Opry Radio Block Party: Clint Black and Darius Rucker

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Join WSM for an Opry Radio Block Party featuring music from Clint Black and Darius Rucker!

Join us this Saturday, June 20 at 6pm/c on WSM Radio for another Opry Radio Block Party! We’ll be spinning our favorite songs from Clint Black and Darius Rucker before they step inside the historic Opry circle at 7pm/c. Like always stick around with us after the Opry to keep the party going until 9pm/c!

Tune in to the Opry Radio Block Party on 650 AM, WSMonline.com, or the WSM app!

What’s your favorite song from Clint Black or Darius Rucker?

Request it below and you just might hear it during the Opry Radio Block Party on Saturday, June 20!

Tyler Farr’s Only Truck In Town Release Special on WSM Radio

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Two Chances to hear Tyler Farr’s Only Truck In Town EP Release Special

Posted June 10, 2020

We’re bringing you Tyler Farr’s Only Truck In Town Release Special on WSM Radio! Tune in this Friday, June 12 at 12pm/c or Saturday, June 13 at 6pm/c before the Opry to hear the new music track-by-track with Tyler Farr. Listen on 650 AM, WSMonline.com, or the WSM app.

Watch the “Only Truck In Town” music video now!

Remembering Jimmy Capps: Memorial Service Information

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Join us for a special broadcast on June 9 at 1pm/c as we remember our friend, Jimmy Capps

Posted June 8, 2020

UPDATE: For anyone who was unable to tune in to the service live, the audio recording is available now in the WSM archive via our Tribute Shows page or via the WSM Soundcloud.

Tune in this Tuesday at 1pm/c to WSMonline.com as we live broadcast his memorial service from the Grand Ole Opry House. The service can be heard worldwide on our Opry Nashville digital stream.

All of us at WSM want to send our heartfelt condolences to the friends and family of Grand Ole Opry House Band Guitarist, Jimmy Capps. Nights at the Opry won’t be the same without Jimmy Capps, without his guitar, his ties to those who came before, his smile, and his spirit. Thank you for more than 60 years of incredible music, Jimmy. We sure will miss you.

Obituary for Mr. James “Jimmy” Capps

from Spring Hill Funeral Home

Beloved veteran musician Jimmy Capps, who played on hit songs such as Kenny Rogers’ “The Gambler,” George Jones’ “He Stopped Loving Her Today,” and George Strait’s “Amarillo by Morning”, passed away on Monday, June 1, 2020 at 81 years of age. Jimmy was born on May 25, 1939 in Fayetteville, North Carolina to the late Tommie and Alice (Stevens) Capps.

He was a guitarist on the Grand Ole Opry for over sixty-one years – longer than any musician. In 2014, he was inducted into the Musicians Hall of Fame with fellow inductees, Peter Frampton, Will Lee, and Barbara Mandrell, etc. ; in that same year, he was inducted into the North Carolina Music Hall of Fame. In 2015, the Tennessee Senate passed a Joint Resolution recognizing his musical contributions, and it was presented to him on the Senate floor. For his decorated career, in 2012 he was inducted into the Country Music Hall of Fame’s “Nashville Cats”. In 2018, to mark his sixtieth year at the Grand Ole Opry, the band room was named the “Jimmy Capps Music Room.” Beginning in 2009, he also regularly appeared as “Sheriff” Jimmy Capps on Larry’s Country Diner on RFD-TV. In addition to that show, he also played on many other TV shows throughout his career, like The Statler Brothers Shows, The Wilburn Brothers, CMA shows, etc. Jimmy is also on “Country’s Family Reunion” on RFD-TV.

He began playing the guitar when he was 12. At age 19, he auditioned for the Louvin Brothers and was asked to join the sibling duo by Charlie Louvin. “Thanks to Charlie – I guess I owe my whole career to him.” Jimmy made his first appearance on the Grand Ole Opry with the Louvins in 1959. He was also in the Opry staff band, playing lead guitar behind the radio show’s guests every week up until his passing.

