The Grand Ole Opry – The 2014 Event
The most beloved country music event in the world takes place in Nashville,
Tennessee, home to the Grand Ole Opry – the weekly event that has brought country music to the national consciousness
since 1925. Get your tickets and get ready for an amazing experience in one of the biggest musical hubs in the world. Take
pleasure in the amazing lineup of movers, shakers, and swinging nightlife that only this hotbed of diverse country music talent
in America has to offer. If you fancy a bit of pampering and relaxing before you go to see this historic show, head to the
resort at Gaylord Opryland. Within the five-star complex you'll find an amazing seventeen restaurants offering unique and
diverse cuisines, from hand-made pasta to sushi to tapas. Be sure to take advantage of the Relâche spa's body wraps,
massages, pedicures, manicures, and facials.
If you are looking for a little historical and cultural context to go with
your Grand Ole Opry visit, head to the numerous museums and parks that Nashville has to offer. Be sure to check out museum
at the Country Music Hall of Fame and the incredible Parthenon edifice. The Belle Meade Plantation offers another opportunity
for cultural education as well as some beautiful photo opportunities. You can even get your fill of exotic wildlife at the
Nashville Zoo at Grassmere. Whether you are checking out the gourmet restaurants or heading out for a night of partying, the
city of Nashville always provides an experience that has no equal except for the Grand Ole Opry experience itself.
About the Grand Ole Opry
In November of 1925, an unassuming radio program would begin that today has become one
of the best-loved live performance shows in the United States. This show is known today as the Grand Ole Opry, and is the
most famous showcase of the history, current culture, and glimpses of the future of the tradition of country music. The iconic
round stage presents established Country Music Hall of Famers alongside their sprightly young scions. The Opry is a national
symbol, Tennessee's must-see event, and an incredibly unique concert-going experience that is fun for country music fans of
More than eighty years ago, the very first performer would be a fiddle player known as Uncle Jimmy Thompson.
He would perform on the stage of the brand new radio show entitled "The WSM Barn Dance" and would be aired on Nashville's
own WSM radio station. George D. Hay, the founder of the Barn Dance, had just created a cultural experience that would become
bigger than he ever dreamed. His vision would be crucial in the development of Nashville into the musical hub that it is today.
Grand Ole Opry would bid farewell to its beloved home in Ryman Auditorium in March of 1974 with hardly a hiccup in its schedule
of country music goodness. The first night of the show's performance in the brand new Grand Ole Opry House would see an audience
member no less significant than Richard Nixon, President of the United States, who would climb onstage with Roy Acuff for
an unforgettable night. The continuation of the music tradition would be grounded in the specially constructed stage, a circle
of wood six feet in diameter cut from the old Ryman Auditorium itself.
Since its inception
in 1925, the Grand Ole Opry has seen countless country music stars on its classic stage. In the early years, the Opry would
be graced by the presence of country legends like Bill Monroe, Ernest Tubb, Minnie Pearl, and Roy Acuff. As the Opry tradition
continued, it supported more talented entertainers like Bill Anderson, Dolly Parton, and Loretta Lynn. Today the Opry tradition
is still going strong with contemporary country celebrities like Carrie Underwood, Mel Tillis, Marty Stuart, Ricky Skaggs,
Brad Paisley, Martina McBridge, Vince Gill, Dierks Bentley, and Trace Adkins.
The "Grand Ole Opry"
moniker would first be heard on air in 1927. At that point, it was preceded by a program covering Grand Opera pieces and classical
music. At the end of this classical program, the host claimed that classical music had no home in realism. In response, the
WSM Barn Dance announcer George Hay touted the "realism" of the country music about to be played, contrasting the previous
opera selections with his own program's earthy "Grand Ole Opry."
The Grand Ole Opry Concert Experience
yourself for an evening of close proximity to established and up-and-coming musical talents in this taste-making city of country
music. The Grand Ole Opry is a time to celebrate country music in all its diversity, and the role of the Opry for bringing
country music to hearts and souls around the nation. Make sure that you take part in this historic and epic country music
event that is a must-see for any country music lover. Grab your friends and family and plan your Grand Ole Opry experience