Johnny King, a virtuoso guitarist, vocalist and songwriter, and Jeff Dennis, the percussionist for the Doug Lester Band, have been inducted because the 58th and 59th members of The Virginia Opry.
The 2 had been inducted previous to “Patsy Meets Elvis at The Virginia Opry” on the Pure Bridge Historic Resort (circa 1905) and Convention Middle’s Washington Corridor on Fri., Aug. 12.
King then served because the emcee for the sold-out present that featured World Champion Elvis Tribute Artist Michael Hoover and Denise Glass, a Patsy Cline tribute artist from Jonesville, Va.
The performers acquired three standing ovations, the primary for Glass, the second for Hoover, and the third for each of them after they carried out duets.
Dennis joined the opposite 5 members of The Virginia Opry who type the Doug Lester Band, not counting Hoover and Glass who’re additionally members of The Virginia Opry.
King is the president of the Alleghany Highlands Blues Society, and he has been appointed because the music director of The Virginia Opry to type The Virginia Opry’s new home band.
The Virginia Opry made its debut on Oct. 17, 1992, on stage on the Historic Stonewall Theatre in Clifton Forge, King’s hometown, after Appalfolks had acquired the theatre as a charitable donation on Dec. 20, 1991.
Appalfolks restored the twin-cinema to a performing arts facility that featured an expert dance studio on the highest flooring, held greater than 100 live shows and theatrical occasions throughout the nonprofit group’s 12 years of possession, and donated the theatre to the City of Clifton Forge in 2003.
The City Council of Clifton Forge has designated the City because the Dwelling of The Virginia Opry, and the City nonetheless owns the theatre that it renamed The Historic Masonic Theatre.
WKEY Radio Station’s Huge Nation 103.5 is the (radio) Dwelling of the Virginia Opry, and Pure Bridge Historic Resort and Convention Middle has been designated because the Opry’s Resort Efficiency Dwelling.
King and his rock ‘n’ roll band from Fla. carried out a profit live performance within the theatre for Appalfolks earlier than the theatre exchanged fingers, and just lately he returned to the world after residing out of state for a few years.
Just lately, he recorded 5 CDs in several music genres, and 10 Grammy winners had been concerned along with his recording challenge.
The home band will change into the eleventh band that makes up The Virginia Opry that turned the Commonwealth of Virginia’s official Opry after Governor Ralph S. Northam signed “Senate Invoice 283.”
Senator R. Creigh Deeds filed the invoice on Jan. 8, 2020, and “Senate Invoice 283” handed the Virginia Senate by a 40-0 vote and the Virginia Home of Delegates 93-6 earlier than Northam signed it on March 31, 2020.
The Virginia Opry had been honored on Feb. 17, 2017, by the Virginia Normal Meeting for finishing nation music exhibits within the Alleghany Highlands for 25 consecutive years.