Tommy Shaw To Make Opry Debut and Greet Fans in The Opry Shop March 26Shaw debuts on the Opry stage days after his bluegrass album, “The Great Divide” hits stores.
Tommy Shaw, front-man of the iconic classic rock band Styx, has been added to the list of acts set to perform at the Grand Ole Opry, on Saturday, March 26, for his first solo bluegrass performance. Show times are 7:00PM and 9:30PM. Other acts announced to play on the bill include Carrie Underwood, Lorrie Morgan and Pam Tillis.
On learning of the news Shaw said, "When I heard I'd been invited, the first thing I did was call my Mother!"
Shaw’s debut on the Grand Ole Opry stage will come days after the March 22 release of his highly anticipated bluegrass album The Great Divide, which features his upcoming single “Shadows in the Moonlight”. The Great Divide is Shaw’s latest solo project and features an impressive roster of guest musicians, including Alison Krauss, Dwight Yoakam, Jerry Douglas, Sam Bush, Gary Burr and many others.
Stop by The Opry Shop between 5:30 and 6:30 pm on March 26 to meet Tommy and get your copy of The Great Divide autographed.
Tommy Shaw is best known for his work in rock with Styx, Damn Yankees and Shaw/Blades, although his Montgomery, Alabama upbringing planted his musical roots in bluegrass and folk music. As a child he found himself enamored with the soul and stories told by bluegrass legends Bill Monroe, Ralph Stanley and Del McCoury, on the WSM AM broadcast of the Grand Ole Opry. The intrinsic passion for bluegrass instilled in Shaw at an early age implies that “The Great Divide” is not a casual endeavor, but a return to the music on which he was raised.