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Steve Wariner Celebrates 20 Years as Grand Ole Opry Member 

Credit: Chris Hollo/Hollo Photographics for the Grand Ole Opry

Credit: Chris Hollo/Hollo Photographics for the Grand Ole Opry

This past Saturday (May 14), four-time GRAMMY and CMA Award winner Steve Wariner celebrated his 20th anniversary as a member of the Grand Ole Opry. Pete Fisher, Grand Ole Opry Vice President and General Manager, presented Wariner with a special plaque during the singer/songwriter’s performance. Country Music Hall of Fame member Bill Anderson, who inducted Wariner into the Grand Ole Opry 20 years ago, also was on hand to pay tribute to his longtime friend.

“Wow! I can’t believe I’ve been an Opry member for 20 years,” said Wariner. “It’s still one of the greatest honors of my career. I remember my first time on the Opry in 1973 as a member of Dottie West’s band back at the Ryman as if it was just yesterday. It seemed like an impossible dream back then that I would be asked to join…but it happened a few years later! Dreams can come true. Glad to call the Grand Ole Opry my home!”

Earlier in the evening, the Opry threw a backstage party for the ACM Award winner, complete with a special cake decorated with an illustration of Wariner’s red telecaster guitar.

The country music legend is currently in the studio working on a new album to be released later this year. His next concert performance will be at City Winery in Nashville on June 11 at 8:00 PM during CMA Music Festival. The show will be filmed for a future project. Tickets can be purchased HERE.

Wariner has achieved 14 No. 1 songs and more than 30 Top Ten hits, including such classics as “Holes in the Floor of Heaven,” “Life’s Highway,” “The Weekend,” “I’m Already Taken,” “I Got Dreams,” “Small Town Girl,” “Two Teardrops,” “Some Fools Never Learn,” “Lynda,” and more. An award-winning songwriter, Wariner has also composed songs for Clint Black (“Nothin’ But the Taillights”), Garth Brooks (“Longneck Bottle”), Bryan White (“One Small Miracle”), and Keith Urban (“Where the Blacktop Ends”), as well as artists such as Country Music Hall of Fame members Alabama, Kenny Rogers, The Statler Brothers, Conway Twitty, and Don Williams; pop music icon Peter Tork (of The Monkees); R&B singer Ruben Studdard; bluegrass music’s Del McCoury Band, and many more. Revered for his guitar talent, he was given the rare status of C.G. P. (Certified Guitar Player) by his mentor Chet Atkins. For more information, visit www.SteveWariner.com.

Grand Ole Opry To Kick Off CMA Music Festival Week with Star-Studded Tuesday Night Shows and Opry Plaza Party

Photo Courtesy of the Grand Ole Opry

Photo Courtesy of the Grand Ole Opry

Grand Ole Opry members Carrie Underwood and Darius Rucker along with Chris Janson, Charles Esten and more are hitting the stage Tues., June 7, as the Opry kicks off its CMA Music Fest Week with two star-packed shows, 7 and 9:30 p.m.

The music begins earlier in the afternoon with a free Opry Plaza Party presented by Humana® featuring Warner Bros. recording artist Janson, who continues to enjoy the success of his debut album Buy Me A Boat. The title track became the singer-songwriter’s first #1 single, was certified platinum, and won the iHeartRadio Award for “Country Song of the Year.” Opening the Party will be Stoney Creek Records recording artist Lindsay Ell. Both Janson and Ell are featured on the Opry’s new release Opry 9.0, Vol. II, Discoveries From The Circle.

Kimberly Williams-Paisley is scheduled to sign copies of her new book Where The Light Gets In in The Opry Shop beginning at 5:30 p.m. The actress will return to the Opry stage for her second visit as a guest announcer later in the evening.

Artists already scheduled to visit the Opry later during Music Fest Week include Easton Corbin, Larry Gatlin & The Gatlin Brothers, Scotty McCreery, Oak Ridge Boys, Charley Pride, and Jamie Lynn Spears, among others.

