In the 87-year history of the Grand Ole Opry, the show has only gone on the road on a few occasions, with Carnegie Hall and the Kennedy Center being among the exceptions for the historic WSM-AM radio show, which broadcasts every Friday and Saturday night from Nashville.
Wednesday night, the show made history once again. The Opry brought it’s legendary pedigree to the Country Radio Seminar with a two-hour show that helped to end day one of the event, taking place in Nashville.
Dustin Lynch performs
WSM morning co-host Bill Cody brought the show to order with an introduction of Opry member Vince Gill, who hosted the evening’s festivities. Gill opened up with his 1992 hit “Take Your Memory With You,” and kept the evening moving along with his supreme musicianship, wit and humor.
Other performers on the show included Capitol Nashville’s Little Big Town, who inspired a sing-a-long with the audience on their CMA Single of the Year “Pontoon,” Greg Bates, who performed his breakthrough hit “Did It For The Girl,” recent Opry inductee Darius Rucker, Josh Turner, Scotty McCreery, Dustin Lynch, and Kacey Musgraves. There were a few special guests, with Pistol Annies member Ashley Monroe making an appearance with Gill -- who produced her album Like A Rose, which hits streets next Tuesday, and “Nashville” stars Clare Bowen and Sam Palladio. Arista Nashville superstar Brad Paisley closed out the show.
Little Big Town's Karen and Kimberly perform
Just as with the live radio broadcast, the Opry did take a few commercial opportunities. Longtime presenting sponsor Humana was mentioned, and Cody made several mentions about how radio stations could be a part of the Opry team -- through trade agreements or the syndicated America’s Opry Weekend.