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Brad Paisley Prepares for Opry House Reopening
Posted By Tom Roland On September 22, 2010 @ 12:42 PM In Country Music News | Comments Disabled
When Nashville was flooded in May, the tragedy was best symbolized for the world by the Grand Ole Opry House. Muddy water from the Cumberland River stood nearly four feet over the Opry stage, and the manager of the Opry literally surveyed the damage by kayaking through the venue.
The Opry House reopens Tuesday, September 28 with an all-star Opry edition that airs on GAC at 9/8c as Country Comes Home: An Opry Live Celebration . The lineup features a ton of artists, including Trace Adkins , Keith Urban , Josh Turner  and the two men who helped put a famous wooden circle  back in the restored Opry stage: Brad Paisley  and Little Jimmy Dickens .
The wood is a six-foot section of oak taken from the stage of the Ryman Auditorium, the previous home of the Opry, when the Opry House originally opened in 1974. At the Ryman, that wood supported the likes of Patsy Cline , Hank Williams  and Johnny Cash . But the Opry has now been at the Opry House for 36 years — longer than any home it’s previously occupied.
The Opry House is certainly the place Brad associates with the radio show, which celebrates 85 years on WSM Radio this fall. And the reopening has a lot of sentimental meaning for him.
“I was born in the ‘70s,” Brad says, “and I don’t remember the Opry at the Ryman, other than I’ve seen it obviously when I played it when we go back there. I didn’t get to be a part of the generations that Jimmy has, so [I grew] up watchin’ Bill Anderson  host the ‘Opry Backstage’ or Porter Wagoner  and seein’ a guy like Jimmy Dickens bring on the show when it was on The Nashville Network back then. And it’s always been the [The Opry House].”
Brad watched the Opry on television with his grandfather, and of course, the stage was the site for numerous TV specials over the years, including the Country Music Association awards. Reba McEntire , Randy Travis , Vince Gill , Garth Brooks  and Alan Jackson  all had big nights on that stage, so the Opry House helped form Brad’s understanding of country.
“So much has happened in this building,” Brad says. “My moments and my milestones happened here. And so when [the Opry House] was destroyed, of all places for me, that was the most heartbreaking thing about the flood. No personal loss of property to me came anywhere near.”
Expect a lot of smiles — and maybe a few tears — when the Opry House reopens next week. Among Brad’s fellow performers that night will be Martina McBride , Dierks Bentley , the Charlie Daniels  Band, Blake Shelton , Del McCoury, Lorrie Morgan , Marty Stuart , Connie Smith , Steve Wariner , Ricky Skaggs  and Montgomery Gentry .
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 Country Comes Home: An Opry Live Celebration: http://www.gactv.com/gac/shows_goo/episode/0,3037,GAC_26156_72024,00.html
 Trace Adkins: http://www.gactv.com/gac/ar_az_trace_adkins/
 Keith Urban: http://www.gactv.com/gac/ar_az_keith_urban
 Josh Turner: http://www.gactv.com/gac/ar_az_josh_turner
 wooden circle: http://blog.gactv.com/blog/2010/08/25/brad-paisley-little-jimmy-dickens-bring-opry-house-full-circle/
 Brad Paisley: http://www.gactv.com/gac/ar_az_brad_paisley
 Little Jimmy Dickens: http://www.gactv.com/gac/ar_artists_a-z/article/0,,GAC_26071_5943693,00.html
 Patsy Cline: http://www.gactv.com/gac/ar_artists_a-z/article/0,,GAC_26071_4745589,00.html
 Hank Williams: http://www.gactv.com/gac/ar_az_hank_williams_sr/article/0,,GAC_26936_4805323,00.html
 Johnny Cash: http://www.gactv.com/gac/ar_artists_a-z/article/0,,GAC_26071_4745576,00.html
 Bill Anderson: http://www.gactv.com/gac/ar_artists_a-z/article/0,,GAC_26071_4735878,00.html
 Porter Wagoner: http://www.gactv.com/gac/ar_artists_a-z/article/0,,GAC_26071_5734353,00.html
 Reba McEntire: http://www.gactv.com/gac/ar_az_reba_mcentire
 Randy Travis: http://www.gactv.com/gac/ar_az_randy_travis
 Vince Gill: http://www.gactv.com/gac/ar_az_vince_gill
 Garth Brooks: http://www.gactv.com/gac/ar_az_garth_brooks
 Alan Jackson: http://www.gactv.com/gac/ar_az_alan_jackson
 Martina McBride: http://www.gactv.com/gac/ar_az_martina_mcbride
 Dierks Bentley: http://www.gactv.com/gac/ar_az_dierks_bentley
 Charlie Daniels: http://www.gactv.com/gac/ar_az_charlie_daniels
 Blake Shelton: http://www.gactv.com/gac/ar_az_blake_shelton
 Lorrie Morgan: http://www.gactv.com/gac/ar_az_lorrie_morgan
 Marty Stuart: http://www.gactv.com/gac/ar_az_marty_stuart
 Connie Smith: http://www.gactv.com/gac/nw_headlines/article/0,,GAC_26063_5806998,00.html
 Steve Wariner: http://www.gactv.com/gac/nw_headlines/article/0,,GAC_26063_5852203,00.html
 Ricky Skaggs: http://www.gactv.com/gac/ar_az_ricky_skaggs
 Montgomery Gentry: http://www.gactv.com/gac/ar_az_montgomery_gentry
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