Kelsea Ballerini to “Flip The Switch” On The Opry’s Signature Barn, Trisha Yearwood to Introduce the Year’s Honorary Survivor as Part of the Ninth Annual “Opry Goes Pink” in Support of the Fight Against Breast Cancer The Grand Ole Opry® is joining Women Rock For The Cure™ in the fight against breast cancer on Tues., Oct. 24 with its ninth annual “Opry Goes Pink” show. Black River Entertainment’s Kelsea Ballerini will flip the switch on the Opry’s signature barn backdrop, turning it pink for the night as the “Legends” singer takes the stage to perform to raise awareness and funds for Women Rock for the CureTM, a Nashville-based non-profit committed to connecting and supporting young women facing breast cancer. Opry member Trisha Yearwood will also take the stage to perform and introduce this year’s Women Rock for the Cure honorary survivor, symbolizing individual battles being won against the disease. Arista Nashville’s LANCO will make their Opry debut, Easton Corbin, Runaway June, and others will perform, and CMT’s Cody Alan will appear as a guest announcer for the night, joining the ranks of other personalities who have appeared in the role including Garrison Keillor, Dan Rather, and Robin Roberts, among many others. Beginning today, when fans order tickets, $5 from every ticket sold will be donated to Women Rock For The Cure™. Tickets are available at (615) 871-OPRY and opry.com. The Grand Ole Opry® is presented by Humana®. Opry performances are held every Friday and Saturday of the year, with Tuesday Night Opry shows through December 12. About the Grand Ole Opry The Grand Ole Opry® is presented by Humana®. Opry performances are held every Friday and Saturday of the year, with Tuesday Night Opry shows through December 12 and Wednesday shows returning September 13. To plan an Opry visit, call (800) SEE-OPRY or visit opry.com. The Opry presents the best in country music live every week from Nashville, Tenn. Celebrating nine decades of entertainment, the Opry can be heard at opry.com and wsmonline.com, Opry and WSM mobile apps, SiriusXM Satellite Radio, and its flagship home, 650 AM-WSM. The Grand Ole Opry is owned by Ryman Hospitality Properties (NYSE: RHP). For more information, visit opry.com. About Women Rock For The Cure Women Rock For The Cure™ is a Nashville-based 501(c)(3) organization committed to connecting and supporting young women facing breast cancer. Founded in 2007, the organization works to build awareness and provide outreach programs through the power of the entertainment industry. Fueled by the annual Opry Goes Pink concert, the signature event has featured performances by Jason Aldean, Martina McBride, Kacey Musgraves, Kellie Pickler, Rascal Flatts, LeAnn Rimes, The Judds, Carrie Underwood and more. All proceeds benefit the organization’s outreach efforts, including the impactful Young Survivors Retreat, which brings together young women diagnosed with breast cancer. For additional information on Women Rock For The Cure, upcoming events and how to get involved, please visit www.WomenRockForTheCure.org.
“Opry Goes Pink” as Multi-Platinum Entertainer Jason Aldean’s “Concert for the Cure” Returns To Nashville In Support of the Fight Against Breast Cancer Benefiting Susan G. Komen® and Women Rock For The Cure™ RIAA’s top digital country male artist of all time Jason Aldean partnered with the Grand Ole Opry this evening as part of “Opry Goes Pink”, incorporating his 11th annual “Concert for the Cure” in two special Opry performances staged to fight breast cancer. The superstar flipped the switch on the Opry’s signature barn backdrop, turning it pink as Aldean and others including Hillary Scott & The Scott Family, Montgomery Gentry, Chris Young, surprise guest Cassadee Pope, Jeannie Seely, and Mickey Guyton performed in support of breast cancer awareness and raised funds for Women Rock for the CureTM, a Nashville-based non-profit committed to connecting and supporting young women facing breast cancer, and Susan G. Komen®’s Nashville chapter. Aldean presented a check to the Susan G. Komen® Foundation from monies raised on his 2016 SIX STRING CIRCUS TOUR throughout the year, with this year’s contribution taking the grand total to over 3.3 million dollars for the fight against breast cancer. This year’s ACM Entertainer of the Year has been an avid supporter towards the fight against breast cancer since 2004 after losing a dear friend to the disease. The evening kicked off with Montgomery Gentry cutting a pink ribbon and leading a pink carpet walk into the Grand Ole Opry House for the show. Breast cancer survivors and members of their support networks were followed by fans on the carpet, all pledging to support the fight against the disease. The Opry is donating $5 from every ticket to the shows sold between the day the shows were announced and tonight to Women Rock For The Cure™. The Grand Ole Opry® is presented by Humana®. Opry performances are held every weekend of the year, and the Tuesday Night Opry continues through Dec. 13. About Jason Aldean Jason Aldean has “earned his spot at the top of Country music over 11 years of hard touring and hard rocking” (Rolling Stone), as his new album THEY DON’T KNOW follows on the heels of each album release earning PLATINUM certification or