Grand Ole Opry Launches Distribution Partnership With Rhino Entertainment And Warner Music Nashville With Easter Project Opry Legends Gospel Favorites Two-CD Set
Nashville, TN — April 05, 2012
The Grand Ole Opry has launched a distribution partnership with Rhino Entertainment and Warner Music Nashville, both divisions of Warner Music Group, with the two-CD set OPRY LEGENDS: GOSPEL FAVORITES found exclusively this Easter in WAL-MART stores. The project features recent recordings of gospel standards by 19 of the Opry’s legendary voices, including Bill Anderson, “Turn Your Radio On”; Crystal Gayle, “In The Garden”; The Oak Ridge Boys, “This Little Light Of Mine”; Ray Price, “”Softly And Tenderly”; Charley Pride, “On The Wings Of A Dove”; Connie Smith, “There Will Be Peace In the Valley For Me”; and more.
Future Opry releases through Rhino/Warner Music Nashville are set to include new recordings by some of the Opry’s most popular artists as well as recorded gems from the Opry’s vast library of archival performances.
“We’re pleased that through this partnership with Rhino and Warner Music Nashville, some of the Opry’s finest artists and many of the show’s greatest musical moments throughout its history will be available to music fans, several for the first time,” said Pete Fisher, Opry Vice President and General Manager.
“Rhino is thrilled to forge this new relationship with the Opry, which we're doing in partnership with John Esposito and his team at Warner Music Nashville. We look forward to collaborating on some very exciting projects in line with the Opry’s rich tradition of legendary artists and performances,” said Kevin Gore, Rhino Entertainment President & CEO.
About the Grand Ole Opry
The Grand Ole Opry presents the best in country music live every week from Nashville, Tenn. Celebrating 85 years of entertainment, the Opry can be heard on 650 WSM-AM, SIRIUS XM Satellite Radio, and opry.com. The syndicated weekly program, America’s Opry Weekend, airs on country radio stations across America and on the Armed Forces Radio Network. The Grand Ole Opry is owned by Gaylord Entertainment (NYSE: GET), a Nashville-based hospitality and entertainment company that also owns and operates Gaylord Hotels. For more information, visit opry.com or www.gaylordentertainment.com.
About Rhino Entertainment
Based in Burbank, California, Warner Music Group’s Rhino Entertainment was founded in 1978 and is the world’s leading pop culture label. Emphasizing flawless sound quality, bonus tracks, informative liner notes, award-winning creative packaging, an offbeat sense of humor, and a strong social conscience, Rhino continues to set the standard for excellence in the reissue business it pioneered in both the physical and digital worlds. Rhino is also expanding the definition of what a catalog music company is, as evidenced by the label’s recent name and likeness representation deal with Frank Sinatra and its multi-faceted relationship with Grateful Dead. The vast Rhino catalog of more than 5,000 CDs, videos, and digital exclusive albums features material by Aretha Franklin, Ray Charles, The Doors, Chicago, Black Sabbath, John Coltrane, Yes, Alice Cooper, Linda Ronstadt, The Ramones, The Monkees, Carly Simon, Curtis Mayfield, among many others.
About Warner Music Nashville
Warner Music Nashville (WMN) was created in 2009 to expand the presence Warner Music Group (WMG) and its family of labels in Nashville. The division is home to Atlantic Records, Warner Bros. Records, Elektra Nashville and Word Entertainment.