“Opry Salute to Ray Charles” With Chris Young, Travis Tritt, Darius Rucker, Trisha Yearwood & More to Premiere Nationwide on Sept. 5

“Opry Salute to Ray Charles” With Chris Young, Travis Tritt, Darius Rucker, Trisha Yearwood & More to Premiere Nationwide on Sept. 5

The Grand Ole Opry paid homage to icon Ray Charles in October 2018 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, Trisha Yearwood, Jessie Key, Chris Young and Boyz II Men.

The night’s performances were filmed for a PBS television special, An Opry Salute to Ray Charles, that will premiere on public TV stations nationwide beginning on Sept. 5.

The 90-minute TV special also features behind-the-scenes footage, a visit to the Ray Charles Library and iconic footage courtesy of the Ray Charles Foundation.

“One of the coolest things about that night, being a part of it, is not just getting to sing Ray Charles’ music, but also there was such a broad mix of genres and people and eras that all loved and respected him and his music,” says Chris Young. “Getting to be a part of a night that celebrates the impact that he had, being able to sit there and sing a couple of those songs was a very special night. And I got to sing with Boyz II Men too, so it was pretty incredible.”

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”
  • Trisha Yearwood: “You Don’t Know Me”
  • 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 by Frederick Breedon IV/Getty Images

 

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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