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Oct. 4, 2001 at 4:15 AM
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(Thurs., Oct. 4, 2001)

Leroy Van Dyke was born in Flat Creek, Mo., in 1929

Willie Nelson topped the country charts with "Blue Eyes Crying In The Rain" in 1975

"Walls Can Fall" by George Jones went gold in 1994

Jerry Rivers died in 1996


Opry members Alison Krauss & Union Station, Trisha Yearwood and George Jones will perform at the Ryman Auditorium in Nashville as part of the SunTrust Concert Series. Alison Krauss & Union Station featuring Jerry Douglas and special guest Julie Lee will take the stage on Oct. 7, Trisha Yearwood appears with special guest Sonya Isaacs on Oct. 14, and George Jones and Jim Lauderdale perform on Oct. 21.

All concerts begin at 8:30 pm EDT.


Country newcomer Darryl Worley takes the Wildhorse Saloon stage Thursday, Oct. 11 at 10 p.m. Tickets are on sale now for $10. Worley has made a big splash in the country music world with the release of his debut album "Hard Rain Don't Last." The DreamWorks Recording artist has enjoyed success with several songs from the project including smash hits "When You Need My Love," "Good Day To Run" and "Second Wind." For more information about the Wildhorse Saloon call (615) 902-8200 or visit the Web site at


Actors and musicians will collaborate on an unplugged concert event and auction to benefit the American Red Cross 9.11 Disaster Relief Fund. Dubbed "The Acoustic Americans Benefit," the event will be held at the Renberg Theatre at The Village in Los Angeles on Tuesday, Oct. 9.

Rob Schneider from Saturday Night Live will perform duties as Master of Ceremonies. Artists schedule to appear include Peter Reckell, Kristian Alfonso, Patrika Darbo, Kevin Spirtas, Kyle Lowder, Nadia Bjorlin, Steve Blackwood, Drake Hegenstyn, and Arianne Zuker from "Days of Our Lives"; Wayne Northrup, McKenzie Westmoore from "Passions"; Michelle Stafford, Anthony Pena, Eileen Davidson, and Lindsey Fonsecca from the "Young & The Restless"; Steven Nichols (General Hospital); Lynn Herring (Port Charles); Joely Fisher (Ellen, Baby Bob); Connie Stevens, Ed Begley Jr.; Hal Ketchum (Curb Records); Billy Hoffman (Critter Records); Chris Strandring (Instinct Records) featuring Mindi Abair (Backstreet Boys); Steven Bishop; Jennifer Stills; Joan Jones (Hollywood Records); Carl Anderson (Jesus Christ Superstar); Veruca Salt; John Mendoza; Jane Anderson (writer: If These Walls Could Talk, Babydance); Jacqui & Bill Landrum (choreographers: O'Brother Where Are Thou?); Bob Saget; Ken Stacey (Elton John) & Wendy Wagner (KD Lang); Kelly Moneymaker (Expose); Lisa Fox (Star 98.7); Trailer Park Pam (Interscope Records); The UP Choir; The Earth Angels and Lyle Wagner (The Carol Burnett Show) will be the auctioneer.

A celebrity meet and greet/silent auction will be from 7:00 -- 8:00 p.m. with performances and a live auction from 8:00 -- 10:00 p.m. A post party will begin at 10:00 p.m. The public is welcome.


Opry member Garth Brooks has been in Watertown, Tenn., just outside of Nashville, filming his new video for "Wrapped Up In You." Garth also filmed a Dr. Pepper commercial while on location. Garth's visit was a big deal in Watertown. Just ask Lela Beadle of Beadle's Grocery who made Garth some of her best pies. "I made apple, peach, chocolate and apricot," she bragged. Asked if he tasted them yet Garth said, "No, I haven't yet...but I think I only have 70 or 80 in the bay of the bus. I can't eat until the end of filming, but when I'm done, look out!"


Q. What was Opry group Diamond Rio's first No. 1 hit?

A. Diamond Rio's debut single "Meet in the Middle" went to No. 1 in 1991. The group returns to the Opry stage this Friday, Oct. 5.


Oct. 5: Brad Paisley, Rhonda Vincent, Carolyn Dawn Johnson (debut), Diamond Rio, David Ball, Craig Morgan

Oct. 6: Rhonda Vincent, Carolyn Dawn Johnson (debut), Ray Price

Oct. 12: Grand Ole Opry 76th Birthday - Steve Wariner, Brad Paisley, Travis Tritt

Oct. 13: Grand Ole Opry 76th Birthday - Steve Wariner, Brad Paisley, Vince Gill, Ricky Skaggs, Ralph Stanley, George Jones (6:30 only)

Oct. 19: Marty Stuart

Oct. 20: Allison Moorer

Oct. 26: Confederate Railroad (debut), Charley Pride, Gail Davies w/the Jordanaires, Pam Tillis

Oct. 27: Charley Pride, Gail Davies w/the Jordanaires

Nov. 10: Trace Adkins, Clint Black

Nov. 30: Joe Diffie

Dec. 1: Joe Diffie, Travis Tritt

Dec. 14: Jeff Carson

Dec. 15: Tracy Lawrence, Jeff Carson

For Opry tickets, log on to or call (615) 889-3060 or TicketMaster at (615) 255-9600. **Artists and schedule subject to change

(Written by Dan Rogers in Nashville and edited by UPI. If you have questions about the Music City Report, contact Dan at

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