About the PA Opry

"Dusty" Jim Bailey

Jim Bailey is a native of Newville, Pennsylvania and a 1965 graduate of Big Spring High School.

Coming from a musical family, Jim’s father “Dusty” was a fiddle player who performed in the area. His mother was the guitar player – and taught Jim to play guitar at the age of 14.

By his 21st birthday – Jim was on the road performing as a vocalist with the Gabriel Gospel Quartet. Gabriel Gospel Quartet toured the Mid-Atlantic for 5 years.

Looking to get back to his country roots, Jim formed “Keystone Grass” and toured nationally for 13 years. It was in Keystone when he did his first Elvis impersonation, an experience he has never forgot.

Looking to get off the road – Jim partnered with Keystone Grass drummer Randy Von Drach and sound technician Dan Stine to form the “Appalachian Jubilee.” The Jubilee performed at the Capitol Theatre in Chambersburg for 5 years and then moved to Gettysburg where they performed as “The Country Music Jamboree.” though the late 90′s.

Never quite satisfied with their performing venue, The group moved to Mercersburg where they finally found their home at the Star Theatre. They have been packing the house for over 10 years and delivering one of the best shows in country music today.


Jim Bailey (center) on guitar

Jim Bailey with the Gabriel Gospel Quartet (back, left)