Brad Paisley, Blake Shelton and More Featured in Grand Ole Opry Movie
Want to see Brad Paisley, Blake Shelton, the Band Perry and more of your favorite country artists on the silver screen? You're in luck; the Grand Ole Opry is releasing a film featuring several Opry members and frequent Opry guests.
“It’s like a mega behind-the-scenes version of The Opry,” the Band Perry’s Reid Perry tells the Tennessean. Kimberly Perry adds, “I’m excited for the movie to come out because, to me, one of the coolest things we’ve got to be a part of as The Band Perry is being backstage at the Opry"
Backstage footage, insight into personalities and relationships, plus performances are all featured in the film.
In American Saturday Night the "Done" hitmakers perform a toned-down version of new single "Live Forever," "If I Die Young" and "Better Dig Two" while Paisley plays "Country Nation," "American Saturday Night" and "Southern Comfort Zone." He adds an acoustic refrain of Little Jimmy Dickens' "Country Boy" into the mix, and reminices about his late buddy, calling him "my best friend in this place."
Shelton's five-song set includes "Hillbilly Bone," "Boys 'Round Here," "Gonna," "Ol' Red" and "Sangria," and before the latter song, he jokes about the Opry's no-alcohol backstage policy. "That's why I've been standing out in the parking lot for the past two hours," he jokes, introducing "Sangria" as a "song we can all drink to."
Rucker's performance of "So I Sang" is in the movie, and he tells Rolling Stone , "I'm so proud to be a part of it. I'm one of the artists in it, talking about being a member of the Opry. I go there when I don't play, just to talk to people and hang out. I've seen Vince [Gill] there, not playing, just hanging out, Marty Stuart, Little Jimmy [Dickens], Jim Ed Brown, God rest his soul. I love being a member."
Even for big-time country stars like Paisley, the privilege of being in the Grand Ole Opry movie is not taken lightly. Paisley admits he was "so excited to be asked."
He reveals, “The main goal of my career was to be an Opry member. Once you get that, it becomes so much more than that. It becomes family and friendships and part of your life, really. These people out here from [Opry general manager] Pete [Fisher] to artists like Bill Anderson and Jeannie Seely and the people I associate with these backstage experiences, there’s so many great memories now.”
The feature-length film is expected to hit theaters this winter, even as early as December.
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