Grand Ole Opry to Celebrate 40 Years at the Grand Ole Opry House

The Grand Ole Opry will celebrate 40 years of music at its permanent home, the Grand Ole Opry House, beginning the weekend of March 15 and continuing throughout the year. The celebration will lead up to next year’s 90th anniversary (the Opry was founded on November 28, 1925).  Blake Shelton, Miranda Lambert, Clint Black, Diamond Rio [...] Read More

GAC Will Broadcast George Jones Funeral Live from the Grand Ole Opry House

George Jones’ funeral will take place on Thursday, May 2 at The Grand Ole Opry House in Nashville, Tennessee, starting at 10 a.m. Central and will be open to the public. Doors will open at 9 a.m. GAC will broadcast the funeral service live at 10 a.m. Central, with radio partners WSM 650AM and SiriusXM [...] Read More

2010 Rewind: No. 1 — Nashville Floods, And Digs Out

It rained. And rained. And rained some more. Nashville took in over 13 inches of water in a 48-hour period in May, and some areas of the region were swamped with as much as 20 inches. It was more than the rivers and streams could handle, and by May 3, the drainage system was overflowing. The stage and much of the floor seating at the Grand Ole Opry House was covered, water seeped into one room at the Country Music Hall of Fame, LP Field — the site of the CMA Music Festival — became a swamp, and an instrument storage unit was drowned, destroying guitars and equipment owned by Brad Paisley, Keith Urban, Toby Keith and Vince Gill, among others. It took a while for people to notice outside of Middle Tennessee. The focus of the major news organizations at the time was on the oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico. So Music City rolled up its sleeves and started digging out on its own. The Nashville flood is No. 1 on the list as GAC concludes its countdown of the top country news stories of 2010. Read More

Brad Paisley, Keith Urban, Opry House on Top 20

The Grand Ole Opry House reopened Tuesday in a GAC special hosted by Nan Kelley, and many of the acts who took part — including Keith Urban, Brad Paisley and Martina McBride — will join Nan on this weekend’s edition of GAC’s Top 20 Country Countdown. The Opry House was deluged with water when the Cumberland River overflowed its banks in May. The flood poured some 46 inches over the top of the Opry House stage, and the 85-year-old radio show was forced to hop scotch from venue to venue in Nashville while its regular home underwent a renovation. Five months later, Country Comes Home: An Opry Live Celebration delivered an all-star homecoming edition of the Opry with Jason Aldean, Josh Turner, Trace Adkins and Blake Shelton, who was invited to become the newest member of the cast. Read More

Keith Urban, Brad Paisley: “Workin’” After the Flood

When the Grand Ole Opry House re-opened Tuesday night after Nashville’s historic May flood, the evening ended on a dazzling note with five guitar wizards — Keith Urban, Brad Paisley, Steve Wariner, Marty Stuart and Ricky Skaggs — tearing it up on a six-minute version of Merle Haggard’s “Workin’ Man Blues.” Keith and Brad went off to the races in a flurry of chicken-pickin’ notes, Steve turned in some impressive vocal scatting over his solos, Ricky punctuated his final spotlight moment with jagged staccato rhythms, and Marty best replicated the jangly sound of Merle’s late-‘60s efforts. The restoration of the Opry House was captured in a two-hour GAC special, Country Comes Home: An Opry Live Celebration, that saw many of the Opry members reminiscing about the ways in which the floods affected them. Read More