The Grand Ole Opry is one of the most iconic stages in country music, and today, we're getting a backstage tour. The Grand Ole Opry is the longest-running radio show in U.S. history, and it's been showcase for the icons of country music all the way back since 1925. The tour runs about one hour.
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I was lucky enough to have a private tour, but you'll be joining a group of up to 30 people. So this one, called Into the Circle, is in honor of the very first time that an artist takes our stage. Each of the dressing rooms honors country music legends.
Wow, so they call this dressing room the Crown Jewel, because it was Roy Acuff's dressing room.
138 is Hal Ketchum. 134 I always like to point out, because it belongs to Alan Jackson. So this is known as the mail room.
It's where artists of the Grand Ole Opry collect some fan mail. Brooks, I see that Dolly Parton has some mail. Oh, wow, this is beautiful.
So they're testing the lights right now for tonight? Yeah, it's an induction night. It's a super special event. Can you tell me about this circle? This, the Ryman Circle comes from the Ryman Auditorium itself.
And so they wanted to keep that with us and they brought the Ryman Circle, cut right from their own stage.
There is no doubt that when you are in the circle, you're right there. Yeah! That's the audience. That's the sound they make, ah.
Wow, that really was a backstage tour. We heard countless stories about the artists who perform here, saw their dressing rooms, and I got to step on that stage. How can you experience Nashville without coming here?