Along with his onstage work, Capps was an in-demand session musician, known for his smooth playing style of both acoustic and electric guitar, on recordings like Tammy Wynette’s “Stand by Your Man,” Barbara Mandrell’s “I Was Country When Country Wasn’t Cool,” Alan Jackson’s “Here in the Real World”, the Oak Ridge Boys “Elvira”, Ronnie Milsap’s “Smoky Mountain Rain”, Reba McEntire’s “How Blue”, and many others.

Mr. Capps served his country in the United States Army. Jimmy and Michele attended the First Apostolic Church of Nashville.

In addition to his parents, he is preceded in death by two brothers.
He is survived by his wife, Michele Voan Capps; two sons, Mark, and his wife, Tara Solomon-Capps, and Jeff Capps; two grandchildren, Summer Capps and Mollie McKenzie Acuff. Mr. Capps is also survived by a host of relatives and friends.

Public visitation for Jimmy Capps will be Monday June 8th, 3pm-8pm at the First Apostolic Church, 265 Broadmoor Dr, Nashville, TN 37207.
**Due to concerns for everyone’s health and safety, we must ask that attendance at a private service for Jimmy at the Grand Ole Opry House Tuesday – “Call Time” – 1pm be limited. While friends and family members attending the service will be sent instructions concerning arrival at the Opry House and social distancing details, we invite Jimmy’s countless other friends, colleagues, and fans to listen to the service on wsmradio.com. We thank everyone for your understanding as current conditions make a terribly sad time for us even more difficult. Entombment will follow the service in the Historic Spring Hill Cemetery.

Serving as active pallbearers will be, Mark Capps, Jeff Capps, Ben Isaacs, Jimmy Fortune, Moe Bandy, Paul Voan, Chris Malpass, Taylor Malpass, and Mark Wills.
Serving as honorary pallbearers will be, Joe Edwards, John Conlee, Bill Anderson, Jeannie Seely, Charlie Albertson, Billy Linneman, Johnny & Lisa Carver, Scot England, Larry & Luann Black, Dean & Jean Voan, Gus Arrendale, Sarah Bertozzi, Phil & Renae Johnson, Mona & Dave Brown, Keith & Emy Joe Bilbrey, and the Opry Staff Band – past and present.

The family will be accepting floral arrangements for Mr. Capps. If you wish to contribute in his honor, you may do so to the AFM 257 Vic Willis Emergency Relief Fund (11 Music Circle North – Nashville, TN 37203).
Spring Hill Funeral Home & Cemetery (5110 Gallatin Road Nashville, Tennessee 37216; 615-865-1101) has been entrusted with the final care of Mr. Capps. www.springhillfh.com

*The autobiography of Jimmy Capps is available for purchase at www.jimmycapps.com

*We will be observing all social distancing guidelines set forth by our local government. Friends and visitors will need to social distance as required so that we may be able to accommodate everyone that comes to pay their respects to Mr. Capps.

Opry Radio Block Party: Steve Wariner, Lee Brice, Michael Ray, & Carly Pearce

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Join WSM for an Opry Radio Block Party featuring music from Steve Wariner, Lee Brice, Michael Ray, & Carly Pearce!

Posted June 4, 2020

Join us this Saturday, June 6 at 6pm/c on WSM Radio for another Opry Radio Block Party! We’ll be playing all our favorite songs from Steve Wariner, Lee Brice, Michael Ray, and Carly Pearce before they step inside that historic Opry circle at 7pm/c. Like always stick around with us after the Opry to keep the party going until 9pm/c!

Tune in to the Opry Radio Block Party on 650 AM, WSMonline.com, or the WSM app!

Request your favorite song from Steve Wariner, Lee Brice, Michael Ray, or Carly Pearce!

Let us know your favorite song below and you just might hear it during the Opry Radio Block Party on Saturday, June 6!

Opry Radio Block Party: Chris Janson, Brett Young, Chris Young

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Join WSM for an Opry Radio Block Party featuring music from Chris Janson, Brett Young, & Chris Young!

Posted May 28, 2020

Join us this Saturday, May 30 at 6pm/c on WSM Radio for another Opry Radio Block Party! We’ll be cranking up our favorite songs from Chris Janson, Brett Young, & Chris Young before they step inside that historic Opry circle at 7pm/c. Like always stick around with us after the Opry to keep the party going until 9pm/c!

