Williams to headline Lew Childre Day

Published 12:02 am Thursday, April 11, 2013

Country music’s Leona Williams will headline next month’s Lew Childre Steel Guitar Concert.

Williams is known for being the backup musician for Loretta Lynn and Merle Haggard.

She received fame for a Top 40 hit on a duet with Haggard titled “The Bull and the Beaver.”

Performances, which will begin at noon, will celebrate the career of one of the most sought-after entertainers from 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 the 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 Childre will be Ron Williams, Brenda Allen, Joe Wright, Jimmy Powell, Harlan Burton, Billy Robinson and Lynn Owlsey.

Tickets are $10 and children 6 and under get in free.

One may purchase them at the Opp Chamber of Commerce, Indian Joe’s or the Opp Cultural Arts Center.

The event will be held Sat., May 4, at the LBWCC MacArthur Campus Conference Center.