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Blake Shelton becomes video host for new Grand Ole Opry House backstage tour

by Brandy McDonnell Published: July 15, 2011
Trace Adkins delivers Oklahoma country music star Blake Shelton's invitation to join the Grand Ole Opry on Sept. 28, 2010, in Nashville, Tenn. Shelton now is helping with Opry backstage tours via video. (AP file)
Trace Adkins delivers Oklahoma country music star Blake Shelton's invitation to join the Grand Ole Opry on Sept. 28, 2010, in Nashville, Tenn. Shelton now is helping with Opry backstage tours via video. (AP file)

Country Music Association Male Vocalist of the Year, star of NBC’s hit “The Voice,” and No. 1 hit-maker Blake Shelton has added another gig to his credit: The Grand Ole Opry member is the video host for an all-new tour of the Grand Ole Opry House.

Beginning this week, visitors on the Opry House Backstage Pass Tour will get an authentic look behind the scenes of the Opry not only from their tour guide, but also from Shelton, who joins tour groups via video throughout their visit backstage. The Tishomingo residents joins groups to talk about their surroundings and share personal stories at the Opry’s backstage entrance, in Studio A and in the Opry Green Room.

As guests visit the artist backstage check-in area and Opry Member Gallery, the Ada joins in with recollections about the night he was invited to join the Opry and highlights of Opry invitations and inductions featuring Checotah native Carrie Underwood, Trace Adkins, Craig Morgan and Josh Turner.

“Opry membership is a thrill that never gets old,” Shelton says in a news release.

In Studio A, Shelton shares clips from the array of TV series and specials that have been filmed in Studio A, including the most famous one, “Hee Haw.” Among the vintage performance clips Shelton shares are Hall of Famers Roy Clark (who lives in Tulsa), Roy Acuff, Bill Anderson and Earl Scruggs, plus a young Marty Stuart.

Shelton’s fellow Opry member Underwood joins the video tour in the Opry’s Green Room, known at the Opry as the Family Room, to provide her perspective on that hub of activity as well as photos of personal significance to her lining the Family Room walls.

Guests on the new tour are also treated to a sampling of 18 artist dressing rooms, newly refurbished following the Nashville flood of 2010. Each dressing room is decorated with a unique theme including “Cousin Minnie,” “Wagonmaster,” “Little Jimmy,” and “Mr. Roy,” (honoring Opry greats Minnie Pearl, Porter Wagoner, Jimmy Dickens, and Roy Acuff, respectively.) Other dressing rooms celebrate “Honky Tonk Angels,” “The Cowboy Way,” and “Friends and Neighbors,” famous personalities from all walks of life who have visited the American institution. Tours culminate with a visit to the Opry stage, where guests have the opportunity to take a photo on the famed circle moved to the Opry House from the Opry’s most famous former home, the historic Ryman Auditorium.

Click here to see a clip of Shelton’s video hosting.

Daytime tours are available daily.  On evenings in which there is only one Opry performance, tours are also available immediately after the show. Opry House Backstage Pass Tours can be booked up to two weeks in advance at opry.com or by calling (800) SEE-OPRY; tour schedules may vary.  Tickets for tours are also available at the Opry House Box Office.

About the Grand Ole Opry
The Grand Ole Opry presents the best in country music live every week from Nashville, Tenn.  Celebrating 85 years of entertainment, the Opry can be heard on 650 WSM-AM, SIRIUS XM Satellite Radio, and opry.com. The syndicated weekly program, America’s Opry Weekend, airs on country radio stations across America and on the Armed Forces Radio Network. The Grand Ole Opry is owned by Gaylord Entertainment (NYSE: GET), a Nashville-based hospitality and entertainment company that also owns and operates Gaylord Hotels.  For more information, visit opry.com or www.gaylordentertainment.com.

-BAM

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by Brandy McDonnell
Entertainment Reporter
Brandy McDonnell, also known by her initials BAM, writes stories and reviews on movies, music, the arts and other aspects of entertainment. She is NewsOK’s top blogger: Her 4-year-old entertainment news blog, BAM’s Blog, has notched more than 1...
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