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Clare Dunn Performs “Tuxedo” for Her Grand Ole Opry Debut

Photo ID (L-R): Stephanie Wright, UMG Nashville VP of A&R; Cindy Mabe, UMG Nashville President; Clare Dunn; Pete Fisher, Grand Ole Opry VP/GM; Butch Waugh, Red Light Management 2016 Copyright/ Photo by Chris Hollo for the Grand Ole Opry

Photo ID (L-R): Stephanie Wright, UMG Nashville VP of A&R; Cindy Mabe, UMG Nashville President; Clare Dunn; Pete Fisher, Grand Ole Opry VP/GM; Butch Waugh, Red Light Management  2016 Copyright/ Photo by Chris Hollo for the Grand Ole Opry

MCA Nashville’s bold, new up-and-comer Clare Dunn fulfilled a life-long dream when she took the stage at Nashville’s famed Grand Ole Opry Saturday night. Performing her brand new single, “Tuxedo,” and the heartfelt “Old Hat” off her self-titled EP, Clare received a warm reception from the packed Grand Ole Opry House. The audience included friends and family in town from her home state of Colorado, and former co-workers from Clare’s early days in Nashville when she worked in the Opry gift shop.

“Singing my songs at the Grand Ole Opry is something I’ve dreamed of for so long,” Clare shares through joyous tears. “To share this now with my family, who always believed in me and worked so hard to help me pursue my dreams, I just cannot put into words how much this moment means to me.”

Declared “One To Watch” by Billboard, The Boston Globe, Huffington Post, Rolling Stone, USA Today and more, Clare has made a strong impression on critics and audiences alike with her stellar guitar work, her honest lyrics and her no-holds-barred stage show. Clare has upcoming shows in Mont.; Mass.; Penn. and Maine including opening for Lee Brice on the Life Off My Years Tour.

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Grand Ole Opry Adds Second March 26 Show to Star-Packed Spring Line-Up

©Grand Ole Opry  Photo By: Chris Hollo

©Grand Ole Opry
Photo By: Chris Hollo

The Grand Ole Opry has added a second Saturday, March 26 show to its star-packed spring line-up, as living legend and Opry member Loretta Lynn returns to country music’s most famous stage. Lynn’s first studio album in 12 years, Full Circle, is out this week. Also scheduled to appear March 26 are Cole Swindell, Parker Millsap, Larry Gatlin & The Gatlin Brothers, and more.

In celebration of Swindell’s Opry return, the Nashville Convention and Visitors Corporation is offering fans the chance to win a trip to Music City for the March 26 weekend via a #YOUSHOULDBEHERE AT THE OPRY SWEEPSTAKES. Details are available at The Opry is also providing its own winning opportunity with a SPRING BREAK IN NASHVILLE SWEEPSTAKES at One winner and a guest will win tickets to see Eric Church and more at the Opry April 9, accommodations at the Gaylord Opryland Resort, and more.

Rising newcomers Chris Janson, Lindsay Ell, and Mo Pitney are all scheduled for spring Opry appearances in support of the Opry’s artist discovery series, Opry 9.0: Discoveries From The Circle, Vol II. Janson and Ell are scheduled to appear on March 8, the project’s release date, while Ell and Pitney are scheduled for March 25.

Among others coming to the Opry this spring are Dierks Bentley, Oak Ridge Boys, Rascal Flatts, Charles Kelley, Scotty McCreery, Eric Paslay, David Nail, Charles Esten, Ricky Skaggs, Craig Morgan, Terri Clark, Brothers Osborne, Montgomery Gentry, Pam Tillis, Lorrie Morgan, Bill Anderson, and many more.

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hosted by Larry Gatlin returns to the Ryman Auditorium Thursday, March 24 and runs each Thursday through May 26. Among the show’s spring Spotlight Artists are Morgan, Charlie Daniels Band, and Oak Ridge Boys.

Chris Lane Makes His Grand Ole Opry Debut

Photo Credit: ©2016 Grand Ole Opry/Chris Hollo

Photo Credit: ©2016 Grand Ole Opry/Chris Hollo

Chris Lane took “Fix” to a new level with his Grand Ole Opry debut Saturday night (2/20). The newcomer was welcomed into the famous circle by country music icon Bill Anderson before launching into performing his Top 25-and-climbing single “Fix,” which accumulated the most first week single adds from a debut male artist in Country Aircheck history and has notched 4,652,352 plus streams on Spotify. He closed his set with fan-favorite “For Her” and had the sold out crowd waving their hands in the air.

Lane’s debut also featured Big Loud Shirt hit songwriter Sarah Buxton, who co-wrote “Fix” with Jesse Frasure and Abe Stoklasa, as a special guest on background vocals.

