via press release:
“Country Comes Home: An Opry Celebration” Star-Packed Two Hour Special Marks Opry’s Return to Grand Ole Opry House
Special Airs Tuesday, September 28, on Great American Country
, Tenn. (September 17, 2010) – The Grand Ole Opry returns to its historic home – the Grand Ole Opry House – for the first time since being displaced as a result of May’s historic flood and Great American Country (GAC) will bring it to you live in Country Comes Home: An Opry Celebration, Tuesday, September 28, 9:00 p.m./Eastern.
Among the stars scheduled to appear are Trace Adkins, Jason Aldean, Dierks Bentley, Charlie Daniels, Jimmy Dickens, Martina McBride, Montgomery Gentry, Brad Paisley, Blake Shelton, Josh Turner and Keith Urban. Viewers will also get an exclusive look at the fully refurbished Opry House and beloved Opry stage where 46 inches of water stood following the May flood. No doubt plenty of attention will be focused on the Opry House’s signature element, a six foot circle of oak taken from the stage of the Ryman Auditorium, the Opry’s former home. The circle was removed from the Opry House stage, painstakingly refurbished and returned to its rightful spot center stage. “For the past several years, GAC has been proud to be the television home of the Grand Ole Opry,” says GAC President Ed Hardy. “Touring the Opry House two days after the devastating floods was a very emotional experience for me. GAC partnered with the Opry and theConvention and Visitor’s Bureau to host the Music City Keep On Playin’ telethon which raised over $1.8 million for flood victims. Now, it is with great pride that GAC once again brings America the excitement and emotion of the Opry’s return to its beautifully restored home.”The Opry has not missed a single show since the flood, broadcasting from several venues including former Opry homes the Ryman Auditorium and the War Memorial Auditorium. GAC remains the only place on television where fans can enjoy all the excitement of Grand Ole Opry performances.