EAST PEORIA — East Peoria native Tim Atwood returned to The Grand Ole Opry stage Sept. 16, where he performed with Opry legend Jeannie Seely.   On Sept. 7 and 9, he was the featured artist on the #1 rated show on RFD-TV "Larry's Country Diner," and will soon be seen as a performer on the Gabriel Entertainment TV series 'Wednesday Night Prayer Meeting" alongside The Oak Ridge Boys, Randy Travis, The Isaacs and Rhonda Vincent.   On Sept. 29, Atwood will return to his roots for a show at The American Legion in East Peoria at 101 Legion St. Tickets are $10 at the door.  The show starts at 7 p.m.

Atwood spent the last 41 years of his life making a name for himself in Nashville, Tennessee. where he played in The Grand Ole Opry staff band for 38 of those years, became a sought after studio musician, and performs his high energy brand of country music coupled with his down home story telling style throughout the United States.

Atwood is a graduate of East Peoria Community High School.

He began his illustrious music career at the age of 13, playing piano for a gospel group based out of Peoria — The Harris Family.

At the age of 18, Atwood cut his teeth playing country music in the local clubs there in Peoria ... clubs that exist today only in the memories of shift workers who used to frequent them after a shift change at Caterpillar:  Clubs like The Flame and The Western Lounge. 

Atwood's father was also a musician and played in various VFW Halls and American Legions throughout the Peoria area. It is in one of those local establishments that Atwood will return to Peoria to perform on Friday, Sept. 29 ... just like old times.