The Grand Ole Opry just announced a special Monday night show with a KILLER line-up!!!! Will you be seeing Brad Paisley, Blake Shelton, Brett Eldredge, Darius Rucker and The Band Perry??? The show will be taped for a theatrical release!
Chase Bryant is the latest Country star to perform an Opry “Circle Throwdown.” Bryant joins the ranks of Trace Adkins, Kristian Bush, Nashville actor Charles Esten and more in celebrating the Grand Ole Opry’s 90th Anniversary with both planned and impromptu performances for fans across the U.S. this year.
TODAY, Bryant will perform acoustically on the Ryman Auditorium plaza in downtown Nashville at 3 pm CT, ahead of his opening slot as part of Tim McGraw’s Shotgun Rider Tour at Bridgestone Arena that night.
As part of the “Circle Throwdown,” a replica of the famed six-foot Opry Circle of wood cut from the Ryman stage and placed center stage at the Grand Ole Opry House will be placed on the Ryman Auditorium plaza. The Ryman Plaza is located at 4th Avenue South (between Broadway and Commerce St).
The performance is free and open to the public. For more information, visit: http://www.opry.com/circlethrowdown
Bryant’s latest hit – the critically lauded “Little Bit of You” – continues to ascend the Country single charts, landing in the Top 35 on the Country Aircheck chart (powered by Mediabase) this week, also earning a 16% increase in single sales. “Little Bit of You” is at digital retailers now: http://geni.us/littlebitofyou
Bryant is also featured on OPRY 9.0, Vol 1: Discoveries From the Circle. The compilation includes memorable live Opry performances from next generation artists Chase Bryant, JT Hodges and Drake White. OPRY 9.0, Vol 1: Discoveries From the Circle is available at the Opry’s four Nashville retail stores as well at Opry.com
The Grand Ole Opry® presented by Humana® honored Connie Smith on her 50th anniversary as an Opry member during two shows this evening. Smith was inducted as an Opry member on August 21, 1965. Among a host of fellow Opry members on hand to mark the occasion were Smith’s husband Marty Stuart, Jeannie Seely, The Whites, Alison Krauss, Del McCoury, and Mel Tillis.
“I am so proud to be here tonight. It’s hard to believe that I actually get a chance to be here at all. Much less to have been here 50 years,” added Connie Smith. “I got to be here in the era of Roy Acuff, Ms. Kitty Wells, Minnie Pearl, Grandpa Jones, Marty Robbins, Dottie West and so many wonderful folks.”
In an hour-long segment hosted by husband and fellow Opry member Stuart, Smith enjoyed performances in her honor and took the stage to welcome each of the performers and for solo performances of her hit “Once A Day,” which was the first debut single by a country female to reach No. 1 on the country singles chart, and held the record for the most weeks spent at No. 1 on the Billboard country chart by a female artist. Smith also performed with Stuart for a duet on “Till I Found You.” Smith closed the segment with “You’ve Got Me (Right Where You Want Me)” and “Satisfied.”
Presenting the Country Music Hall of Famer with an inscribed gold bangle bracelet, Opry Vice President and General Manager Pete Fisher said, “Connie Smith personifies the very essence of the Opry. We all feel so very blessed that her sweet spirit has filled the Opry’s backstage hallways and that her amazing voice has rung out across this stage for 50 great years.”
“The Opry is one of the great loves of my life and has been since I was five years old,” said Smith. “I said ‘someday I’m going to sing on the Grand Ole Opry.’ Dreams do come true.” Smith added, “I have presented all five of my children and all eight of my grandchildren on this stage or on the Ryman stage. It’s such a big part of my heart.”
As a shy five-year-old, the eighth child in a family of 14, Constance June Meador once made the prophetic proclamation, “Someday I’m gonna sing on the Grand Ole Opry!” Decades after her dream became a reality, the singer continues to astonish audiences with a voice that is one of the most respected and recognizable in country music.
Born in Indiana and raised in West Virginia and Ohio, Smith was a young housewife and mother with a four-month-old son in Warner, Ohio, in 1963, when she traveled to the Frontier Ranch Park in Columbus. Talked into entering a talent contest, Smith won five silver dollars and the chance to meet Opry member Bill Anderson. By the next year, Chet Atkins had signed her to RCA Records and she had recorded a song penned by Anderson, “Once a Day.”
Released in August, the now-classic reached the top of the charts by November and became the first-ever debut single by a female country act to reach No. 1. The song spent eight weeks at the top and also was nominated for a Grammy. Her debut album was also a chart-topper, and she followed with a host of other hits, including “I Never Once Stopped Loving You,” “Nobody But a Fool,” “Ain’t Had No Lovin’,” and “Cincinnati, Ohio.” Along the way, she earned the name “Sweetheart of the Grand Ole Opry” from the King of Country Music, Roy Acuff.
Smith and Stuart married in 1997. 15 years later, the lauded vocalist who still enjoys recording as well as performing with her band the Sundowners, was inducted into the Country Music Hall of Fame.
Academy Award winners Robert Duvall and Billy Bob Thornton are each scheduled to make their Grand Ole Opry debuts Tues., August 18. Duvall, courtesy of Alcon Sleeping Giant Music, will serve as a guest announcer during the show and perform the song “Cheyenne”, with music producer Michael Hodges, from the original motion picture soundtrack Wild Horses. Roots-rock band The Boxmasters featuring Thornton and also consisting of Teddy Andreadis and J.D. Andrew will perform a set including tunes from the 2015 release Somewhere Down The Road. Among others scheduled to appear that evening are Dustin Lynch, Craig Morgan, David Nail, The Oak Ridge Boys, and Thomas Rhett.
“As we celebrate the Grand Ole Opry’s 90th anniversary, we appreciate when talented personalities from all walks of life recognize the impact of the Opry and want to join us in Nashville,” said Opry Vice President and General Manager Pete Fisher. “We’re looking forward to some good music from our new friends and to sharing a fun night with them and our audience.”
Past Opry performers have included Academy Award winners Sissy Spacek, who played the Opry while preparing for her role as Opry legend Loretta Lynn in Coal Miner’s Daughter, and Kevin Costner, who has played the Opry three times with his band Modern West. Other guest performers and guest announcers have included Kevin Bacon, Jack Black, Lester Holt, Robin Roberts, and Bob Schieffer, to name a few.
Duvall has been nominated for seven Academy Awards (awarded for his performance in Tender Mercies), seven Golden Globes (winning four), and has multiple nominations and one win each of the BAFTA, Screen Actors Guild Award, and Emmy Award. In 2005 he received the National Medal of Arts. His films and television series are some of the most popular of all time including The Twilight Zone, The Outer Limits, To Kill a Mockingbird, THX 1138, Colors, Joe Kidd, The Godfather, The Godfather Part II, MASH, Network, The Apostle, True Grit, The Conversation, Apocalypse Now, Falling Down, Tender Mercies, The Handmaid’s Tale, The Natural, Lonesome Dove, and Get Low.
The Boxmasters formed in 2007 and released its self-titled debut record to critical acclaim. The band has enjoyed success on the Americana radio and albums charts, and its Opry stop is part of a summer tour.
Among other artists confirmed for Opry appearances in August are Alison Krauss, Crystal Gayle, Connie Smith, Josh Turner, and Chris Young.