Lew Childre event set

Published 12:24 am Saturday, April 21, 2012

Music fans will converge next month at the annual Lew Childre Memorial Steel Guitar Show in Opp.

Performances, which will begin at noon, will celebrate the career of one of the most sought-after entertainers form the 1930s to the 1950s – Opp’s own Lew Childre.

Childre was one of the last of the old-time entertainers who trained on the stages of old-time medicine and vaudeville shows.

Still, organizers said Childre was much more than just a singer.

He was known to play the guitar in Hawaiian style; buck dance, an Opp favorite; as well as do comedy bits, recite poetry, improv, and many other entertaining styles.

Born in Opp in 1901 to a local judge and his wife, Childre began entertaining at a young age.

He made his way through the ranks as a musician and landed himself on the stage of the Grand Old Opry. He was also inducted into the Alabama Music Hall of Fame.

Honoring the late Childree will be Joe Wright, Lynn Owsley, Jimmy Powell, Gordon Dodson, Rodney Crisp, Clyde Bloodsworth, John LeMaster and Harlan Burton.

Doors open at 10 a.m. for a video and tribute by Don Childre.

Tickets are $10 and may be purchased at the Opp Chamber of Commerce or by calling 493-2408.