Award-winning songwriter and multi-Grammy winner Rodney Crowell, Opry and Country Music Hall of Fame member Vince Gill, and Opry and Country Music Hall of Fame member and Grammy Lifetime Achievement Award winner Emmylou Harris will step into the circle together for the Grand Ole Opry’s 4,935th consecutive Saturday night broadcast Saturday, August 1. Between the three of them, the music legends have amassed 36 Grammy® Awards and 109 nominations. The Opry will air on Circle TV, wsmonline.com, and SiriusXM.
Best friends. Collaborators. Songwriters. Bandmates. Touring Partners.
“I met [Emmylou] and Rodney when I was 19,” Gill has said. “I don’t have two better friends in the world.”
The rich history and friendship between Crowell, Gill and Harris runs deep and for almost 50 years. The three music legends have careers that have connected, intertwined and supported each other, and most of all lasted. Their connection to and projects with each other have put them in circles of some of the most renowned musicians, songwriters and artists in music. Gill has said of Harris, “She’s the one in the middle that we all connect through.”
Harris recorded Crowell’s “Bluebird Wine” on her Pieces of the Sky album and later invited Crowell to be in her Hot Band during the 1970s. Crowell left the band in 1977 to embark on his own solo career, putting his own band, the Cherry Bombs, together. He continues to this day to work and collaborate with Harris. Gill had been playing with Pure Prairie League and left to be part of Crowell’s the Cherry Bombs. In the mid-80s, Gill joined Harris’ backing band for three albums – The Ballad of Sally Rose, Thirteen and Angel Band, with Thirteen being a project that Crowell also worked on with them. At the end of the 1980s, each began to gain more traction with their own solo careers but they remained the best of friends and continued to support each other and collaborate together on projects.
“It’s still my favorite gig, is playing with Rodney,” Gill told No Depression last year. Gill added, “I can’t even fathom what my life would be like if I hadn’t met Emmy.”
“Emmy and Vince? Hmm…With those voices, maybe I’ll have a chance if we’re wearing masks,” mused Crowell.
“There’s nothing better than singing with old and dear friends, especially if those friends happen to be Rodney and Vince,” said Harris.
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 just since the live audience shows were paused in mid-March.
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. Opry announcer Mike Terry will be heard on 650 AM WSM and SiriusXM. Prior to the Opry Livestream at 8 p.m. ET/ 7 p.m. CT, Circle Sessions: Allman Betts Band will air at 7:30 ET/ 6:30 p.m. on Circle All Access’ Facebook, Twitter and YouTube social channels.
This Saturday, July 25, EMI Records Nashville’s recording artist and star of NBC’s hit “This Is Us,” Chrissy Metz and multi-Grammy and Dove award winner, Gospel Music Hall of Fame member CeCe Winans as well as one of the most recognizable voices in country music, Tracy Lawrence, will step onto the Grand Ole Opry stage 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, YouTube and Twitter.
Those tuning into the Livestream on Circle All Access YouTube, Twitter and Facebook channels this Saturday can watch a Circle Sessions: At Home with Crystal Gayle, Loretta Lynn, Keb’ Mo’, Robert Earl Keen and more at 7:30 PM ET/ 6:30 PM CT immediately prior to the Opry.
The Opry’s paused shows without an audience since March 14 have included Opry members Trace Adkins, Bill Anderson, Kelsea Ballerini, Clint Black, Garth Brooks, Terri Clark, Luke Combs, Dailey & Vincent, Vince Gill, Dustin Lynch, Chris Janson, Reba McEntire, Craig Morgan, the Oak Ridge Boys, Brad Paisley, Darius Rucker, Jeannie Seely, Blake Shelton, Ricky Skaggs, Connie Smith, Marty Stuart, Keith Urban, Steve Wariner, Mark Wills, Trisha Yearwood and Chris Young along with special guests Lady A, Lauren Alaina, Mandy Barnett, Lee Brice, T. Graham Brown, Steven Curtis Chapman, Michael Cleveland and Flamekeeper, Jason Crabb, Sara Evans, Amy Grant and daughters Jenny Gill and Corrina Grant Gill, Ashley McBryde, Keb’ Mo’, Carly Pearce, Kellie Pickler, Michael Ray, The Scott Family, Gwen Stefani, Sam Williams, Charlie Worsham, and Brett Young.