Blake Shelton, Miranda Lambert, and others help Grand Ole Opry celebrate 40 years

 

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  • 40th Opry House Anniversary Miranda Lambert Hollo 2562 3-15-14
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  • 40th Opry House Anniversary Lisa Hartman Black & Clint Black Hollo 2468 3-15-14
40th Opry House Anniversary Lisa Hartman Black & Clint Black Hollo 2468 3-15-14

The Grand Ole Opry celebrated 40 years of country music at the Grand Ole Opry House on Saturday as the newest members of the Opry, Old Crow Medicine Show, led the cast in a show-opening performance of Opry patriarch Roy Acuff’s “Wabash Cannonball.” The 40th Opry House Anniversary Show began as the very first Opry performance at the Opry House did, with video footage of Acuff and his Smoky Mountain Boys from 1940 performing the band’s signature song. That performance transitioned to footage of Acuff and the Opry cast singing the song on March 16, 1974 before finally seamlessly transitioning to the curtain going up on Old Crow and a stage full of tonight’s other performers finishing the number for the live audience. 

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Old Crow Medicine Show Inducted Into Grand Ole Opry

Old Crow Medicine Show induction by Chris Hollo 1012 9-17-13
Popular modern-day string band Old Crow Medicine Show was formally inducted into the Grand Ole Opry this evening by Opry members Dierks Bentley and Marty Stuart. Among the award-winning group's first performances in Nashville were on the sidewalks outside the Opry House in Summer 2000, playing for fans entering and exiting Opry performances. The band graduated to the Opry stage for its official Opry debut on Jan. 13, 2001, quickly became a fan favorite during dozens of Opry performances since, and was invited by Stuart to join the Opry on Aug. 16 in Cleveland, Ohio.

Just before show time, the band reprised its Opry Plaza performances from more than a dozen years ago, walking outside the Opry House and playing tunes including "Brave Boys" and "Hesitation Blues" for surprised fans waiting outside for the evening's Opry show. 

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Darius Rucker to video host new tour at Grand Ole Opry (from the mailbag)

Women of Country - 6345 Chris Hollo
The Grand Ole Opry is about to give music fans a never-before-seen look behind
the scenes of the show that made country music famous. Two new Opry House
Backstage Tours, a VIP Behind The Opry Curtain Tour and a Post-Show Tour offer
backstage experiences during and following Opry shows, respectively. The new
tours are added to the Opry’s backstage tour line-up which also includes a
daytime tour featuring video host, CMA Entertainer of the Year and Opry member
Blake Shelton.
With the new VIP Behind The Opry
Curtain Tour
, a limited number of fans at each Opry performance can for
the first time stand backstage as the big red curtain goes up on an Opry
performance. The tour also offers guests an exclusive intimate look at the
inner-workings of the Opry in the moments leading up to show time before they
are escorted to their seats in the Opry House to take in the night’s
performance.

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