For the past 95 years, the Grand Ole Opry has showcased the past, present and future of country music.
As the world’s longest running broadcast, this Nashville landmark offers backstage tours as well as experiences at Ryman Auditorium — considered the Mother Church of Country Music and the home of the Opry from 1943 to 1974.
“Johnny Cash met June Carter at the Opry, Bill Monroe and his band invented bluegrass on the Opry stage, and our many unexpected guests — from Paul McCartney to Bill Murray to Pharrell Williams — have made our one-night-only shows truly unforgettable,” said Travis Wilson, attraction sales account executive at the Opry.
On a group visit, experience “the show that made country music famous!” at a live performance that brings rising stars and legends to the stage every week. On top of backstage tours at both the Opry and Ryman Auditorium, groups will also enjoy food and drinks on Lower Broadway at Ole Red.
“We host a variety of planners and tour operators throughout the year,” Wilson said. “Tour operators will receive a complimentary ticket for the motorcoach driver and the group escort, with groups of 15 or more.”
During the show, groups will also be personally recognized.
As COVID has altered so many attractions’ normal routines, the Opry is currently operating at 25% capacity, which accommodates 1,100 guests.
It was last year, too, that the Opry celebrated its 95th anniversary. Although the pandemic altered anticipated celebrations, the Opry is now moving forward in different and new ways in order to celebrate this milestone.
On February 14, Opry members Brad Paisley and Blake Shelton will co-host Grand Ole Opry: 95 Years of Country Music. The two-hour special will air at 9 p.m. ET/PT on NBC.
This year will also bring other milestones for the Opry.
“We are particularly excited that on October 30 we will mark the Opry’s 5,000th Saturday night broadcast,” Wilson said. “Come see us or tune in!”
If interested in a group visit of 15 or more, call 615-871-5043.