In the following years during the 1980’s through 2000, many changes has taken place with the Opry’s returning to more conventional sound with the change from the Outlaw Movement as it had started to fade. During this time some of the artist who brought back the conventional sound were; Reba McEntire, Patty Loveless, Ricky Skaggs, Ricky Van Shelton, John Conley, Blake Shelton, Randy Travis and Mel McDaniels. In 1987 the Grand Ole Opry. featured Tom T. Hall, Billy Walker, Wilma Lee Cooper and Randy Travis.
During the early 1980’s WSM, Opryland, The Ryman Auditorium and The Grande Ole Opry were sold to a friend of Minnie Pearl’s his name was Ed Gaylord, from Oklahoma. Gaylord also started The Nashville Network (TNN) and in 1983 was broadcasting Opry shows on TV networks such as CMT and GAC. Gaylord Entertainment; in 1997 was also responsible for demolishing Opryland and replaced it with a shopping mall and a resort convention center.
Some of our well known artist today became popular on the Opry stage in the ’90’s they were Alan Jackson, Vince Gill, Marty Stuart, Garth Brooks, Trisha Yearwood, Martina McBride, Travis Tritt and Allison Krauss. Some of our well known country singer stars joined the Opry for the first time also and included Charlie Pride, Johnny Paycheck, Emmylou Harris and Bashful Brother Oswald.
During the late 1990’s and early 2000’s, the Opry began to reach more listeners through such modern technologies such as Satellite Radio (channel 59), smart phone apps and websites.
More new Opry members during this decade were Montgomery Gentry, Josh Turner, Carrie Underwood, Dierks Bentley, Pam Tillis, Brad Paisley, Trace Adkins as well as the great Mel Tillis and Ralph Stanley.
One of the most surprising additions to the Opry cast was Southern Rock Sound of the ’70’s Charlie Daniels. Charlie’s unique voice made several hits such as his signature song Devil Went Down to Georgia.