The Grand Ole Opry will release BACKSTAGE at the Grand Ole Opry, a book giving fans an all-access, behind the scenes look at the show that made country music famous, on March 15. The book’s release coincides with the Opry’s 40th Anniversary celebration of its permanent home, the Grand Ole Opry House. The book is co-authored by Brenda Colladay and Dan Rogers, who together have more than thirty years of experience working behind the scenes of the Opry.
The book contains stories from the Opry’s most popular stars along with more than 250 exclusive photos. Dozens of the photos are contributed by longtime Opry photograph Chris Hollo. There are also a number of photos from the Opry’s large archives.
“No offense at all to the people sitting in the seats, but the real show is backstage,” Garth Brooks says in the book. “That’s the Opry.” Garth shares the story of his first night playing the Opry alongside other artist stories that include Carrie Underwood’s first encounter with Loretta Lynn and Vince Gill’s time spent backstage with Roy Acuff.
Dierks Bentley is featured on the book’s cover, standing backstage moments before a performance. “This book tells the story of one of my favorite places—backstage at the Opry—like never before,” he said. “The Opry and its fans deserve this.”
BACKSTAGE at the Grand Ole Opry celebrates each of the one-of-a-kind dressing rooms found backstage at the Grand Ole Opry House and includes the history behind portraits of Opry stars who embody the spirit of each room such as Trace Adkins, Charlie Daniels, Jimmy Dickens and Rascal Flatts. It includes onstage performance shots and candid backstage shots of stars like Bill Anderson, Luke Bryan, Brad Paisley, Keith Urban and dozens more.
Notables from the world of media and entertainment are also featured celebrating their own “Opry Moments,” including Anderson Cooper, Kevin Costner, Lester Holt, Paul McCartney, Charles Osgood, Robin Roberts and Bob Schieffer. BACKSTAGE at the Grand Ole Opry will be available at opry.com as well as all Opry Nashville retail locations.
The authors are scheduled to sign copies of the book in The Opry Shop at the Grand Ole Opry House at 5:30 p.m. Saturday, March 15 and 2 p.m. Sunday, March 16. The weekend marks the 40th Anniversary of the Opry House and is scheduled to include star-packed Opry performances and special events.