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|Grand Ole Opry & Luke Bryan Videos
|Grand Ole Opry - Travel Thru History, Nashville, TN
|Grand Ole Opry House - Nashville TN - 9/13/2017
with Luke Bryan, Riders In The Sky, Randy Owen, Clare Bowen & Charles Eston
Pictures by Michael Haptonstall (with Katie Lovering) - Click on Pictures to Enlarge
|1990 - 65th Anniversary of Grand Ole Opry
A Reunion of Grand Ole Opry Legends - Circle of Friends
|The Grand Ole Opry in Nashville Tennessee
The Grand Ole Opry is a weekly country-music stage concert in Nashville, Tennessee, which was founded on
November 28, 1925, by George D. Hay as a one-hour radio "barn dance" on WSM. Currently owned and
operated by Opry Entertainment (a division of Ryman Hospitality Properties, Inc.), it is the longest-running radio
broadcast in US history, albeit not the longest-running one on a radio network. Dedicated to honoring country
music and its history, the Opry showcases a mix of famous singers and contemporary chart-toppers performing
country, bluegrass, Americana, folk, gospel, and comedic performances and skits. It attracts hundreds of
thousands of visitors from around the world and millions of radio and Internet listeners.
The Opry's current primary slogan is "The Show that Made Country Music Famous". Other slogans include
"Home of American Music" and "Country’s Most Famous Stage".
In the 1930s the show began hiring professionals and expanded to four hours; and WSM, broadcasting by then
with 50,000 watts, made the program a Saturday night musical tradition in nearly 30 states. In 1939, it debuted
nationally on NBC Radio. The Opry moved to a permanent home, the Ryman Auditorium, in 1943. As it developed
in importance, so did the city of Nashville, which became America's "country music capital". The Grand Ole Opry
holds such significance in Nashville that its name is included on the city/county line signs on all major roadways.
The signs read "Music City | Metropolitan Nashville Davidson County | Home of the Grand Ole Opry".
Membership in the Opry remains one of country music's crowning achievements. Such country music legends as
Hank Williams, Johnny Cash, Patsy Cline, Marty Robbins, Roy Acuff, the Carter family, Bill Monroe, Ernest Tubb,
Kitty Wells and Minnie Pearl became regulars on the Opry's stage. In recent decades, the Opry has hosted
such contemporary country stars as Dolly Parton, Loretta Lynn, Alan Jackson, Garth Brooks, Reba McEntire,
Josh Turner, Carrie Underwood, Brad Paisley, Rascal Flatts, Dierks Bentley, Little Big Town, Blake Shelton,
Chris Young and Ricky Skaggs. Since 1974, the show has been broadcast from the Grand Ole Opry House
east of downtown Nashville, with an annual three-month winter foray back to the Ryman since 1999.
Performances have been sporadically televised in addition to the radio programs.
|This show was a benefit for
Country Music For Kids
and St. Judes Hospital
|Grand Ole Opry House
|Katie Lovering & Photographer Michael Haptonstall
|Grand Ole Opry
|Our Menu of the
Grand Ole Opry
|My mamma Katie M Lovering and I went to see Riders in the Sky,
Clare Bowen, Randy Owen, and Luke Bryan at the Grand Ole Opry.
It was done by Country Music for Kids and St Jude's Hospital.
Photographer Michael Haptonstall
|Riders In The Sky
|Clare Bowen (Nashville TV Show)
|Randy Owen (Alabama)
|Charles Eston (Nashville TV Show)
|Luke Bryan Biography
|The Grand Ole Opry