ABINGDON, Va. (Nov. 2, 2023) – The Birthplace of Country Music (BCM) proudly presents The Blue Ridge Opry at the Southwest Virginia Cultural Center & Marketplace in Abingdon, Va. at 7 p.m. ET, Nov. 18, hosted by Kelley Breiding and featuring her band, The Cowboys. Special guests include Emily Spencer & Debbie Bramer, Bayla Davis & Cary Fridley, Donna Ray Norton, Jim Lloyd, and Ashlee Watkins & Andrew Small. The wholesome variety show brings music, dancing, and comedy together for an evening of great entertainment the entire family will enjoy.
“The Blue Ridge Opry is a traveling musical variety show featuring our area’s premier traditional musicians and dancers to promote cultural pride and awareness in the region,” said Breiding. “We’re thrilled to work with BCM to bring the show to Abingdon for the first time and to join them in honoring the contributions of women in old-time music.”
The Blue Ridge Opry is a heartwarming country music variety show that draws its inspiration from the early era of the Grand Ole Opry and the golden age of iconic country legends such as Patsy Cline, Hank Williams, Uncle Dave Macon, The Carter Family, Loretta Lynn, and more. The program is hosted and produced by the talented singer and multi-instrumentalist Kelley Breiding and showcases an array of musical guest stars in addition to the host’s band Kelley and The Cowboys. Additionally, the program features a delightful blend of comedy and dancers from the Blue Ridge Mountains, bringing the essence of genuine country music home to the Appalachian region.
“The Blue Ridge Opry performance will be a grand celebration of women in old-time music in conjunction with the Birthplace of Country Music Museum‘s special exhibit I’ve Endured: Women in Old-Time Music, which is on display at the museum through the end of this year,” said Dr. Rene Rodgers, head curator of the museum. “We are thrilled to partner with our friends at Southwest Virginia Cultural Center & Marketplace for the opportunity to bring the program to our region, with special thanks to the East Tennessee Foundation Art Fund for programming support.”
For more information about The Blue Ridge Opry, visit the website at BlueRidgeOpry.wordpress.com. Tickets to The Blue Ridge Opry in Abingdon are $20 (plus tax/fee) and on sale now through the events page at BirthplaceOfCountryMusic.org.