Larry Black was born in 1945 and grew up in Mobile, Alabama., the son of an Assemblies of God pastor, and worked a disc jockey for decades. At one point, his Larry Black Show aired on 125 radio stations. As an actor, he has appeared in the films and TV movies Ernest Goes to Camp, Ernest Scared Stupid, October Sky and Pure Country 2: The Gift, and in the TV series I’ll Fly Away and In the Heat of the Night. Based nowadays in Nashville, Tenn., he’s the TV producer behind Country’s Family Reunions as well as his own Country Diner, a down-home variety show that features Black, Keith Bilbrey, “Sheriff” Jimmy Capps, waitress Renae and church lady Nadine, and country music stars of yesteryear and today.
Keith Bilbrey is an American country music disc jockey and television host in Nashville, Tennessee. He served as a disc jockey at Nashville’s WSM, as an announcer on the Grand Ole Opry, and as the host of TNN’s Grand Ole Opry Live. Keith Bilbrey was born in Cookeville, Tennessee. In 1974, Bilbrey moved to Nashville to begin working for WSM, first as a substitute announcer for WSM-FM and then as a full-time disc jockey on WSM’s FM and AM stations. Throughout his career, Bilbrey worked every single time slot at WSM and became an iconic voice in the modern history of the station and fan favorite. Bilbrey is currently the announcer and Larry’s sidekick on the highly rated “Larry’s Country Diner” TV series on RFD-TV, he is also the announcer on “Music City Roots”, a live weekly radio and TV show.
Nadine comes to life on the weekly TV sitcom “Larry’s Country Diner” which airs on RFD-TV. Nadine’s TV performances as a regular cast member allows her to spar with such country singing legends as Larry Gatlin, Ray Stevens, Bobby Bare, Gene Watson, T. Graham Brown, Bill Anderson and many more. Nadine has received rave reviews as she spends time complaining about the church bulletin and other church topics. She has earned a huge fan following. Nadine’s creator was raised in church, which has contributed to the love for her church lady character. Her strong faith in God has given her the courage to become a breast cancer survivor after being diagnosed in 2005.www.nadinenadine.com
Renae Johnson is VP of Operations for Gabriel Communications, the corporate offices of Country’s Family Reunion and Larry’s Country Diner located in Bellevue. However….every Thursday she is the Waitress on the hit TV show “Larry’s Country Diner” on RFD-TV. Serving up food and coffee is not new to Renae….however not serving it 40,000 feet in the air is. Before joining Gabriel Communications in 1998 she was a flight attendant for America West Airlines/US Airways. Great customer service and communication with fans is second nature to her. You can find her often on Larry’s Country Diner, Country’s Family Reunion or CFR Cruise FACE BOOK posting news and photos. Or if you call the office she may answer the phone. www.renaethewaitress.com
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For years now, Jimmy Capps has been a part of turning songs he’s never heard before into hits…and in some cases…even ‘classics’. As one of Country Music’s finest guitar players, Jimmy is a ‘master of smoothness’. He is known in the studio for his ability to move flawlessly from ‘electric to acoustic’ with a polished and refined touch that he brings to every recording or performance he is part of. At one time, Jimmy averaged 520 recording sessions a year, yet he still took time to go to Belmont College to learn his craft even more, studying ‘time evaluation’ under John Pell. Born in Fayetteville, North Carolina to Alice and Tommy Capps, and raised in Benson, NC, Jimmy listened to the Grand Ole Opry since he was 8 years old. Jimmy Capps has now been a member of the Grand Ole Opry Staff Band since 1967 (although it wasn’t officially graced with that title at that point in time). All of the Grand Ole Opry Staff Band was honored on October 11, 1982 when the CMA nominated them for “Instrumental Group Of The Year”.www.jimmycapps.com