Grand Ole Opry To Honor Dolly Parton With Week-Long Celebration

Dolly Parton. Photo courtesy of Grand Ole Opry

On Jan. 4, 1969, Dolly Parton was inducted as a member of the Grand Ole Opry. Nearly 50 years later, Parton has earned practically every music honor imaginable.

In conjunction with the release of her new album Dumplin’ Original Motion Picture Soundtrack (Dolly Records/RCA Nashville), Parton is set to return to the Grand Ole Opry stage. The global superstar will celebrate the 50th anniversary of her Opry membership, performing on Saturday, Oct. 12, 2019, and capping a week-long celebration of Parton’s impact on music and the Opry, dubbed Dolly Week 2019.

“It was always my dream to be on the Opry,” recalls Parton. “I actually got to sing on the Grand Ole Opry when I was about 10 years old. I officially became a member back in 1969 and I cannot believe next year I will celebrate 50 proud years of being a member of the Grand Ole Opry! They call it the ‘Mother Church’ because the old Ryman was a church, but it’s sacred to me, wherever it goes – the church of my heart. For me, the Opry is like the song ‘New York, New York’ – if you can make it there, you can make it anywhere. I am excited to be coming back home to celebrate 50 years of membership!”

The Grand Ole Opry has created several days of music programming for Dolly Week 2019 that acknowledges her broad influence.

THURSDAY, OCTOBER 10, 2019:
Opry Country Classics – Featuring performances of No. 1 Dolly hits

FRIDAY, OCTOBER 11, 2019:
Friday Night Opry – Dolly’s Mountain Soul: Bluegrass, Americana & Roots Music honor Dolly

SATURDAY, OCTOBER 12, 2019 (Two Shows):
Dolly Parton’s 50th Grand Ole Opry Anniversary Celebration featuring Dolly Parton and many more

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