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Grand Ole Opry Throws the Grandest of 90th Birthday Parties

©2015 Grand Ole Opry   Photo By: Chris Hollo / Rachael Black

©2015 Grand Ole Opry
Photo By: Chris Hollo / Rachael Black

The Grand Ole Opry presented by Humana celebrated its 90th birthday this weekend with superstar performances throughout four Opry shows, free Opry Plaza Birthday Parties, and more. Weekend performers rounded out each show by singing “Happy Birthday” alongside a larger-than-life Opry 90th birthday cake accompanied by sold-out audiences.

After a surprise on-stage collaboration between The Oak Ridge Boys and Little Big Town on the Oaks’ classic “Elvira” Friday night, both groups were presented Opry member 90th anniversary member gifts by Opry Vice President and General Manager Pete Fisher. “For 90 years, Opry members have been the heart and soul of the show that made country music famous,” Fisher said. “Moments like these connecting generations of great country artists are what the Grand Ole Opry is all about.” The gifts to be presented to all members over the next few months are replicas of new backstage artwork unveiled Friday night in honor of the Opry’s membership.

©2015 Grand Ole Opry   Photo By: Chris Hollo / Rachael Black

©2015 Grand Ole Opry
Photo By: Chris Hollo / Rachael Black

On Saturday, one of America’s most trusted and beloved journalists and long-time country music and Grand Ole Opry fan Robin Roberts trekked to Nashville for the 90th anniversary celebration. The Good Morning America anchor introduced superstar and Grand Ole Opry member Carrie Underwood, who celebrated alongside a bevy of Opry members including The Oak Ridge Boys, Larry Gatlin and the Gatlin Brothers, Trace Adkins, and more.

Throughout the weekend, fans packed the Opry Plaza for free performances including an Opry salute by stars of ABC’s NASHVILLE—Charles Esten, Sam Palladio, Chris Carmack, and Aubrey Peeples.

The Opry’s 90th Anniversary celebration continues Tuesday, October 6 with appearances by Alan Jackson, Miranda Lambert, Marty Stuart, and more as well as upcoming appearances by Kelsea Ballerini, Easton Corbin, Charlie Daniels Band, Loretta Lynn, Alison Krauss, Rascal Flatts, and many others.

Trace Adkins, Colt Ford & Aaron Lewis to Join Brantley Gilbert for Chattanooga Unite Benefit

Photo Courtesy: Facebook

Photo Courtesy: Facebook

Brantley Gilbert has announced who will be joining him for the Chattanooga Unite: A Tribute On The River benefit concert to take place on Sept. 16th. Trace Adkins, Colt Ford and Aaron Lewis will be joining Brantley on stage to pay tribute and honor the five fallen soldiers who died when a shooter opened fire on the recruiting center in Chattanooga, TN.

You can read more about the event here.

Tickets and other info can be found here.

Charlie Daniels Celebrates Musical Freedom and Heritage at 40th Anniversary of Volunteer Jam

Credit: John Shearer / Getty Images for Webster PR

Since the first Volunteer Jam with Charlie Daniels in 1974, a few things have changed, but one thing has remained: celebrating the generous spirit of southern rock – with a few surprises.

“Ain’t it good to be alive, and to be in Tennessee?” – Charlie Daniels

This year’s special event raised more than $200,000 for the Journey Home Project, a non-profit organization co-founded by Charlie Daniels to connect donors with veterans organizations. Proceeds will also benefit the Nashville Predators Foundation.
The almost 5-hour-long concert was a “who’s who” of legendary musical artists. Joe Bonsall of the Oak Ridge Boys quipped, “We’ve got more acts tonight than are running for president!”

Credit: Rick Diamond / Getty Images for Webster PR

Credit: Rick Diamond / Getty Images for Webster PR

Craig Morgan noted that the 40th Anniversary Volunteer Jam “is a piece of history.” Surprise guests included Eric Church, Lynyrd Skynrd, Blackberry Smoke, and Jamey Johnson, who were in addition to the guests already on the bill: Ted Nugent, Trace Adkins, Alabama, Terri Clark, Billy Ray Cyrus, Colt Ford, The Grascals, Lee Greenwood, The Kentucky Headhunters, Tracy Lawrence, The Oak Ridge Boys, Ryan Weaver, Wynonna, Craig Morgan, Lee Roy Parnell, Billy Dean, Michael W. Smith, Travis Tritt, Phil Vassar, and Montgomery Gentry.

Lee Greenwood, known for the patriotic classic “God Bless the USA,” kicked off the show and set the tone for the night. Greenwood described Charlie Daniels as not only a “big brother” figure, but also as “a perfect lesson in how to live.” Numerous other artists echoed those sentiments throughout the night, revering Daniels’ musical talents and warm spirit.
But when it comes down to defining the music, it’s all about the spirit and authenticity.

