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JUN 2017

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2 8 GROUP TRAVEL LE ADER T H E C O U N T RY ' S C A P I TA L Nashville is the undisputed capital of country music, that most American of music styles. The city's inf luence in the development of country music can be traced back to one singular phe- nomenon: the Grand Ole Opry. "We like to say that the Opry is the show that made country music famous," said Wayne Chandler, director of sales and group services for the Grand Ole Opry. "The Opry is celebrating its 92nd year, and it has such a varied history. When you see old pictures of a family sitting around listening to the radio, they were listening to the Opry. We're still carried live on the radio, but we're also on satellite radio and have online distribution, so there are 1.5 million people lis- tening to each one of our shows." Opry shows take place year-round on Tuesday, Friday and Saturday nights, either at the Opry House or at the historic Ryman Auditorium downtown, where the show got its start. Each show features a lineup of numerous artists, which often include country superstars as well as up- and-coming artists. Groups that visit the Opry should take advan- tage of the fantastic backstage tours, available whether or not there is a show that night. On Photos courtesy Grand Ole Opry RYMAN AUDITORIUM, PART-TIME HOME TO THE GRAND OLE OPRY A PHOTO OP ON THE OPRY STAGE

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