The Opry Band
The Opry Band !!
Darell Morgan--Lead Guitarist and Lead Vocalaist
Darell Morgan, a man of few words, but known for playing that guitar! He has been a favorite at the Opry for years and is loved by both women and men for his “Marty Robbins” and “Willie Nelson” music. It doesn’t matter what Darell does, however, he captures the heart of the Opry, from a Country ballad, to Southern Rock, everyone loves Darell Morgan. Friday night, he will do a little talking and tell you just where it all began. How his daddy taught him how to play the guitar and how he grew up in a small town in Alabama. Then he will melt your heart once more with his beautiful voice and play that guitar like he always does and you will be so glad you came. Backed up of course by the one and only Orange Blossom Opry Band. Another night you won’t want to miss. Come out and have fun and experience the night like no other! Only at The Orange Blossom Opry. See you soon!
Suzanne Morgan--Lead Vocalist and Guitar
Suzanne was raised in a small town in Wisconsin and began singing publicly at the age of 7. She took up the guitar at the age of 10 and put on her first stage show when she was 12. By the age of 15, she had signed her first recording contract and cut her first record, which climbed to #19 on WAXX Radio station billboard’s top 40, out of Eau Claire, Wisc., one of the Country’s largest Country Music radio stations at the time. Suzanne has had many television and radio appearances and opened for such stars as Faron Young, Billy “Crash” Craddock and Kenny Starr. She appeared on Ernest Tubb’s Midnight Jamboree with the late great “Bill Monroe and The Texas Troubadours” as her back up band on WSM radio out of Nashville, TN. She has traveled extensively within the United States from Hawaii to Florida. Her biggest accomplishment so far, she feels, was traveling as an evangelistic singer and having the opportunity to go to Brazil and spend a month bringing people to Christ through song. Suzanne said, “Music can speak to the heart when all other avenues are closed. Words to a familiar tune in any language can break down barriers. It truly is good for the soul.”
As GM of the Opry and lead singer in the Opry Band, well she feels that is still a work in progress. Suzanne has been the host of Jam Night for the past ten years and has loved every minute of it. She says she will never forget where she started and she is very thankful to God and Roger Beyers for seeing something in her and giving her the opportunity to give back to people what she has wanted to do her entire life. Do something that will make a difference and maybe sing a song once in a while.
Kevin Kingston--Bass & Vocals
Kevin was raised in Illinois and got involved in music at the age of nine playing the guitar and later the drums and bass guitar. In high school, Kevin played in country bands traveling from Illinois to Indiana. He continued playing in Jazz, Country and Rock bands through college to help with his college expenses. He graduated from the University of Illinois with a Bachelor of Music Degree. Kevin?s music career has included touring through Canada, Switzerland and extensively throughout the United States. He has opened for music artists such as Alabama, Vince Gill, Randy Travis, George Jones and Jerry Reed. Kevin is excited to be in the Cast Band at the Orange Blossom Opry.
A Native Floridian, started playing music when he was 10yrs old. Self taught and never had any lessons.By age 13 he started making money and never stopped.Having played or taught music most of his life. He was a Disc-Jockey at several radio stations in his teens/twenties. Always around music.
Here is just a sample of what he does and has accomplished.
Forest Rodgers Plays Guitar-Banjo-Dobro(Round-neck) Mandolin & Uke! Session Musician, Instructor Garden Music. Online Guitar Instruction At Torrins.com
ASCAP Member ENDORSEMENTS/ARTIST-PROMOS E.M.G Pickups,Seymour Duncan, S.I.T. Strings, G&L guitar and Spin-strap!
Featured in the book "Working Musicians" (Harper Entertainment, 2002) by Deems-Taylor Award Winner Bruce Pollock “Defining moments from the road, the studio and the stage!
Featured In The New Book "The Best Jobs In The Music Industry" by Michael Redman Hal Leonard Pub.
Instructional DVD/Book published by Centerstream/Hal Leonard titled "Pedal Steel Licks for Guitar" available worldwide from Musicians Friend,Amazon.com, J.K. Lutherie, Elderly Instruments etc. Fenderplayersclub.com, where the DVD is listed as ...“Essential Listening & Study!”
CHEYENNE SALOON & OPERA HOUSE 1984-1998 --Band Leader, Guitar/Banjo Player w/ The Cheyenne Stampede, Cheyenne Saloon & Opera House, Church St. Station, Orlando Fl. --Cheyenne Stampede Featured on The Nashville Network (TNN)’s Programs Church St. Station, Nashville Now (with Ralph Emory).
--True Value/GMC Truck "Country Showdown" 1991 Nat’l WINNERS-Cheyenne Stampede, From The Grand Ol' Opry House, Nashville TN. Hosts Willie Nelson & Kris Kristofferson Nat’l T.V.
