Gilley's Family Opry

VERNON, Fla. (WJHG) - If you like a little twang in your music, can't resist the slide of steel guitar, or fiddle playing makes your heart flip, you're more than likely a country music fan and you'll drive a country mile or more to hear your favorite songs.

Opry owner Charles Gilley recently told NewsChannel 7, "Well, you're gonna hear some Conway Twitty stuff, you're gonna hear some Gene Watson, you might even hear some Hank Snow."

Throw in a little Patsy Cline and you might think you're back in the 50s listening to the original Grand Ole Opry.

Gilley's Family Opry opened 18 years ago after the family's southern gospel singing group decided to retire from "the road."

"I said, 'I can't keep traveling around going to people but maybe I can get the people coming to us,'" explained Gilley. "One couple drives all the way from Birmingham every time we have a show. We have people out of Pensacola, Tallahassee, we've had 'em [come from] as far as Mississippi."

Gilley is staying true to his country roots, settling on the golden oldies of country music. And none of that so-called canned music, as this show is all live.

"We have a live eight-piece house band in here," said Gilley. "Maybe I'm a little prejudiced but I think they're one of the best bands that you could hear anywhere."

A few of the band members are retired, but the majority of them have full times jobs.

"You know what's amazing?" asked Gilley. "They never practice. All we do when somebody's a guest on the show, we have them send us their song and the artist that sings them and the key they do it in and they'll go on YouTube and see it and learn it that way."

Southern gospel is still a huge part of the Gilley music lineup.

"Every fifth Friday we do all gospel," he said.

Gilley says he knows the place is special, but don't just take his word for it.

"I think everybody should come try us out and see what we're all about. I mean, we can tell everybody and you can read the comments on our facebook page, but until you experience it on your own in person, you really don't know what it's about," said Gilley, "Come, every one of y'all come. We look forward to having y'all here."

To check out ticket prices or to find out more about Gilley's, just go to their website or you can look them up on Facebook.

The classic country shows are every first and third Friday of the month.