Clay & Barbie Campbell, Owners
Clay grew up in Bland Missouri, and has been playing music for since 1963. He traveled with his own group until starting the Kentucky Opry in 1988. Clay produces and directs the shows and books many major country music artists. Clay is the Emcee for the Opry Show and also plays several instruments and sings.
Barbie is originally from Eden Prairie, Mn. She met Clay in Minnesota while he was performing where she was employed, they got married Oct 7th, 1979. Barbie is general manager of the Kentucky Opry. Clay & Barbie have three sons, Clayton, Cody & Casey.
Steve Helm was forever changed as a youngster when he first heard a steel guitar. From that moment on he know he would play the steel guitar. Steve also enjoys playing the Dobro. He has been playing music for twenty years. Steve has been a member of the Kentucky Opry since 1991. Steve resides in Metropolis, IL. Steve enjoys computers and programming.
Alan Griggs grew up in a family rich with musical talent. His father played steel guitar and sang, his brother Ronnie plays bass. Alan taught himself to play the drums . His early musical influences were Buddy Rich, Gene Kruppa and Louie Bellson. Alan’s main job is keeping a steady tempo and beat. Alan and
his wife Barbara live in Almo, KY and have been married for 23 years. They have 2 children Sara 24 years old and Wade 16 years old. He says he has been blessed to be able to play the music he loves at a clean family show like the Kentucky Opry.
Hunter Wright is 21 yrs old and is from Smithland, Ky. She plays guitar, sings Lead, Harmony, beautiful alto, and plays the upright bass in a bluegrass group Blue Reigns and at Kentucky Lake Cowboy Church every Sunday Morning. Hunter lives in Murray and is a sophomore at Murray State. Hunter has a 14 year old brother Carson who also performs at Kentucky Opry and Stars of Tomorrow Shows.
Savanna Gardner is 19 yrs old and from Reidland, Ky. She plays guitar, sings lead and back up vocals. Savanna also sings at Kentucky Opry Cowboy Church. Savanna Just graduated from Marshall Co HS and will be attending Murray State in the fall.
Matt Lyerla is the newest member of the Kentucky Opry. He lives with his wife Katie in Paducah, KY. They have 5 children; Gracey, Lauren, Brayden, Mason and Grey. Matt was raised in a musical family on both sides. He began performing with the family at a very young age before playing piano with the Heartland Boys/Chosen Heart Quartet at the age of 16. He is a multi-instrumentalist including: piano, drums, guitar, bass, mandolin, banjo and more. Over the years Matt has performed with such greats as: The Isaacs, JD Sumner and the Stamps, Billy Yates, Jack Greene, Ronnie Hinson, Jason Crabb, Mike Bowling and many more.
Matt is also a 12 year veteran of the US Army. He is a veteran of Operations Noble Eagle; Iraqi Freedom and Enduring Freedom.
Angela Mosely Alton – 31 year old Angela Mosely’s musical talent is a God-given gift. She started playing the piano when she was 4 years old, but did not take any formal lessons until she was in the 10th grade at the Tennessee School For the Blind in Nashville. Angela graduated from TSB in May of 2003. As a young adult, Angela played in 2 blues bands: Nightfish and the Alonzo Pennington Band. In January of 2004, She started attending Murray State University, where she majored in music and minored in Spanish. During her junior year she became interested in jazz and graduated from Murray State University – Cum Laude in 2007. Angela is married to Terry Alton and lives in Murray,KY.
Carson McKee is a 17 year-old fiddler and singer from Symsonia, KY. She started taking Suzuki violin lessons at age 3 and began picking out bluegrass tunes on her own at age 6 after sitting in on some of her granddad and his friend’s old-time music sessions. Carson was invited by Charlie Daniels to open up for him in Texas on March 3rd, 2011, and has been performing as an “Opry Cast Member” ever since. She loves playing all kinds of music and performing Kentucky Opry Band.
Aaron Watkins was born in January of 1979 and always wanted to be a bass singer when he grew up. He was able to make his dream a reality when he began his singing career at age 16 when he performed with his first quartet. He has been singing ever since. He and his wife, Rebecca, live in Metropolis, IL. He has one daughter, Alayna Grace. Aaron has been with the Kentucky Opry since May of 2010.
He sings bass in the men’s quartet at the Kentucky Opry. He also sings some lead features and back-up vocals. His favorite country music artists are The Oak Ridge Boys, Tennessee Ernie Ford, Don Williams, Jim Reeves, along with several others. He appreciates the opportunity to sing and perform the music he loves on a weekly basis in a family friendly atmosphere like the Kentucky Opry.
Aaron Thompson is a 20 year old State and National Champion banjo picker from Olive, KY. A member of Stars of Tomorrow since the age of 10, playing the banjo has provided many unique and fun opportunities such as playing for the Kentucky State House and Senate as well as playing the National Anthem for a UK Lady Wildcats basketball game. As a member of the Kentucky Opry Band, Aaron has helped open for country music stars such as George Jones, The Oak Ridge Boys and Josh Turner. Aaron attends Murray State University.
The Campbell Boys
Clayton Campbell plays fiddle with the 2 time Entertainer’s of the year bluegrass group The Gibson Brothers and lives in Nashville,Tn with his wife Sarah Lane Campbell and their furry friend Peanut. You may catch Clayton at the Ky Opry when he is not traveling with the Gibson Brothers.
Cody Campbell played with the Opry as keyboard player and singer for 10 years until Jan 2011, he is now pursuring his musical career and playing with the Van Dell’s and living in Nashville. Cody is married to Emily Hoskins from Mascoutah,IL and they have a furry friend named Marley.
Casey Campbell played all his life at the Opry and still comes and performs whenever he feels the urge, we never know when that will be. Casey plays Banjo, guitar, cello and sings lead & back up vocals.