Palm Lake Opry

South Alabama's Premiere Family-Friendly Entertainment Venue

Wednesday, May 24, 2006

Billy Walker Picture


Billy Walker, Daniel Patton and Charlie Lilly
Saturday, May 20, 2006
Palm Lake Opry
Foley, Alabama

Billy Walker at Palm Lake Opry

Wow!...What a week this has been. This past Saturday, May 20, 2006, we featured legendary country artist, and member of the Grand Ole Opry since 1960, Billy Walker at Palm Lake Opry. Who knew that this show would be his last?

The day for me started as usual as I get to the opry house about 5:00 for the 7:30 pm show. When I walked in, our house band, Riviera, was enjoying dinner with Billy Walker, his wife Bettie, along with band members Daniel Patton and Charlie Lilly. Billy's grandson, Joshua, was also enjoying dinner with our band. I was introduced to each of them and I felt as I was instantly a friend to each of these individuals.

Billy Walker took the stage about 8:00 that evening, and the audience was literally on the edge of their chairs. Billy, along with Daniel and Charlie, put on an awesome show. Just by watching them you could tell that they thoroughly enjoyed making music. They laughed, reminisced a little, and even cut up some as they entertained. We learned of the history of songs..."Ole Grandpa Jones wrote this song"... Billy Walker said as he sang the last song of the evening.

After the show, Billy signed autographs for everybody who wanted one. He'd shake a hand, sign a picture or tape or cd cover, spend a few minutes as a fan related how this evening had brought back memories, and stop for a picture where that Billy Walker smile beamed for the camera.

As the night with Billy, his wife, Daniel and Charlie came to a close, they all four stood around with me, and a few of the band members, along with Gerald Hughes, the owner of Palm Lake Opry, and chatted with us like we all had been life-long friends. I took a few last pictures of Billy before he walked out the door. And as he left that evening Billy Walker turned around and waved, beamed that smile once again, and said "good bye to all my Palm Lake Opry friends."

The country music industry, members of the Grand Ole Opry, family, and friends of Billy and Bettie Walker, Daniel Patton and Charlie Lilly have not only lost a legendary member of the country music industry, but they also lost a friend. Billy Walker was truly a gentleman's gentleman.

Sunday, May 07, 2006

Saturday, April 29 was an awesome evening at Palm Lake Opry as we featured legendary country star John Conlee on stage. The evening was a dinner show, and about 350 left fat and happy. John Conlee was a gracious individual who put on a show that consisted of hit after hit. After the show he stayed around and spoke those who waited in line to see him. He signed autographs on cd's, shirts and pictures. I think the last fan left at about 10:30 pm. Then as quietly and friendly as they arrived, they drove back north to Nashville. John Conlee even drove his own bus, go figure.

You can see pictures of this and other events at Palm Lake Opry by going here...www.palmlakeopry.com.

Tuesday, April 25, 2006

April 24, 2006

Here we are, four days from John Conlee's visit Palm Lake Opry. We've come a long way since February 2005 when we first opened our doors. Our first Grand Ole Opry star was "whisperin" Bill Anderson, and what a show he put on. We sold out the house, the second sell out show, and I think everyone had a great time. We just booked Billy Walker, another member of the Grand Ole Opry, for a show on May 20, 2006.

Since this is our first post let me tell you a bit about Palm Lake Opry. Palm Lake Opry is located in Foley, Alabama. We are near the beaches of South Alabama, and sit within Palm Lake RV park. We have a show every Friday and Saturday. The first Friday of the month is Southern Gospel night, and we have just started featuring classis country start at the opry. Our website is www.palmlakeopry.com.

Hope to see you at the opry.