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Grand Ole Opry to Kick Off CMA Music Festival Week With Star-Studded Show


Grand Ole Opry member Carrie Underwood along with Easton Corbin, Del McCoury, Scotty McCreery, and more will hit the stage Tues., June 9, as the Opry kicks off its CMA Music Fest Week with two star-packed shows.  Seven-time Grammy®-winner Underwood returns for her first appearance on the Opry stage since her Opry at the Ryman performance in December.

The music is set to kick off earlier in the afternoon with a free Opry Plaza Party presented by Humana® featuring Columbia Records recording artist Tyler Farr, whose sophomore album SUFFER IN PEACE released last month is a Top 5 hit. Opening the Party will be Opry fan favorite and Curb Records recording artist Mo Pitney.

Additional Opry fun scheduled for later in the week already includes performances by Clare Bowen, Joe Diffie, Larry Gatlin & The Gatlin Brothers, Mickey Gilley, Chris Janson, Charley Pride, and Mel Tillis. Tickets and information are available at 800-SEE-OPRY and

Opry performances are held every Friday and Saturday of the year, with Tuesday Night Opry shows through December 15.  To plan an Opry visit, call (800) SEE-OPRY or visit 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 and, 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

Grand Ole Opry To Launch 90th Anniversary Celebration with Big Names



The Grand Ole Opry is kicking off a nine-month celebration of nine decades of great country music Tues., March 24. Among those scheduled to appear on two shows are Opry members Brad Paisley, Del McCoury Band, and Old Crow Medicine Show, as well as special guests including Asleep at the Wheel.

During the evening artists appearing are slated to share stories behind some of the seminal instruments and artifacts over the course of the Opry’s 90-year history. Afterwards, the artifacts will comprise a portion of an Opry House backstage display running throughout the 90th celebration and marking each of the Opry’s nine decades. Such artifacts include the fiddle played by Uncle Jimmy Thompson on the very first broadcast of what would become the Grand Ole Opry, the steamboat whistle used by Opry founder George D. Hay to introduce countless Opry broadcasts, and a guitar used by Opry great Little Jimmy Dickens, who passed away at the dawn of the Opry’s 90th year.  The display will also feature items from the collections of more recent Opry inductees including Paisley, Darius Rucker, and Josh Turner.

The Opry will be swinging into its 90th, as also during the night’s shows Grammy-winners Asleep at the Wheel will be joined by other performers for special live performances reprising their recorded performances on the new album Still the King: Celebrating the Music of Bob Wills and His Texas Playboys. Lauded by numerous critics as one of the year’s best releases, the album, says The New York Times, “pays the fondest of tributes to the man justly billed, from the 1930s on, as the King of Western Swing.”

Throughout the night’s two shows, the Opry will also announce plans for the nine-month 90th celebration, already set to include Opry appearances by Florida Georgia Line, Charlie Daniels Band, Oak Ridge Boys, Racal Flatts, Reba, and more.

Big Stars to Perform as a Second Show Added to Opry Line-Up for August 19

©2014 Grand Ole Opry / Photos By: Chris Hollo

©2014 Grand Ole Opry / Photos By: Chris Hollo

The Grand Ole Opry has added a second show to the Tuesday Night Opry on August 19 as Opry member Carrie Underwood returns to the Opry stage just three weeks after two sold-out performances in late July.  The shows will also feature performances by fellow Opry members Trace Adkins, Del McCoury Band, Craig Morgan, and more as well as Mark Chesnutt, Joel Crouse, and others. Making his Opry debut will be MCA’s Sam Hunt, who, going into his fall tour with CMT On Tour, has the highest debuting new artist single in the history of Country Aircheck with his Top 25 and climbing “Leave the Night On” off his four-song album preview X2C (available digitally Aug. 12) and full album due out Oct. 27.

Crouse will sign copies of his debut CD, Even The River Runs, in The Opry Shop before the shows from 5:30-6:30p.m.


