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Grand Ole Opry Stars Carrie Underwood, Vince Gill, Keith Urban and More to Align For a Full Week of Two-show Nights

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Grand Ole Opry stars are aligning for a full week of two-show nights next month. The Opry fun is set to run on regular Opry show nights (Tuesday, Wednesday, Friday, and Saturday) August 10 – 16.

Before kicking off the fall leg of her STORYTELLER TOUR – the biggest tour of her career- Opry member Carrie Underwood returns for both shows on August 10 and 12. Among others joining Underwood on the 10th are Kelsea Ballerini, Old Crow Medicine Show, Thompson Square, and Larry Gatlin and the Gatlin Brothers. Lauren Alaina and more will join Underwood for shows August 12. One of the Opry’s most beloved and awarded members, Vince Gill, celebrates his milestone 25th Anniversary as a member on August 13, bringing along family and close friends including Amy Grant, Rodney Crowell, Patty Loveless, The Time Jumpers, Ashley Monroe, Andrea Zonn, Jenny Gill, Corinna Gill and more. Opry member Keith Urban takes a break from his “ripcord WORLD TOUR 2016” to play both shows on August 16 along with Lorrie Morgan, Del McCoury Band, and more.

Among other artists who are Opry Bound through the summer are Charles Esten, Hillary Scott & the Scott Family, Charlie Daniels Band, Brothers Osborne, Oak Ridge Boys, Brandy Clark, Dierks Bentley, Chris Janson, Josh Turner, Dustin Lynch, and a host of others.

For more information on tickets and a complete listing of artists scheduled to play the Grand Ole Opry click HERE.

 

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Chase Bryant and Grand Ole Opry Team Up With Chicago White Sox To Celebrate ‘Country Music Night’

(L to R): Dan Rogers, Opry; Lauren Zimmerman, Opry; Neda Tobin, Red Bow Records; Chase Bryant; Jeff Kapugi, US 99.5; Nick Hartley, Fitzgerald Hartley;  Heather Middleton, Nashville CVC; Pete Fisher, Opry;  Anthony Olivo, Chicago White Sox; Mike Kasper, US 99.5  Photo Credit: Jeff Johnson

(L to R): Dan Rogers, Opry; Lauren Zimmerman, Opry; Neda Tobin, Red Bow Records; Chase Bryant; Jeff Kapugi, US 99.5; Nick Hartley, Fitzgerald Hartley;
Heather Middleton, Nashville CVC; Pete Fisher, Opry;
Anthony Olivo, Chicago White Sox; Mike Kasper, US 99.5
Photo Credit: Jeff Johnson

Country hit-maker Chase Bryant brought his hits and his new single “Room To Breathe” along with the Grand Ole Opry’s signature microphone stand and a replica of the Opry’s six-foot circle of wood to “Country Music Night” at U.S. Cellular Field Friday night. Bryant performed an acoustic “Opry Circle Throwdown” before the game, threw the game’s ceremonial first pitch, hit the stands during the game to give away Opry and Nashville prizes to lucky fans, and introduced “Country Music Night’s” post-game fireworks. Earlier in the day, Bryant performed for fans at US99.5 studios in downtown Chicago.

Chase Bryant throws out the ceremonial first pitch before the Grand Ole Opry/Chicago White Sox "Country Music Night" Photo Credit: 2016 Ron Vesely/ Chicago White Sox

Chase Bryant throws out the ceremonial first pitch before the Grand Ole Opry/Chicago White Sox “Country Music Night”
Photo Credit: 2016 Ron Vesely/Chicago White Sox

Vince Gill Talks About the Importance of Being “Fair and Kind” in Music Business

Vince Gill, Emmylou Harris, and the Grand Ole Opry were honored by the National Music Council over the weekend during the American Eagle Awards. Held in conjunction with NAMM, an annual music industry convention held in Nashville, the awards included guest performers John Conlee and Roy Clark, as well as former Nashville mayor Karl Dean, radio host Bill Cody, and Capitol Records CEO Mike Dungan.

Before the awards ceremony, Vince and Emmylou sat down for a candid conversation about one of the goals of the National Music Council: intellectual property rights. Even though technology has advanced at warp speed, the copyright legislation hasn’t kept up.

“We can solve the majority of problems that we have if we would just treat each other fairly and kind,” said Vince.  “The royalties are based on so long ago that they’re archaic… Are we the only industry that is expected to survive on the same amount of money we got for it 60 years ago?”

So what happens when the money doesn’t come in? The middle class of the music industry suffers. The number of staff songwriters at publishing companies has dwindled significantly over the past 20 years, leaving many creative people out of work.

Songwriters Guild of America President Rick Carnes said,

“I worry about the day when those kids get lost because there’s no creative industry.”

What can be done? The National Music Council also focuses its efforts on music education in schools, including teaching a new generation the value of music recordings and that copying music is actually stealing from the people who created it.

The organization’s American Eagle Awards have honored music industry pioneers like Quincy Jones and Clive Davis in the past and this year’s honorees were no exception.

Mike Dungan presented Vince Gill with his award, citing Vince’s long list of accolades, from GRAMMY to Academy of Country Music awards. Emmylou ribbed Vince with a joking “I hate you!” at their table as Dungan continued to list Gill’s involvement in charitable organizations.

Emmylou Harris was recognized for her profound body of work as a singer and songwriter, and for her collaborations with everyone from Beck to Bob Dylan, Neil Young, and Dolly Parton. She’s also involved in numerous charitable organizations from animal rescue to international children’s welfare.

Grand Ole Opry general manager Pete Fisher accepted the award on the Opry’s behalf and Roy Clark (remember him from the television series “Hee Haw”?) closed the ceremony with beautiful rendition of the classic hit “What a Wonderful World.”

Grand Ole Opry To Celebrate America’s Birthday with Free All-American Plaza Parties

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The show that made country music famous is set to kick off July and America’s birthday weekend with free All-American Plaza Parties and Opry favorites on its world-famous stage Fri., July 1 and Sat., July 2. The music begins at 5 p.m. and is set to salute American Icons including Merle Haggard, Johnny Cash, Loretta Lynn, and Dolly Parton, among other favorites as performed by 50 Shades Of Hay on Friday and Shelley Skidmore & Greg Bates on Saturday.

The weekend’s Opry line-up includes Vince Gill, Connie Smith, Larry Gatlin and the Gatlin Brothers, Ricky Skaggs, Love and Theft, and more. Visit opry.com for nightly Opry artist line-ups and a schedule of Plaza Party schedule including food truck and bar service.

The Opry’s summer schedule will be in full swing throughout July, with Opry House Backstage Tours running seven days a week along with Opry performances each Tuesday, Wednesday, Friday, and Saturday night. Among those appearing later in the month include Steve Wariner (July 5); Chris Janson, The Grascals (July 6); Josh Turner, Lorrie Morgan, Pam Tillis, Clare Bowen, Craig Morgan (July 8); Cam, Justin Moore (July 12); Roy Clark, Craig Campbell (July 15); Lauren Alaina, Scotty McCreery, Del McCoury Band (July 19 & 20); Charlie Daniels Band, Hillary Scott & the Scott Family, Brothers Osborne (July 26) Oak Ridge Boys, Eric Paslay, Dailey & Vincent (July 27).

Tickets and packages are available at 800-SEE-OPRY and on the “Plan A Trip” page at opry.com.

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