The official inside history of the home of country music'the Grand Ole Opry. Never before has an institution embodied a genre of music like The Grand Ole Opry. The longest running radio broadcast in history, it was on the Opry stage that country music was born, and it still thrives today. A night at the Opry means generations of performers all on the stage together, from Little Jimmy Dickens, who has been performing at the Opry since 1948, to 30 year old recent inductee Dierks Bentley. Grand Ole Opry members perform live regularly, and have included legends of the past and present such as Dolly Parton, Garth Brooks, Vince Gill, Loretta Lynn, Reba McEntire, Johnny Cash, and Hank Williams. Packed with first person accounts, the eighty year history of this American icon is revealed in never-before-released photos, oral histories, and correspondence. For the half million people who attend the Opry each year, and the millions who tune in around the world each week to listen to the live broadcast on 240 country radio stations, this will be the ultimate book on the home of country music.Escott, Colin is the author of 'Grand Ole Opry The Making of an American Icon', published 2006 under ISBN 9781931722865 and ISBN 1931722862.