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It means so much being a part of country music and the Opry.
Winning the ACM, winning the CMA, my first time on the Opry and having Grammy nominations were all a big deal to me.
Carnegie Hall was real fabulous, but you know, it ain't as big as the Grand Ole Opry.
I grew up with the Grand Ole Opry, Dottie West, Conway Twitty, Buck Owens... not realizing it was influencing me as much as it was.
My earliest memories of country music are the Grand Ole Opry.
There is an intimacy about the Opry Theater that gives an entertainer a special charge.
Country music is just country. It's going to shift around a little bit, doing some different instrumentations, different production styles. But it will always come back to what you heard at the Opry. Nobody wants it to change.
Steven Curtis Chapman
First time I walked out on the Opry stage, Vince Gill was there. He kind of 'daddied' me through the whole thing. My knees were knocking. I walked out there, and I was literally shaking. They say it's the spirits or the ghosts. And out of respect for that whole establishment, I was really really nervous.
What I loved about country music when I was a kid was the Grand Ole Opry, was 'Hee Haw,' was 360 degrees of entertainment.
Laura Bell Bundy
When you go to the Opry for a show or hear it on the radio, you get the whole circle of country music.
Country music is always changing but the Opry is always there to serve as a lighthouse for what country music really is. The past, present and future is all encompassed by not only the physical structure of the building but also the radio show.
I've gotten to go to the Opry a couple of times and stand backstage and watch. But I made it a point not to take a tour or stand in the circle until music took me there. I told myself that was one place I'd never go unless music took me there.
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