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Grand Ole Opry to Celebrate 90 Years of Great Country Music With Nine-Month Celebration

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The Grand Ole Opry launched its 90th anniversary with special shows Tuesday evening, kicking off a nine-month celebration of nine decades of great country music. Numerous events and occasions are planned throughout the year, including Opry appearances by some of the genre’s hottest stars and most enduring legends including Florida Georgia Line, Charlie Daniels Band, Scotty McCreery, Oak Ridge Boys, Old Crow Medicine Show, Rascal Flatts, Reba, and more. Details on the celebration will be updated throughout the year at opry.com.

“The Opry’s 90th anniversary comes at an exceptionally exciting time for the show,” said Pete Fisher, Opry vice president and general manager. “Fans around the world are engaged with our unique brand of entertainment like never before, and country music’s new stars, superstars, and legends continue to aspire to play the Opry stage and call it home. We want to officially invite fans and artists alike to come be a part of it all with us over the next nine months.”

90th ANNIVERSARY, ACTIVITIES,  SHOWS AND EVENTS

Among the activities already announced for the nine-month celebration:

Backstage Displays – After artists shared stories of some of the seminal instruments and artifacts from the Opry’s history during Tuesday’s kick-off show, they were placed backstage at the Opry House as part of a display showcasing the Opry’s nine decades of music. Such artifacts include the fiddle played by Uncle Jimmy Thompson on the very first broadcast of what would become the Grand Ole Opry, a steamboat whistle used by Opry founder George D. Hay to introduce Opry broadcasts, and a guitar strap used by Opry great Little Jimmy Dickens, who passed away at the dawn of the Opry’s 90th year. Also displayed are items from more recent Opry inductees including Brad Paisley, Darius Rucker, and Steve Wariner.

Cause For Applause – The Opry is set to celebrate country’s heart throughout the year, bringing the Opry’s biggest stars and loyal fans together to support nine important causes over the course of nine months.  Called “Cause For Applause,” the initiative begins in April with “Thank God For Kids,” a partnership with the Monroe Carell Jr. Children’s Hospital at Vanderbilt. During the month, Opry artists will visit hospital patients and Opry fans will be able to designate a portion of Opry show and special merchandise sales be given to the hospital in addition to a variety of other activities.  Additional causes include “Salute The Troops” and “Playin’ for A Purpose,” and will be announced throughout the year.

Guest Announcers – The Opry is again inviting noted personalities from the worlds of sports, show business, and journalism to be a part of the Opry’s anniversary as guest announcers on the show. Those with musical interests are also invited to sit in with the band on a song. Past guest announcers have included Garrison Keillor, Larry King, Robin Roberts, and Dan Rather to name a few. “I’m With The Band” participants have included Paul Schaffer, Bob Schieffer, Charles Osgood, and Lester Holt, among others. FOX & Friends’ Elisabeth Hasselbeck is scheduled to visit as a guest announcer May 30.

Opry 90th Birthday Bash – The Opry’s official 90th Birthday Bash Oct. 2-3 will feature four Opry performances; Opry House Backstage Tours; an Opry member concert; a two-day Opry Plaza Party including exciting new artists on the Plaza stage, and fan red carpet entries and photo opps, among other celebration elements.

Little Big Town, Dierks Bentley, Darius Rucker & MORE added to iHeartRadio Country Festival

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The full show-stopping lineup for the 2015 iHeartRadio Country Festival, bringing together Country music’s biggest superstars all on one stage at the Frank Erwin Center in Austin, Texas on Saturday, May 2nd will feature Tim McGraw, Brad Paisley, Rascal Flatts, Darius Rucker, Little Big Town, Dierks Bentley, Brantley Gilbert, Justin Moore, The Band Perry, iHeartRadio’s On The Verge artist Sam Hunt and Tyler Farr. The live celebration of all things Country will be hosted by iHeartMedia’s nationally-syndicated Country music personality Bobby Bones – with unbelievable collaborations and surprise special guests, bringing the music of the iHeartRadio app to life onstage.

The iHeartRadio Country Festival will video stream live exclusively on Yahoo Live (www.yahoo.com/iheartradio) for fans nationwide and broadcast live on iHeartMedia Country radio stations across the U.S. on Saturday, May 2nd at 7 p.m. CT. The iHeartRadio Country Festival will also be televised as an exclusive nationwide two-hour broadcast special on NBC, May 27th from 9-11 p.m. ET/CT.

“Country music has never been bigger in America and we are bringing the marquee names together live on one stage for one night,” said John Sykes, President of Entertainment Enterprises, iHeartMedia. “It will be a once in a lifetime event for fans that night in Austin, as well as millions nationally on-air, online on Yahoo and on NBC.”

iHeartMedia will launch a six weeklong nationwide promotion, beginning Monday, March 30th, giving thousands of Country music fans nationwide the opportunity to win a trip to Austin, Texas for a one-of-a-kind experience at the iHeartRadio Country Festival. The promotion will run across more than 120 iHeartMedia Country radio stations as well as on iHeartRadio, the company’s all-in-one digital streaming platform.

“Country is one of the most vibrant and exciting genres in music today,” said Tom Poleman, President of National Programming Platforms, iHeartMedia. “I love that our iHeartRadio Country Festival gives us a opportunity to showcase such an amazing lineup of incredible artists and music not only live in Austin, but across the country on our stations, Yahoo and NBC.”

Tickets go on sale to the general public Saturday, March 28 at 10 a.m. ET. For more information visit iHeartRadio.com/countryfestival.

Carly Pearce to Make Her Grand Ole Opry Debut

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Photo credit: Nick & Chelsea Photography

After growing up in the shadows of Bill Monroe, Keith Whitley and The Judds in the blue hills of eastern Kentucky, singer/songwriter Carly Pearce will find herself sharing the same stage as her country music heroes when she takes her first steps into the circle to make her Grand Ole Opry debut this spring. The Sirius XM “On The Horizon” artist, whose hit “Blame The Whiskey” is garnering national attention, announced exclusively today during “Mornings with Storme Warren” that she will mark her first Grand Ole Opry performance on May 30.

“Some kids dream of being a doctor and some kids dream of being an actor; I always dreamt of singing on the Grand Ole Opry,” confided Carly. “Anyone who knows me would tell you that. To realize that in two short months I will be singing on the same stage, in the famous circle where my musical heroes have stood makes me feel overwhelmingly blessed.”

Carly Pearce’s “Blame The Whiskey” (Barry Dean, Carly Pearce, Laura Veltz) has become a fan favorite on Sirius XM’s The Highway, Spotify and in her live shows. The hit song can be downloaded at iTunes HERE with tickets to Carly’s May 30 Opry debut available HERE.

The Covington, KY native fronted her first band at 11 and moved to Nashville in 2009 to give flight to her musical dreams. Carly’s musical resumé includes numerous performances at Music City’s famed Bluebird Café, hitting the road on the “Country Throwdown Tour” with Florida Georgia Line and Justin Moore, and spending the last year singing with “Pretty Little Liars” star Lucy Hale in her touring band.

Get to know Carly Pearce on Facebook, Twitter, YouTube, Instagram, SoundCloud and her official website.

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

 

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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.

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