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Grand Ole Opry House Added to National Register of Historic Places


The Grand Ole Opry House, home of the Opry since the venue opened in 1974, has been added to the National Register of Historic Places, the nation’s official list of cultural resources worthy of preservation. Regarded as the home of country music, the world-famous venue was recognized because of its impact on popular culture and the entertainment industry. It is one of six sites in Tennessee recently added to the list. Dr. Carroll Van West, Director of the Center for Historic Preservation at MTSU and the Tennessee State Historian, prepared the nomination which was supported by the Tennessee State Historical Commission.

The Opry House opened on March 16, 1974 with a standing room only Opry performance attended by President and Mrs. Richard Nixon, among other VIP guests. The Opry’s sixth home, the venue is also the only home built specifically for the Opry and the residence the Opry has called home the longest. The venue has welcomed countless Opry artists, concert performers from virtually every genre of music, U.S. Presidents, foreign dignitaries, award shows, television tapings, and numerous special events and distinguished guests in its 41-year history. It is a reigning Academy of Country Music Venue of the Year.

The distinction for the Opry’s permanent home comes as the Opry itself readies for a nine-month celebration of its 90th Anniversary, set to begin with a kick-off show Tuesday, March 24. Throughout that evening’s performance, the Opry will announce various elements of the celebration, including special shows scheduled through December. The Opry’s 90th Birthday Bash Weekend is scheduled for October 2-3.

A Thousand Horses Celebrates Their Grand Ole Opry Debut

Photo Credit: Chris Hollo ©2015 Grand Ole Opry

Photo Credit: Chris Hollo
©2015 Grand Ole Opry

Republic Nashville’s A Thousand Horses made their debut performance on the hallowed Grand Ole Opry stage this weekend with their own full 9-piece band. The Nashville-based country rockers performed their debut single, “Smoke,” currently Top 20 and climbing the country charts, as well as the soulful and crowd-pleasing “Sunday Morning.”

A Thousand Horses is on a hot streak with “Smoke,” which set a record for the highest debut by a new act when it opened at No. 28 on the Country Aircheck radio chart. “Smoke” is the lead single off their debut album, Southernality, due in stores June 9.

“Now when people ask me my favorite place I’ve ever played, I can finally say it’s the Grand Ole Opry stage!” says lead singer Michael Hobby.

Along with Hobby, the creative core of A Thousand Horses is made up of guitarists Bill Satcher and Zach Brown and bassist Graham DeLoach. Fans can catch more of the band’s high-energy stage performance as they join Darius Rucker’s Southern Style tour this spring, beginning on May 14, 2015 in Holmdel, N. J.

Kelsea Ballerini Makes Sweet Grand Ole Opry Debut

Photo Credit: Chris Hollo, Provided by the Grand Ole Opry

Photo Credit: Chris Hollo, Provided by the Grand Ole Opry

Black River Entertainment recording artist Kelsea Ballerini made her Grand Ole Opry debut on Valentine’s Day. Following the performance of her top 30 single “Love Me Like You Mean It,” the Knoxville native choked up before performing her solo write, The First Time, announcing it is also the title track of her debut album due May 19.

“I wrote this song a long time ago about learning the lesson that sometimes the past should stay in the past,” said Kelsea. “I never thought I’d be so thankful for that experience and that I’d be playing it at the Grand Ole Opry! My album The First Time is named after this song and it’s coming out on May 19. I’ve been dying to tell people this!”

The first time Kelsea heard she’d be making her debut at the Grand Ole Opry came as an unexpected surprise from country music superstars Lady Antebellum. Caught on video here, the trio broke the news to Kelsea on the ACCA red carpet as she was interviewing them as a special correspondent for Radio Disney.

Newly named one of CMT’s “Next Women of Country,” songwriting is cornerstone in Kelsea’s composition as an artist. Kelsea’s songwriting is on full display throughout the upcoming album as she’s writer on every track found on The First Time.

Black River Entertainment’s Vice President of A&R Doug Johnson is confident in Kelsea’s future as an artist.  “Kelsea Ballerini is the most naturally talented writer/artist I have ever known. She was born to do this,” said Johnson.

Produced by Black River Publishing’s songwriter/publisher Forest Glen Whitehead along with Jason Massey The First Time contains all of the tracks from the previously released digital EP and seven additional original tracks.

Kelsea’s current single “Love Me Like You Mean It” (Ballerini/Kerr/Whitehead/Carpenter) is climbing the country radio charts, selling more than 5,500 unites per week and has landed her on several ones to watch lists for 2015 including Billboard, Country Weekly, The Huffington Post, CBS Local’s, Spotify, #CMChat, Country Music Is Love  and more.

Kelsea Ballerini continues a string of Nashville performances as she plays 12th & Porter for the first time on February 18. Doors open at 6pm. Tickets may be purchased here.  For additional tour dates and info on Kelsea Ballerini please visit, and reach out to her on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and YouTube.

Grand Ole Opry’s Oldest Member Is Now Ralph Stanley


The reports of the death of Little Jimmy Dickens noted that he was the oldest living member of the Grand Ole Opry.   So who is  now the oldest member you ask….. The Opry says it’s Ralph Stanley, who will be 88 next month. The longest running member is Jean Shepard, who joined in 1955.   Country music has been mourning since Little Jimmy Dickens passed away on Friday at the age of 94.

Ralph Stanley will release Ralph Stanley & Friends:  Man of Constant Sorrow on Jan 19, exclusively at all Cracker Barrell Old Country Store locations and online at   The album features guest artists Dierks Bentley, Del McCoury, Old Crow Medicine Show, Ricky Skaggs, Josh Turner, Lee Ann Womack and more!

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