Opry In The News: Billy Ray Cyrus To Throw ’90s Country Music Party
As the Opry celebrates the influential artists and music of the ‘90s, entertainment icon Billy Ray Cyrus, who’s celebrating the 30th anniversary of his iconic debut album, Some Gave All and global smash, “Achy Breaky Heart,” is scheduled to throw an “Opry Loves The 90s Party” on Friday, July 15. Some Gave All and global smash, “Achy Breaky Heart” catapulted the Kentucky native into superstar status as the No. 1 best-selling album in all genres in 1992 and produced chart-toppers “Could’ve Been Me”, “Wher’m I Gonna Live When I Get Home?” and “She’s Not Cryin’ Anymore.”
Artists scheduled to appear include Opry member Lauren Alaina, who has often cited many female artists from that decade as mentors and the reason she pursued a music career. The decade was lauded in her single “Ladies of the 90s,” a popular hit in 2020. An “Opry Loves The 90’s” Plaza Party before the show is set to celebrate 30 years of “Achy Breaky Heart.”
The Opry Shop will have on display a variety of popular and milestone marker ‘90s country memorabilia in the coming weeks including Billy Ray Cyrus’s shirt from the iconic “Achy Breaky Heart” music video, a pair of his jeans and trademark Reebok’s as well as additional memorabilia from ‘90s stars including Deana Carter and Clay Walker. On display backstage, as part of the Opry’s backstage tours, are various awards from Opry member Vince Gill for his landmark “I Still Believe In You” album which is celebrating its 30th anniversary this year.
The Opry recently launched the limited-time “Opry Loves The ’90s” experience, including a new interactive tour exhibition, special in-show Opry programming, ‘90s-themed Opry Plaza Parties and surprise artist collaborations honoring one of the most celebrated decades in country music. The celebration runs through the end of 2022.
The popular “Opry Loves The ‘90s” exhibit launched last month and celebrates the artists, songs and songwriters that defined the music in the 1990s. Featured displays include iconic stage wear and artifacts representing career milestone moments and performances from Opry members Clint Black, Garth Brooks, Terri Clark, Alan Jackson, Martina McBride, Reba McEntire, Lorrie Morgan, Marty Stuart, Travis Tritt, Trisha Yearwood and more. The exhibit will also include interactive experiences including photo opportunities and a digital gaming console for fans who want to try their hand at answering ‘90s country music trivia and identify some of the most famous musical “riffs” of iconic ‘90s country songs.
The Opry, which showcases the past, present and future of country music in every show, will also include special nods to ‘90s country during each Opry show, including featured performances from some of the artists who rose to fame in the ‘90s, artists who were influenced by the music from the ‘90s and video highlights from the Opry archives.
The Opry is also hosting free and open to the public ‘90s Country Plaza Parties that will run each Friday and Saturday through Labor Day weekend and again on Fridays and Saturdays in October to celebrate the 97th Opry anniversary.
“Opry Loves The ‘90s” celebration continues across other Opry Entertainment Group properties including WSM Radio, Circle Network and Opry.com, as well as across the Opry’s social channels.
For a limited time, the Opry has extended the offer of a $25 to $50 discount valid for shows now through the end of the year during the “Opry Loves The ‘90s” experience – running now through Dec. 31 – with code Opry90. The special offer ends on June 12. (*Exclusion and blackout dates apply.) Tickets for the “Opry Loves The ‘90s” exhibit, Grand Ole Opry and backstage tours are sale now at (615) 871-OPRY and opry.com.
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