November 22, 2011 – This past weekend, southern rock’s legendary multi-platinum selling Marshall Tucker Band made its official debut on the stage of the historicGrand Ole Opry in Nashville, Tennessee. Held at the Opry’s most famous former home, theRyman Auditorium, a standing room only crowd was on hand for the Saturday night show that is forever etched into the history book of The Marshall Tucker Band.
"Not everyone gets asked to play at such a legendary venue and we are honored to have performed,” notes Marshall Tucker lead singer Doug Gray. "I have played many shows in my life but never one with as much history as the Grand Ole Opry.”
The Marshall Tucker Band joined the night’s star-studded lineup that included Bill Anderson, Diamond Rio, Little Jimmy Dickens, Joe Diffie, Jeannie Seely, the Del McCoury Band, Connie Smith, Jean Shepard, Jim Ed Brown, Mike Snider, Riders In The Sky, The Whites, Bobby Osborne and Rocky Top X-Press and The Opry Square Dancers.
Upon arriving at the Ryman for sound check, the guys were greeted with a large bouquet of flowers from longtime friend and Grand Ole Opry member Charlie Daniels, congratulating them on their first ever Opry performance in 40 years.
Gray adds, “When we walked through the back door of the Ryman, I was nervous, I’m not going to lie. That building and the Grand Ole Opry have had some of the most legendary performers in the history of music performing onstage. Had Toy Caldwell still been living, he would have been very emotional. I feel like he, Tommy and George were all there with us. I’m so very proud.”
The band rocked through “Fire On The Mountain” and followed up with “Can’t You See,” to what was met with a standing ovation from the packed house.
In speaking to listeners tuned in on 650 AM WSM, Sirius-XM and online, Opry member Bill Anderson informed the radio audience of what could be seen from within the Ryman when he announced, “Folks, I know you can’t see this but that’s what the sound of a standing ovation sounds like.”
Celebrating its 40th Anniversary in 2011, The Marshall Tucker Band is keeping busy throughout the remainder of the year. Today, November 22, the band releases The Marshall Tucker Band: Greatest Hits in vinyl form. The 17-track record contains 14 classic Marshall Tucker hits as well as three previously unreleased live recordings.
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