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CRS welcomes Opry

Monday, January 7, 2013 – Country Radio Seminar announced Monday that a performance of the Grand Ole Opry will kick-off CRS 2013 on Feb. 27 in Nashville.

Artists confirmed to perform are Grand Ole Opry members Brad Paisley, Darius Rucker and Vince Gill along with Dustin Lynch and Scotty McCreery. Additional performers will be released in the coming weeks.

The Opry, radio's longest-running program, has only rarely staged shows outside its regular program schedule and its permanent home (the Grand Ole Opry House) or its winter residence (Ryman Auditorium). Past Opry performances played outside the show's home venues include performances staged at prestigious theaters such as New York City's Carnegie Hall and the Kennedy Center in Washington, D.C.

"Every week, the Grand Ole Opry showcases an unforgettable, one-of-a-kind mix of country music's new stars, superstars and legends for country music fans from around the world. We're excited to deliver a special show featuring some of radio's biggest current hit-makers who are also some of the most popular artists who visit our stage for all our friends in country radio when CRS returns to town next month," said Opry Vice President and General Manager Pete Fisher.

Bill Mayne, CRS Executive Director, said "This marks the first time in the history of the seminar, which is over 40 years, that we welcome the Grand Ole Opry to our stage. It has been a long time coming, but will be well worth the wait."