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Grand Ole Opry: Nine Decades of Great Music

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January 27, 2016 - January 23, 2017

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It all began on the night of November 28, 1925, when an announcer on Nashville radio station WSM introduced fiddle player Uncle Jimmy Thompson as the first performer on a new show called “The WSM Barn Dance.” Ninety years later, the Grand Ole Opry is still going strong. Along the way, it has launched countless country music careers and led the way for Nashville to become Music City.

Early Opry performers such as Roy Acuff, Minnie Pearl, Ernest Tubb and Bill Monroe became musical foundations for the Opry during its years in residence at the historic Ryman Auditorium, later welcoming to the stage artists who would become entertainment icons in their own right including Loretta Lynn, Dolly Parton and Bill Anderson. With shows staged at its permanent home, the Grand Ole Opry House, the show flourishes today with current members including Dierks Bentley, Brad Paisley and Carrie Underwood.

Over the course of its nine decades, the Opry has commissioned Nashville’s best photographers to capture moments that could happen only at the Opry, whether the photos’ subjects are on stage in front of thousands of fans or backstage among family and fellow entertainers. Chris Hollo has served as the Opry’s official photographer since 2000, shooting one-of-a-kind performances, Opry member inductions, multi-generational vocal collaborations, and backstage moments with some of the biggest names in music.

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