Clare Bowen and Sam Palladio of ABC’s Nashville Debut at Opry

Actors Clare Bowen and Sam Palladio Make Grand Ole Opry Debut! Talk about blending reality and fiction… ABC’s Nashville stars Clare Bowen (Scarlett) and Sam Palladio (Gunnar) will be making their debut for the Grand Ole Opry at the Ryman Auditorium in Nashville Saturday, November 17th! They signed on to act as struggling artists trying to make it big in Music City, and now they aren’t acting anymore! With duets “If I Didn’t Know Better” and “When The Right One Comes Along“, both are already featured on the soundtrack to the popular new show which will be releasing via Big Machine Records on December 11th! If you haven’t check these two out yet…see what all the fuss is about below! Scarlett (Clare Bowen) and Gunnar (Sam Palladio) Sing “If I Didn’t Know Better”. Clare and Sam aren’t the only Nashville stars at the Opry! Find out more…

Kellie Pickler Performs On Opry Goes Pink

Kellie Pickler Flips On The Pink Lights At The Opry. The Grand Ole Opry joined Women Rock For The Cure in the fight against breast cancer tonight with the Opry’s fourth annual “Opry Goes Pink” show. Kellie Pickler, who recently shaved her own head in support of her childhood friend battling cancer, flipped the switch on the Opry’s barn backdrop, turning it pink for the night. Tonight’s show also included performances by Sarah Darling, Jimmy Dickens, Kristen Kelly, The Farm, Mindy Smith and others as well as activities recognizing breast cancer survivors and the continuing fight against the disease.

Opry Inducts Darius Rucker

Grand Ole Opry Inducts Latest Member, Darius Rucker. On October 16, Darius Rucker received his Opry Member Award, becoming the newest member of the country family. His actual family joined him backstage to add his plaque to the Opry Member Gallery at the Grand Ole Opry House. Vince Gill presented the Opry Member Award by thanking Darius: “I don’t think there’s a more beloved guy in our music than you. Before you even open your mouth and sing a song you’ve written, everybody is really crazy about you. You will find this place right here to be one of the greatest homes you’ll ever have. … Thanks for wanting to be a country music singer!” Darius thanked Vince, his family, and his fans as he gratefully accepted the honor. One of his favorite singers, Keith Urban, sent a video congratulations, but then joined Darius on the stage to personally congratulate him. They were also joined by Football Hall of Famer Dan Marino. I became a fan of the soulful, distinct Rucker voice as a fan of Hootie and the Blowfish, but I fell in love with that voice the first time I heard “All I Want.” One listen to either of his albums (Learn to Live and Charleston, SC 1966), and you’ll quickly realize why he deserves this award. Congratulations, Darius! To watch Rucker’s induction, head on over to opry.com/pressroom/darius WATCH the Official Music Video for “Alright,” a Favorite Rucker Hit:

Loretta Lynn’s 50th Grand Ole Opry Celebration

Loretta Lynn Celebrates Her 50th Opry Anniversary! As the Grand Ole Opry prepares to celebrate the 50th Opry Anniversary of country icon Loretta Lynn with a star-packed Opry show featuring Lynn, Miranda Lambert, Pistol Annies, Crystal Gayle, Lee Ann Womack, and more tomorrow night, fans can celebrate Lynn’s golden achievement in the hours leading up to the show online and on the radio. Among the activities planned in honor of the Coal Miner’s Daughter: Twitter: Fans and fellow artists are invited to share their favorite memories of Lynn via Twitter using #Love4Loretta. Favorite tweets will be compiled into special blogs on opry.com and shared at tomorrow night’s show. Loretta on the Radio: Opry flagship station 650 AM-WSM (wsmonline.com) is scheduled to play a Lynn song every hour tomorrow, Tues., Sept. 25, and has invited other country artists to call in throughout the day with their congratulations for the iconic artist. Lynn’s sisters Crystal Gayle and Peggy Sue will visit the 650 AM-WSM studio for a live show in Lynn’s honor 2 – 3 p.m. tomorrow. Tomorrow night’s Opry show can be heard live on 650 AM-WSM, opry.com, wsmonline.com, and free apps available from both the Opry and 650 AM WSM. Press Conference Stream: opry.com will stream a press conference featuring Lynn and other artists on tomorrow night’s show live from backstage at the Opry House at 6:30 p.m. Enter To Win the Fine Print: Tomorrow only, fans can visit opry.com to enter to win a Loretta Lynn 50th Opry Anniversary Hatch Show Print to be signed tomorrow evening by the guest of honor. Be sure to watch and/or listen!

