TODAY IN COUNTRY MUSIC HISTORY
(Thurs., Nov. 8)
Scotty Wiseman was born in 1909.
Patti Page was born Clara Ann Fowler in Claremore, Okla., in 1927.
Toymaker Hasbro unveiled its new collection of six Elvis Presley limited-edition commemorative dolls in 1994.
COUNTRY MUSIC TRIVIA
Q: What Opry member recently taped an episode of "Who Wants To Be A Millionaire?
A: Martina McBride, who returns to the Opry stage during Opry at the Ryman this Saturday.
MUSIC AND MORE
NEW ARTIST RELEASES
Deana Carter's new CD, Father Christmas, on Beyond Music and Clint Black's Greatest Hits II on RCA will be in stores Nov. 20. Audium Records is releasing The Good News According to Mr. Roy Acuff and Merle Haggard's Roots, Vol. 1 is now in stores. The highly anticipated new Garth Brooks project, Scarecrow, on Capitol will be available Nov. 13.
Opry member Reba McEntire has released her Greatest Hits III -- I'm A Survivor, her 27th CD release. The album is number one in country sales this week and is Reba's first album to debut at the top of the charts since her Starting Over CD in 1995.
TRAVIS TRITT AT CHRISTMAS TREE LIGHTING
Opry member Travis Tritt will participate in The National Christmas Tree lighting ceremony on Dec. 6. Tritt -- along with Audra McDonald, Frederica von Stade and The Manhattan Transfer -- will perform during the 78th Annual Christmas Pageant of Peace in Washington, D.C. President George W. Bush will push the button to light the tree and the United States Marine Band and the Fort Bend Boys Choir of Stafford, Texas, will also perform.
CROSBY, STILLS, NASH & BLACK?
Opry member Clint Black will join Crosby, Stills & Nash during the debut of a new monthly series, "CMT Crossroads," on Dec. 16 (at 9 p.m. ET). Stan Lynch, drummer for Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers, will host the show. The series will pair country artists with other genres to show the influence of country music. Hank Williams Jr. and Kid Rock are scheduled for a future episode of the series.
UPCOMING APPEARANCES ON THE GRAND OLE OPRY
Nov. 10: Trace Adkins, Martina McBride, T Bubba Bechtol, Porter Wagoner, The Whites
Nov. 16: Hal Ketchum, Riders in the Sky, IIIrd Tyme Out
Nov. 17: Eddy Raven, David Ball, Riders in the Sky
Nov. 23: David Ball, Jimmy Dickens
Nov. 24: Del McCoury Band, David Ball, Jimmy Dickens, Ralph Stanley
Nov. 30: Joe Diffie, Steve Wariner, Del McCoury Band, Diamond Rio, John Conlee, Jean Shepard
Dec. 1: Joe Diffie, Asleep at the Wheel, Del McCoury Band, John Conlee, Jean Shepard
Dec. 7: Gillian Welch
Dec. 8: Travis Tritt, Diamond Rio, Gillian Welch
Dec. 14: Jeff Carson, Marty Stuart
Dec. 15: Tracy Lawrence, Jeff Carson, John Prine
Dec. 28: Marty Stuart
Dec. 29: Marty Stuart
(For Opry tickets, log on to opry.com or call 615-889-3060 or TicketMaster at 615-255-9600. Artists and schedule subject to change.)
By Opryland USA in Nashville and UPI