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Posted by [email protected] on November 29, 2016 at 8:30 PM Comments comments (3)


We had such a wonderful Barn Dance show with Grand Ole Opry star Bill Anderson earlier this month. What a showman! Bill was as warm and personable as could be with a superb performance of his many hits joined by his Po Folks band. We were so fortunate to have a true living legend and country music's reigning patriarch with us. We especially appreciate Bill taking the time from his busy schedule at the Opry and his book signing tour for his new autobiography to join us.

Not only was Whisperin' Bill a treat but so were our guests, youth artist Daniel Menzies and our guest Bluegrass band, Virginia Central. Everyone seemed to be blown away by Daniel's singing and seasoned performance (his first appearance in front of an audience!), and you'd be hard pressed to find better Bluegrass music than Virginia Central. The Barn Dance cast had a great time entertaining as well, and we're all looking forward to our next holiday show on December 11.

Thanks to all who joined us... be sure to check out the pics from the Bill Anderson show on our SHOW ARCHIVE page and we'll hope to see you soon!


Posted by [email protected] on July 1, 2016 at 11:20 PM Comments comments (5)

The stars of the Old Dominion Barn Dance will be heading to the Beacon Theatre in Hopewell, VA next year for a one show only event, starring the queen of country music, Miss Loretta Lynn! Make your plans now to join the Barn Dance crew for this special Mother's day event on Saturday, May 13, 2017, when the 3rd Annual Jimmy Dean Music Festival presents the legendary Coal Miner's Daughter.

Tickets go on sale Tuesday, July 5 at 10 AM, and prices are $65 - $150. They can be purchased by calling the Beacon Theatre box office at (804) 446-3457 for reserved seating, or by booking on-line at thebeacontheatreva.com for the best available seats. The official press release will be out soon, but we wanted our Barn Dance fans to be the first to know. That's the 3rd Annual Jimmy Dean Music Festival starring Loretta Lynn, featuring the stars of the Old Dominion Barn Dance. Saturday, May 13, 2017 at 7 PM. We hope to see you there!


Posted by [email protected] on April 19, 2016 at 7:25 PM Comments comments (0)


For Immediate Release April 17, 2016

Country Music Legend Gene Watson Stars at the

Old Dominion Barn Dance

Richmond, VA -- Widely known as the singer’s singer in country music, the legendary Gene Watson will appear as the headline act at the Old Dominion Barn Dance on Saturday May 14th at 7:30 PM and and Sunday May15th at 2:00 PM at the Henrico Theatre in Highland Springs, VA. Also performing are host Donna Meade, Lee Blasingame, the Peanut City Cloggers, Lynne Carnes, Tony Jackson, Danny Menzies and the Barn Burners and the Joe Currence Band feature Whitney Perkins. Tickets are $45. and can be purchased by calling 1.866.558.4253 or by visiting www.olddominionbarndance.com.

GENE WATSON is recognized as one of the leading voices of “real country” music. Fans of Merle Haggard and George Jones will not want to miss this masterful country stylist from Houston, Texas who has been thrilling audiences worldwide since his first hit in 1975. The depth of emotion in his singing, his brilliant phrasing, his jaw-dropping range and the power in the lyrics he chooses are all factors in the awe he inspires in both fans and his musical peers. It was George Jones who stated, “Gene Watson is one of my all-time favorite singers!”

Native Texan, GENE WATSON has 6 #1 Country Hits, 23 Top Tens and over 75 charted songs. Watson was inducted into the inaugural class for the Houston Texas Music Hall of Fame and is a proud member of the Texas State Country Music Hall of Fame.

Critics revere Gene Watson: USA Today states “Gene Watson is one of country’s finest singers.” Associated Press states, “He’s never sounded better, which is saying something.” From Country Music People magazine, “Watson is one of the finest singers ever to wrap his tonsils around a country song.”

His music peers are true fans:

He's one of the all-time, great classic country singers.

