As a young lad of ten, I lay on the living room floor and listened to my five older brothers as they rehearsed for their next “gig.” They had returned from their military service in World War II and formed the Bradley Brothers Band. They played six nights a week in pursuit of their passion. That’s where my love of country music was born.
It wasn’t “cool” to be a teenage county music fan in the 50’s so I pursued my own music career as a rock and roller in high school and college. However, I never lost my love of country music, so, when I began writing songs and forming my own bands, I returned to the music that I love.
The history of country music is a fascinating journey from the “hillbilly” sounds from the Appalachian Mountains through many style changes to the current contemporary sound, which incorporates many pop and rock characteristics. Needless to say, much internal conflicts among the various players, from executives to performers, characterized the industry.
The Magic Opry, through music and dialogue, with characters representing different eras and interests, takes the audience on a journey with songs and tales recalling the great artists of the past from Jimmie Rogers and Patsy Cline to today’s stars.
Being a Nashville Star sometimes comes with personal costs. The play also presents a realistic portrait of that aspect of the genre.
Sit back and enjoy the journey.
From the Playwright
"The Magic Opry" by Leo Bradley
Rock Fork Records had fallen on hard times, and the executive producer is desperate to save both the recording company and his job. In the golden era of classic country music, Nelson Easton was on top of the country music world with hit songs, many emanating from the writing and singing of Rankin Winters.
Together they were the Elvis and Colonel Parker of country music. However, time and the changing genre made them passé in the industry. Although Easton has hold on to his role at Rock Fork Records, Rankin Winters has fallen into hard times and is now playing second tier venues and attempting to cope with yesterday fame, lost family, booze and pills.
Easton, responding to pressure from his corporate boss, comes up with a scheme to resurrect the fortunes of Rock Ford Records and the career of Rankin Winters. All depends on whether Rankin still has hit songs in his soul, and how Easton can parley the past glory into a new future for Rock Fork Records.