Blackberry Smoke describes southern rock as “musical freedom,” while Ted Nugent talked about how he loves the “attitude and spirit” of the music. Billy Dean brought the discussion to contemporary country music, and how he feels that acts like Florida-Georgia Line are unjustly criticized for making music that is authentic to who they are.

In addition to the music, the main message of the event was about supporting veterans when they transition back to civilian life. Conservative talk show host Sean Hannity co-hosted the event alongside SiriusXM “The Highway” host Storme Warren. Throughout the night, they recognized military servicemen and women, including two Benghazi survivors, whose story will be portrayed in an upcoming movie called “13 Hours – Secret Soldiers of Benghazi.” The title sponsor of the 40th Anniversary Volunteer Jam, Henry Repeating Arms, presented a $200,000 check on stage to The Journey Home Project.

For more information about how you can get involved with the non-profit, visit

Wynonna and Terri Clark to Perform at Charlie Daniels’ 40th Anniversary Volunteer Jam

Volunteer Jam

On August 12, Charlie Daniels’ 40th Anniversary Volunteer Jam will usher in music fans from all over the world to Nashville’s Bridgestone Arena for a historic, colossal concert to benefit U.S. veterans in need through the (501)(c)(3) non-profit organization, The Journey Home Project.

Yesterday, Charlie Daniels announces the award-winning hit-maker WYNONNA and multi-No. 1 hit-maker and Canadian guitar-slinger, TERRI CLARK, will join the already-announced mega line-up which includes: Charlie Daniels and The Charlie Daniels Band, Ted Nugent, Trace Adkins, Alabama, Montgomery Gentry, The Oak Ridge Boys, Tracy Lawrence, Travis Tritt, Craig Morgan, Phil Vassar, Lee Greenwood, Billy Ray Cyrus, Colt Ford, Michael W. Smith, The Grascals, The Kentucky Headhunters, Ryan Weaver, The Outlaws and Lee Roy Parnell. In addition, several head-turning SURPRISE guests will add even more excitement to the event.

Tickets are still available to the public at, all Ticketmaster locations, and the Bridgestone Arena box office for $17.68 and up.

The Henry Rifles Stage, which will be located on the Bridgestone Plaza, will host a free open-to-the-public, energy-packed side show for concert-goers and bystanders featuring Natalie Stovall & The Drive, The Grascals, American Hitmen, Jason D. Williams, Jesse & Noah Bellamy, Ryan Weaver, the Tucker Yochim Band, the Scooter Brown Band and the Justin McCorkle Band. Music will take place from 4 to 7 p.m. CDT.

Henry Repeating Arms, leading American-made rifle manufacturer and strong supporter of the U.S. Military, has come on board as a lead sponsor of the Jam to help heighten awareness of The Journey Home Project and its efforts to help veterans through the company’s vast consumer base of firearm collectors and enthusiasts.

“We at Henry Repeating Arms are forever indebted to those who have served our country. Although we can never repay what they have done for us, Henry’s sponsorship of the Volunteer Jam and donation to The Journey Home Project is a small token of our gratitude,” said Anthony Imperato, President of Henry Repeating Arms.

Charlie Daniels, who has been hosting The Volunteer Jam in Nashville since its inaugural start in 1974 said, “It’s really something to see my music peers and friends come together this year to perform with little incentive other than to help raise funding and give back to those who have served. Few sacrifices are greater than those of our U.S. Military, so it makes me proud to have witnessed this event come together in such a big way in 2015. We as U.S. citizens can never repay military members and veterans for what they have and continue to do for us, but I hope at least this concert can serve a small role in showing them our great appreciation.”

The Charlie Daniels 40th Anniversary Volunteer Jam will benefit The Predators Foundation as well as The Journey Home Project, a non-profit organization co-founded by Charlie Daniels and his long-time manager David Corlew. Initiated in 2013, The Journey Home Project serves to connect donors to veterans’ organizations that are proven to effectively help to meet the health care, education and career needs of military servicemen and women and their families.

Event-goers can expect an evening full of opportunity to honor veterans in attendance. Former Blackhawk pilot and rising country artist, Ryan Weaver, who lost both his brother and brother-in-law to enemy fire, is scheduled to perform a moving tribute.

Tickets can be purchased at, all Ticketmaster locations and at the Bridgestone Arena box office. A limited number of VIP seats located in the first several rows, which include a pre-show VIP reception with Charlie Daniels, are still available.

The event will be hosted by conservative talk show host Sean Hannity and SiriusXM The Highway’s Storme Warren. It is presented by Copperweld and produced by David Corlew & Associates in association with Outback Concerts. 95.5 NASH Icon and WSM-AM serve as the official radio partners.

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