Underwood is scheduled to play the Opry twice in advance of the June 7 shows, visiting May 20 and 21. Among others scheduled for the Opry before Music Fest Week are Trace Adkins, Charlie Daniels Band, Jana Kramer, Martina McBride, and Kiefer Sutherland.

Tickets and exclusive Music Fest packages including the June 7 Opry, nightly concerts at Nissan Stadium, and much more are available at 800-SEE-OPRY and on the “Plan A Trip” page at opry.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 running 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.  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.

Shenandoah Returning to Grand Ole Opry Stage for First Time in Nearly 25 Years

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This weekend, for the first time in nearly 25 years, legendary country music group Shenandoah will return to the stage of the Grand Ole Opry. After a 17 year absence, lead singer Marty Raybon has returned to front the group who will perform on the Opry stage this Friday night, May 6th and Saturday night, May 7th.

“With great excitement after almost 25 years, we will once again have the honor of playing the Grand Ole Opry,” says Raybon. “It truly is like no other feeling, standing on that stage where so many country music greats have stood.”

Shenandoah’s Mike McGuire adds, “I can still remember what a thrill it was for a bunch of young kids when we had the opportunity to play the Grand Ole Opry for the first time. Knowing that our parents all grew up in the generation of AM radio and listening to the Grand Ole Opry on WSM, we knew how special it would be for them as well. It was one of my fondest memories and one of our biggest highlights of our career seeing the smiles on the faces and the tears in the eyes of our parents and how special it was to them to see their sons play at the ‘mother church of country music.'”

The group’s return to the Opry stage is the latest highlight of what has been a very busy year for the boys from Alabama. The band recently performed at the Academy of Country Music’s (ACM) All-Star Jam in Las Vegas and also just released their first-ever Gospel album, Good News Travels Fast.

This weekend’s Opry performances are just a couple of stops included on the group’s 2016 tour schedule.

2016 Shenandoah Tour Dates:

May 5 – The Tift Theatre – Tifton, GA
May 6 – Grand Ole Opry – Nashville, TN
May 7 – Grand Ole Opry – Nashville, TN
May 14 – La Vernia City Park – La Vernia, TX
May 27 – Knuckleheads – Kansas City, MO
May 28 – Rustique Ampitheater – Lancaster, TN
May 29 – Mudbug Madness – Shreveport, LA
June 25 – DABA Annual Fireworks Fest – Denver, NC
Jul 1 – Balloon Festival – Ridgeland, MS
Jul 2 – Breathitt Heritage Fair- Jackson, KY
Jul 8 – Dosey Doe – Spring, TX
Jul 22 – Anderson Music Hall – Hiawassee, GA
Jul 23 – The Texan Theatre – Greenville, TX
Jul 30 – River Bend RV Resort – Watertown, WI
Aug 13 – Manchester Music Hall – Lexington, KY
Aug 20 – Windsor Harvest Picnic – Windsor, IL
Aug 27 – Rio Grande Scenic Railroad – Alamosa, CO
Aug 28 – Rio Grande Scenic Railroad – Alamosa, CO
Sep 4 – SamJam – Piketon, OH
Sep 9 – Silver Dollar City- Branson, MO
Oct 7 – Arlington Music Hall – Arlington, TX
Oct 8 – Conway’s Dancehall – New Braunfels, TX
Oct 12 – The Mansion Theatre – Branson, MO
Oct 13 – The Mansion Theatre – Branson, MO
Oct 14 – The Cotillion – Wichita, KS
Oct 15 – Hoyt Sherman Place – Des Moines, IA
Oct 19 – The Mansion Theatre – Branson, MO
Oct 20 – The Mansion Theatre – Branson, MO
Oct 21 – Bluegate Theater – Shipshewana, IN
Oct 22 – Meyer Theater – Monroe, MI
Nov 12 – The Newton Theatre – Newton, NJ
Nov 18 – Newberry Opra House – Newberry, SC

For more information on Shenandoah, visit www.shenandoahband.com.

Vince Gill Plays Touching Tribute to Merle Haggard at Opry

Last week, Vince Gill performed a touching tribute to the late Merle Haggard at the Grand Ole Opry. Take a listen and tell us what you think of “A World Without Haggard.”

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