New GRAND OLE OPRY CHRISTMAS CLASSICS CD Recorded Live on the Opry Stage Tops List of "Uniquely Nashville" Opry Christmas Gifts
NASHVILLE, Tenn (Nov. 16, 2006) The Grand Ole Opry is making Christmas gift-giving easy this year for folks with country music fans on their shopping lists.
Tops on the Opry list of gift ideas is the just-released CD GRAND OLE OPRY CHRISTMAS CLASSICS, which features instrumental versions of a dozen timeless favorites from “I’ll Be Home For Christmas” to “Tennessee Christmas” to “Silent Night.” The project is a result of some of Nashville’s top musicians recording the songs on the Opry House stage, the first time ever country music’s most famous stage has been converted to a state of the art recording studio. The CD was produced by Steve Gibson and is available in The Opry Shop online at opry.com, The Opry Shop at the Grand Ole Opry House, and the Ryman Auditorium as well as several other Christmas gift-giving options. (CD is no longer available at all of these locations.)
“The Grand Ole Opry is one of America’s most revered entertainment experiences and these new gift items are sure to spread some of the magic during this holiday season that many enjoy on the Opry stage each and every week,” said Opry VP and General Manager Pete Fisher.
Other Opry merchandise available online and in The Opry Shop this holiday season include:
• Vince Gill Limited-Edition Ornament
This ornament featuring Opry favorite Vince Gill standing on the Opry stage will bring a warm glow to both the tree and the hearts of country music fans. Light up the Opry stage, then hear this award-winning performer sing a portion of “The Most Wonderful Time Of The Year.”
• “The Grand Ole Opry: The Making of an American Icon” book by Colin Escott
For over eighty years, the Grand Ole Opry has been synonymous with country music. Now the official and fully authorized story of this emblem of American culture is told, for the very first time, in the words of the performers, hosts and those who worked behind the scenes. In this unique journey, country music legends of past and present tell the story of how the Opry grew to be the longest running radio broadcast in the world. Packed with candid first-person accounts from soaring triumphs to heartbreaking losses, these firsthand accounts and hundreds of photos from the Grand Ole Opry archives (many of which have never been published) deliver a fascinating and exclusive look at the birthplace of country music.
*Items may no longer be available in The Opry Shop.