The Grand Ole Opry is commemorating nine decades of exceptional country music with a nine-month celebration which starts Tuesday, March 24. Opry members Brad Paisley, Del McCoury Band and Old Crow Medicine Show are all slated to appear during two special shows. There will also be a host of special guests!

During the shows, artists will share memorable stories about the country music greats who graced the stage of the Opry during its 90-year history. In addition, they will discuss special instruments and artifacts that have been displayed at the Opry House throughout the years. The memorabilia includes the fiddle played by Uncle Jimmy Thompson on the very first broadcast of the Grand Ole Opry, the steamboat whistle used by Opry founder George D. Hay to introduce multiple Opry broadcasts and a guitar used by Opry great Little Jimmy Dickens, who passed away earlier this year on Jan. 2. The display will also include items from recent Opry inductees like Josh Turner and Darius Rucker.

The Opry will soon announce other plans for the nine-month birthday celebration, including Opry guest appearances by Florida Georgia Line, Charlie Daniels Band, Oak Ridge Boys, Rascal Flatts, Reba McEntire and more.

This event is an ode to the power of country music and the way it has transformed and grown during the last nine decades. For more information about the celebration, visit the Grand Ole Opry's website.

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