The Grand Ole Opry® and SiriusXM have announced that the Opry’s recent “Grand Del Opry” show honoring Opry member and beloved bluegrass legend Del McCoury in celebration of his 80th birthday will air on SiriusXM’s Bluegrass Junction, channel 62. The star-packed show will premiere this Friday, March 15 at 5 p.m. Central with encore presentations Saturday, March 16 at 2 p.m. and Monday, March 18 at 8 p.m.

McCoury, who turned 80 on February 1, was joined on stage for the “Grand Del Opry” by members of his award-winning Del McCoury Band plus friends including Dierks Bentley, Sam Bush, Bela Fleck & Abigail Washburn, Vince Gill, Jesse McReynolds, Old Crow Medicine Show, Marty Stuart, and The Travelin’ McCourys.

McCoury first played the Opry in 1963 as a member of Bill Monroe’s Blue Grass Boys. Countless albums, festivals and awards later, McCoury, by then heading his Del McCoury Band (now the most awarded band in bluegrass), became an official Grand Ole Opry member in 2003. He was invited to join the cast while accepting an International Bluegrass Music Association Award for Entertainer of the Year, an award he has won nine times. In 2011, he was elected to the International Bluegrass Music Hall of Fame. McCoury’s own festival, DelFest, is entering its 12th year and has become one of the premier string band events in the country, regularly listed as one of the top 5 must-see festivals in the country. DelFest has featured artists ranging from Vince Gill and Dierks Bentley to String Cheese Incident, Trey Anastasio, and Richard Thompson, and of course a fan-favorite each year, The Travelin’ McCourys, the group spawned to carry on McCoury’s legacy for decades to come.

SiriusXM continues its regular airings of the Grand Ole Opry on Willie’s Roadhouse, Channel 59, on Tuesday and Saturday nights, with encores on Friday and Sunday nights, respectively. Among those appearing on future SiriusXM Opry broadcasts are Trace Adkins, Jimmie Allen, Kelsea Ballerini, Terri Clark, Charlie Daniels Band, Vince Gill, Riley Green, Dustin Lynch, Ashley McBryde, Carly Pearce, Ricky Skaggs, Pam Tillis, Molly Tuttle, and Brett Young.

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, Wednesday night shows reutrning this spring, and seasonal 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.

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

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