Darius Rucker, Travis Tritt, Cam, Chris Young, Brett Eldredge & More Salute Ray Charles at the Opry

Darius Rucker, Travis Tritt, Cam, Chris Young, Brett Eldredge & More Salute Ray Charles at the Opry

The Grand Ole Opry paid homage to icon Ray Charles on Oct. 8 with a special showcase that was hosted by Darius Rucker and featured performances by Darius, Cam, Brett Eldredge, Ronnie Milsap, Lukas Nelson, LeAnn Rimes, Allen Stone, Travis Tritt, Charlie Wilson, Leela James, Jessie Key, Chris Young and Boyz II Men.

The night’s performances were filmed for a PBS television special that will air in February 2019. The special will also feature behind-the-scenes footage, a visit to the Ray Charles Library and iconic footage courtesy of the Ray Charles Foundation.

“When you think of musical legends, you think of Ray Charles,” says Darius. “To host this great event celebrating his legacy at the Opry makes it even more special. Being asked to join the Opry six years ago was one of the greatest highlights of my career and it’s an honor any time I get to step onto that stage, especially for a night like this.”

Set List

  • Boyz II Men and Chris Youg: “Your Love So Doggone Good”
  • Travis Tritt: “I Am Moving On”
  • Brett Eldredge: “That Lucky Old Sun”
  • LeAnn Rimes: “Fever”
  • Charlie Wilson: “Unchain My Heart”
  • Darius Rucker: “Don’t Change On Me”
  • Boyz II Men: “Georgia On My Mind”
  • Ronnie Milsap and Jessie Key: “You Are my Sunshine”
  • Leela James and Cam: “Don’t Tell Me Your Troubles”
  • Lukas Nelson: “Seven Spanish Angels”
  • Chris Young: “I Can’t Stop Loving You”
  • Allen Stone and Cam: “Here We Go Again”
  • Charlie Wilson and LeAnn Rimes:“Crying Time”
  • Everyone: “America the Beautiful”

photo courtesy of Frederick Breedon IV/Getty Images/Schmidt PR 

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Dustin Lynch & MacKenzie Porter talk about “Thinking ‘Bout You”

Dustin Lynch & MacKenzie Porter talk about “Thinking ‘Bout You”

Dustin Lynch recalls the exact moment during the writing of “Thinking ‘Bout You” when they thought it could work as a collaboration, “We realized, after we got to the chorus, wait a second, this is the duet moment we’ve been looking for. We can have the girl on the other end of the line, and her come in on the second verse, and now it’s a conversation. And I do think that’s why it’s so approachable and people relate to it and those phone calls can be life changing sometimes.”

As the song is knocking on the door to the number-one spot on the country music airplay chart, MacKenzie Porter shares that she and Dustin haven’t had a lot of opportunities to perform the hit song together, “The crazy part is like, we’ve actually probably sang it separately, more than we’ve sang it together, because our touring schedules are different. So then when we do get to do it together, it’s like oh yeah this is how, this is how it’s supposed to go, I’m not supposed to sing Dustin’s first verse, which I do in my own show. It just feels so natural.”

Photo Courtesy of Dustin Lynch & MacKenzie Porter