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Friends to hit the stage to celebrate Charlie Daniels’ 75th Birthday Saturday

Opry returns to Ryman Auditorium for the winter Tuesday with Rascal Flatts and more

NASHVILLE, Tenn. – (Oct. 27, 2011) Keith Urban sang his hits for a sold-out Opry House audience Tuesday night, and the audience sang right back. After the CMA Entertainer of the Year nominee performed his first song of the night, “Sweet Thing,” fans who were gathered near the stage serenaded the superstar with “Happy Birthday” in honor of his birthday on Wednesday. Urban concluded his Opry set with “Making Memories of Us” and “Where the Blacktop Ends.” The superstar is scheduled to return to the Opry twice next month.

This Sat., Oct. 29 Opry member and country music/Southern rock stalwart Charlie Daniels will be celebrating his 75th birthday at the Opry with birthday shows including the guest of honor as well as Opry member Clint Black plus special guests The Grascals, Lee Greenwood, Gretchen Wilson, and more. Fans at home can celebrate Daniels’ birthday early by visiting the Opry’s YouTube channel, this week including a special playlist of Daniels’ Opry performances.

The Opry returns to its most famous former home, the historic Ryman Auditorium, for a three-month winter run beginning Tues. Nov. 1. Newest Opry member Rascal Flatts will be performing along with the most tenured Opry member, Little Jimmy Dickens, as well as special guests Rodney Atkins, Edens Edge, Phil Vassar, and more.

The Grand Ole Opry® is presented by Humana®. Opry performances are held every weekend of the year, and the Tuesday Night Opry continues through Dec. 13. To plan an Opry visit, call (800) SEE-OPRY or visit


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