Often viewed as the metric on which country music talent can be measured, the Grand Ole Opry has showcased many of the top stars since being founded in 1925. The Opry has the distinction as the longest-running radio program in history, and also attracts thousands of audience members a year at the Nashville-based Grand Ole Opry House. Want to attend a concert? See below for upcoming dates and Grand Ole Opry tickets.
|Founder:||George D. Hay|
|Genres:||Country, bluegrass, gospel, etc.|
Founded in November 1925, the Grand Ole Opry is a weekly country concert hosted primarily at the Grand Ole Opry House in Nashville, TN. Counting many of the top country, bluegrass, gospel, and related artists among its membership, admission to the Opry is typically seen as an honor for elite performers. Roy Acuff, Webb Pierce, EmmyLou Harris, Trace Adkins, and Garth Brooks are just some of the Opry's more than 100 members.
Originating as the WSM Barn Dance, the radio-broadcasted concert brought in harmonica, banjo, and fiddle players. The program quickly became one of the premier shows for country and western music in the United States. The show now brings in thousands of attendees and radio listeners per year. By 1939 the program was airing on the NBC Red Network and by 1943 it had setup shop at Nashville's Ryman Auditorium. In 1974, it moved to its permanent home at the Opry House. The Opry continues to host some performances at the Ryman.