The Grand Ole Opry brings country music legends like Bill Anderson and Jimmy Dickens, today’s superstars like Carrie Underwood and Blake Shelton, and up-and-coming artists together on one stage creating unforgettable shows every week. Into The Circle introduces the newest Opry performers as they make their Grand Ole Opry debut and step into the circle for the first time.
Guy Penrod made his Grand Ole Opry debut as a solo artist on Friday night, performing on a special Veteran’s Day Opry show at the Opry’s most famous former home, the Ryman Auditorium. It was a special night for Guy, who was a part of a show that also included Charley Pride, one of Guy’s country music heroes, plus Holly Williams, Dale Ann Bradley, and more.
“My dad was an Air Force veteran who served in Korea,” Guy says. “He has a military marker at his grave, and I have the flag from his funeral hanging in my home. We need to salute not only those who have served, but those who continue to protect and defend the United States of America.”
After 14 years as a centerpiece of Bill Gaither’s celebrated “Vocal Band,” the Texas native released his first solo country album, Breathe Deep in 2010. The 13-track collection includes the title track, “Young Enough to Know Better,” “Are You The One,” and more. As no stranger to country music, Guy says, “the closest definition I’ve found for my music is life music.”
This Saturday, November 19, for the first time, legendary Southern rock group The Marshall Tucker Band will take the Opry stage. In 40 years, the group has played thousands of live shows, from Madison Square Garden to the White House, but never the Grand Ole Opry.
“This is a really cool thing for The Marshall Tucker Band,” says lead singer and founding member Doug Gray. “In 40 years, we’ve never played the Grand Ole Opry. This has been such as great year for us and jamming on the stage of the Ryman Auditorium puts the icing on the cake.”
The Marshall Tucker Band will perform on both shows (7 & 9:30 pm) Saturday night and will also join the “Coffee, Country & Cody” radio show on 650 AM-WSM Friday morning. Plus, on November 22, the group will release The Marshall Tucker Band: Greatest Hits vinyl record. The 17-track record contains 14 classic hits as well as three previously unreleased live recordings. Grab your tickets, and don’t miss their Grand Ole Opry debut.