CIRCLE NETWORK TO AIR 50TH ANNIVERSARY CELEBRATION OF BASS PRO SHOPS FEATURING PERFORMANCES FROM DIERKS BENTLEY, DUSTIN LYNCH, CHRIS JANSON AND MORE

The “Opry Live: 50 Years of Bass Pro Shops” Celebration Will Air on Circle Network from the Grand Ole Opry in Nashville, TN on Saturday, November 19th at 8/7c pm

NASHVILLE, Tenn. – (November 15, 2022) – Award-winning Circle Network announced today that it is set to premiere a special two-hour Opry Live celebrating the 50th anniversary of Bass Pro Shops on Saturday, November 19th at 8/7c pm. The Opry Live special will feature some of country music’s biggest stars who have long represented their love for the outdoors through music, including Opry members Dierks Bentley, Dustin Lynch, Chris Janson, Rascal Flatts’ Gary LeVox, and Rhonda Vincent.

Hosted by 40-year radio veteran and WSM’s own Charlie Mattos, the show will also feature performances from “God Bless The U.S.A.” singer Lee Greenwood, artist Clay Self, actor and musician Charles Esten, and the legendary John Anderson. Throughout their careers, each star has showcased their love for the outdoors and support of Bass Pro Shops through their song writing, dedication to conservation and by spending time hunting and fishing.

“The intersection between country music and a love for the outdoor lifestyle is where both Circle Network and Bass Pro Shops find our audiences,” said Circle Network’s General Manager, Drew Reifenberger. “As the home of Opry Live, this one is extra special for us to bring to our viewers.”

Bass Pro Shops founder, and noted conservationist, Johnny Morris is a lifelong country music fan and supporter of many of the artists taking the stage to celebrate the brand’s 50th anniversary. Noted for his leadership in conservation and commitment to forging a bright future for our nation’s sporting heritage, Morris enjoys a long tradition of partnering with legendary country music stars– including Luke Bryan, Dolly Parton, Waylon Jennings, John Anderson, Chris Janson among many others—to inspire everyone to love, enjoy and conserve the great outdoors. As a special tribute during the two-hour special, Janson even brought out his outdoor-loving 8-year-old son to perform “The Reel Bass Pro” on the Opry stage for Morris.

“We are so proud and humbled to be able to celebrate 50 years of Bass Pro Shops with Opry Live. This is a celebration of not only our history, but of our people, of the American sportsman and woman, of the great outdoors and of all that we continue to accomplish together for conservation,” said Johnny Morris. “We thank the Circle Network for the ability to share this special night with our customers all across the U.S., Canada and around the world. It was a happy night and we are deep down proud.”

With the support of its customers, Morris and Bass Pro Shops lead the largest conservation movement in North America. Each year Morris and Bass Pro Shops conserve millions of acres and introduce thousands of families to the great outdoors.

Beyond their commitment to conservation, Morris and Bass Pro Shops have a long, proud history of support for America’s veterans—including the more than 2,600 veterans that work at Bass Pro Shops and Cabela’s. During this special episode of Opry Live Morris, joined by friend Lee Greenwood and the organization Helping a Hero, awarded six new specially adapted homes to wounded American veterans. These latest six are part of Morris’ 100 Home Challenge, in which he and Bass Pro Shops pledged to cover 25% of the construction cost of 100 homes for American heroes. 

Circle Network is the official television broadcast home of the Grand Ole Opry and airs Opry Live each Saturday night. The “Opry Live: 50 Years of Bass Pro Shops” special can also be viewed on Circle All Access Facebook and YouTube, as well as on opry.comwsmonline.com, SiriusXM’s Willie’s Roadhouse channel and the show’s flagship radio home, WSM Radio.

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