Tune in to the Opry Radio Block Party on 650 AM, WSMonline.com, or the WSM app!

What’s your favorite song from Chris Janson, Brett Young, or Chris Young?

Request it below and you just might hear it during the Opry Radio Block Party on Saturday, May 30!

Craig Morgan’s “God, Family, Country” Special on WSM

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Craig Morgan’s “God, Family Country” Album Release Special Airing this Saturday on WSM

Posted May 20, 2020

It’s Salute The Troops Week on WSM, and we can’t think of a better way to round out the week of patriotic programming than with an album release special for Craig Morgan’s new album God, Family, Country. We’ll go track-by-track with Craig through the new music. Tune in this Saturday at 6pm/c on WSM to hear the special leading up to the Grand Ole Opry LIVE with Craig Morgan, Kellie Pickler, and Steven Curtis Chapman! If you miss it, we’ll be replaying the special on Memorial Day, Monday, May 25 at 5pm/c.

Salute the Troops Week is brought to you by our friends at Belle Meade Bourbon.

 

Salute The Troops Week Schedule

  • Opry Country Classics Replay: Spotlight Artist Dailey & Vincent – Thursday, May 21 at 7pm/c
  • Craig Morgan on Coffee, Country & Cody – Friday, May 22 at 9:10am/c
  • Opry Replay featuring Salute The Troops 2018 – Friday, May 22 at 7pm/c
  • Craig Morgan Album Release Special – Saturday, May 23 at 6pm/c
  • Grand Ole Opry LIVE – Saturday, May 23 at 7pm/c
  • Craig Morgan Album Release Special – Monday, May 25 at 5pm/c

Tune in to Salute The Troops Week on 650 AM, WSMonline.com, or the WSM app!

Check out our Salute the Troops Spotify Playlist!

Listen to some of our favorite patriotic tunes on Spotify

Salute The Troops Week on WSM Radio

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Join us as we honor the United States Military on WSM Radio

Posted May 18, 2020

It’s Salute The Troops Week on WSM! Tune in this week on WSM as we honor the men and women of the United States Military with patriotic music and programming leading up to the Grand Ole Opry LIVE this Saturday with Craig Morgan, Kellie Pickler, and Steven Curtis Chapman! Salute the Troops Week is brought to you by our friends at Belle Meade Bourbon.

Salute The Troops Week Schedule

  • Trace Adkins on Coffee, Country & Cody – Tuesday, May 19 at 9:30am/c
  • Opry Replay featuring Craig Morgan – Tuesday, May 19 at 7pm/c
  • Intimate Evenings with Eddie Stubbs featuring Kellie Pickler – Wednesday, May 20 at 7pm/c
  • Opry Country Classics Replay: Spotlight Artist Dailey & Vincent – Thursday, May 21 at 7pm/c
  • Craig Morgan on Coffee, Country & Cody – Friday, May 22 at 9:10am/c
  • Opry Replay featuring Salute The Troops 2018 – Friday, May 22 at 7pm/c
  • Craig Morgan Album Release Special – Saturday, May 23 at 6pm/c
  • Grand Ole Opry LIVE – Saturday, May 23 at 7pm/c

Tune in to Salute The Troops Week on 650 AM, WSMonline.com, or the WSM app!

What’s your favorite Patriotic country song?

Request it below and you just might hear it this week during Salute The Troops Week on WSM!

Nominate your hero!

Each week on the Opry, we are recognizing Heroes of all kinds with the help of our friends at Humana and Durango. If you have a hero in your life, please nominate them below for a chance to get a special shout during the show.

Check out our Salute the Troops Spotify Playlist!

