Over the 12 years of the OPRY more than 200 different bands crossed our stage. Here are a few you may remember.
PICKIN' ON THE PORCH! For the most part, the bands on this page appear in no particular order or sequence. As the OPRY became established, most bands only appeared one time each year although a small number of bands were in such demand by fans they were scheduled 2-3 times during the year.
One of the first bands to ever play at the OPRY was NEW RIVER consisting of Dr. Bobby Jones, Horace Scruggs, Dean Jenks, Dean Davis and Ray Allison. Dr. Bobby was a driving force behind the beginning of the OPRY and made constant efforts to promote the venue and bring in other bands and musicians. In the early days of the OPRY, only 3 or 4 bands were available to play and those bands played about once a month for some time. Without the persistent and commitment of Dr. Bobby Jones, the OPRY might never have become a reality.
One of those "other bands" was STRAIGHT and NARROW with Darin Aldridge, Dean Jenks, Harold Simpson and Ronnie Sain. They performed often to make sure a band was on stage for the people who attended.
STRAIGHT and NARROW Bluegrass Band featuring Darin Aldridge, Dean Jenks, Harold Simpson and Ronnie Sain.
Ruff 'n' Rocky Bluegrass Band was also a 'mainstay' of the early OPRY and played several times each year in order to have a band on stage. Vern Berry (guitar, lead vocal) was an avid supporter and promoter of the concept of 'live music' in Uptown Shelby and a driving force behind the beginning of the weekly shows. Thanks to Vern and the Ruff 'n' Rocky boys for all their support and music in the 'lean times' and in the 'good times'. We had some fun!
THE DOLLAR BROTHERS from TODD, NC
THE HATLEY FAMILY Gospel Bluegrass Band
FLINTHILL with Dr. Bobby Jones, Michael Burgess, Harold Simpson, Dean Jenks and Wayne Parrish
Big Daddy Bluegrass Band with Steve and Bryan McMurray,
Curtis Burch (New Grass Revival) Larry and Jenny Keel, Billy Constable,
Dr. Bobby Jones
The HARRIS BROTHERS
FRAGMENT #1 EBMA Bluegrass Band from Chezk and Slovak Republics GREAT FOLKS!
BUNCOMBE COUNTY TURNPIKE from Asheville, NC
NONE OF THE ABOVE from Mt. Airy, NC
JAMES RANDOLPH, author of "Old Carolina" and playing with POWDER CREEK. Truly great to visit with James and have him in our midst.
KEN POOVEY fiddle with POWER CREEK and a great musician and supporter of bluegrass music.
POWDER CREEK with Dewey Farmer, James Randolph, Ken Poovey, C.E Ward
The BURGESS FAMILY from Cherryville, NC
CHATHAM COUNTY LINE
SOUTHERN EXPRESS featuring Lee Ward from Charlotte, NC
BOYS from CAROLINA
DAVID PARMLEY and CONTINENTAL DIVIDE
LOU REID and CAROLINA with Scott Burgess jumping in for a song!