CeCe Winans, Suzy Bogguss, Linda Davis, Jeannie Seely and more starred
Grand Ole Opry celebrated Country Music Hall of Famer Barbara Mandrell on her 50th anniversary as a member of the Opry family on Saturday, July 30, with two shows. Opry member Carrie Underwood, CeCe Winans, Suzy Bogguss, Linda Davis, Jeannie Seely, Janelle Arthur, Mandy Barnett and Connie Smith paid tribute to the music legend who was in attendance with his family and friends.
The three-time ACM/CMA Entertainer and four-time ACM/CMA Female Vocalist of the Year was inducted as a member of the Grand Ole Opry on July 29, 1972.
“Everyone talks about Barbara’s beauty. But, as beautiful as she is, she is just as beautiful inside. Along with all those other things we love about her, she’s always worn her faith on her sleeve. She let us know that you can love the Lord AND uplift a little…hell,” Underwood shared before welcoming Mandrell onstage. “She has been such an inspiration to me and so many others who stand on the shoulders of great female artists like her. It is especially fitting to honor her tonight in this sacred place that is so dear to us all. both.
“There are so many amazing, extremely talented women who have played for us tonight and said so many amazing things about me…they know I love them. And the Opry…God knows I love the Opry,” Mandrell shared.
Regarding the historic Opry stage, she continued, “My last show when I retired in 1997, I chose my house to do my final performance and that was it.”
Circle Network aired a one-hour portion of the performance with the full broadcast heard worldwide on WSM Radio, orpy.com and SiriusXM’s Willie’s Roadhouse channel.
SiriusXM also welcomes Mandrell as “Opry House Guest DJ” at Willie’s Roadhouse (Ch. 59), featuring two hours of hand-picked selections and stories from across his career, which premiered Friday and will be rebroadcast. Sunday, July 31 at 7 p.m. ET. . Mandrell will also join TG Sheppard for his show on Prime Country (Ch. 58) which will premiere Aug. 5 at 3 p.m. ET.
In honor of Mandrell’s Opry Golden Anniversary, a special print of the Hatch show will be available in the Opry Store and online at store.opry.com. Plus, the exclusive line of merchandise that Mandrell, in partnership with the Opry, launched last year to celebrate the 40th anniversary of his hit single – and one of country music’s most iconic classics – “I Was Country When Country Wasn’t Cool” again available exclusively online and at the Opry Gift Shop in Nashville, TN. The collection includes ‘I Was Country When Country Wasn’t Cool’ branded t-shirts, Hatch poster, coffee mug and more.
Mandrell, 9-time People’s Choice Award winner, released “I Was Country When Country Wasn’t Cool” in April 1981 as the lead single from her album Barbara Mandrell Live. The song reached number one on July 4, 1981 and helped propel her live album to be certified Goldâ by the RIAA and helped her win the 1981 CMA Entertainer of the Year.
Next Saturday, August 6, the Grand Ole Opry will celebrate the influence and music of country music legend John Anderson. The Opry will bring part of the upcoming album release to life Something Borrowed, Something New: A Tribute to John Anderson, slated for release on Friday, August 5 by Easy Eye Sound. On the program, John Anderson with special guests Dan Auerbach and Tyler Childers, Gillian Welch & David Rawlings, Sierra Hull, Elizabeth Cook and many others. The album celebration will also be broadcast live that evening as Live Opry on Circle Television and will be streamed live via Circle’s social media channels, while the Opry show will air in its entirety on WSM Radio, orpy.com and SiriusXM’s Willie’s Roadhouse channel.