Virginia Opry radio show debuts on WREL Big Dawg Country 100.3 FM

Hosted by Gentlemen South singer Justin Peery, “The Virginia Opry Radio Show” debuted on WREL Big Dawg Country 100.3 FM on Tuesday, October 4 at 5:00 p.m.

Peery, executive director of The Virginia Opry, serves as a radio host, and his Good Place Farms near Lexington, where his bed and breakfast has hosted world-famous celebrities and statesmen, and Lex Vegas Bistro with the Celebrity Executive Chef Troy Shellar are two commercial sponsors of the hour-long show.

Other sponsors are Anything Construction LLC, Steve Amos, General Contractor and Rocktoberfest, Party Crasher Band with Bruce Allen and Jason Burke.

Peery remarked, “The first show was designed to introduce the new Virginia Opry Band.”

The Virginia Opry now has 12 bands and 60 members, and the new Virginia Opry Band will be able to perform as a house band whenever recording artists appear as guests on The Virginia Opry without bringing their bands with them.

Johnny King, musical director of The Virginia Opry, is the leader of the group. He is a singer who plays lead guitar, slide guitar and acoustic guitar. King is the founder of the Alleghany Highlands Blues Society.

Billy Berberette, bassist and vocalist, and Stephen Peery, Justin’s brother who forms the other half of Gentlemen South as vocalist and keyboardist, will be featured on keyboard and as vocalist.

Randy “Stixx” Anders is the new drummer for the Virginia Opry Band.

During the first “The Virginia Opry Radio Show“, Justin interviewed each of the new band members of Virginia Opry, and each shared with the audience their musical journey and the events leading up to becoming a member of the band.

“The Virginia Opry Radio Show” was Justin’s brainchild after successfully serving as executive director of The Virginia Opry’s biggest show in its 30-year history.

The Virginia Opry show on April 30 at the Lime Kiln Theater in Lexington opened with the “Star Spangled Banner” sung by Gentlemen South before Justin introduced Ashley Cooke and his band.

More than 2,000 people attended the concert on April 30, an outdoor event which featured Cooke and Emily Rose and their bands opening for Chirs Lane and his band.

The second radio show featured Keith Bryant, an artist from Nashville of Rockbridge County who founded Ironhorse and had two songs on “Billboard’s Hot County 50”.

During Justin’s interview with Bryant, Justin played several of Bryant’s hits, including “Ridin’ with the Legend,” a song that landed him a sponsor and a West Coast tour. The song remains one of NASCAR’s favorites.

Justin recalled, “We talked about his success in country music, including ‘Ridin’ with the Legend’ which led to him touring nationally.”

Bryant became a member of the Virginia Opry before the Virginia Opry was designated as the official Opry of the Commonwealth of Virginia on March 31, 2020, when Governor Ralph S. Northam signed “Senate Bill 283,” the bill introduced by the Senator R. Creigh Deeds who passed the Virginia Senate 40-0 and the Virginia House of Delegates by a vote of 93-6.

The third radio show in the series is to air every Tuesday. at 5:00 p.m. Nashville recording artist Glen Shelton.

Justin noted, “I did a phone interview with Glen as he traveled to Nashville to complete a recording project and kick off his radio tour.”

Shelton was emcee and singer with The Virginia Opry for several years, and Justin shared Shelton’s latest recording, “Writing You a Love Song.”

He also performed Shelton’s duet with Jimmy Fortune, a 2012 recording of “I Am Alive” and a Shelton solo titled “A Little Bit of You”.

Peery said, “We are currently in talks with several radio stations in Virginia about a path forward to syndicate ‘The Virginia Opry Radio Show.’

He arranged for the new Virginia Opry Band to perform at 6:00 p.m. on Saturday, November 19, at the Hospitality United Group dinner to raise money for Hurricane Ian victims on the west coast of Florida. . will take place at The Advancement Foundation in Buena Vista.

“The Virginia Opry Radio Show” can be heard by visiting Spotify and searching for it under the show’s name online, and a TV podcast is planned in order to establish the show on a YouTube channel.

The Virginia Opry’s final two shows of the year are scheduled for Saturday, December 17, when Bill Pinkney’s Original Drifters, will take the stage at the Historic Masonic Theater in Clifton Forge and Thursday, December 22, when Charles Billingsley will perform at Virginia Opry’s Resort. Performance Home, at the Natural Bridge Historic Hotel and Conference Center.

Tickets for both shows are on sale and patrons can go online at www.historicmasonictheatre.com or Google The Virginia Opry.

In addition to Cooke, Rose and Lane who performed as guests on The Virginia Opry, the late Dan Seals, the Darrel Webb Band, Charles Billingsley, The Farm Hands and The Freight Hoppers made guest appearances.

The Virginia Opry debuted on October 17, 1992, at the Historic Stonewall Theater (renamed The Historic Masonic Theatre) as a musical outreach program for the Appalfolks of America Association which owned and operated the theater at the time. Three of the original 10 members continue as members of The Virginia Opry.

On February 17, 2017, the Virginia General Assembly passed a resolution to honor The Virginia Opry for completing 25 consecutive years of country music performances.

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