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Grand Ole Opry To “Salute The Troops”

©2015 Grand Ole Opry  Photo By: Chris Hollo

©2015 Grand Ole Opry Photo By: Chris Hollo

The show that made country music famous is scheduled to salute the U.S. military with a red carpet arrival parade and special Opry performance Tuesday, May 19.  The MusiCorps Wounded Warrior Band will make its second appearance on the Opry as part of the evening’s events along with performances by Trace Adkins, Vince Gill, Lee Greenwood, Craig Morgan, and Kellie Pickler, among others. The show is one part of the Opry’s month-long celebration of our nation’s troops and their families, which helps benefit the USO and MusiCorps.

The public is invited to be a part of the celebration outside the Opry House beginning at 5:45 p.m. as members of the MusiCorps Wounded Warrior Band and other honored soldiers enter the Opry House via a fan-lined red carpet parade. The evening’s Opry performance begins at 7:00 p.m.

As part of the show’s 90th anniversary celebration, the Opry is celebrating country’s heart throughout the year, bringing its biggest stars and loyal fans together to support nine important causes over the course of nine months.  Called “Cause For Applause,” the initiative will continue with “Salute The Troops” as May’s cause benefitting MusicCorps and the USO.  Throughout the month, a percentage of the proceeds from Opry ticket sales will go to the cause when fans mention the code “SALUTE.” Among other artists scheduled to appear on the Opry and Opry Country Classics throughout the month and who are also USO tour veterans are Brett Eldredge, Charlie Daniels Band, Larry Gatlin & The Gatlin Brothers, Hunter Hayes, Oak Ridge Boys, Rascal Flatts, and Aaron Tippin.

In celebration of the cause, the Opry has also unveiled a new “Salute The Troops” tee collection from the Selma Drye by Kellie Pickler line, the Opry’s first artist-curated collection. A percentage of the sales from the collection will also be donated to the cause. Pickler is scheduled to sign autographs in The Opry Shop following the show May 19. A tee purchase and voucher are required for the signing; full details are available at opry.com.

 

The Stars Align for City of Hope Celebrity Softball Challenge for CMA Fest

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The stars are aligning for the 25th Annual City of Hope Celebrity Softball Game, a fan favorite event and longstanding tradition of CMA Music Festival! Suiting up to play in this year’s game are country traditionalist and Billboard albums chart topper Aaron Watson; “Nashville” star and singer/songwriter Charles Esten; “Stealing Cinderella” singer and national radio morning show co-host Chuck Wicks; rising country star and “American Idol” finalist Lauren Alaina; guitar slayer and country music vocalist Lindsay Ell; reigning ACM and CMA Vocal Group of the Year Little Big Town; and hitmakers Love and Theft. After a twenty-year run playing in the City of Hope Celebrity Softball Game, country music icon Vince Gill is returning to the field for this special milestone event. The full line-up of celebrity players stepping up to the plate on the Grand Ole Opry and iHeartRadio teams will be announced in the coming weeks.

Taking place on June 13th at 9 a.m. from the state-of-the-art field at First Tennessee Park in Nashville, Tennessee, the City of Hope Celebrity Softball Game is gearing up to celebrate 25 years of striking out cancer. Tickets for the City of Hope Celebrity Softball Game are on sale now at Ticketmaster.

Each year, the Celebrity Softball Game regularly features some of Country Music’s biggest and hottest stars. Over the years, Carrie Underwood, Darius Rucker, Florida Georgia Line, Jason Aldean, Luke Bryan, Scotty McCreery, Vince Gill and many more have taken to the field in support of City of Hope’s lifesaving mission.

City of Hope is an independent biomedical research institution and comprehensive cancer center where scientists and physicians quickly transform scientific discoveries into better treatments and prevention strategies for people around the world. Support from the Nashville community and its country music artists directly benefit City of Hope’s mission to find cures for cancer, diabetes and other life-threatening diseases.

Tickets for the game can be purchased through Ticketmaster. Get more information on the game and the line-up of celebrities at www.cityofhope.org/softball. Those not able to attend the game can still support the cause. A variety of unique merchandise and experiences, including meet-and-greets with the hottest artists, will be available for bid at charitybuzz.com. The proceeds will benefit City of Hope’s mission to eradicate cancer and other life-threatening diseases.

Dolly Parton, Vince Gill and More Appear on “Orthophonic Joy: The 1927 Bristol Sessions Revisited”

Orthophonic JoyThe 1927 Bristol Sessions Revisited

The Birthplace of Country Music is pleased to announce that the “Orthophonic Joy: The 1927 Bristol Sessions Revisited” album will be released on Tuesday, May 12, 2015.

Celebrating the impact that the 1927 Bristol Sessions had on the country music industry, “Orthophonic Joy: The 1927 Bristol Sessions Revisited” features re-creations of the original Bristol Sessions recordings by country music stars including, Ashley & Shannon Campbell, Ashley Monroe, Brad Paisley, Carl Jackson, Corbin Hayslett, Dolly Parton, Doyle Lawson & Quicksilver, Emmylou Harris, Jesse McReynolds, Keb´ Mo´, Larry Cordle & The Virginia Luthiers, Marty Stuart, Sheryl Crow, Steve Martin & the Steep Canyon Rangers, The Chuck Wagon Gang, The Church Sisters, The Shotgun Rubies, and Vince Gill.  The recording project also includes narration of the 1927 Bristol Sessions history by famed Opry host Eddie Stubbs.

