Beams from the spotlights reflected off the gold sequins on Dolly Parton’s fitted pantsuit and into the sold-out audience at the Grand Ole Opry House Saturday night in Nashville, Tennesee. The previous week was stacked with Opry performances from country music’s biggest names and brightest stars singing their favorite Parton songs in anticipation for the moment she took the stage Saturday night to celebrate her 50th anniversary as an Opry member. “This whole week is very special,” Parton said to The Tennessean, part of the USA TODAY Network, before she played her first 30-minute set at the Opry’s 7 p.m. show. “I’m just grateful for all of it. Who knows when you’re starting how you’re going to turn out? Now, here I am at 73 years old looking back on my life and thinking, ‘I’m still here, and they’re still allowing me to feel like I’m important in the business.’ It’s a beautiful wonderful … [Read more...] about Dolly Parton celebrates 50th anniversary as a member of the Grand Ole Opry: 'I feel very special'
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NASHVILLE, Tenn. — For a guy who sang so many sad songs, George Jones left behind a lot of laughs. There was more humor than sadness at Jones’ funeral Thursday at the Grand Ole Opry House as thousands gathered in Nashville — some arriving hours before sunrise — to pay their respects to the man whose voice has defined country music for more than half a century. Friend after friend related stories of Jones’ kindness, his love for his widow, Nancy, who’s credited with helping him survive his personal demons later in life, and the funny little moments that will stick with them always. Barbara Mandrell remembered the kindnesses he gave a scared 13-year-old girl just getting her start in the business. Former first lady Laura Bush remembered dumping quarter after quarter into the jukebox to hear “The Race Is On.” Wynonna Judd remembered his perfect hair and his friendship. And Vince Gill remembered the man who gave him the nickname … [Read more...] about George Jones funeral: Laura Bush, Wynonna Judd among thousands paying late respects to country singer at Grand Ole Opry House
The Grand Ole Opry will help raise money for a fan battling cancer. Pictured is the ACM Lifting Lives music Campers joining Singer-songwriter Chris Young on stage during a Performance at Grand Ole Opry House on June 27, 2017 in Nashville, Tennessee. (Getty Images) A retired U.S. Navy veteran suffering with stage 4 squamous cell carcinoma has been selling his belongings in a yard sale in hopes to afford to be buried next to his parents in Culpepper, Va. Once the Grand Ole Opry learned the heartbreaking story, they knew they had to help the terminally ill Pennsylvania man. Willie Davis, 66, is currently suffering from the rare form of skin cancer. Two men, David Dunkleberger and Ed Sheets, came across his yard sale and were moved by his story, eventually deciding to help Davis raise money for his funeral by setting up a GoFundMe page. Over $60,000 was raised through GoFundMe in two months and an article by People helped raise awareness of Davis' story where the Grand Ole Opry … [Read more...] about Grand Ole Opry will host a yard sale to help raise money for ill veteran who wants to be buried with his family
Dave Paulson Nashville Tennessean Published 7:11 PM EST Feb 7, 2019 On Friday, Feb. 15, William Shatner will make his debut on the “Grand Ole Opry.” The iconic actor — famed, of course, for his role as Captain James T. Kirk on the original “Star Trek” TV series — will step onto country music’s most famous stage and perform an original song with Alabama’s Jeff Cook. This is an event, understandably, that’s led many to ask, “Why?” But give it some thought, and you might be asking, “Why has it taken this long?” Shatner, 87, has been making music in his unmistakable way for more than 50 years — toeing the line between song and spoken-word with his covers of pop hits. And outside of rap, no genre is friendlier to a spoken narrative than country music: See “A Boy Named Sue,” “Devil Went Down to Georgia” and “To Beat the Devil,” for starters. … [Read more...] about Interview: William Shatner at the Grand Ole Opry? ‘Why Not’
Cindy Watts Nashville Tennessean Published 6:57 AM EDT Apr 17, 2019 When Kelsea Ballerini was in college – long before she had a hit on country radio – she said she “somehow” got backstage at the Grand Ole Opry where she met Carrie Underwood for the first time. Years later, the story came full circle Tuesday night when Underwood officially inducted Ballerini as the newest member of the Grand Ole Opry. “I want to thank (the Grand Ole Opry) for asking this talented, incredible, smart, sweet, beautiful woman to be a member,” Underwood said from the stage at the Grand Ole Opry House. “You have accomplished so much in your career, and you’ll undoubtedly accomplish infinite amounts more in your career and in your life. Awards, and sales and No. 1s and tours and fans … this is better than all of that. This is the heart and soul of country music. The Opry has been and will always be here. This is a family and you are in it,” … [Read more...] about Carrie Underwood welcomes Kelsea Ballerini as Grand Ole Opry member