Stars honored to play Carnegie Hall

March 1, 2006 — As part of the recent 80th anniversary celebration of the Grand Ole Opry, a group of Opry stars representing both the old guard and new took their show to New York's Carnegie Hall for one very special show. The evening's sold-out performances were taped both for posterity and for Opry fans around the country.

The Grand Ole Opry At Carnegie Hall airs Sunday, March 12, at 8 p.m. Eastern on GAC. Vince Gill, Martina McBride, Trisha Yearwood, Alan Jackson, Alison Krauss, Brad Paisley, Bill Anderson, Charley Pride and Ricky Skaggs are just some of the Opry members who were part of the event.

"I don't think that anything will happen that will top that first impression of walking on that stage and looking around," said Vince about his first visit to the historic theater.
Although he's logged a lot of performances since his 1961 Opry induction, "Whisperin'" Bill Anderson also said he felt this particular show was special. "Vince Gill and I were standing out on the stage talking," said Bill. "Neither one of us had ever been in Carnegie Hall before ... and Vince said, 'You know, I got a big lump in my throat' and I said, 'You know, I do, too.' "