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Grand Ole Opry returns to full capacity


Mon, May 17th 2021 05:05 pm

Opry’s two newest members, Lady A and Rhonda Vincent, Perform 
√ Ryan Hurd and Brittney Spencer make Opry debuts

The Grand Ole Opry opened up performances this past weekend to full capacity for the first time in more than a year. The Opry’s two newest members, Lady A and Rhonda Vincent, were among those featured on weekend shows. Both artists officially joined the Opry in the midst of the COVID-19 pandemic.

Two rising artists, Ryan Hurd, and Brittney Spencer, stepped into the circle for the first time, making their Opry debuts on this first full-capacity weekend. Superstar Maren Morris made a surprise appearance with husband Hurd on their hit “Chasing After You,” and Hurd joined Lady A for their hit he co-wrote, “What If I Never Get Over You.”

Charles Esten, Lorrie Morgan, Oak Ridge Boys, Michael Ray, and more were also featured throughout the weekend.

“It was tremendous to see so many fans who have been tuned in to the Opry via our livestream, television and the radio over the past 15 months back in the Opry House enjoying live music this weekend,” Executive Producer Dan Rogers said. “We’ve missed this, and we look forward to doing it again on every Tuesday, Friday and Saturday the rest of the year!"

Next Saturday, May 22, Leslie Jordan is scheduled to make his Opry debut alongside Brothers Osborne, Vince Gill, Carly Pearce and Charlie Worsham. The Opry’s annual “Salute The Troops” show honoring members of the U.S. military is scheduled for May 29, featuring Lauren Alaina plus Opry members Luke Combs and Chris Young, among others. Also scheduled for upcoming spring and summer Opry performances are Trace Adkins, Bill Anderson, Gary LeVox, Aaron Lewis, MercyMe, Steve Wariner and Mark Wills. 

In addition to a full lineup of spring and summer performances, the Opry is set to release a limited-edition vinyl LP titled, “Unbroken | Empty Room, Full Circle,” on June 4. Available exclusively on Opry.com and at the Opry’s Nashville-based retail outlets, the LP includes memorable performances by Combs, Reba McEntire, Darius Rucker and others recorded live from the Opry stage in front of an empty house during the 29 weeks the Saturday night Opry shows continued uninterrupted during the early days of the COVID-19 pandemic.

For more information, visit opry.com.

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