better, tallying more than 14 million total album sales and 17 No. one hits. His “ever-rising stardom” (Billboard) reaches new heights as he debuted at the No. One position on Billboard’s all-genre Top 200 Album chart for the third consecutive time with his seventh studio album, which includes his latest single “A Little More Summertime.” Aldean recently wrapped his 2016 SIX STRING CIRCUS TOUR hosting sold-out crowds throughout the country’s biggest venues. For more information on new music and for a full list of upcoming tour dates, www.jasonaldean.com. About the Grand Ole Opry The Grand Ole Opry® is presented by Humana®. Opry performances are held every Friday and Saturday of the year, with Tuesday Night Opry shows through December 13. To plan an Opry visit, call (800) SEE-OPRY or visit opry.com. The Opry presents the best in country music live every week from Nashville, Tenn. Marking more than nine decades of entertainment, the Opry can be heard at opry.com and wsmonline.com, Opry and WSM mobile apps, SiriusXM Continue reading
Old Crow Medicine Show was formally inducted into the Grand Ole Opry this evening by Opry members Dierks Bentley and Marty Stuart. Among the award-winning group’s first performances in Nashville were on the sidewalks outside the Opry House in Summer 2000, playing for fans entering and exiting Opry performances. The band graduated to the Opry stage for its official Opry debut on Jan. 13, 2001, quickly became a fan favorite during dozens of Opry performances since, and was invited by Stuart to join the Opry on Aug. 16 in Cleveland, Ohio. Just before show time, the band reprised its Opry Plaza performances from more than a dozen years ago, walking outside the Opry House and playing tunes including “Brave Boys” and “Hesitation Blues” for surprised fans waiting outside for the evening’s Opry show. On stage later in the night, Opry Vice President and General Manager Pete Fisher and Opry members Dierks Bentley and Stuart took the stage alongside Old Crow Medicine Show, presenting the group with its Opry member award. “Congratulations, Old Crow, on being a part of the coolest club there is,” Bentley said. Addressing the band, Stuart added, “You offer a whole new energy and love for country music in the 21st century.” Speaking on behalf of the group, Ketch Secor related that years ago members of the band asked themselves if they’d ever make it big in TV. Secor recalled having said, “I don’t know about TV, but we might make something of ourselves on radio.” Fast forwarding to tonight’s show, Secor concluded, “We’re standing out here on the most beloved broadcast anywhere on earth. I think we made it big on radio! … We the Old Crows are just so proud to be entrusted to carry on the traditions of the Grand Ole Opry’s good-natured riot.” After tearing into the band’s signature “Wagon Wheel,” the group invited fellow Opry members Bentley, Stuart, Connie Smith, and the Del McCoury Band to join them on the standards “Will The Circle Be Unbroken” and “I Saw The Light.” “Old Crow has over the years become a favorite of Opry audiences and everyone backstage, as well,” said Fisher. “It’s fun for so many of us that in many ways Old Crow looks and sounds a lot like some of the great early Opry bands like Roy Acuff and his Smoky Mountain Boys—bands which helped propel the Opry to national prominence. Tonight represents a great full circle, and as the great Jimmy Dickens says, ‘The circle can’t be broken.’” After the induction, the group added a plaque bearing its name to the Opry Member Gallery backstage at the Opry House. Old Crow Medicine Show is scheduled to perform concerts on Dec. 30 and Dec. 31 at the Ryman Auditorium. Tickets will go on sale Sept. 27 at 10:00 a.m.
Maggie Rose Chosen As A January Spotlight By Country Weekly. Country Weekly has chosen Maggie Rose as a January spotlight with a free download of her song “Mostly Bad.” The magazine says that Maggie is one of “country’s bright young talents with powerful vocals and equally powerful songs.” You can get the free download of “Mostly Bad” by CLICKING HERE. The song was written by Maggie and Jim Wes and can be found on Maggie’s upcoming RPME debut album. The album will go on sale March 26 and includes “I Ain’t Your Mama.” This past Saturday, January 5, Maggie performed on the Grand Ole Opry stage.
High Valley Starts The Year Off Right With Their Debut Performance At The Grand Ole Opry This Weekend. High Valley is busting out of the 2013 gates with a dream come true as the trio makes its Grand Ole Opry debut. Their performance will be at the Ryman on Saturday, January 5th. Also exciting for the boys is that they will make their inaugural Opry appearance sharing the bill with one of their musical icons, Ricky Skaggs. But, before they achieve their Opry dreams High Valley will be in Birmingham, Alabama on January 4th to perform at the BBVA Compass Street Fest and Pep Rally. Their performance will take place before the Ole Miss Rebels take on the Pittsburgh Panthers at the BBVA Compass Bowl. Brothers Brad, Bryan and Curtis plan to spend 2013 touring and gearing up for the release of their US debut album, Love Is A Long Road, due out later this year. Watch the official music video for High Valley’s “Love You For A Long Time” below.
