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Posted: April 14, 2009 4:53 p.m.

A decade of music

Newborn Opry celebrates 10 years of grassroots gospel, bluegrass on April 18

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On Saturday, April 18, the Newborn Opry will celebrate its 10th anniversary with the largest lineup of talent ever at Newborn. The Million Dollar Staff Band, which features three-time guitar champion Bob Saxton, champion fiddler Ernest Jump and many more will be backing up the 25 or more singers and acts expected.

"We will be featuring many of the acts that have helped make The Opry over the years," founder Bob Thompson said. "Also, we cannot forget the many entertainers who were an important part of The Opry but who are no longer with us."

Ten years ago this April, a group of country and bluegrass musicians gathered at the historic Newborn School House to launch a live country show that Thompson called The Newborn Opry. "We just wanted a venue where musicians and singers could exhibit their talent and put on a family-oriented show," said Thompson. Thousands of visitors later, the Newborn Opry is still going strong.

During these 10 years, the gospel show, held every first Saturday night, has hosted many of the top groups in southern gospel music and many local and regional performers. The country and bluegrass show, held every third Saturday night, can boast of some of the finest singers and musicians around, including a recent surprise guest appearance by legendary banjo player Earl Scruggs with bluegrasser Lizzy Long.

"We wish to thank everyone who has supported us through the years and invite each to come celebrate our 10th anniversary. We also wish to thank the Heritage Trust for their support throughout the years, too."

Because of the large number of performers, the anniversary show will start at 4:30 p.m. For more information, visit newbornopry.com or call (404) 815-9973.


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