Carly Pearce, with four CMA Awards nominations for New Artist, Song, Vocal Event and Video of the Year for “I Hope You’re Happy Now,” has a reverence for the Opry that extends well before her years playing Dollywood, dreaming of country fame. A Saturday night regular, the 30-years-young country phenom was the perfect person to explore the origins and evolution of the Opry with octogenarian icons “Whispering Bill” Anderson and red-hot Jeannie Seely, both half-century veterans of the Grand Ole Opry.
Anderson, a member of the Country Music, Songwriters, Nashville Songwriters, Georgia and South Carolina halls of fame, has been a songwriting force – as well as innovative businessman – since getting his start in the ‘50s. Beyond his own career, he took home the CMA and ACM Song of the Year Award in 2005 (“Whiskey Lullabye” by Brad Paisley and Alison Krauss) and 2007 (“Give It Away” by George Strait); both songs were also Grammy nominees.
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