Grand Ole Opry celebrates America — and now it's coming back strong

It’s been an essential part of American culture for decades.

And that longevity is exactly why Dan Rogers, Grand Ole Opry vice president and executive producer, drew comparisons to the strength and endurance of the nation.

“As long as there’s a Grand Ole Opry, we can count on there being a strong United States of America,” he told Fox News Digital in an interview just ahead of Memorial Day this year.

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Rogers said the Grand Ole Opry has “always celebrated the best in America” through traditional southern sounds and by introducing new modes of country music that speak to all Americans.

“We celebrate the past, present and future of country music in every show we do.”

An American flag waves as Dailey & Vincent perform at the Grand Ole Opry in Nashville, Tennessee, on May 24, 2022. 

An American flag waves as Dailey & Vincent perform at the Grand Ole Opry in Nashville, Tennessee, on May 24, 2022.  (Angelica Stabile/Fox News Digital)

“And I would say, by the same token, we celebrate the past, present and future of America every time that big red curtain goes up.”

Whether fans walk in through the front doors of the Opry House or performers come through the artists’ entrance, Rogers said the Opry experience is always a pure “celebration of America.”

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“The Opry truly is country music’s home and country music is so American.”

The Opry has made a strong comeback since the coronavirus pandemic forced artists to play to an empty house, Rogers said.

Yet even during that hard time, the Saturday night livestreamed broadcast was able to reach listeners, old and new, around the world.

Now, given the new (and renewed) enthusiasm, more listeners have been traveling to Nashville to attend the show in person (the Opry reopened in May 2021).

“Fans and artists alike are ready to celebrate country music’s most famous show.”

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