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Dec 15

Emmylou Harris Celebrates 20th Anniversary as a Grand Ole Opry Member

Emmylou Harris photo courtesy of Schmidt Public Relations.

The Grand Ole Opry will celebrate Emmylou Harris’ 20th anniversary as an Opry member on January 21, 2012 at the historic Ryman Auditorium in Nashville. Emmylou was inducted into the Opry on January 25, 1992. Emmylou will perform and will be honored by Vince Gill, Rodney Crowell, Shawn Colvin — who will be making her Opry debut that evening — and more.

“Emmylou is treasured not just by all of us at the Grand Ole Opry, but also by fans around the world,” Pete Fisher, Opry vice president and general manager, said. “She’s shared so many great musical moments with us over the past 20 years, singing with and introducing us to some of her favorite musical collaborators. We’re excited to celebrate her Opry anniversary at the Ryman, a stage on which she’s displayed such incredible artistry through the years.”

Emmylou has erased the boundaries between country, folk and rock ‘n’ roll. She began performing folk music while in college in the ’60s. In  the late ’60s, she met Gram Parsons, formerly of The Byrds, and he became her mentor and singing partner, drawing her into the ’70s country-rock movement. She worked with him until his death in 1973.

Since Gram’s passing, Emmylou has developed a musical style all her own that combines folk music with an electric base. She has seven No. 1 songs and 27 Top 10 hits to her credits. Some of her most-recognized hits include. “If I Could Only Win Your Love,” “Born To Run,” “Together Again,” “Sweet Dreams,” “Making Believe,” “To Daddy,” and “Heartbreak Hill.”

Emmylou received the Centrury Award from Billboard Magazine in 1999 and was inducted into the Country Music Hall of Fame in 2008. She has also won 12 GRAMMY Awards. For tickets to the Opry, call (800) SEE-OPRY or log on to www.opry.com.

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