Also known as the “Big Bang of Country Music,” the legendary recordings by Ralph Peer took country music to a new level and produced pioneers of the genre, such as Jimmie Rodgers and the Carter Family. Johnny Cash referred to this event as “the single most important event in the history of country music.”

The idea to recreate the 1927 Bristol Sessions had been discussed within the Birthplace of Country Music organization for years, but the serendipitous connection between board member John Rainero, veteran songwriter Rusty Morrell and Grammy-winning producer Carl Jackson helped bring “Orthophonic Joy: The 1927 Bristol Sessions Revisited” to lifeWith support from the Virginia Tourism Corporation, Tennessee Department of Tourist Development, Bristol Convention and Visitors Bureau, and the Birthplace of Country Music, the album was created and produced throughout 2014 and early 2015.

“My dear friend Rusty Morrell approached me with the idea to produce a project honoring the original 1927 Bristol Sessions,” Jackson said. “He was very aware and fond of a couple of other multi-artist ‘tribute’ projects I had produced and felt I was the guy who could bring his vision to life. In my opinion, the importance of those 1927 recordings cannot be overstated, and I am truly honored that Rusty asked me to shine a new and loving light on some of those classic works.”

The Smithsonian Institution-affiliated Birthplace of Country Music Museum in Bristol, Virginia is dedicated to preserve the legacy of the 1927 Bristol Sessions and their lasting influence on American popular music. The museum is part of The Crooked Road, the tie that binds Southwest Virginia’s music heritage to a rich history.  The Crooked Road spans more than 300 miles, showcasing the land and its people inspired legends like the Carter family, the Stoneman family, Dr. Ralph Stanley and Johnny Cash. Its authentic culture continues to inspire musicians today.

“Orthophonic Joy” is a modern take on the authentic, legendary music birthed in the foothills of the majestic mountains across Southwest Virginia and Tennessee. The songs, many of which have been passed from generation to generation, are meant to inspire travel to a region which music lovers have long revered as sacred ground.

“The 1927 Bristol Sessions have often been honored for their impact on the world’s music,” said Leah Ross, executive director, Birthplace of Country Music. “With the opening of the Museum, the release of ‘Orthophonic Joy,’ and the upcoming launch of a new WBCM radio station, BCM and the team of irreplaceable partners who are part of these endeavors are ensuring the legacy of the 1927 Bristol Sessions lives on for generations to come.”

Three key partners on this project include the Tennessee Department of Tourist Development, Virginia Tourism Corporation, and the Bristol Convention and Visitors Bureau.

“In Tennessee, we like to say the music is ‘in the water.’ It flows from every corner of the state, from cities like Nashville, Memphis, and Bristol and small towns like Brownsville, Smithville and Franklin,” said Commissioner Kevin Triplett, Tennessee Department of Tourist Development. “Entertainment icons Dolly Parton, Sheryl Crow, Vince Gill, Emmylou Harris and Marty Stuart are breathing new life into the 1927 Bristol Sessions. The Orthophonic Joy project is a vivid reminder of our musical roots and will inspire future generations of music makers and fans.”

“The music still comes out of the hills as a new generation of performers take mountain music back into the mainstream,” said Rita McClenny, president and CEO of Virginia Tourism Corporation. “It can be heard at general stores, barber shops, ice cream stands, small town theaters, and front porches throughout the region. Visitors can easily meet the musicians and presenters, some of whom are direct descendants of some of the most famous names in the genre. This experience is not manufactured. It is unquestionably an authentic Virginia—and American—experience.”

“This album further establishes why Bristol is known as the Birthplace of Country Music,” said Matt Bolas, executive director of the Bristol Convention and Visitors Bureau. “Bristol’s music heritage draws visitors from around the world, and this album along with the Bristol Rhythm & Roots Music Festival, year round live music and concerts, and the Birthplace of Country Music Museum amplifies why Bristol is a music destination.”

The album is currently available for pre-orders through Amazon and iTunes. The album will also be available for purchase at the Birthplace of Country Music Museum on May 12, 2015.

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Vince Gill Sits Down with Dan Rather in The Big Interview

It’s a tete-a-tete of the titans when Country Music Hall of Famer Vince Gill spends an hour in conversation with legendary newsman Dan Rather Tuesday, April 21, on The Big Interview. Broadcast on AXS TV, The Big Interview provides in-depth excursions into the lives and careers of some of America’s most influential entertainers.

In getting to know Gill, Rather converses with the singer-songwriter in his home studio amidst his extensive guitar collection, accompanies him to The Judge’s Court at Golf House Tennessee to view a statue of his father and learn about The Vinny golfing charity Gill founded, and stands with him on the hallowed stage of the Ryman Auditorium, long-time home of the Grand Ole Opry, of which Gill has been an ardent member since 1991.

With 20 Grammy awards to his credit, Gill has emerged as country music’s most eloquent and impassioned champion. He is both a world-class guitar picker and a wide-ranging songwriter whose compositions earned him entry into the Nashville Songwriters Hall of Fame in 2005.

Among Rather’s other guests in The Big Interview series were Carlos Santana, Wynonna Judd, Don Rickles and Trisha Yearwood. Upcoming guests include Lindsey Buckingham, Josh Groban, Florida Georgia Line, Oscar-winning screenwriter Paul Haggis and Frankie Valli.
The Big Interview airs on Tuesdays at 8 p. m., Eastern Time.

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