Nashville, TN -- This weekend, for the first time in nearly 25 years, legendary country music group Shenandoah will return to the stage of the Grand Ole Opry. After a 17 year absence, lead singer Marty Raybon has returned to front the group who will perform on the Opry stage this Friday night, May 6 and Saturday night, May 7.
"With great excitement after almost 25 years, we will once again have the honor of playing the Grand Ole Opry," says Raybon. "It truly is like no other feeling, standing on that stage where so many country music greats have stood."
Shenandoah's Mike McGuire adds, "I can still remember what a thrill it was for a bunch of young kids when we had the opportunity to play the Grand Ole Opry for the first time. Knowing that our parents all grew up in the generation of AM radio and listening to the Grand Ole Opry on WSM, we knew how special it would be for them as well. It was one of my fondest memories and one of our biggest highlights of our career seeing the smiles on the faces and the tears in the eyes of our parents and how special it was to them to see their sons play at the 'mother church of country music.'"
The group's return to the Opry stage is the latest highlight of what has been a very busy year for the boys from Alabama. The band recently performed at the Academy of Country Music's (ACM) All-Star Jam in Las Vegas and also just released their first-ever Gospel album, Good News Travels Fast.
This weekend's Opry performances are just a couple of stops included on the group's 2016 tour schedule. 2016 Shenandoah Tour Dates:
Shenandoah originally formed in Muscle Shoals, Alabama in 1985. The band has charted 26 singles on the Billboard Hot Country charts, including #1 Hits "The Church on Cumberland Road," "Sunday in the South" and "Two Dozen Roses" from 1989, "Next to You, Next to Me" from 1990, and "If Bubba Can Dance (I Can Too)" from 1994. The single "Somewhere in the Vicinity of the Heart," which featured guest vocals from Alison Krauss, won both artists a GRAMMY®, Award for "Best Country Performance by a Duo or Group with Vocal." To date, the group has sold millions of albums worldwide and is a recipient of the Academy of Country Music's coveted "Vocal Group of the Year" award. For more information on Shenandoah, visit www.ShenandoahBand.com.