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Grand Ole Opry: Garth Brooks, Trisha Yearwood, Darius Rucker added to 5,000th Saturday show

The Tennessean (Nashville) logo The Tennessean (Nashville) 9/27/2021 Matthew Leimkuehler, Nashville Tennessean

Garth Brooks and Trisha Yearwood join an upcoming Grand Ole Opry performance saluting 5,000 Saturday nights with the indelible Nashville radio program. 

The Opry announced Monday that Brooks, Yearwood, Darius Rucker and Dustin Lynch — all members of the self-described "show that made country music famous"— lead additions to the previously-announced lineup of multi-generational country talent.

Opry organizers announced last month that Bill Anderson, Jeannie Seely, Connie Smith, Vince Gill, Chris Young, Chris Janson, the Gatlin Brothers and Terri Clark would perform during the landmark broadcast. 

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The Opry celebrates 5,000 Saturday night shows Oct. 30 at the Grand Ole Opry House in Nashville. Ticket information can be found at opry.com/5000

Those unable to attend in-person can tune into one of the night's two planned shows via Circle, the country lifestyle network launched last year by Opry Entertainment Group. Circle plans to livestream the show via select cable providers, Peacock, Facebook, YouTube and Twitter. 

The nearly 96-year-old radio program launched a countdown to 5,000 earlier this summer with celebrity guests from Homer Simpson to Ed Helms helping ring in the Saturday programs leading into Oct. 30. 

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And fans can celebrate 5,000 shows with a new exhibit chronicling nearly 96 years of Opry history. Called "Opry Memories: Celebrating 5,000 Saturday Night Broadcasts," the exhibit features artifacts from Opry stars ranging from Luke Combs to Dolly Parton, Minnie Pearl, DeFord Bailey, Trisha Yearwood and more. Visitors can find this attraction inside the Roy Acuff House, located on Opry grounds. 

The Opry launched in 1925, when broadcasters aired first aired a barn dance program from the National Life and Accident Insurance Co. building in downtown Nashville.

The program stayed on air through wartime, natural disasters and, most recently, a global pandemic — reaching audiences in-part from a 50,000-watt signal from host station WSM 650 AM. The Opry has only missed two Saturday night broadcasts since launching: In 1945, following the death of former U.S. President Franklin D. Roosevelt, and in 1968, after the assassination of Martin Luther King, Jr.  

Find more information at opry.com

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