Immediately following the big night, Lane traveled to Minneapolis, MN, for the last stop (2/21) on Dustin Lynch’s heavily pre-sold out HELL OF A NIGHT Tour. Continuing to play shows nationwide this spring, Lane is gearing up for another tour to be announced soon.

Since releasing the buzzy “Fix,” Lane racked up shout-outs from celebrities such as Daughtry, Brett Eldredge, Florida Georgia Line, Lucy Hale, Dustin Lynch, Cole Swindell, and more. He landed at No. 1 on Billboard’s Twitter Real-Time Emerging Artist chart the day of release, making the irresistible song one of the most shared tracks on Twitter in the U.S. from an up-and-coming artist. “Fix” shaped Lane’s sonic direction and is the title track of his newly released EP produced by the award-winning Joey Moi. Media have applauded his bold, fresh sound and standout falsetto; with early raves including ROLLING STONE’s “10 New Country Artists You Need To Know,” YOUNG HOLLYWOOD’s “Artist To Watch” list, HELLO! Magazine’s “People You Will Be Talking About” and GLAMOUR’s “Music We Love.” Lane was also chosen for the select CMT 2016 LISTEN UP campaign. The talented newcomer started his career selling out club shows in his hometown of Kernersville, NC, and previously toured with heavy-hitters Florida Georgia Line, Nelly, Jerrod Niemann, Lee Brice and more.

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FIX EP is available here.

Ronnie Milsap Celebrates 40th Anniversary as Grand Ole Opry Member

©2016 Grand Ole Opry Photo By: Chris Hollo

©2016 Grand Ole Opry Photo By: Chris Hollo

The Grand Ole Opry presented by Humana® honored Country Music Hall of Famer Ronnie Milsap on his 40th anniversary as an Opry member Friday evening. Milsap was inducted as an Opry member on February 6, 1976.

Before taking the stage, the country legend celebrated with friends, family members, and fellow artists in the Opry House’s backstage Family Room with a cake marking the occasion. Later introduced on stage by fellow Opry and Country Music Hall of Famer Connie Smith, Milsap reflected on the night he joined the Opry 40 years ago.

“”I was so happy that night Roy Acuff inducted me,” Milsap began, shouting Acuff’s moniker “the KING of country music!” After the show, the 40-year member met fans outside The Opry Shop, celebrating that day’s release of his latest recording project, Gospel Greats.

“Ronnie Milsap is one-of-a-kind at the Opry and in country music,” said Opry Vice President and General Manager Pete Fisher. His style transcends musical boundaries and his and exuberant spirit makes its mark on the Opry every time he comes home to visit.”

Born blind in North Carolina, Milsap lived with his grandmother until he was 6 years old. He attended Morehead State School for the Blind in Raleigh, where he was given strict classical training. But late at night he listened to his favorite country, gospel, and R&B broadcasts. The music reminded him of home.

Milsap studied pre-law at Young Harris Junior College near Atlanta, Georgia, eventually earning a scholarship to Emory University. Instead of continuing with law, he threw himself into music, forming his own band. During the mid-’60s, he landed a stint with J.J. Cale and session work with producer Chips Moman, notably on Elvis Presley’s “Kentucky Rain” and “Don’t Cry Daddy.”

In 1973, Milsap moved from Memphis to Nashville. Before one could say “overnight success,” he was signed by RCA and released the two-sided hit, “All Together Now (Let’s Fall Apart)” and “I Hate You.” He followed with “That Girl Who Waits on Tables” and “Pure Love.”

A year later, he had three No. 1 songs. The flood of hits wouldn’t let up for 15 years: “Daydreams About Night Things,” “(I’m A) Stand by My Woman Man,” “Smoky Mountain Rain,” “Lost in the Fifties Tonight (In the Still of the Night),” “How Do I Turn You On” and “Don’t You Ever Get Tired of Hurting Me” all stormed the charts.

“Before I joined the Opry in 1976, Jeanne Pruett was always getting me to come out here and guest,” Ronnie recalls. “Eventually she said, ‘I think you need to join the Grand Ole Opry.’ And I said, ‘Well, how do you do that?’

“All of a sudden, one night I was over here and Mr. Roy Acuff came up to me in the hall and said, ‘Hey, Ronnie, you want to be a member of the Opry?’ I said, ‘Yes, sir.’ He said, ‘Okay, then, you’re going to be a member of the Grand Ole Opry.’”

Along with his multiple gold and platinum albums, Milsap has earned six Grammys and numerous CMA and ACM Awards. He’s a member of the Country Music Hall of Fame. The ebullient performer and original stylist changed the face of country music, but he has never forgotten his own difficult road to stardom and his good fortune along the way. In 1986, he established the Ronnie Milsap Foundation to aid the blind and visually impaired.

“In some way it’s a blessing that I was born blind,” he once said. “If I had been born sighted in western North Carolina … I certainly wouldn’t be doing what I’m doing now.”

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