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The Grand Ole Opry is bringing in the big guns to help them with their extended 40th anniversary celebration, and that included bringing Dan Rather in as special guest announcer Friday night (March 21).
The acclaimed journalist, known for covering major events around the world, said he had grown up a fan of the Opry and country music in Texas.
He shared the podium with Opry host Eddie Stubbs to introduce the hosts of his segment, Opry members The Oak Ridge Boys. And the Opry’s “Stars and Stripes” dressing room, which houses the piano played by President Richard Nixon during his Opry visit in 1974, was appropriately designated for his use during his visit.
The celebration continues Saturday, March 29, when the Opry welcomes The Band Perry, Vince Gill, Hunter Hayes and Patty Loveless.
But that's not all, the Opry will also kick off the sixth year of Opry Country Classics every Thursday from March 27 to May 22 at the Ryman Auditorium, where Larry Gatlin will return as host of the nine-show run. Country Classics Spotlight Artists include Marty Stuart, Lorrie Morgan and Pam Tillis, The Charlie Daniels Band, The Oak Ridge Boys and Craig Morgan.