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. Recently many musical acts have taken the Opry stage for the first time.
The McClymonts made their debut on the show that made country music famous on Friday, September 9. That night, the girls showed their excitement on stage as well as social media. They tweeted:
SO EXCITED to be playing at the Grand Ole Opry tonight!
From Australia, Brooke, Samantha and Molly McClymont, moved to Nashville in June in readiness for the USA release of their album Wrapped Up Good on August 23. A success in Australia, the album achieved Gold sales in 10 weeks in 2010 and the first four singles, “Kick It Up,” “Wrapped Up Good,” “Hearts On Fire,” and “A Women Is A Flame,” all went to number one on the Australian Country charts. In the wake of the release of the album, their debut album Chaos and Bright Lights also went Gold.
Blackberry Smoke made their debut during George Jones’ 80th Birthday Celebration on September 13, and stepped into the circle singing a Jones medley. Based in Atlanta, the group is made up of Richard Turner (Bass/Vocals), Charlie Starr (Guitar/Vocals), Brandon Still (Keys), Britt Turner (Drums), and Paul Jackson (Guitar/Vocals).
Over the past 12 months, they have shared the stage with ZZ Top, Lynyrd Skynyrd, Shooter Jennings, and others. They have also recently performed with Zac Brown Band nationwide throughout the summer. Their most recent album, Little Piece of Dixie was released in 2009 and features “Good One Comin’ On,” “Restless,” “Who Invented The Wheel,” and more. The album followed their debut record, Bad Luck Aint No Crime.
Also made his Opry debut on September 13, Eric Lee Beddingfield performed for a full house during George Jones’ Birthday Bash. He performed “The Gospel According to Jones” and also joined The Oak Ridge Boys, Alan Jackson, and Joe Diffie in singing the Jones smash “I Don’t Need Your Rockin’ Chair” on stage with George Jones.
His latest album, This Life Ain’t For Everybody, features “Southern Man,” “Hard One To Forget,” “Missing Yall,” and more. With twelve songs that Eric either wrote or co-wrote, the album tells the good, the bad, and the ugly.
And Saturday night Kristin Chenoweth made her Grand Ole Opry debut with “What Would Dolly Do” and “Fathers And Daughters” from her recently released album, Some Lessons Learned. An Oklahoma native, Kristin is not just a star of the stage. She has appeared on television, Broadway shows, movies, and more.
Kristin tweeted after her performance:
Holy crap! I just sang in the circle at GRAND OLE OPRY!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
I can retire. The lineup tonight!! Ricky Skaggs, Pam Tillis! Whoa!
The house musicians at @opry were unbelievable as always.
Watch her performance here:
Also on Saturday, The Boxcars made their Opry debut. The group recently received 9 International Bluegrass Music Awards nominations. The group is relatively new, but its members include seven-time IMBA mandolin player of the year, Adam Steffey, and Ron Steward, named fiddle player of the year in 2000. The band’s nominations include Entertainer of the Year, emerging artist, and instrumental group of the year. Their self-titled debut album is nominated for album of the year, and they also received mentions in the gospel recorded performance category, and instrumental recorded performance.
The awards show takes place September 29 at the Ryman Auditorium.