NASHVILLE, Tenn. (March 21, 2011) Bluegrass music has made its mark on the Grand Ole Opry stage for more than 50 years, and now the musical genre fathered by Bill Monroe has a permanent place backstage at the Opry, as well. Dressing Room Number 2 at the Opry House is now the “Bluegrass Room,” adorned with photos of current Opry member bluegrass artists as well as favorite photos from the Opry’s past. The room features armless chairs to better foster backstage rehearsals and picking parties as well as alternating floor finishes, a nod to string instrument frets.
The room renovation was part of a $20 million rebuilding/refurbishment project following last May’s disastrous Nashville flood, during which four feet of water engulfed the Opry stage and backstage area.
In addition to the Bluegrass Room, 17 other new dressing rooms showcase other music styles, iconic Opry artists, and important events in Opry history. Other backstage additions include an Opry Member Gallery honoring each of the more than 150 members throughout Opry history, displays of Opry member stage clothing and other archives, and a Green Room/Opry Family Room showcasing photographs of seminal Opry moments.
Fans can get a glimpse of the Opry House backstage area via photos and videos at opry.com and can get a first-hand look backstage during guided backstage tours seven days a week. To plan an Opry visit, call (800) SEE-OPRY or visit opry.com.
Reprinted with Permission: Darlene Bieber, Schmidt PR.com
- Darlene Bieber
- Schmidt PR.com