Rascal Flatts Invited to Join Opry; Ryan Adams Announces New Tour Dates; Chris Pandolfi Delivers IBMA Keynote Address

Juli Thanki | September 28th, 2011

  • Next Wednesday (October 5), Elizabeth Cook will be on The Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson. On the 9th, the episode of Squidbillies on which she voiced the character of “Tammi” and covered the show’s theme song will air. Other news from the press release: she’s currently working on new material and plans to have a new record out next year.
  • Infamous Stringduster Chris Pandolfi delivered yesterday’s keynote address at IBMA World of Bluegrass, in which he said that listeners must agree to disagree on the question of what constitutes bluegrass. David Morris of Bluegrass Today recapped the event.
  • The Soundland multi-genre music festival is one of Nashville’s best-kept secrets, says Chris Parton.
  • American Songwriter posted an interview with alt-country songstress Caitlin Rose.
  • Dolly Parton’s tour buses didn’t meet Australian road requirements, but when her Down Under tour (and the money that brings to the community) was nearly canceled over this, Aussie officials let Parton slide.
  • The Carolina Chocolate Drops played some songs for Paste that were recently posted on Paste’s site. If you’ve never seen or heard the Chocolate Drops, they put on a delightful live performance.
  • Rounder Records is re-releasing Mandy Barnett’s Winter Wonderland holiday album. The record features a number of music veterans, including steel guitar genius Lloyd Green.
  • Signature Sounds is celebrating Crooked Still’s 10th anniversary with a contest. Stop by the label’s Facebook page for the details.
  • Check out the trailer for the upcoming Dolly Parton movie Joyful Noise. Kris Kristofferson also stars.

  1. Jon
    September 28, 2011 at 9:52 am

    Great news about Rascal Flatts and the Opry.

  2. Boooo
    September 28, 2011 at 11:32 am

    First, it was Murder on Music Row.

    Now, it’s Murder on Opryland Drive.

  3. Chickette
    September 28, 2011 at 3:19 pm

    Yes, country music lovers across the globe should rejoice at the prospect of such a pefect union between the Opry and the most deserving Rascal Flatts, one of, if not THE greatest bands in country music history. The face of country music in 2011. Oh rapture! Oh joy!

  4. badrockandroll
    September 28, 2011 at 7:48 pm

    When I first read the bit about Rascal Flatts and the Opry, I thought that this site did the fake news thing too. Now I am curious as to what Jimmy Martin did to not get in the Opry, because it seems that they will take anyone. I am sure though that Rascal Flatts will honour their commitments and appear there as much as Reba, er George Strait, er Terri Clark, oh forget it, it’s an indefensible mess.

  5. Jon
    September 28, 2011 at 8:46 pm

    The Opry has always presented a cross-section of country music, heavily weighted toward what’s popular. It’s been a winning formula for many decades – why change now?

  6. Chickette
    September 28, 2011 at 10:22 pm

    Exactly! Besides, who is more authentically country than Rascal Flatts? If we’re lucky maybe they’ll even do “Bob That Head” on the night of their induction. Won’t that be just peachy?

  7. Chickette
    September 28, 2011 at 10:23 pm

    Badrockandroll: George Strait is not an Opry member and never has been.

  8. luckyoldsun
    September 28, 2011 at 10:38 pm

    Unfortunately, Roy Acuff, Minnie Pearl, and Porter Wagoner are no longer performing–and they ain’t coming back. So if the Opry wants to put on people who are famous and who the tourists have heard of, it has to take what it can get.

  9. Paul W Dennis
    September 29, 2011 at 7:57 am

    While I don’t regard Rascal Flatts as being especially authentic, I’d rather hear them than the likes of Jake Owen, the JaneDeer Girls, Gloriana or Jason Aldeen. Plus the fact that they’ve always been interested in Opry membership does say something positive about them

    Jon is right, the Opry has always strived to stay current – it’s how they’ve survived this long.

  10. Wayne Roberts
    September 30, 2011 at 8:48 pm

    Not a fan of Flatts but it shows the Opry casts a fairly wide net. VERY GLAD to see the Oak Ridge Boys invited. Long live the Opry.

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