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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 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

The Queen Mary Goes Country with the Inaugural ShipKicker Country Music Festival


The Queen Mary is pleased to introduce ShipKicker, the all-new two-day music festival presenting top country artists performing from sunshine to moonshine at the picturesque Waterfront Event Park May 23-24. The inaugural fest welcomes over 20 hours of live country music with performances by Dustin Lynch, Parmalee, Eric Paslay, The Railers, Jukebox Mafia, David Fanning and more.

Dustin Lynch headlines ShipKicker Day 1 and occupies a unique place in today’s country music. He has been heralded as the heir to George Strait’s throne with his classic sensibilities, yet with one listen to his newest hit, “Where It’s At,” it’s obvious the young Tennessee native knows how to combine his traditional influences with an edgy intensity that places him at the vanguard of today’s contemporary country scene. His self-titled debut hit reached No. 1 on Billboard’s Top Country Albums chart, making him the only new male artist to achieve such a feat that year. Dustin Lynch will be joined by the likes of favorite country artists including Eric Paslay, Jukebox Mafia, River Road, Jay Hollister, Brian Lynn Jones and Neil Morrow.

ShipKicker Day 2 headliner Parmalee’s debut country album, Feels Like Carolina, earned the band critical praise from People, The New York Times, USA Today, Newsday, Billboard and more. In 2014, Parmalee garnered a semi-finalist nod for the Academy of Country Music’s coveted “New Artist of the Year” award, a Teen Choice Award nomination for “Choice Country Group” and toured with one of country’s leading male vocalists, Jake Owen, on his Days Of Gold Tour. Parmalee’s latest hit, “Close Your Eyes,” recently became its second consecutive Top 3 hit on country radio. The band’s newest single, “Already Callin’ You Mine” hit country radio in February 2015. The Railers, David Fanning, CJ Simmons, Justin Lee, Pawnshop Kings and Scotty Mac Band join Parmalee on Sunday’s stage.

On top of 20 hours of the greatest live music the country scene has to offer, ShipKicker Country Music Festival will offer concert-goers food vendors, a beer garden, cocktails, yard-games and a wild bucking bull ride, where guests can hang on for ‘deer’ life.

Tickets start at $35 (online in advance) and $45 day of and at the door. Two-day tickets are available for $65 in advance. VIP upgrades are also available and include access to a private bar and two drink tickets.

Festival doors open at 1PM each day and the event welcomes country music fans of all ages. Can’t wait to get the party started? Get your tailgate buzz on sipping’ on suds when you join the parking lot party Saturday and Sunday from 11:30am – 1:30pm. Tickets are just $5 to enjoy food and drink specials, backyard games, compete in a 2-Step Contest and meet Go Country 105 FM’s morning hosts Graham Bunn on Saturday and Christine Martindale on Sunday.

Visit for tickets and more information.

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

Little Big Town Announces Fall Leg of ‘Pain Killer Tour’

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Little Big Town has added a fall leg of The Pain Killer Tour that will kick off on October 8, 2015 in Bemidji, MN. The foursome–consisting of members Karen Fairchild, Jimi Westbrook, Phillip Sweet, and Kimberly Schlapman–have already hit over 50 markets on this highly-successful headlining tour.
The next run of The Pain Killer Tour, produced by AEG LIVE/The Messina Group, will hit over 17 cities in the US and Canada (dates listed below). Tickets will go on sale Friday, June 5 at 10:00am local time. The band will again offer a unique VIP experience for fans; allowing them to choose from 2 limited packages including meet and greets, exclusive merchandise, and more. For more information on The Pain Killer Tour dates, VIP packages, and pre-sale tickets visit

10/8 Bemidji, MN Sanford Center
10/9 Ames, IA Stephens Auditorium
10/10 Milwaukee, WI Riverside Theatre (On Sale Now)
10/15 Greensboro, NC Greensboro Coliseum
10/16 Greenville, SC Bon Secours Wellness Arena
10/17 St. Augustine, FL St. Augustine Amphitheatre (On Sale Now)
10/22 Bismarck, ND Bismarck Events Center
10/23 Rapid City, SD Barnett Arena
10/24 Brookings, SD Swiftel Center
10/30 Bloomington, IL US Cellular Coliseum
11/12 Missoula, MT Adams Center (On Sale Now)
11/13 Boise, ID Taco Bell Arena
11/14 Portland, OR Keller Auditorium
11/17 Kelowna, BC Prospera Place (On Sale Noon 6/5)
11/19 Abbottsford, BC Abbottsford Centre
11/20 Seattle, WA Paramount Theater
11/21 Spokane, WA INB Performing Arts Center

Little Big Town will be performing their smash hit single “Girl Crush” with music superstar Faith Hill at the Billboard Music Awards live from the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas on Sunday, May 17 from 8-11 p.m. ET on ABC. “Girl Crush” is currently Top 20 on the country radio charts and #1 on Billboard’s Hot Country Songs Chart for the third consecutive week, raking in total sales of over 700k to date.

For more information on Little Big Town and THE PAIN KILLER TOUR please visit

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