NASHVILLE, Tenn. (WKRN) — The iconic sights and sounds of the Grand Ole Opry will soon be available in the Big Apple.
Next spring, Ryman Hospitality Properties will open Opry City Stage in New York’s Times Square.
“When this first started, when the Orpy first started, it was a fiddler named Jimmy Thompson who sat in a motel room with a microphone in front of him and played fiddle tunes over the air. The technology that has come about, no one ever saw that coming,” said country artist Vince Gill.
News 2 got an exclusive look at how the four-story entertainment venue will bring Music City to New York.
“The listening room is going to be done under the backdrop of the Bluebird and we have negotiated with the song writers an exclusive arraignment outside of Nashville for the Bluebird name and we will be able to take the great song writers of Nashville and put them in this room, a listening room, and allow people to see the wonderful magical art of these folks,” said Colin Reed of Ryman Hospitality Properties.
The idea is to allow New Yorkers and tourists get a taste of what’s happening at the Grand Ole Opry and the Bluebird so they will want to come to Nashville.
“Anytime you get an opportunity to learn some history that’s time well spent a kid that may have never heard Hank Williams sing a song if he can hear a transcript of him singing at the Ryman or he can hear whoever, you know, I think the possibilities are endless because I think, you know, most people are curious,” said Gill.
Opry City Stage is an idea that could end up in others tourist cities like Las Vegas or London. The goal would be to give country music fans a taste of Nashville so they will want to visit Music City.
For 91 years, the Grand Ole Opry has connected country music fans with their favorite artists and the goal of Opry City Stage is to take that diverse unique sound to other markets for fans to enjoy.