The sprawling Gaylord Opryland Resort and Convention Center, Nashville’s cornerstone in the travel industry, is closed indefinitely because of floodwaters from the nearby Cumberland River.
Country music’s landmark, the Grand Ole Opry House, was flooded with several feet of water, and at least 10 feet of water flooded the nearby Gaylord Opryland Hotel complex, indefinitely shutting down one of the nation’s largest hotel and convention centers. The historic Ryman Auditorium — the former home of the Grand Ole Opry — and the recording studios of Music Row were not in immediate danger.
Fans of traditional country music listening on Direct TV channel 811 noticed changes starting yesterday according to early reports. Where listeners once heard Willies Place they now hear Honky Tonk Tavern.
Word was leaked about the date for 2010 Academy of Country Music Awards. The Country Classics has confirmed that the 45th ACM Awards will be held on Sunday, April 18th, 2010, at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas.
The CEO of the Country Music Association has resigned effective immediately.
The association announced the resignation of Tammy Genovese in a news release Wednesday. No reason was given for her departure.
Heart of Texas Recording Artist Amber Digby will make her Grand Ole Opry debut on Saturday, December 19, at the Ryman Auditorium in downtown Nashville.
Sirius XM Radio Inc has been working with its advisers to prepare for a possible bankruptcy filing, the New York Times reported on its website on Tuesday, citing people close to the company. The move could put pressure on satellite television company EchoStar Corp, which reportedly holds a substantial amount of Sirius XM debt. EchoStar is known to many as Dish Network. It holds Sirius/XM debt but does not own the company.
The following was submitted by Tracy Pitcox: The first Marble Falls Opry will be held on Saturday, January 24, at the Uptown Theater in downtown Marble Falls. The show begins at 7:30 PM and admission is $10.00 per person. Tickets are now on sale by calling (830) 693-9996. The show is sponsored by the Heart of Texas Country Music Association. The organization also organizes the Llano and Mason Country Opry shows. This will be the first of three shows scheduled in Marble Falls for the 2009 season. Country Music entertainer Stephen Pride will headline the concert.
By Liz Szabo, USA TODAY: “Country singer Merle Haggard is recovering from lung cancer surgery, his family announced Wednesday. “Merle has undergone the removal of a cancerous growth in his right lung,” the 71-year-old singer’s wife, Theresa Haggard, said on his website, “Merle is recuperating from the surgery and doing better and better each day.”