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Grand Ole Opry’s Oldest Member Is Now Ralph Stanley

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The reports of the death of Little Jimmy Dickens noted that he was the oldest living member of the Grand Ole Opry.   So who is  now the oldest member you ask….. The Opry says it’s Ralph Stanley, who will be 88 next month. The longest running member is Jean Shepard, who joined in 1955.   Country music has been mourning since Little Jimmy Dickens passed away on Friday at the age of 94.

Ralph Stanley will release Ralph Stanley & Friends:  Man of Constant Sorrow on Jan 19, exclusively at all Cracker Barrell Old Country Store locations and online at crackerbarrel.com.   The album features guest artists Dierks Bentley, Del McCoury, Old Crow Medicine Show, Ricky Skaggs, Josh Turner, Lee Ann Womack and more!

Craig Wayne Boyd To Make Grand Ole Opry Debut

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Craig Wayne Boyd, the season seven winner of NBC’s Emmy Award winning The Voice, will help the Opry bring in the new year with his debut Opry performance on Sat., Jan. 3. Dot Records recording artist Boyd was coached by Opry member Blake Shelton on the show and was crowned champion earlier this week.

Additional performers during the month of January as the Opry continues its Ryman Auditorium run include Opry members Del McCoury, Vince Gill, Craig Morgan, Ronnie Milsap, and Marty Stuart along with special guests Kristian Bush, Deana Carter, Pure Prairie League, The Swon Brothers, Chris Young, and Mickey Guyton making her Opry debut on Jan.10.

Little Big Town Inducted As Newest Member of Grand Ole Opry

©2014 Grand Ole Opry / Photos By: Chris Hollo

©2014 Grand Ole Opry / Photos By: Chris Hollo

The critically acclaimed Grammy®-winning vocal group Little Big Town (Karen Fairchild, Phillip Sweet, Kimberly Schlapman, and Jimi Westbrook) was formally inducted into the Grand Ole Opry this evening by Opry members Little Jimmy Dickens and Vince Gill. The group had been invited to join the Opry on Oct. 3 by Opry member and friend Reba McEntire. The night marked a major milestone for the group whose first-ever public performance together was on the Opry in 1999.

The group opened its set with a performance of its hit “Bring it On Home,” hearkening back to its Opry debut. On that night, as the members recalled backstage, they had been accompanied by only a borrowed guitar. After the group’s performance of the smash “Boondocks,” Dickens and Gill took the stage along with Opry Vice President and General Manager Pete Fisher to present the group with its Opry Member Award.

“The word ‘family’ really means something out here. It really does,” Gill said to the group. “You’ll make friends like I have with this man right here,” he continued, nodding to Dickens. “You’ll be so be blessed by the friends you’ll make out here, and they’ll last your entire life. Welcome to the family, and remember to come here as often as you can.”

After the group shared its thanks to the Opry, family members, friends, and others who’d helped make its Opry dream come true, the members invited Gill to join them on their final song of the night, the Kris Kristofferson classic “Why Me.”

“Welcome them home!” Gill cheered before a standing ovation sold out audience.

Backstage, group members reflected on having grown up with the Opry and on its importance to their music. “This feels like the biggest moment of our lives and our career,” Schlapman said.

“I’m so excited about sharing this moment with the band,” Fairchild added. “We’ve been through the highest of highs together, and this is sure to be the highest. This is as good as it gets.”

Sweet reflected on everyone at the Opry having embraced the group over the years. “It feels like home,” he said. “It’s family.”

“There’s nothing like walking those halls backstage,” added Westbrook, later sharing amazement with the other members that the group’s name would be added to the Opry Member Gallery at the Opry House backstage entrance.

 

Cole Swindell Makes Grand Ole Opry Debut

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CMA Awards’ New Artist of the Year nominee Cole Swindell made his debut on the legendary Grand Ole Opry stage last week. His three song set included his two consecutive No. 1 singles “Chillin’ It” and “Hope You Get Lonely Tonight,” as well as his latest, “Ain’t Worth The Whiskey,” all from his self-titled debut album released earlier this year on Warner Bros. Records.

 “Standing in that circle where other artists who have paved the way for country music has stood is something a new artist like me will never forget. Of all the places I have played so far in my career from a club to an arena to a stadium I have never experienced a feeling like I did on that stage. I’m glad I was able to share that moment with my family and friends.”

Just wrapping up a run on Luke Bryan’s “Farm Tour,” Swindell is currently on Bryan’s “That’s My Kind of Night Tour,” and will continue on the road this winter with his own “Down Home Tour,” kicking off in November. Following an impressive breakout year, which earned him CMA Awards’ New Artist nomination and his first two back-to-back No. 1 singles as a solo artist, Swindell has notably sold over 2.1 million tracks, over 250,000 albums since only February, and performed for millions of fans in stadiums and arenas across the country. Named MusicRow’s Songwriter of the Year, he also had the highest selling country debut upon release since 2011, the most played song of 2013 as well as one of the top country radio singles this year, with songwriting credits which include chart topping singles “This Is How We Roll,” for Florida Georgia Line, “Get Me Some of That,” for Thomas Rhett and Luke Bryan’s latest hit “Roller Coaster.”

For more information and tour dates, please visit: http://www.ColeSwindell.com

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