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MORAVIA, Iowa -- The tradition of country music at Rathbun Country Music Theater will live on under new ownership.

Billed as Iowa's longest running country music venue, the theater near Moravia is now in its 43rd season.

The house band's front man Rick Zaputil calls the theater "Southern Iowa's Grand Ole' Opry." Zaputil leads the Rathbun Ramblers, which backs up various guest artists.

John Bain Sr. has purchased the RCMT while his son John Jr. is the new general manager. He plans to widen the musical flavors a bit.

"Something I like to call, Ameripolitan," said Bain Jr. "That's all things classic, whether new or old in country rock and roll, and rhythm and blues."

RCMT was founded by two cousins who played in a band called "The Mavericks."

The two grew tired of traveling to gigs through snowstorms and getting home at 4 a.m. so they opened the RCMT around the time Lake Rathbun was built. The theater is just a short way from the lake's shores.

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