One of the most famous stages of country music, the Grand Ole Opry, is celebrating 95 years of sharing music with the fans who love it.
Fittingly, fans will hear more artists they love on Valentine’s Day, Feb. 14. NBC is airing an event called “Grand Ole Opry: 95 Years of Country Music.” It will be from 9-11 p.m. ET.
Country artist Blake Shelton and Brad Paisley will be hosting the event. Shelton has been a member for 10 years and Paisley has been a member for 20 years. They are good representatives of the longevity of the Grand Ole Opry.
The point of the event is to celebrate and honor the anniversary with a slew of performances from modern-day to past artists.
According to Taste of Country, Kane Brown will be on the show in his official Grand Ole Opry debut. Lady A also taped their segment on the night that Darius Rucker extended the invitation to become Opry members.
The special will illuminate the powerhouses, new and old, of the country music industry.
“This special is going to capture so much of what makes the Opry a one-of-a-kind entertainment experience. Ten-year Opry member Blake and 20-year member Brad guide us through a powerful Opry debut, an Opry membership invited [and] given to one of country music’s most awarded vocal groups, performances of some of today’s chart-topping hits and timeless songs that have rung out from the Opry stage for decades, and a look back at cherished members of the Opry family and musical moments that have come to define the Opry we know today,” Opry Vice President and Executive Producer Dan Rogers said.
Who’s Performing for Grand Ole Opry?
Besides Lady A and Kane Brown, a lot of other country artists are making an appearance.
Some of which will be creating new versions of classic hits. Kelsea Ballerini will sing “When You Say Nothing at All,” Dierks Bentley and Marty Stuart will sing “Pancho & Lefty,” Lady A will perform “Forever and Ever, Amen.”
While these artists are singing covers, others will perform their own music on stage. This includes Garth Brooks, Trisha Yearwood, Little Big Town, Darius Rucker, Old Medicine Show, Dolly Parton, and Carrie Underwood.
The night has an emphasis on the evolution of country music and the voices that represent it.
While most of the artists have been in the industry for years, Kane Brown is one of the newer names on the list.
His first EP was “Closer” from 2015. Brown’s first full-length album came out in 2016 and was self-titled. His most recent is “Experiment,” which came out in 2018 and was a No. 1 album on Billboard 200.
Since then he has released “Cool Again,” which is his first single from an upcoming third EP. He released “Worldwide Beautiful” to highlight peace and equality over the summer. Brown has collaborated with artists like Khalid, Swae Lee, Camila Cabello, Digital Farm Animals, Becky G, and Brooks & Dunn.
Today he announced, according to Variety, that he started his own label called 1021 Entertainment. It will be a joint venture alongside Sony Music Nashville. Their first signing was with Restless Road after the release of “Took One Look at Her Momma.”
“We just got to a point where I started finding artists online, and the only thing I could really do at the time was just refer them over to my label and hope that they get a record deal. We knew that we had a platform and I knew the people that I wanted to sign first, so I started talking to my manager and found out that we could do it as a joint venture with Sony, and we just kind of went all-in at once,” Brown said.