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The show must go on: It’s a phrase used widely in the entertainment business and beyond, but over the past few months it means more than ever to the cast of the Grand Ole Opry.
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Based in Nashville, Tennessee, “the show that made country music famous” has found ways to keep going for fans around the world, even as live entertainment events such as concerts have essentially ceased to exist due to the coronavirus pandemic.
For the Opry and country musicians, there’s a special reason to keep playing: in its 95-year history, the show that featured legendary performers from Minnie Pearl to Grandpa Jones, Johnny Cash, Reba McEntire and Dolly Parton — has never gone dark.
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“It says a lot about the character, the resolve that the Grand Ole Opry has, that in spite of something so drastic and so impacting, that they still managed to go forward and still manage to do something,” Craig Morgan, a singer-songwriter and Opry member, told FOX Business. “And to me, that’s inspiring.”