The Southern Ohio Opry in McDermott offers a wholesome musical experience every Saturday night.
Tom Cable first opened the opry 16 years ago and still has many of the same band members.
Cable explained that he started playing bluegrass but also wanted a venue that offered live country music as well.
“I went to different places but never really saw what I wanted,” Cable explained.
So, he decided to open his own concert hall.
After more than a decade in business, Cable says it is the family experience and the band that keeps people coming back.
“That’s the best band in the area,” Cable commented.
The band includes fiddle player Roger Cooper, who has played with stars such as Jim Case and country music artist Connie Smith; drummer Ken Riley, from Otway, who played with Loretta Lynn for 23 years; Joey McGinnis, Southern Ohio Opry original guitar player who has never missed a show; Northwest graduate Dick Ash, who has also been with the band 16 years; Roger Conn, of West Union; and keyboarder Don Smith.
Cable is also a songwriter, who has written songs about his home state of Ohio including songs such as “Country Music Highway” and “Cleveland, Ohio.”
The Southern Ohio Opry is also home to singer Donna Cunningham, who has also been coming back since the opry first opened.
“I like coming here to sing because I’ve lived here my entire life,” Cunningham stated. “You get to be like family.”
Cunningham has had musical success around the country and in Europe with 10 no. 1 indie songs.
Each week, the Southern Ohio Opry opens its stage to local singers as well as bringing in some notable names from the past.
Over the years, the opry has been visited by the children of some of Nashville’s most notable performers including sons of Charlie Pride, Conway Twitty and Merle Haggard.
On August 19, the Southern Ohio Opry will host Ricky Lynn Gregg. Gregg is a country music artist that has had three hit singles on the Billboard country music charts including “If I Had a Cheatin’ Heart.”
With so much to offer, Cable talked about the opry, saying, “If people would come, they would enjoy themselves.”
In keeping with the family environment, the Southern Ohio Opry, located at 4459 Henley Deemer Road in McDermott, is drug and alcohol free. Music starts at 7 p.m. every Saturday. Admission is $8.50 for adults, $8 for seniors and $4 for children.
Reach Nikki Blankenship at 740-353-3101 ext. 1931.
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