Kentucky Opry to welcome back Blues Brothers act


Staff Report



PRESTONSBURG – Billie Jean Osborne’s Kentucky Opry will again welcome back two of its favorite past family members during the upcoming weekend with the return of Craig Collins and Allen James as The Blues Brothers. Collins and James popularized the act during the Kentucky Opry shows in the 1990’s. It quickly became a fan favorite due to their agility, comedy, and rhythm & blues feel that the duo added to the show.

Collins and James met their future wives while performing with the Kentucky Opry. Collins married vocalist Raetta Damron and James married vocalist and dancer Danette Flannery, also crowd favorites. Craig and Raetta left the Kentucky Opry in 1998, and Allen and Danette left in 2000.

“We are ready to put our sunglasses on and show our beautiful people we still have it,” Craig Collins said. “We’re putting the band back together.”

In full Elwood Blues character, Allen James said “We’re on a mission from God.”

This weekend’s show will be Saturday, July 16 at 7:30 p.m. at the Mountain Arts Center in Prestonsburg.

The Opry will have special guests this summer for select shows. These will include past stars from the organization, as well as local favorite vocalists and musicians.

Billie Jean Osborne’s Kentucky Opry was formed in 1990. It consists of talented vocalists and musicians who call Eastern Kentucky home. For more information and tickets go to www.macarts.com or call 888-MAC-ARTS. Prices range from $10-$13. The show runs every Saturday through August 6 with a special Labor Day show on September 3.

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