Carrie Underwood is helping Barbara Mandrell celebrate 50 years as an Opry member this weekend

by Cindy Watts

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Barbara Mandrell celebrates its 50th anniversary as a Grand Ole Opry member this weekend with some of the biggest names in country music. Carrie Underwoodwho calls Mandrell one of her professional inspirations, will perform as well as CeCe Winans, Suzy Bogguss and Linda Davis.

Mandrell will attend both shows Saturday night.

The singer, a three-time ACM/CMA Entertainer and four-time ACM/CMA Female Vocalist of the Year, was inducted as a member of the Grand Ole Opry on July 29, 1972.
Mandrell made a name for herself with “Sleeping Single in a Double Bed,” “I Was Country When Country Wasn’t Cool” and her pop crossover “(If Loving You Is Wrong) I Don’t Want To Be Right.” She became a household name in 1980 when her variety show, Barbara Mandrell and the Mandrell Sisters, debuted on NBC. But two years later, she was diagnosed with vocal strain and forced to leave the show. In 1984, Mandrell was involved in a head-on car accident with another driver that seriously injured her. More than a year later, she published her best-selling autobiography, “Get to the Heart: My Story.”

Fans unable to attend Saturday night’s Opry in person can TUNE in for a one-hour segment of the night’s first show, broadcast live at 9/8pm CT and rebroadcast at 12/23 CT as Opry Live hosts. by Bill Cody on Circle Television. The show will stream live via Circle’s social channels and be heard on SiriusXM’s Willie’s Roadhouse channel 59. Both shows will air in their entirety on WSM Radio and

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SiriusXM will also welcome Mandrell as the “Opry House Guest DJ” on Willie’s Roadhouse (Ch. 59), which hosts two hours of handpicked selections and stories from throughout her career, premiering tonight at 9 p.m. ET and rebroadcast on Friday, July 29 (6:00 p.m. ET); Saturday, July 30 (9:00 a.m. ET); Sunday, July 31 (7 p.m. ET). Mandrell will also join TG Sheppard for his show on Prime Country (Ch. 58), which premieres August 5 (3 p.m. ET).

In honor of Mandrell’s Golden Opry Anniversary, a commissioned Hatch show print will be available at the Opry Shop and online at In addition, the exclusive merchandise line that Mandrell launched in partnership with the Opry last year in celebration of the 40th anniversary of her signature hit—and one of country music’s most iconic classics—”I Was Country When Country Wasn’t Cool” will once again be available exclusively online at and at the Opry Gift Shop in Nashville, TN. The collection includes “I Was Country When Country Wasn’t Cool” branded T-shirts, Hatch posters, coffee mugs and more.
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