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Ohio Valley Opry celebrates anniversary with headliner

The Ohio Valley Opry will be celebrating its 19th anniversary at the Twin City Opera House on Sept. 21.

The OVO is Ohio’s premier country, bluegrass, and gospel music show and features local, regional, and national talent on a monthly basis in downtown McConnelsville.

Contemporary country star Doug Stone will be headlining two anniversary shows at 4 p.m. and 8 p.m.

Doug Stone found his mark in music as a lonesome baritone balladeer, although he was very adept at hard-up-tempo country. Doug began at age five learning guitar from his mother and at age seven he was given the opportunity to open for Loretta Lynn.

Doug had already past the age of 30 when a Nashville manager paired him up with Epic, his first record label. He debuted in 1990 with the single, “I’d Be Better Off (In a Pine Box),” the first release from his 1990 self-titled debuted album “Doug Stone” for Epic records. This album produced a handful of chart-topping singles. Following these songs was his first number one, “In a Different Light”. In addition, the single was nominated for a Grammy Award for Best Country Song. Both this album and its successor, 1991’s “I Thought It Was You,” earned a platinum certification from The Recording Industry Association of America for U.S. shipments of one million copies. Two more albums for Epic, 1992’s “From The Heart” and 1994’s “More Love,” were each certified gold. Stone has charted 22 singles on Hot Country Songs, with his greatest chart success coming between 1990 and 1995. In this time span, he charted eight number ones, including “In a Different Light,” “A Jukebox and a Country Song,” “Too Busy Being in Love,” “Addicted to a Dollar” and “Why Didn’t I think of That” to name a few, plus fifteen more top five singles.

In early 1992, Stone found that one of the arteries in his heart was almost entirely blocked. He underwent quadruple bypass surgery and took time off to recover, just as his third album, “From the Heart,” was released. With a gold certification for shipments of 500,000 copies, “From the Heart” included two number ones among its four singles – “Too Busy Being in Love” and “Why Didn’t I Think of That.” The other two singles were “Warning Labels” and “Made for Lovin’ You,” at No. 4 and No. 6 respectively.

Now – 29 years, eight No. 1 singles, 15 top five singles, and millions and millions of album sales later – the singer of timeless country hits like “A Jukebox with a Country Song” and “In a Different Light” is still running the roads hard performing to dedicated fans all across the nation. With a new record released in the fall of 2018, Doug Stone continues to produce pure country gold.

Also appearing on the anniversary show will be OVO favorites The Clark Family, Beth Sigler Bigham, Matt Coleman, Mike Morrison, Jimmy Howson and country comic, Uncle Doofus.

Tickets to the show are $15/$25 and are available online at OhioValleyOpry.com, or by calling the office at 740-525-9218.

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