Country music has always been a genre with open arms, and now the Grand Ole Opry is continuing that tradition by extending their welcome and opening their stage to Academy Award winners Robert Duvall and Billy Bob Thornton.

“As we celebrate the Grand Ole Opry’s 90th anniversary, we appreciate when talented personalities from all walks of life recognize the impact of the Opry and want to join us in Nashville,” says Opry Vice President Pete Fisher. “We’re looking forward to some good music from our new friends and to sharing a fun night with them and our audience.”

The two will make their Opry debuts on Aug. 18. Duvall will serve as a guest announcer during the show and perform the song “Cheyenne,” from the film Wild Horses. Duvall has been nominated for seven Academy Awards, seven Golden Globes (winning four) and has appeared in films and television series such as The Twilight Zone, MASH, To Kill a Mockingbird and The Godfather.

Thornton will join his roots-rock band the Boxmasters to perform tunes from their 2015 album, Somewhere Down the Road.  Their stop at the famed Opry House is part of their current summer tour.

Film stars are no stranger to the home of country music. Sissy Spacek took the stage while preparing for her role as Opry legend Loretta Lynn in Coal Miner’s Daughter, as did Kevin Costner, who has played the Opry three times with his band Modern West.

Dustin Lynch, Craig Morgan, David Nail, the Oak Ridge Boys, and Thomas Rhett are also slated to perform at the Opry that evening.

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