Three-time Grammy winner and a CMA Entertainer of the Year Brad Paisley and seven-time Grammy winner and 2-time ACM Entertainer of the Year Carrie Underwood will step into the circle together for the Grand Ole Opry’s 4,941st consecutive Saturday night broadcast Saturday, September 5. The Opry will air on Circle TV and SiriusXM as well as the Opry’s flagship home 650 WSM AM and wsmonline.com. Paisley has been an Opry member since 2001 and Underwood has been an Opry member since 2008.
Paisley, who recently released his new single “No I In Beer,” and Underwood whose first-ever Christmas album, My Gift, will release globally on September 25, have been friends since touring together early in Underwood’s career. The two multi-award winning superstars went on to an 11-year run as one of the most popular and successful hosting duos in CMA Awards history.
As the Grand Ole Opry approaches its 95th year in the midst of a global pandemic, Opry members and special guest artists have kept the music playing from the unbroken circle and is reaching some of its largest audiences to date. The Opry has been reaching millions of fans and making new ones each week as it has logged viewers from over 100 countries worldwide who have been tuning in since shows with a live Opry House audience were paused in mid-March. Opry Live on Circle TV has consistently been in the top of the Pollstar Livestream Chart with an average of over 1 million+ viewers consistently each week.
Though Opry shows with a live Opry House audience are paused, the show will be broadcast live on Circle and Gray TV stations, DISH Studio Channel 102, Sling TV and other TV affiliates. Opry Live on Circle will be hosted by Bobby Bones. The livestream on Circle All Access and YouTube channel will be guest hosted by Natalie Stovall, a member of the country trio Runaway June and host of Circle’s Southern Weekend. Prior to the Opry Livestream at 8 p.m. ET/ 7 p.m. CT, Circle Sessions: John Rich will air in a special one-hour premiere at 7 p.m. ET/ 6 p.m. CT on Circle All Access’ Facebook, Twitter and YouTube social channels. The special is hosted by Nan Kelley and was filmed at his house overlooking Nashville. Opry announcer Bill Cody will be heard on 650 AM WSM and SiriusXM.