Emmylou Harris celebrates 20 years at Opry

Tuesday, December 20, 2011 – Emmylou Harris will celebrate the 20th anniversary of her membership in the Grand Ole Opry with a special show on Jan. 21, 2012.

Harris' 20-year milestone will be celebrated with performances by the honoree, fellow 20-year Opry veteran Vince Gill; Rodney Crowell, with whom Harris is currently working on a duets album; and Shawn Colvin, making her Opry debut that evening.

"Emmylou is treasured not just by all of us at the Grand Ole Opry, but also by fans around the world," said Pete Fisher, Opry vice president and general manager. "She's shared so many great musical moments with us over the past 20 years, singing with and introducing us to some of her favorite musical collaborators. We're excited to celebrate her Opry anniversary at the Ryman, a stage on which she's displayed such incredible artistry through the years."

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