Grand Ole Opry / Riley Green / Tegan Marie / Tenille Townes / Travis Denning

OPRY NEXTSTAGE Launches with Kickoff Party & Sold-Out Concert at Ole Red Nashville

Photos By Chris Hollo/2018 Copyright Grand Ole Opry

Opry Entertainment’s Opry NextStage, a yearlong collaboration with four rising country artists: Riley Green, Tegan Marie, Tenille Townes and Travis Denning, launched last night with a kick-off party and sold-out concert at Ole Red Nashville.   

“This is an exciting night and we are thrilled to welcome these four rising stars in country music,” said Sally Williams,  General Manager, Grand Ole Opry / Sr. Vice President, Programming & Artist Relations, Opry Entertainment. “The Opry is 93 years old and it is all of our responsibility to make sure it is still amazing for the next 93 years. You all are going to be part of that!”  

Before the concert, each of the artists reflected on what the Opry means to them and shared their excitement about the year ahead.  

Riley said, “I’m honored to have the Opry team put their hands around my career. Some of my all-time favorite country music memories are watching past Opry moments and performances and now I get to be a part of that.”     

“I learn something new every time I perform there and love doing things the audience doesn’t expect,” said Tegan.

“I can’t wait to see what’s ahead.”   “It means so much to have the Opry family support me,” remarked Tenille. “I came to Nashville as a tourist and fan many years ago before my career began and we visited the Opry. I sat with my family in the Opry pews and I dreamed of getting to do this someday.”   

Travis said, “I look forward to creating moments each and every time I play the Opry. I want to learn all the stories and soak up the Opry history.”  

This inaugural class of Opry NextStage artists represents four diverse performers who are making incredible music at the forefront of their careers. Throughout the year, Opry Entertainment will work closely with the artist teams to amplify their initiatives using assets from across the company’s brands, venues and channels.  

For more information about Opry NextStage and its first class, visit

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