Due West Makes Grand Ole Opry Debut

Due West Will Make Their Grand Ole Opry Debut Tonight! Black River Entertainment recording artist Due West is scheduled to debut on the Grand Ole Opry today, September 7 at 7pm CDT. The vocal trio’s new single, “Things You Can’t Do In A Car,” is at radio now and has sold nearly 20,000 units since its May 15 release. Produced by Garth Fundis and written by Due West’s own Brad Hull, “Things You Can’t Do In A Car” is the lead single from the upcoming release, due early 2013 on Black River Entertainment. Music lovers can view the “Things You Can’t Do In A Car” acoustic video, lyric video, as well as purchase the track on iTunes. Beginning today, Due West fans can enter to win front row seats and a meet-and-greet with the band at their debut via the Grand Ole Opry by clicking HERE. For more information or to purchase tickets please visit, www.opry.com or call 800-SEE-OPRY (800-733-6779 toll-free). Watch the acoustic video for “Things You Can’t Do In A Car” now!

Salute The Troops Red Carpet Parade

Country Music Fans Invited To Help Welcome Home Soldiers At Red Carpet Event! Most red carpet arrivals feature tuxes, sequined gowns and world-famous celebrities. The red carpet leading to the Grand Ole Opry House next Tuesday is set to feature soldiers’ uniforms and American heroes. Country music fans from Nashville and across the country are invited to say “thank you” to the men and women of the U.S. military during a red carpet arrival of members of the Tennessee National Guard at the Tuesday Night Opry May 22. The public is invited to be a part of the arrival and celebration at 6:00 pm. The evening’s Opry performances – a salute to the military featuring John Conlee, Ronnie Milsap, Montgomery Gentry, Kellie Pickler, Rascal Flatts, Mark Wills and more – beings at 7:00 pm. “We are excited about welcoming country superstars to our stage and our country’s heroes to our House Tuesday night. We’re just as pleased to give country fans an opportunity to show their appreciation to our men and women in uniform as they arrive at the Opry House.” – Pete Fisher, Opry House Vice President and General Manager Clips from the red carpet arrival and performances from the night will air as the premiere 90-minute episode of “Noteworthy at the Opry” on GAC Saturday, May 26 at 9:00 pm ET.

Ricky Skaggs To Celebrate 30 Years As An Opry Member

Ricky Skaggs Will Soon Celebrate His 30th Anniversary As A Grand Ole Opry Member! The Grand Ole Opry, presented by Humana, will honor one of the most awarded artists in country and bluegrass music. Ricky Skaggs will celebrate his 30th anniversary as an Opry member during the Tuesday Night Opry, May 15. The 14-time Grammy winner was inducted into the Opry on May 15, 1982. His milestone anniversary will be celebrated by performances by the honoree, fellow Opry members Alison Krauss, Josh Turner and The Whites, plus special guests Daily & Vincent. “Not unlike Ricky’s music, the list of artists lined up to honor him on May 15 is electric and award-winning. It’s going to be a night of great musicianship as we celebrate all that Ricky means to the Opry family.” – Opry Vice President and General Manager, Pete Fisher From Skaggs’ beginnings in bluegrass, he has gone on to put his own stamp on the mainstream country format, resulting in twelve #1 hits, eight Academy of Country Music Awards and eight Country Music Association Awards, including CMA Entertainer of the Year in 1985. Skaggs started his own record label, Skaggs Family Records, in 1997 and has since released 12 consecutive Grammy-nominated albums. His latest project, Country Hits Bluegrass Style, is exactly what its title suggests: Skaggs’ classic country hits offered up in fresh, new bluegrass form. With a career spanning over 50 years in music, he is currently working on an autobiography, has been selected as a 2012 recipient of the ACM Cliffie Stone Pioneer Award and is to be inducted into the Gospel Music Association’s Hall of Fame later this year, all while continuing to record and tour with his band Kentucky Thunder as one of music’s most sought after live performers.

