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The Grand Ole Opry Rolls Out the Red Carpet for Our Troops

©2015 Grand Ole Opry/ Photo By: Chris Hollo

©2015 Grand Ole Opry/ Photo By: Chris Hollo

The show that made country music famous honored heroes of the U.S. military with a red carpet arrival parade and special Opry performance on, Tuesday, May 19.  The MusiCorps Wounded Warrior Band made its second appearance on the Opry as part of the evening’s events along with performances by Trace Adkins, John Conlee, Larry Gatlin & The Gatlin Brothers, Vince Gill, Lee Greenwood, Craig Morgan, and Kellie Pickler.

Guests lined the red carpet leading into the Opry House before the show as soldiers from Fort Campbell, Kentucky and the Tennessee National Guard as well as the MusiCorps Wounded Warrior Band made their way up the carpet and into the Opry House as the evening’s honorees. Adkins, Conlee, The Gatlins, Greenwood, Morgan, and Pickler took their places on the carpet to officially welcome the soldiers to the Opry and thank them for their service to the U.S. military.

Following the MusiCorps Wounded Warrior Band’s performance, Pickler thanked members of the band and all members of the Armed Forces, saying, “I think it’s so important that you know that we do not take what you do for granted. We love you all and are so thankful to have you all here tonight to celebrate.”

©2015 Grand Ole Opry/ Photo By: Chris Hollo

©2015 Grand Ole Opry/ Photo By: Chris Hollo

As part of the Opry’s 90th Anniversary Celebration, the Opry is celebrating country’s heart throughout the year, bringing its biggest stars and loyal fans together to support nine important causes over the course of nine months in an initiative called “Cause For Applause.”  May at the Opry is a month-long celebration of U.S. troops and their families in partnership with the USO and MusiCorps. A percentage of the proceeds from May Opry ticket sales goes to the cause when fans mention the code “SALUTE.”

In celebration of the cause, the Opry recently unveiled a new “Salute The Troops” tee collection from the Selma Drye by Kellie Pickler line, the Opry’s first artist-curated collection. A percentage of the sales from the collection will also be donated to the cause. Pickler signed tees in The Opry Shop after her Opry performance last night.

The MusiCorps Wounded Warrior Band’s Opry appearance was made possible by Humana, presenting sponsor of the Grand Ole Opry. Fans can visit opry.com/causeforapplause to learn more about the May cause partnership and additional causes to be announced throughout the year.

The Opry’s 90th Anniversary Celebration continues throughout 2015. Upcoming artist appearances include Hunter Hayes, Alison Krauss, Little Big Town, Scotty McCreery, Oak Ridge Boys, Charley Pride, Rascal Flatts, and Carrie Underwood, among many others. For additional media information on the Opry, visit opry.com/media.

“American Idol” Alumni Reflect On The Show’s End

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Fox announced this week it is pulling the plug on American Idol after the 15th season, giving the show one more year to bid farewell to the fans. Producers say the final season will pay tribute to seasons passed.

Scotty McCreery says “American Idol” was “a dominant force in our pop culture for almost a decade and a half, but all good things must come to an end.” The next season of “American Idol” will be its last.

Kellie Pickler says “Idol” helped her realize her dreams as a country singer and she’s sure the final season will be a memorable one.

Original co-host Brian Dunkleman had the best reaction ever when he tweeted, “I knew American Idol would never last without me CANCELLED.”

Country Music Shows Up for St. Jude Country Music Marathon

Kelli Pickler and the Bironas Family: SJCMM

Kelli Pickler and the Bironas Family: SJCMM

Country music’s finest artists showed their support for the annual St. Jude Country Music Marathon & Marathon last Saturday as Nashvile set the stage and welcomed more than 30,000 registered runners from around the world.

Kellie Pickler left her Bahamas vacation to run on a special relay team in memory of Tennessee Titans punter Rob Bironas. More than 20 of Bironas’ friends and family split two miles throughout the marathon course and finished by walking across the line together as a group.

Rick Diamond/ Getty Images for SJCMM

Rick Diamond/ Getty Images for SJCMM

Sam Palladio and Chaley Rose, from ABC’s TV show Nashville, both ran the 5K together and then greeted Rose’s brother Chase Jackson as he crossed the marathon finish line.

Terri Clark and Bryan White participated in the half marathon on behalf of St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital. Martina McBride headlined the post-race concert weekend and John Rich, with guests Phil Vassar and Megan Mullins, hosted a Sunday brunch for the top 25 St. Jude Heroes who fundraised for St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital while training for race day.

Kellie Pickler Introduces Home Goods Line

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Kellie Pickleris doing a line of home goods inspired by her great-grandmother. It’s called Selma Drye By Kellie Pickler and it includes items like candles, frames, pillows, dishes, aprons and furniture.

Kellie says her great-grandmother had “a simple, loving touch” that made her house a home. Kellie’s business partner with the home goods is the Grand Ole Opry, the first time the Opry has partnered with an artist for merchandise. The items are for sale in the Opry retail shops in Nashville or the Opry’s website.

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