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Lucy Hale Invites Fans to Relive Grand Ole Opry Debut

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With her brand new single, “Lie A Little Better,” impacting country radio today, rising country music star and Pretty Little Liars actress Lucy Hale invites viewers to join her backstage at the Grand Ole Opry during her debut performance last month. More than 1,000 fans tweeted in less than 24 hours to unlock the “Night At The Opry” video, showing Lucy living her lifelong dream as she takes her first steps on the historic stage to perform songs from her recently released album, Road Between. The Memphis born-and-raised singer will take to the stage again this Wednesday, July 23rd at 8pm eastern/7pm central as she performs “Lie A Little Better” on FOX TV’s So You Think You Can Dance.

The up-tempo track, “Lie A Little Better,” written by Melissa Peirce, Mike Daly and Chris DeStefano, can be found on the singer’s 11-song debut album, ROAD BETWEEN,

Krystal Keith Makes Her Grand Ole Opry Debut

Backstage at her debut performance at The Grand Ole Opry,

Backstage at her debut performance at The Grand Ole Opry.

On Wednesday, July 9, country music singer-songwriter Krystal Keith took another stride forward with her debut performance at the venerable Grand Ole Opry.

“I have never been nervous on a stage in my life…until that night at The Grand Ole Opry,” Krystal recalls. “There is something so special and sacred about that stage and being in the circle knowing all of my musical heroes have performed there so many times before me. I was so humbled and honored to have joined that long line of legends who’ve shared that moment.”

The artist also shared her moment with her dad, Toby Keith, on the day after his birthday adding another special element to the night. She notes, “his love of the good ole time country music is one of the greatest influences for both my dad and I and being asked to perform just after his birthday didn’t feel like a coincidence. It felt like a sign that he is watching over me smiling and guiding me through this journey.”

This performance follows many recent firsts for Krystal. This summer she embarked on her first major tour, opening for her dad on his Shut Up And Hold On Tour Presented by Ford F-Series. She is on the road in support of the release her debut album, Whiskey & Lace. The Milwaukee Journal Sentinel raved “when Krystal lends her deep, well-polished voice… she reveals herself as an exciting new artist;” and the Cleveland Plain Dealer praised, “Keith has matured into a solid singer, with a wide range. And, like her dad, she’s evolved into a songwriter capable of not just tugging at heartstrings, but playing them like a puppet master. …From top to bottom, [Whiskey & Lace] is filled with good, catchy country songs.”

At recent tour stops in the Washington DC (June 28) and Cleveland (June 29) areas, Krystal brought her show out to the fans before the venue gates opened and performed with her band in the back of a pickup truck for a crowd full of tailgaters in the parking lot. Follow Krystal on her Instagram and Facebook pages for notices about more impromptu ‘get your tailgate on’ pre-shows at upcoming tour stops, dates include:

July 25 Holmdel, NJ PNC Bank Center
July 26 Hartford, CT XFINITY Theatre
July 27 Bethel, NY Bethel Woods Center
Aug. 08 Cincinnati, OH Riverbend Music Center
Aug. 09 Pittsburgh, PA First Niagara Pavilion
Sept. 13 Indianapolis, IN Klipsch Music Center
Sept. 27 Philadelphia, PA Susquehanna Bank Center

Lucy Hale Debuts New Single at Grand Ole Opry Debut

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Lucy Hale was honored to make her debut appearance on the famed Grand Ole Opry stage on Saturday, June 21st to perform her brand new single, “Lie A Little Better.” On Monday, June 30th, the Memphis born and raised singer is set for a return appearance on the #1 rated morning show, “Good Morning America,” for the nationally televised debut performance of the song.

The up-tempo track, “Lie A Little Better,” can be found on the singer’s debut album, ROAD BETWEEN, released by DMG Nashville and featuring 11 songs, produced by Mark Bright and Mike Daly. “Lie A Little Better,” written by Melissa Peirce, Mike Daly and Chris DeStefano, will impact country radio on July 21st. The music video for the catchy tune was also filmed over the weekend at the Opry House and will give fans an intimate backstage view of the legendary stage, home to countless historical moments in Country Music.