To this day he is known as the Singer's Singer in Nashville. Gene is a special artist. The trail that he forged made it possible for a lot of us to be where we are today.”

-- Ronnie Dunn (Brooks & Dunn)


“Just when I think Country Music is a lost art form, something by Gene Watson catches my ear and I can breathe again.” -- Rodney Crowell


"I would be hard pressed to find anyone who didn't want to sing with Gene Watson. This man is a real country singer." --Vince Gill

A new CD titled REAL.COUNTRY.MUSIC. is set to release February 26th and it has already been declared a contender for Album of the Year by Country Music People magazine who states Watson is “one of the finest singers ever to grace country music.”

Watson’s country classics include "Love In The Hot Afternoon," "Paper Rosie," "Farewell Party," "Should I Come Home (Or Should I Go Crazy)," "When We Were Down To Nothing (Nothing Sure Looked Good On You)" and "Fourteen Carat Mind” just to name a few. Gene Watson has recorded with George Jones, Tammy Wynette, Vince Gill, Alison Krauss, Trace Adkins, Joe Nichols, Mark Chesnutt, Connie Smith and Rhonda Vincent.

Gene Watson is one of the rare singers who still sings in the same key as he did 30 years ago and his audiences respond with standing ovations night after night when he nails the octave jumping last note on his most requested song, the now country classic “Farewell Party.”

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Media Tools: Gene Watson’s biography and discography are available at www.GeneWatsonMusic.com . For hi res photos on the website, go to NEWS and scroll to the MEDIA tab. Password is gene2012. (case sensitive –use lower case G)


To set an interview with Gene Watson, Contact: Sarah Brosmer at Lytle Management

Email: [email protected] Phone: 615-770-2688


Media Contact: The Old Dominion Barn Dance and Donna Meade

The Press Office 615.419.9989 [email protected]



Posted by [email protected] on April 19, 2016 at 6:35 PM Comments comments (0)

It was a beautiful show on March 12 when the Barn Dance welcomed one of the grand ladies of the Grand Ole Opry, the great Connie Smith! Connie brought her crackerjack band from Nashville, the Sundowners, and treated us to her magnificent voice and all of her many classic hit songs. Both shows were packed and our audiences proved that she is well loved and as popular as ever. Thanks for a great show Connie, and come back to see us!

Our guest bluegrass group was also a crowdpleaser. The Williamson family band--known as Williamson Branch--came to us all the way from Murfreesboro, Tennessee... dad Kevin, mom Debbie, and their three young daughters, Melody, Cadence and Caroline. Their bluegrass gospel music, comedy and clog dancing delighted us all. Such talented folks, and we look forward to having them back in the not-too-distant future! 


And of course the cast of the Old Dominion Barn Dance had a wonderful time entertaining everyone as usual. Our audiences were extremely receptive to our new 2016 dance troupe from Suffolk, VA, the Peanut City Cloggers, and to our new staff band, Danny Menzies & the Barn Burners. Many thanks to all who came out to help support traditional country and bluegrass entertainment in the Richmond area, and be sure to check out photos from the show on our ARCHIVE page.

We hope you'll join us at the Gene Watson show in May... see you at the Barn Dance!


Posted by [email protected] on March 3, 2016 at 9:35 PM Comments comments (0)

If you have purchased tickets to the Mel Tillis show on August 27, 2016, we are sorry to inform you that unfortunately Mel will not be able to perform due to health issues. We apologize for any inconvenience or disappointment this may cause and are offering a full refund. Replacing Mel Tillis on August 27 will be the dynamic entertainer Lee Greenwood. If you choose not to receive a refund to the Mel Tillis show, your tickets will be honored at the Lee Greenwood show. If you would like a refund please call our office at 804-795-7795. All of us at the Barn Dance hope you'll join us in keeping Mel in your thoughts and prayers. Thank you for your understanding, and we look forward to seeing you at the Barn Dance!