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Grand Ole Opry Ready to Reopen after Flood

Posted by on Sep 29, 2010 | Leave a Comment

A America’s weekly country music stage show, Grand Ole Opry reopened Tuesday night after May flood. Grand Ole Opry kicked off the “Country Comes Home” celebration with a star-studded show at the famed theater Grand Ole Opry House Nashville, Tennessee. A number of country top music stars performed during the reopen show. The syndicated show is presented on country radio stations from Westwood One across America. This year Grand Ole Opry celebrates its 85 birthday.

Grand Ole Opry Ready to Reopen after Flood

The Grand Ole Opry has planned to come back on September 28. Five months ago, the historic stage was covered in 4 feet flood waters. The show’s permanent home near the Cumberland River east of Nashville suffered large damage, forcing a temporary moving to several area venues. Opry Weekend Country Comes Home Special broadcasted on associate stations the weekend of Sept. 24 – 26. The show takes place every year since December 1925.

Eddie Montgomery of the duo Montgomery Gentry said, “I wouldn’t miss this night. The Grand Ole Opry is what made country music. For me, as an Opry member, to get to meet the guys like Little Jimmy Dickens and Jimmy C. Newman, and have the opportunity to sit down and listen to their stories, is such a privilege.

The show may not observe much difference in the renovated stage; keep for the dark teak flooring displaying the oak circle obtained from the stage of the Opry’s first permanent home, the cross-town Ryman Auditorium. Opry performers include Trace Adkins, Dierks Bentley, Jimmy Dickens, Martina McBride, Brad Paisley, Montgomery Gentry and Josh Turner, those are redesigned backstage space that highlights musical history.

Gone are the severely lit corridors and cramped dressing spaces. In their place are 18 themed dressing rooms, honoring Western sounds, bluegrass, and the women of country, the songwriting process and other aspects of the genre.

Marty Stuart, longtime member and archivist says, “From the moment you walk in and look at those names on the wall, if you’re a country picker, it’s the ultimate. It was time for a freshening up, so on the silver side of the flood, it’s like, Thanks, God, for the flood and the insurance check.

Brad Paisley said in a news conference before the show, “I think the flood goes completely unnoticed if this building’s not underwater. I think everybody in the country goes, ‘Yeah, there’s another flood,’ if this doesn’t happen. … It’s completely metaphorical in it’s destruction as it is in its rebirth.

The show was opened by Paisley and Little Jimmy Dickens on Tuesday. The stage also joined by dozens of longtime Opry members including the ailing Charlie Louvin, who has pancreatic cancer, and Jeannie Seely who lost her home in the flood.

The celebration’s concluding two hours broadcasts on GAC and features performances by Paisley, Keith Urban, Martina McBride, Trace Adkins and the Opry’s newest member, Blake Shelton.

Shelton has a stellar year that includes his engagement to fellow country star Miranda Lambert and two No. 1 hits, is invited to join the Opry in a surprise moment just before the show’s end.
Shelton said, “I don’t know what I did in the last year to turn Nashville’s head a little bit, but I love it.

New pictures spotted the walls and displays holding Porter Wagoner’s stage costume and boots, Acuff’s fiddle from his first Opry performance and Webb Pierce’s custom acoustic guitar marked the hallways.

Opry fans who tune in to the event that shows live on cable’s Great American Country at 9 ET/6 PT; also airs live on WSM AM 650 and webcasts on opry.com. Grand Ole Opry fans are also to purchase the show tickets from opry.com.

Grand Ole Opry show schedule:

Opry Country Classics:
Thursday, September 30 2010
Time: 7:00 p.m.
Performers: Larry Gatlin (Host), Loretta Lynn (Spotlight Artist), Joe Stampley, Shawn Camp, Rebecca Lynn Howard, and more.

Grand Ole Opry:
Friday, October 1 2010
Time: 7:00 p.m.
Performers: Dierks Bentley, Sam Bush, Neal McCoy, Marty Stuart, and more.

Grand Ole Opry:
Saturday, October 2 2010
Time: 7:00 p.m.
Performers: Charley Pride, Kevin Costner & Modern West, Craig Morgan, The Band Perry, and more

Grand Ole Opry:
Saturday, October 2 2010
Time: 9:30 p.m.
Performers: Charley Pride, Kevin Costner & Modern West, Craig Morgan, and more.

Grand Ole Opry:
Tueday, October 5 2010
Time: 7:00 p.m
Performers: Josh Turner, Lee Brice, The Quebe Sisters Band, and more.

Opry Country Classics:
Thursday, October 7 2010
Time: 7:00 p.m
Performers: Billy Cody (Host), Lynn Anderson, Gene Watson, Wade Hayes, Bradley Gaskin, and more.

Grand Ole Opry:
Friday, October 8 2010
Time: 7:00 p.m.
Performers: Crystal Gayle, Jimmy Wayne, Joe Diffie, Craig Campbell, and more.

Opry Birthday Concert :
Saturday, October 9 2010
Time: 3:00 p.m.
Performers: Mike Snider and T. Bubba Bechtol

Grand Ole Opry 85th Birthday Bash:
Saturday, October 9 2010
Time: 7:00 p.m.
Performers: Dolly Parton, Taylor Swift, Trace Adkins, Del McCoury Band, Sunny Sweeney, Mike Snider, and more.

Grand Ole Opry 85th Birthday Bash:
Saturday, October 9 2010
Time: 9:30 p.m.
Performers: Dolly Parton, Taylor Swift, Trace Adkins, Del McCoury Band, Sunny Sweeney, T. Bubba Bechtol, Mike Snider, and more.

Grand Ole Opry:
Tuesday, October 12 2010
Time: 7:00 p.m.
Performers: Darryl Worley, Chris Young, and more.

Opry Country Classics:
Thursday, October 14 2010
Time: 7:00 p.m.
Performers: Larry Gatlin (Host) & The Gatlin Brothers, Steve Wariner (Spotlight Artist), Elizabeth Cook, Chris Scruggs, Gail Davies, Wilson Fairchild, and more.

Grand Ole Opry – Opry Goes Pink:
Friday, October 14 2010
Time: 7:00 p.m.
Performers: The Judds, John Anderson, Joey + Rory, Marty Stuart, and more.

Grand Ole Opry:
Saturday, October 16 2010
Time: 7:00 p.m.
Performers: Jimmy Wayne, and more.

Grand Ole Opry:
Saturday, October 16 2010
Time: 9:30 p.m.
Performers: Jimmy Wayne, and more.


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