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Opry series starts with Del McCoury, Skaggs, Eli Young

Thursday, February 26, 2009 – The Tuesday Night Opry shows start once again on Tuesday March 3. Scheduled to appear during the first Tuesday Night Opry of the year are Del McCoury Band, Jason Michael Carroll, Josh Gracin, Ricky Skaggs, Eli Young Band, The Whites and others. Gracin will appear in The Opry Shop before the evening's show, signing copies of his latest project, "We Weren't Crazy."

Others appearing later in March include Emerson Drive, John Michael Montgomery, Rhonda Vincent, Gloriana (March 6); Carrie Underwood, Josh Turner, Ray Price (March 7); Little Big Town, Jimmy Wayne, Eric Church, The Grascals, Diamond Rio (March 10); Charlie Daniels Band (March 13); Radney Foster (March 14); Steve Wariner, Darryl Worley (March 17); Charlie Daniels Band, Kellie Pickler (March 21); Infamous Stringdusters (March 24); and Billy Currington (March 27).

Opry Country Classics, a new show featuring the classic songs that have defined country music for generations of fans, is set to begin on Thursday, March 26.

Editorial: Walking the talk – When names like Hank Williams, Johnny Cash, Waylon and the Hag are invoked, you're talking hard core country. These are the touchstones of country , the guys who made country music what it was and still is (or maybe can be). When these folks would sing about being down-and-out and the rough-and-tumble, they knew of what they were singing about. Fast forward a few years to the country singers of today. »»»
Concert Review: Rising Appalachia buck the mainsteam, and that's fine with them – Rising Appalachia would not be accused of being in the musical mainstream. Not too many bands who combine folk and Appalachian sounds with new world music could possibly be. And that suits the sister-led duo of Chloe Smith and Leah Song just fine. In fact, at one point, Chloe made it clear she did not embrace radio play as a sign of success... »»»
Concert Review: Bingham plays with something to prove – Ryan Bingham mainly focused on songs from his sixth album "American Love Song," for this lively show. Backed by a supportive band that also included two female backup singers and a fiddler, Bingham's eclectic setlist touched upon country, singer/songwriter folk, rock and blues. Bingham reached for lively country sounds early on, with... »»»
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