Grand Ole Opry music has always featured American rural music, ever since the show’s beginnings in 1925. The Grand Ole Opry radio show began as a one-hour concert called the WSM Barn Dance featuring Uncle Jimmy Thompson, a fiddler. One of the first Grand Ole Opry performers made famous by the show was Uncle Dave Macon, a banjo player. Later, the name Grand Ole Opry was chosen for the radio show.
Through the years, Grand Ole Opry music has included some of the top selling country music artists in the country. Roy Acuff, considered by many to be the king of country music, was one of the first Grand Ole Opry performers to become famous as a singer. Other performers included Hank Williams, Patsy Cline, and Bill Monroe, among great names in classic country music.
In the 1970s, the show at the Grand Ole Opry moved from its original home in the Ryman Auditorium into the Grand Ole Opry House, an entertainment complex located nine miles from downtown Nashville. In the next 30 years, many country stars such as Reba McEntire, Garth Brooks, Alan Jackson, Vince Gill, and Trisha Yearwood, among others, were all regulars at the show at the Grand Ole Opry.
Today the Grand Ole Opry continues its grand tradition with several weekly concerts showcasing country music that are broadcast across the USA and continues to be one of the most popular country music radio shows in the country. Grand Ole Opry music has expanded to include other genres as well, such as bluegrass, comedy, folk, and gospel music, but for those wanting to return to the roots of country music, the weekly Opry Country Classics concert features classic songs from country music history.