Nashville will have a new entertainment option on Thursday nights next year when the Grand Ole Opry adds Opry Country Classics to its current line-up of Tuesday, Friday and Saturday performances.
The all-new addition to the Opry’s schedule will shine a spotlight on the classic country songs that have defined country music for generations of fans. Opry Country Classics will share country music’s colorful story through a live performance featuring country favorites performed by legends of the genre as well as talented new artists, a rousing live band, square dancing, and more. Like current Opry broadcasts, the show will be heard on 650 WSM-AM.
“We are pleased to introduce this new show that celebrates country music’s incredible legacy by showcasing its most familiar and beloved songs performed by the legends that made them
famous as well as rising stars,” said Steve Buchanan, president of the Grand Ole Opry Group. “The programming in Opry Country Classics is a perfect complement to our Grand Ole Opry performances featuring the new stars, superstars and legends of country music.”
Opry member Marty Stuart said, “I was raised in Mississippi, where we were immersed in the blues, rock n’ roll, and jazz, but it was the country music I heard that touched my heart. The sounds beaming from that 650 WSM signal seemed to beckon me to Nashville. I’m looking forward to performing some of those same great timeless songs for country fans on Thursdays next year. Let ‘er go, boys!”
“The Grand Ole Opry is one of Nashville’s signature attractions and it’s always exciting when we provide one more reason for people to visit us in Music City,” said Nashville Mayor Karl Dean. “The Thursday shows will be a great way to celebrate songs that were born in Nashville and have become world-famous standards.”
“The Grand Ole Opry has been instrumental in making Tennessee the center of the music world while positioning Nashville as ‘Music City,’” said Susan Whitaker, commissioner, Tennessee Department of Tourist Development. “We look forward to spreading the word about this addition to the Grand Ole Opry’s schedule as an important part of a musical mix unmatched by any other state.”
Opry fans will be able to purchase tickets for Opry Country Classics alone or packaged alongside traditional Opry performances.
The Opry’s 2009 schedule of shows includes more than 200 performances:
Tuesday -- 7 p.m. March 2 – Dec. 15
Opry Country Classics-- Thursday, 7 p.m. March 26 – June 18 and Sept. 10 – Oct. 29
Friday -- 8 p.m. year-round
Saturday -- 7 p.m. year-round
Saturday -- 9:30 p.m. (March – April, June – July, Sept. – Dec.)
Opry Country Classics shows will go on sale next month. Tuesday, Friday and Saturday 2009 Opry shows are on sale now at opry.com and at 800-SEE-OPRY. The Grand Ole Opry® is presented by Cracker Barrel Old Country Store®.
About the Grand Ole Opry
The Grand Ole Opry presents the best in country music live every week from Nashville, Tenn. A uniquely American experience for more than 80 years, the Opry can be heard on 650 WSM-AM, XM Satellite Radio, and opry.com. The syndicated weekly program, America’s Grand Ole Opry Weekend, airs on more than 200 country radio stations across the country and on the Armed Forces Radio Network, and Opry Live airs each weekend on Great American Country (GAC) and CMT Canada. The Grand Ole Opry is owned by Gaylord Entertainment (NYSE: GET), a Nashville-based hospitality and entertainment company that also owns and operates Gaylord Hotels. For more information, visit opry.com or www.gaylordentertainment.com