Wednesday evening, (Feb 19) the CRS crowd enjoyed a star-studded Opry show. It featured three
Grand Ole Opry members along with many other top artists. However, it wasn’t your traditional Opry
performance. The exclusive CRS Opry show took place inside the Nashville Convention Center. To
make it feel like a traditional Opry show, such as those held at the Ryman or Opry house, each artist
performed in front of the Opry barn backdrop.
Love & Theft kicked the night off with their number one song, “Angel Eyes”. They followed it with
“Runnin’ Out of Air”. Lastly, the duo gave the CRS audience a taste of new music and debuted their new
single, “Night That You’ll Never Forget”, which hits radio in April.
Eric Paslay thanked the crowd, which included radio personalities, program directors and industry
members for the opportunity to have his first number one song as an artist. Paslay also co-wrote Love
& Theft’s “Angel Eyes” and Rascal Flatts’ “Rewind”, which were performed during the Opry show. He
performed his number one song “Friday Night” and his latest single “Song About a Girl”.
One of the favorites among the crowd was Chris Young. He performed his hits, “Aw Naw”, “You”, and
closed his set with his latest single “Who I Am With You.” Singer-songwriter Brandy Clark was also a
favorite among the crowd. She performed her ballad “Hold My Hand” and her breakout song, “Stripes”.
Will Hoge attended his first CRS. He performed the new Chevy theme song, “Strong” and covered Eli
Young Band’s “Even If It Breaks Your Heart”, which he co-wrote with Eric Paslay. Shawna Thompson
said that this is her fourth year at CRS. Along with her husband Keifer, they make up the duo Thompson
Square. They performed their hits, “If I Didn’t Have You”, “Are You Gonna Kiss Me or Not” and their
latest single “Everything I Shouldn’t Be Thinking About”.
Actor from ABC’s Nashville, Charles “Chip” Esten performed as well. He plays country star and guitarist
Deacon Claybourne on the show. Sixwire performed with Esten as his band and even had some help
from Rascal Flatts’ Jay DeMarcus, who sat in playing bass.
The newest members of the Grand Ole Opry, Old Crow Medicine Show performed two songs including
their signature hit, “Wagon Wheel”. The band really showcased a different talent compared to the other
artists on the line up. They wowed the crowd with their many instrumental abilities.
Opry members Rascal Flatts performed their hits, “Banjo” “Why Wait” and their latest single “Rewind”,
which also happens to be co-written by Eric Paslay.
Last but not least, Opry member Carrie Underwood closed the show. Most of the CRS crowd was
looking forward to seeing her perform the most. Underwood as usual, did not disappoint and put on a
phenomenal performance of three of her biggest hits: “Blown Away”, “I Told You So”, and “Before He
It was a great night to showcase some of the best artists in today’s country music scene. It is very rare
for that many star artists to be at the same show. CRS attendees were very pleased and went on to have
a fun night!