CLIFTON FORGE — The Virginia Opry Country Christmas Show will feature Nashville recording artist Keith Bryant headlining at the Historic Masonic Theater on Saturday, December 11 at 7:00 pm.
Crimson River, a five-piece Christian country band based in the Alleghany Highlands, will open the show with Glen Shelton, an award-winning singer and songwriter from Madison Heights, as emcee.
Bryant, has recorded four independent studio albums, “The Secret of Life”, “Welcome to Love”, “Ridin ‘with the Legend” and “Live It Slow”. “Ridin ‘with the Legend”, the title song which is a tribute to Dale Earnhardt who was a NASCAR champion driver who was killed in a crash in 2001, mapped on “Billboard Hot County Songs”.
Co-writer of “Ridin ‘with the Legend,” Bryant, the song he co-wrote and recorded, became a hit that peaked at 47 after 15 weeks on the charts. The song about Earnhardt has become a favorite with NASCAR fans, and the song tells the story of the champion driver taking on a hitchhiker.
Virginian by birth, Bryant resides in Rockbridge County and at the age of 15 formed his own gospel band while performing in other local bands.
Before awarding 20, Bryant won the East Coast Country Music Championship for Best Male Vocalist. Then he formed a group he named Ironhorse, a group that can be seen with Bryant on YouTube.
Robert K. Oermann of “Music Row” magazine gave a favorable review to “The Secret of Life”, and the magazine awarded the album its Discovery Award.
Bryant, a multi-instrumentalist, signed with Lofton Creek Records who released his album “Ridin ‘with the Legend”. A clip was also produced and broadcast on CMT and GAC.
The fourth album was produced by the S&S Mack label and included five singles.
The Virginia Opry introduced Bryant who is a current member. The Virginia Opry has been designated as the official Opry of the Commonwealth of Virginia via “Senate Bill 283” which Governor Ralph S. Northam signed on March 31, 2020.
Shelton, one of the 43 current members of The Virginia Opry, has debuted as a vocalist for more than 40 prominent acts nationwide, and he performs with his band at the River Rock Amphitheater at the Jackson River Complex each. year for the Covington Recreation Department’s “Summer” Concert Series. He is also an award winning Christian Country songwriter.
Crimson River, one of nine bands from The Virginia Opry, was headlining the “Country Christmas Show” produced by Appalfolks of America Assoc. at the Historic Masonic Theater in 2020, a show broadcast live on “Facebook” with no audiences in the theater.
Mr. Ray Allen, Director of The Virginia Opry and Founder of Appalfolks, said, “Our Christmas show is bursting with talent, and there will be a nice mix of traditional country music and Christmas music.
Tickets can be booked online at www.historicmasonictheater.com or by calling The Historic Masonic Theater at (540) 862-5655. Ticket prices vary between $ 15 and $ 35 depending on the location of the seats.
Allen concluded: “Last year due to the pandemic, The Virginia Opry was limited to two shows, but by the end of this year, as the official Virginia Opry, we will have completed four to get back to our. quarterly performance schedule that we hope to double in 2022.