The Grand Ole Opry will celebrate its nine-decade history by kicking off nine months of events, set to begin with two shows on Tues., March 24. Among those scheduled to appear during the two-part kick off are Opry members Brad Paisley, Del McCoury Band, and Old Crow Medicine Show, as well as special guests including Asleep at the Wheel.
During the evening artists are slated to share stories behind some of the instruments and artifacts that have shaped the Opry’s 90-year history. Afterwards, the artifacts will join a backstage display running throughout the 90th celebration. Such artifacts include the fiddle played by Uncle Jimmy Thompson on the very first broadcast of what would become 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 great Little Jimmy Dickens. The display will also feature items from Paisley, Darius Rucker, and Josh Turner.
Throughout the evening, the Opry will also announce plans for the nine-month celebration, already set to include future Opry appearances by Florida Georgia Line, Charlie Daniels Band, Oak Ridge Boys, Rascal Flatts, Reba, and more.
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