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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

The Grand Ole Opry is Going Pink to Help Fight Against Breast Cancert

© Grand Ole Opry / Photos By: Chris Hollo

© Grand Ole Opry / Photos By: Chris Hollo

The Grand Ole Opry® is joining Women Rock For The Cure™ in the fight against breast cancer on Tues., Oct. 28 with its sixth annual “Opry Goes Pink” show. Multi-platinum selling Opry members Rascal Flatts will flip the switch on the Opry’s signature barn backdrop, turning it pink for the night as artists perform in support of breast cancer awareness.

The special show will also include Opry members Terri Clark and Montgomery Gentry and special guests Danielle Bradbery, Sara Evans and Nashville’s Will Chase.   When fans order tickets to the night’s 7 p.m. show, $5 from every ticket sold will be donated to Women Rock For The Cure™. Tickets are available at (615) 871-OPRY and opry.com.

The Grand Ole Opry® is presented by Humana®. Opry performances are held every weekend of the year, and the Tuesday Night Opry continues through Dec. 16.

Little Big Town to be the Newest Members of the Grand Ole Opry

© 2014 Grand Ole Opry / Photos By: Chris Hollo

© 2014 Grand Ole Opry / Photos By: Chris Hollo

Critically acclaimed Grammy®-winning vocal group Little Big Town (Karen Fairchild, Phillip Sweet, Kimberly Schlapman, and Jimi Westbrook) was invited to join the Grand Ole Opry yesterday evening by Opry member and friend Reba McEntire. The group will be formally inducted into the Opry on Fri., Oct. 17 by Opry member Vince Gill.

As the group finished a three-song set with its smash “Pontoon,” McEntire appeared from the side of the stage, improvising on the song’s last few words. “I know the Grand Ole Opry is very important to y’all, because this is the first place you guys played together as a group in 1999,” McEntire began after the impromptu collaboration. “I have been asked to ask y’all, Little Big Town, would y’all like to be a member of the Grand Ole Opry?”

After hugs with McEntire and between the members as well as a collective “yes” from the group, McEntire said, “Special moments like this—they’re priceless.”

Speaking for the group, Fairchild cheered, “Thank you, Grand Ole Opry! We will try to make you proud!”

Opry Vice President and General Manager Pete Fisher said, “We have been enjoying Grand Ole Opry visits from Little Big Town for almost 15 years now. During that time, the group has developed an amazing artistry and has won over millions of fans, all while maintaining a commitment to and love for the Opry we saw firsthand tonight. We will all be excited to officially welcome Little Big Town to the Opry family October 17.”

Grand Ole Opry Celebrates 25th Anniversary of Country Cares for St. Jude Kids

Grand Ole Opry / Photos By: Chris Hollo

Grand Ole Opry / Photos By: Chris Hollo

The Grand Ole Opry® celebrated the 25th anniversary of Country Cares for St. Jude Kids® during a special show this evening.  Performers included Charlie Daniels Band, Jonathan Jackson and Sam Palladio from ABC’s Nashville, Bill Anderson, Eric Paslay, Randy Owen, Maddie and Tae (making their Opry debut), and Brad Paisley, who performed some of his hits and new music from MOONSHINE IN THE TRUNK.

During the show, photos and videos of special moments from 25 years of Country Cares for St. Jude Kids® played on the Opry’s signature barn screen and Opry guest announcer Audrey Stanger, a nine-year old St. Jude patient, was surprised on stage by Charlie Daniels with a dozen roses and an autographed guitar.

A portion of the proceeds from tickets sold for tonight’s show will be donated to Country Cares for St. Jude Kids®.

St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital® is leading the way the world understands, treats and defeats childhood cancer and other life-threatening diseases. The Country Cares for St. Jude Kids program began in 1989, after Randy Owen, lead singer of the music group Alabama, met St. Jude founder Danny Thomas. Since its inception, Country Cares has become one of the most successful radio fundraising events in the nation. Thanks to the support of generous donors, families never receive a bill from St. Jude for treatment, travel, housing and food – because all a family should worry about is helping their child live.

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