February 28th, 2014
September 27th, 2013
The Ryman Auditorium in Nashville, TN will host an Opry Country Classics series five Thursdays through the month of October, beginning with Lorrie Morgan on Oct. 3. Each show will feature an Opry Spotlight Artist performing several of his or her biggest hits, hosted by Bill Cody on Oct. 3 and Oct. 10 and Larry Gatlin on Oct. 17, 24, and 31.
Neal McCoy will perform songs from his new tribute album, Pride: A Tribute To Charley Pride, on his segment Oct. 10, Bobby Bare celebrates his upcoming induction into the Country Music Hall of Fame on the Oct. 24 show, and Charlie Daniels will have a spooky Halloween-themed time on his show Oct. 31 on the historic Ryman stage.
November 15th, 2012
The hit TV show Nashville, recently picked up by ABC for the entire season, has more cast members scheduled for the Grand Ole Opry.
Actors Clare Bowen and Sam Palladio are set to make their Grand Ole Opry debut this Saturday 11/17 at the Ryman Auditorium in downtown Nashville.
Bowen and Palladio portray the characters Scarlett O’Connor and Gunnar Scott, respectively, in the new hit ABC series Nashville.
Bowen and Palladio have two songs on the official Nashville soundtrack which will be released on Big Machine Records on December 11. Their duets “If I Didn’t Know Better” and “When The Right One Comes Along” are included on the album alongside tracks performed by other cast members including Hayden Panettiere, Connie Britton and Charles Esten.
George Strait Plays Surprise Performance At UMG Nashville CRS Showcase — A Reminder of Copyright Perils
February 24th, 2012
After more than 10 years absence, George Strait shows up at CRS Nashville for a surprise performance and does 3 songs for the Country DJs and radio executives present. One of the songs he did surprised us. More on that following the account from Billboard.
“In what has become a recent highlight of Country Radio Seminar week in Nashville, Universal Music Group Nashville held its third annual artist showcase at the famed Ryman Auditorium with a mix of veteran, newly established and up-and-coming artists from their roster.
“The label made sure to tell attendees to be prompt so as to not miss a very special performance. That turned out to be a two-song set by the legendary and mostly reclusive George Strait, who was making his first appearance at CRS in more than a decade. The crooner, who holds a Billboard Country Songs record with 44 No. 1s, performed “Ill Always Remember You,” from his recent album “Here For a Good Time,” and his 2008 hit “Troubadour.”
The surprise for us was “Troubadour.” Songwriter Monty Holmes, staff writer in the mid-2000′s for our publishing partner ParMusic, co-wrote the song. It became a big hit, but was pulled by Universal because of a publisher copyright dispute. No fault of Universal, they just jumped out when the questions came up. The cost to ParMusic was around 5 grand in legal fees to protect its rights. Big lesson.
September 22nd, 2010
CMT says the compartmentalization that usually afflicts country music was nowhere in evidence Monday night Sept. 20 at Nashville’s Ryman Auditorium as the Academy of Country Music bestowed honors on significant figures in all phases and eras of the business.
The event was as ecumenical as a Unitarian cocktail party, and if a ceremony with spotlights and an audience can be called cozy, this one was surely that.
Mel Tillis and the late Marty Robbins were honored individually with the Cliffie Stone Pioneer Award for their years of service in the development of country music.