Grand Ole Opry Star Jimmy C. Newman Passes Away

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Grand Ole Opry star Jimmy C. Newman passed away Saturday night in Nashville after a brief illness.  A public service will be held Wednesday, June 25 at the Ryman Auditorium at 10 a.m. and will be followed by a private visitation and memorial service for close friends and family.  In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to the Grand Ole Opry Trust Fund.  Jimmy C. joined the Opry in 1956 and was 86 years old.  He last performed there on Friday, June 6, 2014 with his band, Cajun Country. 

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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
  • 40th Opry House Anniversary Blake Shelton Hollo 2568 3-15-14
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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

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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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