Lee Ann Womack, Del McCoury Band and Keller Willams to Perform at Wide Open Bluegrass


To celebrate the 75th birthday of one of the most respected artists in contemporary bluegrass, a special 90-minute set, “Del McCoury Band with special guests Lee Ann Womack and Keller Williams”, will take place on Saturday, October 4 during the Wide Open Bluegrass festival. Wide Open Bluegrass is part of the International Bluegrass Music Association’s World of Bluegrass event, which takes place September 30 – October 4 in Raleigh, North Carolina.

The set, scheduled to take place at Raleigh’s Red Hat Amphitheater, will be presented in three segments:
7:00-7:30pm Travelin’ McCourys with Keller Williams
7:30-8:00pm Del McCoury Band
8:00-8:30pm Del McCoury Band with Lee Ann Womack

“Since Del McCoury turned 75 this year, it is the perfect time for Wide Open Bluegrass to celebrate one of our most beloved performers,” said William Lewis, Executive Director of PineCone (the Piedmont Council of Traditional Music) and Wide Open Bluegrass producer. “Del and the Del McCoury Band have a unique ability to appeal to music lovers of all stripes, including fans of traditional bluegrass, jamgrass and country. Whether playing before a diverse crowd at Bonnaroo or at his own DelFest, Del McCoury remains one of the best global ambassadors we have for bluegrass music.”

Artists that have been previously announced for Wide Open Bluegrass, which takes place October 3-4, include Ricky Skaggs & Bruce Hornsby with Kentucky Thunder, Hot Rize (with Red Knuckles & the Trailblazers), Yonder Mountain String Band, Gibson Brothers, Steep Canyon Rangers, Jerry Douglas presents The Earls of Leicester, Bela Fleck & Abigail Washburn, Balsam Range, Lonesome River Band, Chatham County Line, Noam Pikelny & Stuart Duncan, Della Mae, Russell Moore & IIIrd Tyme Out, The Grascals, Junior Sisk & Ramblers Choice, Special Consensus, Town Mountain, The Deadly Gentlemen, James King Band, Larry Stephenson Band, Mustered Courage, The Roys, The Davidson Brothers, Jesse McReynolds, Bobby Hicks, Sierra Hull, The Kruger Brothers with Kontras Quartet’s world premiere of new concerto “Lucid Dreamer” and the Wide Open Jam, featuring the superstar lineup of Sam Bush, Bela Fleck, Jerry Douglas, Edgar Meyer, Bryan Sutton and Stuart Duncan.

Womack’s performance with Del McCoury will come at the end of a busy week for the Grammy winner at World of Bluegrass 2014. The country vocalist will join fellow Grammy recipient, musician Jerry Douglas, to host IBMA’s 25th annual International Bluegrass Music Awards, scheduled for October 2 at Raleigh’s Duke Energy Center for the Performing Arts. The Way I’m Livin’, her much anticipated roots music project on the Sugar Hill label, continues to receive positive notice from esteemed media outlets like The Wall Street Journal, and USA Today.

Artist Keller Williams recorded his 18th album, Pick, with the Travelin’ McCourys. “Playing with Keller is like being in a 2-car chase on a mountain road: you’re trying to catch him, only to find, as you round the corner…he’s already gone!” Ronnie McCoury has said about the experience. “He’s an inspirational musician and songwriter. It’s so satisfying to try to keep up with him – and you can’t stop smiling along the way!

IBMA’s World of Bluegrass event, an annual bluegrass music homecoming, consists of four parts: the IBMA Business Conference, September 30 – October 2; the 25th Annual International Bluegrass Music Awards, scheduled for Thursday evening, October 2; Wide Open Bluegrass, October 3-4 (which includes both free stages and ticketed festival performances) and the Bluegrass Ramble, an innovative series of showcases, taking place September 30 – October 2 in downtown Raleigh and at the Raleigh Convention Center.

Those wishing to obtain tickets for the ticketed portion of Wide Open Bluegrass (which takes place at Red Hat Amphitheater and Raleigh Convention Center Ballroom Stages), Bluegrass Ramble Showcase passes, IBMA Business Conference registration, IBMA Award Show tickets and hotel reservations should go to IBMA’s website, Single day general admission for the ticketed portion of Wide Open Bluegrass starts as low as $50, with a three-day Bluegrass Ramble pass available for $75. Additional details and pricing information are available at the website.

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