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Trisha Yearwood Gives Backstage Tour of the Grand Ole Opry

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This weekend, Trisha Yearwood gave a backstage tour of the Grand Ole Opry during her weekly “T’s Coffee Talk” Facebook Live show. She was joined by her sister Beth Bernard and friend Mandy McCormack. Watch the fun tour and walk down memory lane below.

Trisha Yearwood’s Facebook Live “show,” T’s Coffee Talk, is the live lead-in to her Emmy-Award winning Food Network show, Trisha’s Southern Kitchen every Saturday morning.

For the live chat, she showed several of the Opry’s different themed dressing rooms and left a congratulatory note for Vince Gill who was celebrating his 25th anniversary as an Opry member that night. The walk allowed her to reminisce on the many times performing there, including the time she sang “I Remember You” in honor of her mother marking Beth’s first time to perform on the Opry stage.

Throughout the live chat, Yearwood ironically received fan compliments on her tour guide skills. Longtime fans of course recall that Trisha was a tour guide at the Country Music Hall of Fame when she first moved to Nashville.

Each week, tune in live on Facebook for “T’s Coffee Talk” at 10:10am EST, then follow her to Food Network at 10:30am EST.

Vince Gill Celebrates 25th Anniversary as Opry Member with Two-Three Hour Shows Saturday Night

Amy Grant congratulates her husband Vince Gill on his milestone 25th Anniversary as a member of the Grand Ole Opry

Amy Grant congratulates her husband Vince Gill on his milestone 25th Anniversary as a member of the Grand Ole Opry

Multi-Grammy award winner and MCA Records Nashville recording artist Vince Gill celebrated his milestone 25thAnniversary as a member of the Grand Ole Opry® with two memorable shows ‪Saturday night, claiming “This is a pretty sweet night.” Gill, one of the Opry’s most beloved and frequent players, was inducted as an Opry member on August 10, 1991.

Gill celebrated the special night he claimed was “the best night ever” doing what he loves most- performing, collaborating and sharing the stage with family and close friends including Amy Grant, Rodney Crowell, Patty Loveless, The Time Jumpers, Ashley Monroe, Andrea Zonn, Bill Anderson, Jenny Gill, Paul Franklin, and Charlie Worsham. After opening the night with his classic hit “One More Last Chance,” an emotional Gill welcomed everyone saying,

“This evening is filled with people I hold more than dear. They have made my entire life.”

Gill and friends had so much fun reminiscing and playing music that the first show ran almost an hour over its two-hour schedule, treating the audience to almost three hours of music.

“Sorry we made you late,” Gill said to a packed audience at the top of the night’s second show.

“We were having a blast in here.”

The fun included both Amy Grant and Rodney Crowell joining in the ‪Saturday night tradition of dancing with the Opry Square Dancers.

Throughout the night, Gill’s friends and family told stories and reminisced. Daughter Jenny Gill told the audience of the time when she was in first grade and her dad finally got the call he had been waiting for– the Grand Ole Opry calling to invite him to make his Opry debut. However, he had to decline the long-awaited opportunity, saying he was already booked. He had promised Jenny he would accompany her on guitar on “You Are My Sunshine” for her school’s talent show. She remarked,

“It’s a great thing they called him back, don’t you think?”

Longtime friend Patty Loveless said before the two performed Gill’s iconic classics “When I Call Your Name,” and “Go Rest High On That Mountain,”

“It’s always been an honor to sing with Vince Gill.”

“Vince has truly become family to all of us at the Opry,” said Pete Fisher, Vice President and General Manager, Opry. “Like Mr. Acuff before him, his dressing room door is always open, and he’s often ready to pick one backstage and catch up with friends in the wings as well as to collaborate with them musically on the Opry stage.”

“It is obvious in watching clips from Vince’s Opry induction 25 years ago that Opry patriarch Roy Acuff was a big Vince Gill fan and that he was hoping Vince would help carry on the magic of the Opry for future generations,” added Fisher. “Though Roy died the next year, there is no doubt he would be proud tonight of all that Vince has accomplished and everything he has meant to Mr. Roy’s beloved show.”

Amy Grant congratulates her husband Vince Gill on his milestone 25th Anniversary as a member of the Grand Ole Opry

Vince Gill celebrates 25th Anniversary with night of memorable collaborations with family and close friends during two three hour shows on Saturday’s Grand Ole Opry 

©2016 Grand Ole Opry Photos By: Chris Hollo

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Craig Campbell Wraps First-Ever USO Tour

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Craig Campbell wrapped up his first-ever USO tour as part of the Grand Ole Opry/USO 75th Anniversary Concert Series. Having visited nearly 2,000 service members and military families stationed on both the East and West Coast, the Georgia native performed a USO concert hosted by Patrick Air Force Base in Florida Aug. 7th, then made a USO visit to Joint Base Lewis-Chord in Washington Aug. 9th.

The Grand Ole Opry, the USO and Craig Campbell encourage fans to join them in connecting our nation’s service members to family, home and country. To support the USO’s Campaign to Connect, visit uso.org/connects and help the USO reach 1 million messages of support to military families stationed around the world.

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Eric Paslay Honors CMA Music Teachers of Excellence During Opry Performance

Eric Paslay (second from right) meets CMA Music Teachers of Excellence (l-r) Franklin Willis, Tracy Roberts, and Jason Walsh backstage at the Grand Ole Opry Wednesday in Nashville. Photo Credit: Chris Hollo

Eric Paslay (second from right) meets CMA Music Teachers of Excellence (l-r) Franklin Willis, Tracy Roberts, and Jason Walsh backstage at the Grand Ole Opry Wednesday in Nashville.
Photo Credit: Chris Hollo

EMI Records Nashville recording artist Eric Paslay welcomed three CMA Music Teachers of Excellence to the Grand Ole Opry stage during his performance Wednesday in Nashville.

In honor of his new single “Angels In This Town,” Paslay is making “Angel Visits” across the country where he highlights local residents making an impact in their community. In Music City, that meant meeting with educators Tracy Roberts, Jason Walsh, and Franklin Willis backstage before his performance and giving them the VIP treatment as his guests.

Upon hearing the teachers were backstage, Kristian Bush also took time to meet the trio and discuss his passion for keeping music education in schools.

Rogers, Walsh, and Willis were honored as part of the inaugural class of CMA Music Teachers of Excellence, 50 educators from Metro Nashville Public Schools who were presented with a $2,000 individual grant from the CMA Foundation’s $1 million donation to MNPS in 2016.

Since 2006, CMA and the CMA Foundation have donated more than $13.6 million to support quality, sustainable music education programs across the country, touching the lives of 1 million students.

For more information, visit CMAfoundation.org.

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