Listen to some of our favorite patriotic tunes on Spotify

Opry Salute The Troops Memorial Day Weekend Announcement

Grand Ole Opry Salute The Troops Memorial Day Weekend Special to Honor United States Military and Essential Workers on the Frontline of the COVID-19 Battle May 23

Craig Morgan, Steven Curtis Chapman, Kellie Pickler to Perform

Keith Urban, Kelsea Ballerini and Morgan Evans to Perform on Grand Ole Opry This Saturday, May 16

Posted May 14, 2020

NASHVILLE, Tenn. – (May 14, 2020) The show that made country music famous is scheduled to salute the United States Military with its annual pre-Memorial Day Salute the Troops Opry performance Saturday, May 23. Among the artists scheduled to perform are Craig MorganSteven Curtis Chapman, and Kellie Pickler. This year the Opry will also honor essential workers who are on the frontline against the war on COVID-19.

Morgan, Chapman and Pickler will step on the stage Saturday, May 23 at 8 PM ET / 7 PM CT. The show will be broadcast live on Circle and Gray TV stations, DISH Studio Channel 102, Sling TV and other TV affiliates in addition to a companion live stream on Circle All Access Facebook and YouTube channels. The livestream will be in partnership with Verizon’s Pay It Forward Live initiative. TV and radio personality Bobby Bones will host the Circle telecast, while Opry announcer Mike Terry will be heard on 650 AM WSM and SiriusXM.

Those tuning into the Livestream on the Circle All Access YouTube and Facebook channels next week can watch a special Memorial Day Weekend episode of Circle Sessions with Craig Morgan at 7:30 PM ET/ 6:30 PM CT immediately prior to the Opry. Morgan, an Opry member, TV host and Army Veteran pays tribute to his past and his future with his new album, God, Family, Country, releasing May 22 on Broken Bow Records. After the Opry livestream, a special edition of Circle Sessions: At Home with various stars will premiere.

“The days preceding Memorial Day have for years brought with them our annual ‘Salute The Troops’ show and unforgettable moments as we honor and say thank you to those who serve our country,” said Dan Rogers, Opry vice president and executive producer. “It’s more important than ever in 2020 that through words and songs we connect fans across the country to recognize the sacrifices of members of the U.S. Military. Additionally, this year’s show will offer the opportunity for fans tuned in around the world to honor the troops of essential workers on the frontline of the battles that’ve changed our world this year, the war on COVID-19.”

Opry members Keith UrbanKelsea Ballerini and rising singer/songwriter Morgan Evans are scheduled to perform on the Grand Ole Opry’s 4,924th consecutive Saturday night broadcast this weekend May 16. The Opry livestream will be in partnership with Verizon’s Pay It Forward Live. Those tuning into the livestream on the Circle All Access YouTube and Facebook channels this week can watch Circle Sessions with Lee Brice at 7:30 PM ET/6:30 PM CT immediately prior to the Opry. After the Opry on the livestream, a special edition of Circle Sessions: At Home with various stars will premiere.

For the past nine weeks, during this current global pandemic, the Grand Ole Opry has worked closely with Nashville’s Director of Health to bring the show live to millions around the world while following strict safety protocols under the guidance of local health professionals. The Opry, with the help of its membership and wider artist and industry community, has continued to bring millions of fans around the world together to keep the music playing without an Opry House audience in attendance.  Embracing today’s technology, the Opry will be broadcast and streamed with a very small production team. The show’s artists will perform acoustically.

Each week millions of fans in dozens of countries around the world have tuned in live over the past seven weeks to video stream or listen to legendary Opry members Bill Anderson, Jeannie Seely and Connie Smith as well as Mandy Barnett, Michael Cleveland & Flamekeeper and Sam Williams took to the stage on March 14 as the Opry show went on the air without a live ticketed audience. On March 21, Opry members Vince Gill, Brad Paisley and Marty Stuart performed acoustically from the Opry House stage. On March 28, Gill returned to the stage to perform acoustically with members of his family: wife Amy Grant and daughters Jenny Gill and Corrina Grant Gill. The April 4 show featured Opry member Terri Clark plus Lauren Alaina and Ashley McBryde for the show’s 4,918th Saturday night Opry broadcast. On April 11, the Opry hosted an Easter celebration featuring Opry member Trace Adkins with Jason Crabb and T. Graham Brown. On April 18, bluegrass greats and Opry members Ricky Skaggs and Dailey & Vincent performed on the Opry’s 4,920th consecutive Saturday night. The Opry welcomed members Luke Combs and Craig Morgan to the stage April 25. The 4,922nd Saturday night broadcast on May 2 featured Opry members Garth Brooks and Trisha Yearwood, and last weekend Opry members Trace Adkins, Dustin Lynch and Blake Shelton performed, and music superstar Gwen Stefani made her Opry debut via a remote broadcast from Oklahoma.

