The Grand Ole Opry is set to kick-off a nine month celebration of nine decades of great country music next Tuesday, March 24 with Grand Ole Opry members Brad Paisley, Del McCoury Band and Old Crow Medicine Show set to appear on the two shows with special guests which include Asleep At The Wheel.
These artists will perform and share stories behind some of the seminal instruments and artifacts from the 90-year history of the Opry. Afterwards, those artifacts will comprise a portion of an Opry House backstage display that runs throughout the entire 90 th celebration and marking each of the Opry’s since decades. Artifacts include the fiddle played by Uncle Jimmy Thompson on the very first broadcast of what became the Grand Ole Opry, the steamboat whistle used by Opry founder George D. Hay to introduce countless Opry broadcasts and a guitar used by Opry icon Little Jimmy Dickens, who recently passed away, at the dawn of the Opry’s 90s there. The display will also feature gems from the collections of more recent Opry inductees including Brad Paisley, Darius Rucker and Josh Turner.
The Opry’s first 90th Celebration night will feature iconic Grammy®-winning western swing band Asleep at the Wheel, who will be joined by other performers (Paisley, Del McCoury Band and O.C .M.S.) with special live performances of tracks from their latest project, Still The King: Celebrating the Music of Bob Wills and His Texas Playboys. Plans for the 90th Celebration will also be announced during the night’s two performances, plans which already include Charlie Daniels Band, Rascal Flatts, Reba, Florida Georgia Line and the Oak Ridge Boys, among many others.