Riders In The Sky’s Woody Paul to Be Inducted Into National Fiddler Hall of Fame

Woody Paul, lead singer/musician of Riders In The Sky, has been selected as one of the 2012 inductees into the National Fiddler Hall of Fame. The Induction gala will take place on Saturday, April 14 at Cain’s Ballroom in Tulsa, Oklahoma. Riders In The Sky will perform as headliners during the celebration. Known as “King [...] Read More

Rascal Flatts Humbled by Opry Invite

Rascal Flatts will officially become members of the Grand Ole Opry during an induction ceremony on Saturday night. It has been just over a week since Vince Gill surprised the trio with the invitation and the band’s Jay DeMarcus tells Billboard they are still in disbelief. “It’s pretty overwhelming,” Jay said. “It’s been over a [...] Read More

Country Star Johnnie Wright Dies at Age 97

GAC extends condolences to the family, friends and fans of Johnnie Wright, who passed away at his home in Madison, Tennessee on Tuesday morning, reports the Tennessean. Johnnie was known as both a solo artist and as a member of the innovative duo Johnnie & Jack. He was married to country music legend Kitty Wells [...] Read More

Blake Shelton Guides Backstage Tour of the Grand Ole Opry

Fans touring the Grand Ole Opry will now have Opry member Blake Shelton along as a video guide. While a tour guide will be accompanying visitors during their look behind the scenes of the Opry, Blake will join the group via video at the Opry’s backstage entrance, in Studio A and in the Opry Green [...] Read More

He’s 90! Little Jimmy Dickens Just Keeps On Tickin’

He’s the oldest current member of the Grand Ole Opry, someone the other members look up to — even if they have to look down to do it. Little Jimmy Dickens, all 4’-11” of him, turns 90 on Sunday, and some of his music industry friends have a party cooked up for him this weekend to celebrate. And he’s got plenty of friends. Randy Houser was thrilled to make the introductory speech last month when the Music City Walk of Fame inducted “Tater,” a nickname Jimmy picked up from Hank Williams for his first hit, “Take An Old cold ‘Tater (And Wait).” Fellow West Virginian Brad Paisley has repeatedly employed Little Jimmy in his videos and plopped him onto his albums in comedic tracks. And that’s just a start on the list. But Little Jimmy’s always been a friend of his fellow Opry members. He used to walk across the alley between the Ryman Auditorium and Tootsie’s Orchid Lounge with Hank. And he got his shot at the Opry and his first recording contract when he was championed by Roy Acuff, who was considered the King of Country Music. Read More