Opry returns with new name

Photo by Brian Giandelone

Photo by Brian Giandelone

COVINGTON -- The Newborn Opry closed its doors a few weeks ago, but now a new version of the show is getting ready to open.

Local musician Steve Biggers has taken on the task of resurrecting the popular Saturday night tradition. This time around, it will be known as Newborn Dixie Jubilee.

Though the name has changed, much will remain the same. The show will still feature country and gospel music and the same house band will perform.

Newborn Dixie Jubilee will kick off with two shows in January, on the 8th and 15th. Acts will include Halls of Glory, Tim Walden, Anita Denny and the Biggers Family. The shows will take place from 6 to 9 p.m. at the historic Newborn Schoolhouse on Ga. Highway 142. Following the January shows, the Jubilee will take place at the same time the first and third Saturdays of each month.

"I just wanted to keep it going," said Biggers, who has become a popular fixture at local concerts. "On that end of the county, that's the only thing people have got to listen to. A lot of people called and encouraged me to open it ... I'm not in it to make money. As long as I can pay the rent and give gas money to people who have to travel there and sing, we can do it."

A $3 donation is requested for admission to all shows.