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 22 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 Tiline, KY and works for Barbie at the ticket office and also Allstate insurance in Gilbertsville,KY. She has a dog named Faith.
Angela Mosely Alton – 32 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.
Kate Ward, age 14, is a ninth grade home-schooled student who enjoys violin, piano, dance, and reading. Kate especially delights in playing at the Kentucky Opry! Kate began her violin training at the age of eight under the instruction of Clay Campbell. Kate continues to work with Campbell. In addition, she studies with a classical instructor, Kathy Gardner of Paducah, KY, and a fiddle contest coach, Junior Marriott of Ava, MO. Kate is a member of the Paducah Symphony Youth Orchestra Fiddlers Philharmonic where she serves as concertmaster. She has been privileged to win several awards for her fiddle playing. Kate won first place in the Instrumental Division of the 2015 Kentucky Opry Talent Search and has won awards at several fiddle contests including Fiddlers’ Jamboree (Holladay, TN), Smithville Fiddlers’ Jamboree (Smithville, TN), Twin Lakes National Fiddler Championship (Leitchfield, KY), Power of the Past Fiddle Contest (Greensburg, IN), Mid-America Fiddlers Championship (Branson, MO), Grand Master Fiddle Championship (Nashville, TN), Laura Ingalls Wilder Fiddle Off (Mansfield, MO), Bob Wills Fiddle Contest (Greenville, TX), Tennessee Valley Old Time Fiddlers Convention (Athens, AL), and the Georgia State Fiddle Championship (Hiawassee, GA).
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.
Keith Wood our newest member plays bass and lives in Mayfield, KY
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.