--Worldfest Houston-- Gold Special Jury* Films Award For Musical Contributions To Soundtrack Of The Florida City Film-2002
--Performed At I.I.F.A.(Bollywood)Awards 2014 Tampa Fl. Televised Est.Audience 800 Million
--Disney Musician with "The Notorious Banjo Brothers & Bob"
LIVE PERFORMANCES AS GUITARIST WITH Member of The Vassar Clements Band 1982, Daryl Singletary, Terri Clark, Bobby Bare,T.Graham Brown,Billy Dean,Charlie McCoy, Jack Green, Billy Yates-(writer of Choices & Rockin'Chair for George Jones), Johnny Counterfeit, Tommy Cash, George Hamilton IV, David Frizzel, Allen Frizzel, Ken Mellons, Narvel Felts, Fiddlin' Frenchy Burke, Jim Stafford, Webb Pierce, Hank Thompson, Slim Whitman, O.B.Mclinton, Wilburn Brothers, Ferlin Husky, Jana Jay/Kenny Price/Ronnie Stoneman/and the Hagar Twins of Hee Haw, Gordon Payne (Waylors, Crickets),Don Helms/Jerry Rivers The Original Hank Williams Sr.’ Driftin Cowboy Band!
RECORDED C.D.’S & PROJECTS “Oh Santa, Where Art Thou?” A Bluegrass Christmas (Madacy Records)“Warner Brothers Educational Music Series” (Warner Brothers) Hallmark Cards Inc.-“Kickin’ Back With Country Classics” & ”Tubby Time” Bertie Higgins (Trop Rock CD) “Devils Triangle” Terri Clark (George Atwell, Producer) Power House Music/MyMusicSource.com “On The Road Again”&“Blues Deluxe”- Albert Bashor CD "Cotton Field Of Dreams"/Earwig Rec.Contributing Writer/Musician T.V.VIDEO etc. Nickelodeon Network ”Allegra’s Window” Working title: “I Like Trains”. Barney”LIVE” tour music 95/96 Banjo Medley/Fun Tuning Co-writer/Guitarist on TV18 Orlando’s “Ranger Bob’s Buckaroo Club” Theme Song. Many Radio/TV Commercials.
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Todd Bowers was born and raised in Plant City, Florida, where at the age of 10, he discovered his passion for playing drums. His first ‘gigs’ were in church, backing gospel quartets and trios that were well known in the area for their inspirational talent. At age 15 (with Mom and Dad at every show), he started playing in night clubs and thrived on the songs and sounds of Hank Williams Jr., Waylon Jennings and Johnny Paycheck. Throughout school, Todd also played in marching, symphonic and jazz bands, transitioning to shows and events with national, regional and local acts that spanned the US and Europe. Todd’s passion for music also positioned him to work stage production (lights and sound) and as tour bus driver for national acts. After many years of travel, Todd is pleased to have settled in with the Orange Blossom Opry and its talented band.
Doug Stock--Steel Guitar
Personal Information -
Doug was born and raised in Greeley IA where he started taking guitar lessons at the age of nine from Keeney Studios in Manchester, IA. He’s played with local bands such as the Golden Haze, which included his brother Bill and Sister Dixie. He graduated from Hawkeye Tech as an electronic technician and began traveling the Midwest with full-time bands.
After living in Detroit as well as Marquette MI and Dallas TX, he settled in Orlando FL. There, he spent the next twenty-five years working as a professional musician for Church Street Station in the Cheyenne Saloon & Opera House. There he played pedal steel, fiddle, banjo and sang. Doug also played for Disney World in the Magic Kingdom and in Epcot for 11 years. As an added bonus he had the opportunity to play Orange Blossom Special with Charlie Daniels at Disney World’s 15th Annual Celebration.
Doug spent two-years in Nashville, TN touring with George Ducas who had a hit called, “Lipstick Promises” on the Capitol/Liberty Label. This gave him the opportunity to be on stage with many big groups including: George Strait, George Jones, Toby Keith, Alan Jackson, Vince Gill, Alabama, Hank Jr, Diamond Rio, The Mavericks, Kenny Chesney and dozens of others as their opening act. Some other professional stage acts he’s played in include: Lonestar, Brian White, John Michael Montgomery, David Frizzell, Jack Greene, Ronnie Stoneman, Hager Twins, Hank Thompson, Lee Greenwood, George Hamilton IV as well as many others.
Some other highlights of Doug’s career have been winning the Colgate/GMC country showcase in 1991, (which is a national battle of the bands). Willie Nelson and Steve Warner handed his band (Cheyenne Stampede) a check for $50,000 dollars and keys to a new truck, on the stage of the Grand Ole Opry. Doug performed twice for President Bush Sr. He also performed on several TV shows including Good Morning America, Crook & Chase, TNN’s live at Church Street, and the Grand Ole Opry. Doug was a featured performer at the “1994 International Steel Guitar Convention”. One musician of only thirty in the world asked to perform that year.
Influences - I don’t think I have any of that although I did teach a dog to sit one time!
Hobbies - He enjoys biking, kayaking and playing golf.
Pet Peeves - People who say, it’s not my fault or have complaints with no suggested solution to follow.
Favorite Part of Orange Blossom Opry - Being able to play with World Class Musicians while going home every night. The audience is all becoming like family to me. I love it.
Special Thanks - I would like to thank the Opry for letting me live out my newest dream. Also, I would like to thank all the fans who come see us perform. Seeing all of you have a good time is the reward for all we do. Just remember, as Buck Owens says, “It’s people like you that make people like us.”