Carrie Underwood Talks Grand Ole Opry

Carrie Underwood Talks About Her Second Home, The Grand Ole Opry. Carrie Underwood is currently Opry.com’s New Music Spotlight! As a treat for fans of the Opry and Underwood, a few videos have been put together after an interview was done with the country music star. In this video, Underwood talks about her love for the Opry and how it “feels like home.” Blown Away, Underwood’s fourth studio album will be on sale tomorrow, May 1! Enjoy!

Keith Urban Joins Grand Ole Opry

Keith Urban Invited To Join The Grand Ole Opry During “All For The Hall” Benefit. Grammy, CMA and ACM Award-winner Keith Urban was invited to join the Grand Ole Opry last night by Opry member Vince Gill and fellow members Rascal Flatts, Diamond Rio and Oak Ridge Boys during “All For The Hall” benefit at Bridgestone Arena. New Zealand-born and Australian-raised Urban will be the first artist from outside North America to become an Opry member. Urban will formally be inducted into the Opry on Saturday, April 21 live on the premiere of “NOTEWORTHY at the Opry” on GAC at 8pm Central time. The 16-episode series will feature musical performances and personal stories from the top acts in country music, plus interviews with other celebrities about the artists and music featured in each episode. Near the end of last night’s show, Gill called Rascal Flatts out to the stage to bring a gift for Urban. As he opened a large black duffel bag revealing the Opry’s signature microphone stand, Gill said, “We would like to invite Keith Urban to be the next member of the Grand Ole Opry!” Urban covered his face in surprise and said, “I don’t know what to say – but first, YES! Thank you very much to everyone at the Grand Ole Opry who made this possible. I’m shocked. How beautiful for this to happen tonight of all nights.” “I will always remember the first time I played the Opry. Seeing this stand and standing in the circle was an extraordinary surreal moment. So this right here is just a whole other stratosphere! Thank you from the bottom of my heart!” -Urban You can watch the video of the special occasion here!

Grand Ole Opry is Back!

The Grand Ole Opry sets a date to re-open and a busy fall calendar to boot! Organizers at The Grand Ole Opry may have been knocked back by this summer’s flood, but they certainly weren’t knocked down! The Opry just announced that they are back in business come September 28th, and that they have a busy fall schedule of events to bring country music back home! Here’s all the details! Grand Ole Opry officials today announced that the show, displaced from its permanent home due to May’s historic Nashville flood, will return to the Grand Ole Opry House with a star-packed show Tues., Sept. 28. Among the artists scheduled for the show are Trace Adkins, Jason Aldean, Dierks Bentley, Charlie Daniels Band, Diamond Rio, Jimmy Dickens, Del McCoury Band, Montgomery Gentry, Brad Paisley, Blake Shelton, Mel Tillis, and Josh Turner. The show will air live on GAC: Great American Country. Special events and artist appearances will follow throughout October in celebration of both the show’s return and its 85th Birthday. The announcement came just before the Opry House’s signature element, a six-foot circle of oak wood taken from the historic Ryman Auditorium when the show moved to the Grand Ole Opry House in 1974, was returned this morning to its home center stage at the Opry House. The circle, along with the full Opry stage, had been covered by 46 inches of water during May’s flood. Rescued immediately after waters receded from the Opry House, the circle has been painstakingly refurbished. The country music treasure was placed in its rightful spot with assistance from Dickens and Paisley. The two Opry members then took to the circle behind an Opry microphone stand for an acoustic performance of the country classic “Will the Circle be Unbroken.” It is the best feeling in the world to see our beloved circle back home,” said Grand Ole Opry Group President Steve Buchanan. “We can not wait for the curtain to go up as we launch a new chapter in the Opry’s history on September 28, just in time to celebrate our 85th birthday. There is no doubt the next two months are going to be some of the most memorable and emotional ever for our performers and fans. It is as it should be,” said Brad Paisley. “That circle means the world to all of us who love country music. I’ve always said that the circle still contains the dust from Hank Williams’ cowboy boots. Well now it contains that dust, but also the heart and soul of this town and all the people who have worked to rise above this spring’s floods. I know I speak for all my fellow Opry members when I say, ‘we are so excited to come home!” The Opry has not missed a single show since the flood, broadcasting from several Nashville venues including former Opry homes the Ryman Auditorium and the War Memorial Auditorium. In addition to its Sept. 28 return to the Opry House, plans were announced Continue reading Grand Ole Opry is Back!