About the Grand Ole Opry

To plan an Opry visit, call (800) SEE-OPRY or visit opry.com. The Opry presents the best in country music live every week from Nashville, Tenn.  The Opry can be heard at opry.com and wsmradio.com, Opry and WSM mobile apps, SiriusXM, and its flagship home, 650 AM-WSM. The Grand Ole Opry is owned by Ryman Hospitality Properties (NYSE: RHP).  For more information, visit opry.com.

About Circle Media, LLC

Circle Media, LLC is a media network dedicated to celebrating the country lifestyle and putting fans inside the circle of everything country. Circle offers entertainment news, documentaries, movies, archival, new and licensed programming, Grand Ole Opry performances, and more. Circle is a joint venture between Opry Entertainment Group, a subsidiary of Ryman Hospitality Properties, and Gray TV.

For more details and to find out if Circle is available in your market, please visit www.CirclePlus.com  For more information about Circle, please contact: info@circleplus.com

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Opry Radio Block Party: Keith Urban, Kelsea Ballerini, Morgan Evans

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Join WSM for an Opry Radio Block Party featuring music from Keith Urban, Kelsea Ballerini, & Morgan Evans!

Posted May 12, 2020

Since everyone has been enjoying the Radio Block Parties before and after the Opry the last couple of weeks, we decided to keep the party going! Join us this Saturday, May 16 at 6pm/c on WSM Radio for another Opry Radio Block Party! We’ll be cranking up the tunes from Keith Urban, Kelsea Ballerini, and Morgan Evans before they step inside that historic Opry circle at 7pm/c. Like always stick around with us after the Opry to keep the party going until 9pm/c!

Tune in to the Opry Radio Block Party on 650 AM, WSMonline.com, or the WSM app!

What’s your favorite song from Keith Urban, Kelsea Ballerini, or Morgan Evans?

Request it below and you just might hear it during the Opry Radio Block Party on Saturday, May 16!

WSM’s Ole Red Week Strikes a Chord with Ol’ Red Songwriter

Nashville’s ‘Ole Red’ week has Gulf Coast connection, WATCH songwriter perform country classic hit

Posted May 11, 2020 | by: 

PERDIDO KEY, Fla – (WKRG) A big honor for a local songwriter and performer, Mark Sherrill of Perdido Key who co-wrote the classic country song, ‘Ol’ Red’ in the late 1980’s.

Nashville’s WSM radio has declared this week “Ole Red’ week leading up to Blake Shelton and Gwen Stefani’s performance on the Grand Ole Opry Saturday night, Stefani’s Grand Ole Opry Debut.

Shelton is the most recent singer to record the song in which the spelling of the title is changed from ‘Ol’ Red’ to ‘Ole Red’ to reflect the Grand Ole Opry.

Other singers to record ‘Ol’ Red’ are George Jones, Kenny Rogers, Johnny Cash, and Hoyt Axton.

For it to be declared ‘Ole Red Week’ in Music City means a lot to Sherrill, “It choked me up and kind of brought tears to my eyes. It’s not an honor everybody gets.”

‘Ol Red’ is about a Georgia prisoner who used a prison tracking dog’s attraction to a blue tick hound to escape. Sherrill co-wrote the song when he lived in Nashville and owned a bait shop.

“We were fortunate enough that the good Lord put one in our hands. It’s just something that..when I play it at the Flora-Bama, people come from all over the country to hear me sing the song. I had two couples say that song saved their lives, and I wondered what kind of life did they have because it’s about two dogs getting it on you know. All I can figure is, people love a good story.”

MARK SHERRILL

Sherrill continues to perform at the Flora-Bama on Thursdays from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Link to article: https://www.wkrg.com/baldwin-county/nashvilles-ole-red-week-has-gulf-coast-connection-watch-songwriter-perform-country-classic-hit/