The Grand Ole Opry is kicking off a nine-month celebration of nine decades of great country music Tuesday, March 24th. Among those scheduled to appear on two shows are Opry members Brad Paisley, Del McCoury Band, and Old Crow Medicine Show, as well as special guests including Asleep at the Wheel.
During the evening, artists appearing are slated to share stories behind some of the seminal instruments and artifacts over the course of the Opry’s 90-year history.
Afterwards, the artifacts will comprise a portion of an Opry House backstage display running throughout the 90th celebration and marking each of the Opry’s nine decades. Such artifacts include the fiddle played by Uncle Jimmy Thompson on the very first broadcast of what would become the Grand Ole Opry, the steamboat whistle used by Opry founder George D. Hay to introduce countless Opry broadcasts, and a guitar used by Opry great Little Jimmy Dickens, who passed away at the dawn of the Opry’s 90th year. The display will also feature items from the collections of more recent Opry inductees including Paisley, Darius Rucker, and Josh Turner.
The Opry will be swinging into its 90th, as also during the night’s shows Grammy-winners Asleep at the Wheel will be joined by other performers for special live performances reprising their recorded performances on the new album Still the King: Celebrating the Music of Bob Wills and His Texas Playboys. Lauded by numerous critics as one of the year’s best releases, the album, says The New York Times, “pays the fondest of tributes to the man justly billed, from the 1930s on, as the King of Western Swing.”
Throughout the night’s two shows, the Opry will also announce plans for the nine-month 90th celebration, already set to include Opry appearances by Florida Georgia Line, Charlie Daniels Band, Oak Ridge Boys, Rascal Flatts, Reba, and more.
Author: Buddy Iahn
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