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The Swon Brothers Make Grand Ole Opry Debut

The Swon Brothers, made their Grand Ole Opry debut on Saturday April 12th to a packed Opry house. The sibling duo took the stage in their signature style and immediately went into a dialogue about how honored they were to be on that hallowed stage and how they had always dreamed about it. Colton told the almost capacity audience that they were in for their very first “Swoncert” and Zach said how happy he was to be there sharing this moment with his “sister” that night, referring of course to his brother Colton, and getting a chorus of laughter from the crowd.

Then the brothers shifted into a more serious gear and introduced their first song, talking about the history of the legendary country music show and as a tribute they sang a verse and chorus of the George Jones classic “Who’s Gonna Fill Their Shoes.” However, in an unprecedented move, the brothers stopped mid-point of the song and called their parents out on stage with them. They explained that they wanted to thank them for all of the sacrifices that they had made through the years to help them achieve their lifelong dream of being recording artists, saying that they wanted them to share this moment on this particular stage with them for the very first time and to see it from the same perspective as their children.

“Playing the Opry for the first time is something one can’t describe. Dreaming all these years of singing on that stage did not even come close to the real life moment,” says Colton Swon.

“So much history and greatness surrounded us. It’s every country singer’s dream to stand on that stage. What a life changing experience that I’ll never forget,” says Zach Swon.

There were not many dry eyes in the house when the duo launched into their debut single “Later On,”  which was received with deafening cheers and applause when they completed their performance. Fans gathered backstage to get photos with the duo and one young lady in particular explained that she was missing her senior prom to be there.

Natalie Stovall and the Drive to Make Grand Ole Opry Debut!

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Natalie Stovall and the Drive are set to make their Grand Ole Opry debut on Tuesday, May 6th. The dream come true for the band has the rare distinction of making a debut both as a solo artist and a band as Natalie graced the stage for the first time in the Spring of 1995 at the age of 12. The band’s front woman, Columbia, Tennessee native Natalie Stovall, has another tie to the Opry name as she spent much of her childhood honing her talent performing as part of the Opryland Kid’s Club at the Opryland theme park. To be part of the band’s momentous appearance on the historic stage, please visit OPRY.COM or call 800-SEE-OPRY for tickets and information.

“Singing on the Opry for the first time is a surreal experience, and getting to do it twice in one lifetime is unbelievable,” says Stovall. “We can’t wait to get out on that stage!”

Natalie Stovall and The Drive has been named “Artist to Watch in 2014” by: Country Weekly, Billboard, Taste Of Country, Roughstock, Music Times, and more. The critically acclaimed band’s debut album, produced by GRAMMY winner Paul Worley (The Band Perry, Dixie Chicks, Lady Antebellum), on HitShop Records, is expected this fall. The lead track, “Baby Come On With It,” is available now.

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The Swon Brothers Set to Make Grand Ole Opry Debut

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The Swon Brothers have graced stages across the world and in front of millions during their stint on NBC’s “The Voice.” On April 12th they will, for the first time, set foot on Country music’s most revered stage as they make their debut on the Grand Ole Opry.

Brothers Zach and Colton will perform their debut single, “Later On,” which broke the Country Aircheck record for most opening-week radio adds of any debut single in the publication’s history and is sitting at #33 this week on that chart and #31 on the Billboard chart.

Since its release, the single has rocketed to Top 40 status in only three weeks.

“We’ve dreamed about playing the Opry since we were kids and to know that we are going to actually get to sing on that stage is an overwhelming feeling,” says Zach Swon.

“This is going to be one of the greatest nights of our lives,” says Colton Swon. “Playing the Grand Ole Opry seemed so far out of reach as a kid and now we get to follow in the footsteps of our heroes. Really hard to believe it’s happening!”

The Swon Brothers’ debut album, produced by Mark Bright, will be released later this year.
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Chase Rice Steps ‘Into the Circle’ for Grand Ole Opry Debut

Photo Credit: Chris Hollo © 2014 Grand Ole Opry

Photo Credit: Chris Hollo © 2014 Grand Ole Opry

Rising country star Chase Rice has built an extensive fanbase headlining club shows across the country, but on Tuesday, March 25 he stepped “into the circle” for the first time, making his debut appearance at the hallowed Grand Ole Opry. Performing his current Top 40 single “Ready Set Roll,” as well as the crowd-pleasing “How She Rolls” and intimate ballad “Jack Daniel’s and Jesus,” Rice made a memorable impression on the nearly sold-out crowd.

The most poignant moment came when Rice, whose mother was sitting front and center throughout the performance, spontaneously transitioned from his acoustic version of “Jack Daniel’s and Jesus” into a cover of Garth Brooks’ “The Dance.”

“The first time I ever played a show was in my living room to my mom, who’s here tonight, and to my dad, who’s got a better seat than my mom, believe it or not,” Rice told the audience. “He passed away five years ago, but I want to sing you all a song that changed my life and got me into music and I sang it to him that day.”

Rice has been on a hot streak with the release of his latest EP Ready Set Roll, but the artist was quick to say his appearance on the Grand Ole Opry is a high point in his career.

“This is a huge milestone for me,” he noted. “I will remember this night and that first moment on stage forever.”

Rice is currently on the road performing headlining dates and can also be seen on Billy Currington’s We Are Tonight Tour.  For more information and upcoming tour dates, please visit or follow him on Twitter @ChaseRiceMusic.

Dan Rather Guest Announcer at Grand Ole Opry – Photo of the Day

Dan Rather and Pete by Chris Hollo 3-21-14

Photos By: Chris Hollo, Hollo Photographics, Inc.


The Grand Ole Opry welcomed legendary American newsman Dan Rather as a special guest announcer this past Friday night as part of the Grand Ole Opry House’s 40th Anniversary Celebration.

Taking the Opry podium, Rather recalled having grown up a fan of the Opry and country music in Texas before introducing the hosts of his Opry segment, Opry members the Oak Ridge Boys. Backstage, Rather used the Opry’s “Stars And Stripes” dressing room which also houses the piano played by President Richard Nixon during his Opry visit on March 16, 1974.

Dan Rather by Chris Hollo 3-21-14

Photos By: Chris Hollo, Hollo Photographics, Inc.

Rather may be the best-known journalist in the world.  For more than 60 years, the legendary Texas newsman has covered virtually every major event across the globe, and he continues to report and investigate stories for AXS-TV, where he is the managing editor of “Dan Rather Reports” and “The Big Interview.”

Among those coming soon to the Grand Ole Opry are The Band Perry, Vince Gill, Hunter Hayes, and Patty Loveless. Storme Warren, host on SiriusXM and “Headline Country” on GAC-TV, is scheduled to guest announce this Saturday, March 29.

This week the Opry is set to kick off the sixth year of Opry Country Classics, running Thursdays March 27 – May 22 at the historic Ryman Auditorium. Grammy®-winner Larry Gatlin returns as host of the nine-show run. Among this year’s Opry Country Classics Spotlight Artists are Marty Stuart, Lorrie Morgan & Pam Tillis, Charlie Daniels Band, Oak Ridge Boys, and Craig Morgan.

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