wouldn’t be a Tuesday night at Lucky’s on the Bagnell Dam Strip without her performing a song by one of her favorite entertainers, Dolly Parton.
Growing up in northwest Missouri, Lawhorn started singing at the age of 13. Her parents, Jack and Pat Fisher, live in Gaynor, Mo. and still perform on a regular basis.
“I love the people and I enjoy playing music. It’s in my blood. It’s always been a hobby for us,” she says. Her father taught her how to play the banjo, saxophone and guitar and she would make regular appearances in her parent’s band, Country Echoes.
Lawhorn moved to the Lake in her 20’s and has played at a variety of venues and with various bands. She has been performing solo for the last 17 years — most notably at Camp Bagnell, The Elks Lodge, JB Hook’s and The Office. In addition to her gig at Lucky’s on Tuesday nights, she will be performing at Blondie’s every other Sunday this summer.
“I always like to see new and familiar faces in the audience. I welcome everyone to come and join me at my various venues,” she said.
She also owns Cindy’s Cuts and Curls in Lake Ozark (in 1978 she graduated from cosmetology school).
Q&A with Cindy
What type of music do you play?
Classic Rock n’ Roll, Blues, new and old Country, Bluegrass, Easy Listening and Disco. I try to read the crowd and do whatever they like.
What are your most requested songs?
The old hits that everyone knows. Stevie Nicks, Patsy Cline, Bonnie Ray, MoTown, The Pointer Sisters … I’ll do just about everything. I have to switch up styles of music since — we have a mixed crowd.
What is your favorite band?
Fleetwood Mac. I love Stevie Nicks’ songs and get a lot of requests for them. But seeing Dolly Parton is number one on my bucket list. I just love her personality, sense of humor, she’s down to earth, humble, and, of course talented.