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Grand Ole Opry To Celebrate America’s Birthday with Free All-American Plaza Parties

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The show that made country music famous is set to kick off July and America’s birthday weekend with free All-American Plaza Parties and Opry favorites on its world-famous stage Fri., July 1 and Sat., July 2. The music begins at 5 p.m. and is set to salute American Icons including Merle Haggard, Johnny Cash, Loretta Lynn, and Dolly Parton, among other favorites as performed by 50 Shades Of Hay on Friday and Shelley Skidmore & Greg Bates on Saturday.

The weekend’s Opry line-up includes Vince Gill, Connie Smith, Larry Gatlin and the Gatlin Brothers, Ricky Skaggs, Love and Theft, and more. Visit opry.com for nightly Opry artist line-ups and a schedule of Plaza Party schedule including food truck and bar service.

The Opry’s summer schedule will be in full swing throughout July, with Opry House Backstage Tours running seven days a week along with Opry performances each Tuesday, Wednesday, Friday, and Saturday night. Among those appearing later in the month include Steve Wariner (July 5); Chris Janson, The Grascals (July 6); Josh Turner, Lorrie Morgan, Pam Tillis, Clare Bowen, Craig Morgan (July 8); Cam, Justin Moore (July 12); Roy Clark, Craig Campbell (July 15); Lauren Alaina, Scotty McCreery, Del McCoury Band (July 19 & 20); Charlie Daniels Band, Hillary Scott & the Scott Family, Brothers Osborne (July 26) Oak Ridge Boys, Eric Paslay, Dailey & Vincent (July 27).

Tickets and packages are available at 800-SEE-OPRY and on the “Plan A Trip” page at opry.com.

Brett Young Makes Soulful Opry Debut 

©2016 Grand Ole Opry | Photo Credit: Chris Hollo

©2016 Grand Ole Opry | Photo Credit: Chris Hollo

“Destined for mass appeal” (Rolling Stone Country), singer/songwriter Brett Young made his Grand Ole Opry debut on Saturday night (6/25) in Nashville. He stunned the audience with his soulful voice and authentic lyrics that perfectly encapsulate his “Caliville” persona. With his dominating stage presence, Young performed his current Top 30 single “Sleep Without You” and the emotional “You Ain’t Here to Kiss Me.”

“I grew up listening to the legends who have performed on this stage before me,” said a humbled Young. “Never in a million years did I imagine that a Country boy from California would have this opportunity and I am beyond grateful.”

Young has been winning over fans and critics alike with Sounds Like Nashville exclaiming, “If you haven’t had a chance to listen to his self-titled EP, WHAT’S TAKING YOU SO LONG?”

He will continue introducing his music to fans across the country with stops at many major festivals over the summer including Summerfest in Milwaukee, WI on June 29, Faster Horses in Brooklyn, MI on July 15 and Watershed in Gorge, WA on July 30 and August 5. For more information and tour dates, visit BrettYoungMusic.com.

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Kip Moore Reveals “Me And My Kind” Tour Dates

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Kip Moore revealed dates for his headlining Me and My Kind Tour today, kicking off on 9/30 in Oklahoma City, OK. A constant road warrior that continues to be “met with more deafening applause” (CMT), the tour will see Moore visit cities across the US and Canada through early December and includes red-hot newcomer Jon Pardi. Fans can watch Moore and Pardi gearing up for the tour with some role-reversal antics here. With no signs of slowing down on the road, it was also announced last week that Moore will headline Nashville’s Ascend Amphitheater for The Big 98’s annual Guitar-B-Que on Aug. 10th, a live concert and guitar auction to raise funds for St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital. For a full list of tour dates and more information visit kipmoore.net.

“Being out on the road is where me and the band feel most at home,” said Moore. “Even though we’ve been nonstop already this year with the headlining shows in The UK and the Miranda tour, it just doesn’t feel natural to slow down, our live show is when we are in our element. I’m really looking forward to having the opportunity to test some new material that we’ve been working on out on the road and having Jon out with us too, I’m sure we’re going to get into some trouble out there.”

ME AND MY KIND TOUR Dates:

9/30 Oklahoma City, OK
10/1 Fort Worth, TX
10/6 Kalamazoo, MI
10/8 Toledo, MI
10/13 Kingston, ON
10/20 Boston, MA
10/21 Pittsburgh, PA
10/27 Bemidji, MN
10/28 St. Paul, MN
11/10 Atlanta, GA
11/11 Birmingham, AL
11/12 Myrtle Beach, SC
11/17 Cedar Rapids, IA
11/18 Peoria, IL
11/19 Kansas City, MO
12/1 New York, NY
12/3 Philadelphia, PA
12/8 Detroit, MI

Drew Baldridge Surprised By Josh Turner During His Grand Ole Opry Debut

©2016 Grand Ole Opry Photo By: Rachael Black

©2016 Grand Ole Opry
Photo By: Rachael Black

Five years ago this month, Drew Baldridge made the bold move from his small hometown of Patoka, Ill., to Nashville, TN.  He did so after an 18th birthday surprise trip to Nashville to see Josh Turner play at the Wildhorse Saloon.  Since that evening, Baldrige credit’s Turner for inspiring him to pursue his dream of music. Last night (6/15,) Baldridge stood on the circle for his Grand Ole Opry debut and during his third and last song, the country newcomer got the surprise of his life.

The evening was hosted by Opry announcer/host Bill Cody. Baldridge took to the stage following Opry member John Conlee, and performed the title track to his album debut that was just released Friday, June 10, called “Dirt On Us,” a song he wrote about his hometown and his best friends.  For the second song of the night, Baldridge performed “Tractors Don”t Roll,” also found on his debut album, and for the third and final song of his Opry debut, he performed “Your Man,” a homage to his idol Josh Turner.

Baldridge took a little time to explain his third song choice to the Opry audience stating,

“The very first time I came to Nashville, my mom bought me tickets for my 18th birthday to see Josh Turner in concert at the Wildhorse saloon. I’ll never forget the first time I came here, I went downtown and bought a cowboy hat just so I can have Josh Turner sign it and I don’t even wear cowboy hats!  But I went down there and got a hat, Josh Turner signed it and I watched his show in the front row.  That was the night I decided I was going to move to Nashville and I was gonna do this and try to pursue my dream. It was because of Josh Turner. And I know Josh is a Opry member, and what better way than to sing one of Josh Turner’s songs.”

During the musical break of “Your Man,” Josh Turner came out on stage to sing the bridge and surprise Baldridge. It was a memorable moment on the hallowed stage and Baldridge, along with the Opry audience, were all taken back.  Surprised and humbled, Baldridge was so overwhelmed by Turner he had difficulty singing alongside his idol.  After the end of the song, both singers received a standing ovation form the Opry audience.

Backstage, with family, friends and his record label in support, Baldridge spent some time with Turner and was able to thank him for the first time before heading to the Opry shop to sign copies of his new album, Dirt On Us, to a long line of fans eager to congratulate him.

Baldridge headed out of Nashville last night to Marinette, WI for a performance at the Porterfield Country Fest and then on Friday (6/17) will be joining Kenny Chesney and other country stars for Country Fest in Cadott, WI.

For the latest updates, follow Drew Baldridge on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram or visit www.drewbaldridgemusic.com .

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