Grand Ole Opry Star Jimmy C. Newman Passes Away

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Grand Ole Opry star Jimmy C. Newman passed away Saturday night in Nashville after a brief illness. A public service will be held Wednesday, June 25 at the Ryman Auditorium at 10 a.m. and will be followed by a private visitation and memorial service for close friends and family. In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to the Grand Ole Opry Trust Fund. Jimmy C. joined the Opry in 1956 and was 86 years old. He last performed there on Friday, June 6, 2014 with his band, Cajun Country.

Jimmy C. was born in Mamou, Louisiana in 1927, and in his youth with his brother Walter, helped support his mother and father on their family farm. Jimmy C. and Walter enjoyed singing Jimmie Rogers tunes together. Later, he formed his own band and began enjoying regional success, hosting a show on KPLC-TV in Lake Charles and joining the Louisiana Hayride.

Jimmy C. was known for mixing Cajun and country music which was an instant hit with fans. Like most country music performers of the time, his lifelong dream was to be a member of the Grand Ole Opry.

Jimmy C.’s first association in Nashville was a songwriting contract with Acuff-Rose Music, which led to a recording contract with Dot Records. Along with Opry membership in 1956 came songs for which Jimmy C. will be forever remembered, including the straight-ahead country tunes “A Fallen Star” and “Cry, Cry, Darling” as well as the Cajun-infused “Diggy Liggy Lo,” “Alligator Man,” and “Bayou Talk.” He was honored to receive a Canadian Gold record for “Lache Pas La Potate, ” sung entirely in French in 1976.

Among Jimmy C’s many career honors were induction into the Cajun Hall of Fame, the Cajun Music Hall of Fame, and the Louisiana Music Hall of Fame.

In his later years, he enjoyed spending time on his ranch in Rutherford County with his wife, Mae.

Lorrie MOrgan Celebrates 30 Years of Being a Grand Ole Opry Member

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In life and in art, the glamorous and gifted Lorrie Morgan is enjoying a renewed resurgence of popularity. Morgan continues to make new music, tour North America, and this weekend will celebrate her 30th Anniversary as a member of the Grand Ole Opry!!! On June 9, 1984, Morgan was inducted as a member into the invitation only institution.

“You can’t imagine how it felt the night I became a member of the Opry,” says Lorrie Morgan. “The first time I could really call this place home. I couldn’t stop shaking or trembling or crying.”

That Saturday night, just 30 years ago, might have been Lorrie’s first night as an official member, but it certainly wasn’t her first night at the Grand Ole Opry. Lorrie grew up backstage at the Opry, the daughter of Country Music Hall of Famer George Morgan, a 26-year member known everywhere for his smash 1949 hit “Candy Kisses.”

Born in 1959, Lorrie made her Opry stage debut early, introduced at the Ryman Auditorium by her proud father.

“My little 13-year-old knees were absolutely knocking,” she recalls. “But Dad was standing there right beside me with big tears in his eyes, and those people gave me a standing ovation. I thought, ‘This is what I’m doing the rest of my life.’”

“This was a dream of my dad’s long before it was my dream,” Lorrie says. “I have all of this because of Dad. We’re very blessed to be a musical family here at the Grand Ole Opry. What more could you ask for?”

George Morgan died when Lorrie was 16, but she still carries in her heart two pieces of advice he left her: “Never say, ‘I can’t,’” and “Always remember your manners.”

Morgan’s vocal style, combining country sincerity and pop sophistication, really took off in 1989 with the emotion-filled hit “Dear Me.” She won a CMA Award in 1990 for her work with her late husband, Keith Whitley, the great country traditionalist who had died the year before. Her three subsequent albums — Leave the Light On, Something in Red, and Watch Me — all sold more than a million copies.

She has released hit after hit in a distinctive style steeped in passion and believability — “I Guess You Had to Be There,” “What Part of No,” “Except for Monday,” “Something in Red,” “I Didn’t Know My Own Strength,” “Half Enough,” and others.

Throughout her career, Morgan says, she has thought of the Opry as home.

“The Opry gave me my start in country music,” she says. “It’s a place we all need to go from time to time to remember why we’re here and what gave us the opportunity to be here.”

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