Actors Clare Bowen and Sam Palladio Make Grand Ole Opry Debut! Talk about blending reality and fiction… ABC’s Nashville stars Clare Bowen (Scarlett) and Sam Palladio (Gunnar) will be making their debut for the Grand Ole Opry at the Ryman Auditorium in Nashville Saturday, November 17th! They signed on to act as struggling artists trying to make it big in Music City, and now they aren’t acting anymore! With duets “If I Didn’t Know Better” and “When The Right One Comes Along“, both are already featured on the soundtrack to the popular new show which will be releasing via Big Machine Records on December 11th! If you haven’t check these two out yet…see what all the fuss is about below! Scarlett (Clare Bowen) and Gunnar (Sam Palladio) Sing “If I Didn’t Know Better”. Clare and Sam aren’t the only Nashville stars at the Opry! Find out more…
Kellie Pickler Flips On The Pink Lights At The Opry. The Grand Ole Opry joined Women Rock For The Cure in the fight against breast cancer tonight with the Opry’s fourth annual “Opry Goes Pink” show. Kellie Pickler, who recently shaved her own head in support of her childhood friend battling cancer, flipped the switch on the Opry’s barn backdrop, turning it pink for the night. Tonight’s show also included performances by Sarah Darling, Jimmy Dickens, Kristen Kelly, The Farm, Mindy Smith and others as well as activities recognizing breast cancer survivors and the continuing fight against the disease.
Grand Ole Opry Inducts Latest Member, Darius Rucker. On October 16, Darius Rucker received his Opry Member Award, becoming the newest member of the country family. His actual family joined him backstage to add his plaque to the Opry Member Gallery at the Grand Ole Opry House. Vince Gill presented the Opry Member Award by thanking Darius: “I don’t think there’s a more beloved guy in our music than you. Before you even open your mouth and sing a song you’ve written, everybody is really crazy about you. You will find this place right here to be one of the greatest homes you’ll ever have. … Thanks for wanting to be a country music singer!” Darius thanked Vince, his family, and his fans as he gratefully accepted the honor. One of his favorite singers, Keith Urban, sent a video congratulations, but then joined Darius on the stage to personally congratulate him. They were also joined by Football Hall of Famer Dan Marino. I became a fan of the soulful, distinct Rucker voice as a fan of Hootie and the Blowfish, but I fell in love with that voice the first time I heard “All I Want.” One listen to either of his albums (Learn to Live and Charleston, SC 1966), and you’ll quickly realize why he deserves this award. Congratulations, Darius! To watch Rucker’s induction, head on over to opry.com/pressroom/darius WATCH the Official Music Video for “Alright,” a Favorite Rucker Hit:
Loretta Lynn Celebrates Her 50th Opry Anniversary! As the Grand Ole Opry prepares to celebrate the 50th Opry Anniversary of country icon Loretta Lynn with a star-packed Opry show featuring Lynn, Miranda Lambert, Pistol Annies, Crystal Gayle, Lee Ann Womack, and more tomorrow night, fans can celebrate Lynn’s golden achievement in the hours leading up to the show online and on the radio. Among the activities planned in honor of the Coal Miner’s Daughter: Twitter: Fans and fellow artists are invited to share their favorite memories of Lynn via Twitter using #Love4Loretta. Favorite tweets will be compiled into special blogs on opry.com and shared at tomorrow night’s show. Loretta on the Radio: Opry flagship station 650 AM-WSM (wsmonline.com) is scheduled to play a Lynn song every hour tomorrow, Tues., Sept. 25, and has invited other country artists to call in throughout the day with their congratulations for the iconic artist. Lynn’s sisters Crystal Gayle and Peggy Sue will visit the 650 AM-WSM studio for a live show in Lynn’s honor 2 – 3 p.m. tomorrow. Tomorrow night’s Opry show can be heard live on 650 AM-WSM, opry.com, wsmonline.com, and free apps available from both the Opry and 650 AM WSM. Press Conference Stream: opry.com will stream a press conference featuring Lynn and other artists on tomorrow night’s show live from backstage at the Opry House at 6:30 p.m. Enter To Win the Fine Print: Tomorrow only, fans can visit opry.com to enter to win a Loretta Lynn 50th Opry Anniversary Hatch Show Print to be signed tomorrow evening by the guest of honor. Be sure to watch and/or listen!
Due West Will Make Their Grand Ole Opry Debut Tonight! Black River Entertainment recording artist Due West is scheduled to debut on the Grand Ole Opry today, September 7 at 7pm CDT. The vocal trio’s new single, “Things You Can’t Do In A Car,” is at radio now and has sold nearly 20,000 units since its May 15 release. Produced by Garth Fundis and written by Due West’s own Brad Hull, “Things You Can’t Do In A Car” is the lead single from the upcoming release, due early 2013 on Black River Entertainment. Music lovers can view the “Things You Can’t Do In A Car” acoustic video, lyric video, as well as purchase the track on iTunes. Beginning today, Due West fans can enter to win front row seats and a meet-and-greet with the band at their debut via the Grand Ole Opry by clicking HERE. For more information or to purchase tickets please visit, www.opry.com or call 800-SEE-OPRY (800-733-6779 toll-free). Watch the acoustic video for “Things You Can’t Do In A Car” now!