Grand Ole Opry 93rd Birthday Bash

 The Grand Ole Opry celebrated its 93rd birthday this month with two sold-out two-show nights at the Grand Ole Opry House. In an event-filled week celebrating the show’s nine-decade-plus history with shows featuring new stars, superstars, and legends, the show also cut the ribbon on a $12 million Opry House expansion.

In a special Opry moment on Saturday night’s show, Roy Acuff protégé Woody Paul Chrisman of Opry group Riders In The Sky presented Old Crow Medicine Show’s Ketch Secor with a treasured fiddle Acuff had given to Chrisman when Chrisman was 16 years old. The Riders In The Sky member shared his immense respect for Secor’s musicianship and trust in him to carry on Opry traditions for years to come. “If Roy Acuff was here tonight, he’d do what I’m about to do,” Chrisman said, handing Secor the prized instrument. 

Warner Music Nashville’s Morgan Evans celebrated the release of his debut album Things That We Drink To with Opry performances Tuesday and Friday nights as well as exclusive backstage performances for fans who purchased the album in the newly-opened Opry Shop. Evans shared some of the newly-released music and stories behind the songs in a Facebook Live from the Opry stage prior to Friday’s Opry performances. 

Also at the Grand Ole Opry this month, the Grand Ole Opry partnered once again with St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital to celebrate Country Cares for St. Jude Kids during a special show On October 20 featuring superstar group Alabama and more. Throughout the show, photos and videos of inspirational moments from Country Cares for St. Jude Kids will be shared, and a St. Jude patient will take the stage as a special guest announcer for the night. Also this month, the Opry will celebrate the 10th Opry Goes Pink with Opry superstar Carrie Underwood, Anita Cochran, Ronnie Milsap, and more raising awareness and funds for the fight against breast cancer.

Among others coming to the Opry in future weeks are
 Trace Adkins, Lauren Alaina, Kelsea Ballerini, Suzy Bogguss, Luke Combs, Charlie Daniels Band, Little Big Town, Dustin Lynch, Chris Janson, Scotty McCreery, Craig Morgan, Jon Pardi, Carly Pearce, CeCe Winans, and more.

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