Since 1999, the Opry returns to the Ryman every year from November to January. The Ryman was renovated in the ’90’s, and even though it seats a smaller crowd than the Opry House, this is done to pay homage to the Opry stars from early legendary days. These months were chosen because of the decline in tourism during the winter months.
In May of 2010, a renovation had to be done on the Opry House, because of a flood that caused major damage to the building, as well as the city. While the renovations were in process, the Grand Ole Opry Show temporarily performed at the Ryman and War Memorial Auditorium along with other places that could accommodate their fans. In September of 2010, the Opry House reopened their doors for business.
Since 2010, there have been a number of performers inducted into the Opry, such as: Little Big Town, Keith Urban, Blake Shelton, Rascal Flatts and Darius Rucker. During this time, one of our well known country/gospel groups, The Oak Ridge Boys, were inducted on August 6, 2011.
Garth Brooks once said “To be recognized as a member of the Opry is among the class of honers that will never be topped, no matter how far my career goes.” During the long history of the Opry it has inducted over 200 members.
In 2015, the Grand Ole Opry House was added to the National Register of Historic Places. The Ryman is also known as “The Mother Church of Country Music”, and Nashville is known as “Music City, USA.”
Today, the Opry has changed from it’s conservative music to a mix of the older legendary music and the contemporary sounds of today. The Opry can be heard by millions of people; not only in the United States, but around the world.
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