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Steve Wariner Celebrates 20 Years as Grand Ole Opry Member 

Credit: Chris Hollo/Hollo Photographics for the Grand Ole Opry

Credit: Chris Hollo/Hollo Photographics for the Grand Ole Opry

This past Saturday (May 14), four-time GRAMMY and CMA Award winner Steve Wariner celebrated his 20th anniversary as a member of the Grand Ole Opry. Pete Fisher, Grand Ole Opry Vice President and General Manager, presented Wariner with a special plaque during the singer/songwriter’s performance. Country Music Hall of Fame member Bill Anderson, who inducted Wariner into the Grand Ole Opry 20 years ago, also was on hand to pay tribute to his longtime friend.

“Wow! I can’t believe I’ve been an Opry member for 20 years,” said Wariner. “It’s still one of the greatest honors of my career. I remember my first time on the Opry in 1973 as a member of Dottie West’s band back at the Ryman as if it was just yesterday. It seemed like an impossible dream back then that I would be asked to join…but it happened a few years later! Dreams can come true. Glad to call the Grand Ole Opry my home!”

Earlier in the evening, the Opry threw a backstage party for the ACM Award winner, complete with a special cake decorated with an illustration of Wariner’s red telecaster guitar.

The country music legend is currently in the studio working on a new album to be released later this year. His next concert performance will be at City Winery in Nashville on June 11 at 8:00 PM during CMA Music Festival. The show will be filmed for a future project. Tickets can be purchased HERE.

Wariner has achieved 14 No. 1 songs and more than 30 Top Ten hits, including such classics as “Holes in the Floor of Heaven,” “Life’s Highway,” “The Weekend,” “I’m Already Taken,” “I Got Dreams,” “Small Town Girl,” “Two Teardrops,” “Some Fools Never Learn,” “Lynda,” and more. An award-winning songwriter, Wariner has also composed songs for Clint Black (“Nothin’ But the Taillights”), Garth Brooks (“Longneck Bottle”), Bryan White (“One Small Miracle”), and Keith Urban (“Where the Blacktop Ends”), as well as artists such as Country Music Hall of Fame members Alabama, Kenny Rogers, The Statler Brothers, Conway Twitty, and Don Williams; pop music icon Peter Tork (of The Monkees); R&B singer Ruben Studdard; bluegrass music’s Del McCoury Band, and many more. Revered for his guitar talent, he was given the rare status of C.G. P. (Certified Guitar Player) by his mentor Chet Atkins. For more information, visit

Grand Ole Opry To Kick Off CMA Music Festival Week with Star-Studded Tuesday Night Shows and Opry Plaza Party

Photo Courtesy of the Grand Ole Opry

Photo Courtesy of the Grand Ole Opry

Grand Ole Opry members Carrie Underwood and Darius Rucker along with Chris Janson, Charles Esten and more are hitting the stage Tues., June 7, as the Opry kicks off its CMA Music Fest Week with two star-packed shows, 7 and 9:30 p.m.

The music begins earlier in the afternoon with a free Opry Plaza Party presented by Humana® featuring Warner Bros. recording artist Janson, who continues to enjoy the success of his debut album Buy Me A Boat. The title track became the singer-songwriter’s first #1 single, was certified platinum, and won the iHeartRadio Award for “Country Song of the Year.” Opening the Party will be Stoney Creek Records recording artist Lindsay Ell. Both Janson and Ell are featured on the Opry’s new release Opry 9.0, Vol. II, Discoveries From The Circle.

Kimberly Williams-Paisley is scheduled to sign copies of her new book Where The Light Gets In in The Opry Shop beginning at 5:30 p.m. The actress will return to the Opry stage for her second visit as a guest announcer later in the evening.

Artists already scheduled to visit the Opry later during Music Fest Week include Easton Corbin, Larry Gatlin & The Gatlin Brothers, Scotty McCreery, Oak Ridge Boys, Charley Pride, and Jamie Lynn Spears, among others.

Underwood is scheduled to play the Opry twice in advance of the June 7 shows, visiting May 20 and 21. Among others scheduled for the Opry before Music Fest Week are Trace Adkins, Charlie Daniels Band, Jana Kramer, Martina McBride, and Kiefer Sutherland.

Tickets and exclusive Music Fest packages including the June 7 Opry, nightly concerts at Nissan Stadium, and much more are available at 800-SEE-OPRY and on the “Plan A Trip” page at

About the Grand Ole Opry: The Grand Ole Opry® is presented by Humana®.  Opry performances are held every Friday and Saturday of the year, with Tuesday Night Opry shows running through December 13.  To plan an Opry visit, call (800) SEE-OPRY or visit The Opry presents the best in country music live every week from Nashville, Tenn.  Celebrating nine decades of entertainment, the Opry can be heard at and, Opry and WSM mobile apps, SiriusXM Satellite Radio, and its flagship home, 650 AM-WSM. The Grand Ole Opry is owned by Ryman Hospitality Properties (NYSE: RHP).  For more information, visit

Smithfield Make Grand Ole Opry Debut

Photo by Chris Hollo/Grand Ole Opry

Photo by Chris Hollo/Grand Ole Opry

Emerging duo Smithfield had the honor of making their Grand Ole Opry debut on Saturday, May 7th.

“Stepping into the circle Saturday night was one of the most exciting and rewarding moments of our lives and a true milestone in our careers. We will cherish the honor of taking the Grand Ole Opry stage forever!”- Smithfield.

Smithfield is the combined forces of Trey and Jennifer who performed their single “Good Ol’ Days” along with powerful ballad “Hey Whiskey” on the coveted Opry stage. Leading up to the performance, the Texas natives filmed behind-the-scenes video at the Opry (to be released at a later date) and took over the Opry’s Twitter account.

After making the move to Nashville in 2012, the duo quickly began honing their sound, writing and recording. The recent release of their eight-track EP led them to garner national media attention by highly respected outlets including and the Huffington Post. The entire EP is available on iTunes HERE and the music video can be viewed HERE.

Make sure to keep an eye out on CMTT later this week for our interview with Jennifer and Trey just an hour before they made their Opry debut.

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.

For additional information, images, tour dates and more, visit


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