Kelley plans Opry debut as solo artist
Wednesday, October 12, 2022
– Brian Kelley, who is pushing a solo career with Florida Georgia Line on hiatus, will make his debut at the Grand Ole Opry on Oct. 19.
"I'm just so grateful to be able to introduce myself and my voice, to the Grand Ole Opry audience," said Kelley. "To have the honor of returning to the circle with my own songs is a dream come true. A big thank you to the Opry family for the invite. Oct. 19 can't come soon enough."
Most recently releasing "American Spirit" as his debut off Big Machine Records, he's performed during his current 20-date Surf Post Sessions' Second Wave of Summer residency. Hosted in the backyard of the Tribe Kelley Surf Post in Grayton Beach, Fla., tickets are on sale now for the last batch of shows including a Halloween bash on Oct. 31.
This Saturday, Kelley will take the stage at GoldenSky Festival in Sacramento, Cal.
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