Grand Ole Opry fans were treated to a star-studded performance Wednesday night (7/1) when Country & Bluegrass legend Ricky Skaggs joined multi-platinum selling duo Thompson Square on the legendary Grand Ole Opry stage.
The surprise collaboration found Skaggs and the ACM / CMA-winning “Vocal Duo of the Year” belting out an emotionally-stirring performance of the Patty Loveless classic “Some Morning Soon.” The magical moment between the two stalwart acts ended with the Opry crowd erupting into thunderous applause.
Thompson Square’s “Trans Am” recently earned the duo the biggest add date of its career. “Trans Am” is the lead single from Thompson Square’s upcoming third album. For more information visit: http://www.thompsonsquare.com
In the midst of its milestone 90th Anniversary celebration, the Grand Ole Opry is launching a series of projects spotlighting the country music careers destined to propel the show toward the century mark. OPRY 9.0, Vol 1: Discoveries From the Circle will be released on June 30 and includes memorable live Opry performances from next generation artists Chase Bryant, JT Hodges and Drake White. More volumes in the 9.0 series are scheduled for release later in the Opry’s anniversary year with featured discovery artists to be announced.
“Since November 1925 when Opry founder George D. Hay introduced fiddle player Uncle Jimmy Thompson on a new Nashville radio station, the Opry has celebrated new artists making their mark on country music and shaping its future,” said Pete Fisher, Opry vice president and general manager.
“Drake, JT, and Chase as well as those to be featured in future 9.0 releases represent a class of artists who’ve stood out to Opry audiences tuned in around the world and have pointed to great things ahead for country music fans and for the Opry.
Each of the artists to be featured on the 9.0 series will make numerous Opry appearances throughout the show’s 90th anniversary year and will be scheduled for Opry Shop in-store appearances in support of the project. Hodges’ next Opry appearance and in-store signing is scheduled for July 10, with Bryant following on July 14. The 9.0 audio project will be supplemented with other artist discovery content on opry.com, throughout the Opry’s social media platforms, at live Opry performances, and with the Opry’s country radio partners.
OPRY 9.0, VOL I: Discoveries From The Circle:
Drake White It Feels Good
Drake White Back To Free
JT Hodges Locks On Doors
JT Hodges Ray Bans
Chase Bryant Yours Tonight
Chase Bryant Change Your Name
OPRY 9.0, Vol I: Discoveries From The Circle, will be available at the Opry’s four Nashville retail stores as well at Opry.com and all major digital retailers and streaming services. The album was executive produced by Steve Buchanan, President, Opry Entertainment Group, and Fisher
ACM Lifting Lives Music Camp was in session this week in Nashville, Tenn. with campers from around the country participating in a week of activities and excursions around Music City. The residential camp has the dual purpose of studying Williams syndrome while providing music enrichment through performance and education.
On Tuesday, the camp wrapped up with a performance at the Grand Ole Opry with Hunter Hayes. Campers sang their original song, “Wherever You Go,” which they wrote on Friday with Ross Copperman and Heather Morgan.
The camp also included a trip to the Wildhorse Saloon with JT Hodges, a karaoke night at Winner’s with The Swon Brothers, a trip to the Bluebird Café with Scotty McCreery and a recording studio session with Hunter Hayes and producer Ross Copperman at Ocean Way Nashville Recording Studios.
The camp is a partnership between ACM Lifting Lives and Vanderbilt Kennedy Center for Excellence in Developmental Disabilities.
Bart Crow, from tiny little Maypearl, TX, received the invitation of his career – the invitation to make his debut on the Grand Ole Opry on Friday, August 21 – in the midst of its nine-month 90th Anniversary celebration. Crow’s current single “Life Comes At You Fast,” sums up the opportunity as it tells of life, love and holding on for the ride. Crow will be holding on tight as he steps in to the famed “Circle” of where many of his heroes like John Conlee and George Jones have stood.
“Honestly, I believe I am still in shock being invited to play the Grand Ole Opry,” said Bart Crow. “It is the shrine of country music and every song I was raised on, from both of my grandfathers to my own Dad. To think that I will be standing on the very hallowed circle of wood that so many legends and heroes who blurred the boundaries of music performed, it is quite overwhelming. It is a great honor and dream I never imagined possible. And this year is the Opry’s 90th anniversary … take a moment to let that sink in.”
The road-toughened troubadour and Army veteran has already put together an admirable track record as a recording artist releasing five albums in over a decade with money pulled from his own pockets. He has sold over 40,000 albums and lofted six No. 1 singles onto the Texas Music Chart without major record label assistance – one of which, “Wear My Ring,” sold over 165,000 copies. His last album, Dandelion, recorded with producer (and Pat Green drummer/co-producer/co-writer) Justin Pollard, debuted at No. 1 on Billboard’s Heatseekers South Central chart. Crow has been cheered in Country Weekly, on CMT, AOL, Music Connection and in other national media outlets. His YouTube videos and concert footage have drawn more than 2.5 million views.
Now signed to the famed Thirty Tigers (who has fostered success stories for artists including Lucinda Williams, Patty Griffin, The Avett Brothers, Ryan Bingham, Flogging Molly, Aaron Watson, Jason Isbell to name a few), Crow kicks it up several notches for his upcoming Fall album release – The Parade reuniting with producer Justin Pollard. “Life Comes At You Fast,” the debut single from his upcoming new album The Parade, has officially been added at radio and is available now at iTunes. The single tells of life, love and holding on for the ride as life comes and changes do fast.
The blue-collar balladeer, plays 130+ dates a year in front of loyal rowdy crowds at far-flung, late-night clubs and concert halls all over Texas, Oklahoma, New Mexico, Illinois, Kansas, Arkansas, Nebraska, Montana and beyond. It’s his music that draws them — a tangle of roots in blues, country and down-home rock ‘n’ roll, branded with his unique imprint. A myriad of influences haunt his music including a choir of real American country in the fashion of Merle and Waylon, John Conlee, George Jones and Jerry Jeff Walker, razor-edged rock from Metallica, Pearl Jam, Alice in Chains, deep-fried Southern soul from Otis Redding and more.