Keith Urban, Brad Paisley Donate Flood Guitars to Charity

Dozens of guitars, mandolins and other instruments – straight from the hands of artists including Keith Urban, Brad Paisley, Vince Gill, Kenny Chesney and Peter Frampton are headed for the online auction block through nonprofit organization NASH2O (Nash-H-2-0) to support flood relief efforts in Nashville. Proceeds go to three beneficiaries: MusiCares Nashville Flood Relief Fund [...] 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

The Grand Ole Opry House Is Back!

Five months after a flood left the hallowed stage of Nashville’s Grand Ole Opry House submerged under 46 inches of water, the venue reoped Tuesday as the Opry held a three-hour event — two hours airing as a GAC special, Country Comes Home: An Opry Live Celebration. The flood’s assault on the Opry House has been the biggest story in country music this year, so it’s only appropriate that the evening was heavy on music from 2010: Jason Aldean’s “My Kinda Party,” Blake Shelton’s “All About Tonight,” Brad Paisley’s “Anything Like Me” and Keith Urban’s “I’m In,” among them. But the night also included performances that offered a smattering of country music history — of which, the Opry has been central. Dierks Bentley and Del McCoury injected bluegrass into the proceedings with a cover of Bill Monroe’s “Roll On, Buddy, Roll On.” Martina McBride and Connie Smith traded lines in the 1964 classic “Once A Day.” Charlie Daniels teamed with Montgomery Gentry on a sizzling version of “The Devil Went Down To Georgia.” And Josh Turner and Lorrie Morgan turned in a stunning version of the George Jones & Tammy Wynette hit “Golden Ring.” (Lorrie, incidentally, wore a leopard-patterned dress — not something in red…) Read More

Opry.com Launches Country Music Video Challenge for Flood Relief

This new interactive game at opry.com is fun and for a good cause! The Country Music Video Challenge features video clips of Opry performances followed by questions about those clips and the artists featured in them. Throughout the Challenge, you are invited by various country stars to donate to the Community Foundation of Middle Tennessee’s [...] Read More

Luke Bryan, Chuck Wicks: Water Themes Abound

Between the Brad Paisley H2O World Tour and May’s Nashville flood, country music has been waterlogged this summer. But the liquid is still flowing in the genre. Brad’s weekend lake show set a record, Luke Bryan rode a gusher to the top of the chart, and yes, there’s more flood-recovery news, thanks in part to Chuck Wicks and Grand Ole Opry star Jeannie Seely. Here’s a look at the way water continues to stream into country’s current landscape: Read More