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Grand Ole Opry House Added to National Register of Historic Places

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The Grand Ole Opry House, home of the Opry since the venue opened in 1974, has been added to the National Register of Historic Places, the nation’s official list of cultural resources worthy of preservation. Regarded as the home of country music, the world-famous venue was recognized because of its impact on popular culture and the entertainment industry. It is one of six sites in Tennessee recently added to the list. Dr. Carroll Van West, Director of the Center for Historic Preservation at MTSU and the Tennessee State Historian, prepared the nomination which was supported by the Tennessee State Historical Commission.

The Opry House opened on March 16, 1974 with a standing room only Opry performance attended by President and Mrs. Richard Nixon, among other VIP guests. The Opry’s sixth home, the venue is also the only home built specifically for the Opry and the residence the Opry has called home the longest. The venue has welcomed countless Opry artists, concert performers from virtually every genre of music, U.S. Presidents, foreign dignitaries, award shows, television tapings, and numerous special events and distinguished guests in its 41-year history. It is a reigning Academy of Country Music Venue of the Year.

The distinction for the Opry’s permanent home comes as the Opry itself readies for a nine-month celebration of its 90th Anniversary, set to begin with a kick-off show Tuesday, March 24. Throughout that evening’s performance, the Opry will announce various elements of the celebration, including special shows scheduled through December. The Opry’s 90th Birthday Bash Weekend is scheduled for October 2-3.


Bucky Covington & Wife Discuss Baby Girl’s Condition on ‘The Doctors’- VIDEO

Photo Credit: The Doctors

Photo Credit: The Doctors

When Bucky Covington’s daughter, Kennedy, was born, he thought she was perfect, but he noticed her arm was purple and thought it had gotten bruised during the delivery. Within a week, her arm turned red and began to swell.

Kennedy was diagnosed with infantile hemangioma, one of the most common types of congenital tumors that occur in children. OB-GYN Dr. Jennifer Ashton explains that hemangiomas are vascular malformations that affect tiny blood vessels, resulting in discoloration. They can be any size and can be found anywhere on the body. They usually get smaller and smaller and eventually disappear, but Dr. Ashton explains that larger hemangiomas can require treatment.

“When this first starts coming to the table, you are scared to death,” Bucky says. He says he was concerned that his daughter would be self-conscious about the condition as she grew older.

“You brought up such as an important part, which is, you know the self-conscious aspect of this, regardless of your age,” Dr. Ashton says, “because people look and then say, ‘What is that?’”

Bucky and his wife, Katherine, were referred to a specialist, who suggested a treatment option that could reduce the hemangioma.

ER physician Dr. Travis Stork explains that Propranolol is an oral beta-blocker that typically is used to treat the heart to lower blood pressure and slow the heart rate.

Pediatric ear, nose and throat physician Dr. Steve Goudy explains that within weeks or months of beginning the medication, the hemangiomas will turn grey and slowly go away.

Top Country Tweets of the Week February 23rd-March 1st

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  1. @DierksBentley ·  partied w/ @countryknights for 1yr ann of #Riser. pic of big rhythm doug and @mirandalambert wannabe shelby shelton..

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  1. @mirandalambert · I love @raelynnofficial & @gwensebastian! Inked in perfect harmony! #TattoosInTulsa #certifiedplatinumtour #sisters

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  1. @BradPaisley · Thoughts &prayers with @williamshatner today. Sorry for your loss buddy. What a friendship you & Leonard had.
  1. @bretteldredge · So… “MMMMM Bop” by Hanson randomly started playing on my phone…gonna be a weird day…Bring it!

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  1. @martinamcbride · A little after show snack at In-N-Out with @internadam and friends #yum #thankscalifornia https://instagram.com/p/zm5Ddlk5kD/
  1. @blakeshelton ·  Dear @MattMorrett.. What’s the worst you ever had to shit while turkey hunting?
  1. @carrieunderwood Hey! I just wanted to let you know that I now have an official Pinterest! Hopefully I can figure out how to use it! https://www.pinterest.com/carrieunderwood/ …

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  1. @austinlwebb · Me & @kristianbush keepin it real watching @FoodNetwork ​ in the #streamsound suite #CRS2015

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  1. @ladyantebellum ·  off to begin our European/ Australian tour. just can’t seem to get any time away from each other, ha – c
  1. @jakeowen · Dear Spring, There is this dude named Winter who’s really messing up my vibe. Can you come to town, get rid of him,and hang for a while?

Staying Up Late With Keith Urban

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On Thursday, Keith Urban treated radio peeps to a free concert at the Ryman Auditorium during the annual Country Radio Seminar. For over 90 minutes, we were entertained by nothing more than Keith Urban, 2 guitars, a drum machine, and a banjo along with sparatic help from Jerry Flowers and a drummer on a tiny kit.  There is something truly special about seeing a superstar in such a rare circumstance.  I mean… Keith Urban acoustic is one thing, but Keith Urban just chatting and performing at the Ryman is other.]

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Keith played hits like “Kiss A Girl,” “Tonight I Wanna Cry,” “Who Wouldn’t Wanna Be Me,” “Someday,” “Making Memories of Us,” and the very rare oldie from his days in The Ranch, “Walk In the Country.”  A favorite was when Keith slowed down his hit single “Somewhere In My Car” into a haunting balled on the piano.

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The show ended with  his new single with Eric Church “Raise ‘Em Up.”   Earlier in the day, he had performed the single with Eric at the UMG luncheon on the very same stage.

Keith Urban

Keith was relaxed and honestly looked like he could’ve played all night long.  He joked and laughed and then shared truly heartfelt thanks to everyone in the room and industry who gave him this life.  In an instant, he went form Keith Urban international superstar and tv personality to just a guy who wants to play music….And It Was FANTASTIC! You can see your pictures here.

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