Grand Ole Opry to Make Country Radio Seminar Debut

Brad Paisley & Darius Rucker

Brad Paisley & Darius Rucker photo by Chris Hollo, courtesy of Schmidt Relations.

Country Radio Seminar will kick off CRS 2012 with a special edition of the Grand Ole Opry. Country’s most famous show will take place Wednesday, February 27 inside the performance hall at the Nashville Convention Center. Brad Paisley, Darius Rucker, Vince Gill, Dustin Lynch and Scotty McCreery are all confirmed as performers.

“Every week, the Grand Ole Opry showcases an unforgettable, one-of-a-kind mix of country music’s new stars, superstars, and legends for country music fans from around the world,” Opry Vice President and General Manager Pete Fisher said. “We’re excited to deliver a special show featuring some of radio’s biggest current hit-makers who are also some of the most popular artists who visit our stage for all our friends in country radio when CRS returns to town next month.”

Additional performers will be added in the coming weeks.  The two-hour show will begin at 7 p.m., immediately following the annual CRS Artist/Attendee Welcome Reception. The Opry rarely stages shows outside its regular program schedule and its permanent home at the Grand Ole Opry House or its winter residence Ryman Auditorium. This will be the Opry’s CRS debut as well.

“This marks the first time in the history of the seminar, which is over 40 years, that we welcome the Grand Ole Opry to our stage,” Bill Mayne, CRS Executive Director, said. “It has been a long time coming, but will be well worth the wait. My thanks to Pete Fisher and the Opry staff for allowing me to present this show on the opening night of CRS 2013, as both events are such a great fit for each other.”

CRS 2013 takes place February 27 – March 1 at the Nashville Convention Center. Register for the event at



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