Country Music Hall of Fame member and Recording Academy "Lifetime Achievement Award" recipient Charley Pride celebrated his 25th Anniversary as a Grand Ole Opry member with appearances on the Opry this weekend. Pride, who made his Opry debut in 1967, performed extended Opry sets in celebration of his milestone anniversary. Opry flagship station 650 AM WSM/wsmonline.com saluted the award-winning artist with a “Country Pride Weekend.”

Upon his Opry induction 25 years ago, Pride recalled his initial dream of baseball stardom. “It’s as if I had made it in baseball and they came up to me and took me to Cooperstown and said, ‘This is where your plaque is going to be – beside Babe Ruth, Lou Gehrig, Jackie Robinson, and Hank Aaron.”

Pride’s fellow Opry member Carrie Underwood is set to mark ten years with the Opry on two shows Fri., May 11. Among other artists scheduled for the Opry and Opry Country Classics in May are Trace Adkins, Bobby Bare, Terri Clark, Easton Corbin, Jordan Davis, Larry Gatlin & the Gatlin Brothers, Craig Morgan, Lorrie Morgan, Rascal Flatts, Darius Rucker, Marty Stuart, and Brett Young. Tickets are available at (615) 871-OPRY and opry.com.

About the Grand Ole Opry: The Grand Ole Opry®is presented by Humana®. Opry performances are held every Friday and Saturday of the year, with Tuesday night shows through December and season Opry Country Classics shows on Thursdays. To plan an Opry visit, call (800) SEE-OPRY or visit opry.com.. The Opry presents the best in country music live every week from Nashville, Tenn. Celebrating nine decades of entertainment, the Opry can be heard at opry.com. and wsmonline.com, Opry and WSM mobile apps, SiriusXM Satellite Radio, and its flagship home, 650 AM-WSM. The Grand Ole Opry is owned by Ryman Hospitality Properties (NYSE: RHP). For more information, visit opry.com.

About 650 AM WSM: 650 AM WSM’s first official broadcast day was October 5, 1925.The station is the radio home of the Grand Ole Opry, which has been broadcast live over the WSM airwaves since its inception. 650 AM WSM is owned by Ryman Hospitalities (NYSE: RHP). A weekly listing of all 650 AM WSM programming is available at wsmonline.com.

For more information about the Grand Ole Opry, contact:

Dixie Owen (615)-440-6171, dixie@schmidtpr.com

Jessie Schmidt (615)-491-7988, jessie@schmidtpr.com

For more information about 650 AM WSM, contact:

Nicole Judd (615)-458-9429, nicole@wsmonline.com

Photos by Rachel Black for the Grand Ole Opry:

Performance - Charley Pride

Anniversary Cake - Dan Rodgers-Director of Marketing and Program Development, Grand Ole Opry, Charley, Gina Keltner - Director of Talent Scheduling and Logistics, Grand Ole Opry and Opry member Crystal Gayle.