Hanks William, Patsy Cline, Marty Robbins, Roy Acuff, Bill Monroe, Ernest Tubb, Kitty Wells, Minnie Pearl and the Carter Family are but a handful of the members of this organization that has touched all our lives for 98 years now on
NATIONAL GRAND OLE OPRY DAY!
On November 28, 1925, in Nashville, Tennessee, a young radio program director named George D. Hay started his one-hour “Barn Dance” program on WSM Radio, featuring country music artists of the day.
77 year-old fiddler Uncle Jimmy Thompson was this live radio show’s first featured star, with subsequent shows featuring Bill Monroe, The Dixie Clodhoppers, The Gully Jumpers, Fiddlin’ Arthur Smith, The Crook Brothers, Deford Baily and the immortal Fruit Jar Drinkers.
The Grand Ole Opry is the oldest continually broadcast radio show on earth, attracting millions of listeners and internet users globally.
Much more than a Barn Dance or “The Show that Made Country Music Famous”, the Grand Old Opry is an American institution, headquartered in Nashville’s Ryman Auditorium, dubbed “The Grand Ole Opry House” and considered The Apollo Theater of Country Music, where concerts featuring BlueGrass, New Grass, Old and New Country musical artists, as well as homespun humor, are a regulator feature of Nashville’s social calendar, a tourist mecca as well as a home town favorite.
•Suggested Activities: Fruit Jar Drinking