PRESTONSBURG – Just a few days shy of the official first day of summer, Billie Jean Osborne’s Kentucky Opry had its grand opening on Saturday. Showcasing its American roots, the Kentucky Orpy’s title for the 26th season is “Looking for America.”
There will be performances and appearances by not only new Kentucky Opry members but also longtime Opry members such as new Mountain Arts Center Director Clayton Case, who will serve as host and emcee; James Whited, 54, who serves as music director; Jody Conley, 55, who toured with Exile and Rebecca Lynn Howard in the 1990s; Freddie “Munroe” Goble, 71, and others.
“We are very excited about the show this year,” said Case. “I am excited, nervous and anxious for everyone to come and see the show and all the special guest we have invited back this summer. It really is a great show where you will be guaranteed to have a good time,”
Not only is Case serving as host and emcee, he will also be standing next to comedian “Munroe” on stage. Case is replacing former director Keith Caudill, who retired earlier in the year. Caudill had worked with Munroe since the Opry began in the 90s.
Everyone involved with the Kentucky Opry has a passion for music and it will show when each one of them take the stage. The show runs every Saturday through August 6. A special Labor Day show is slated for September 3. The prices for tickets range from $10-$13.For more information and tickets, visit www.macarts.com or call 1-888-MAC-ARTS.
Andrea Saddler is a reporter for The Floyd County Times. She can be reached at (606) 886-8506.