"It is like family here," says Shelton of playing the Opry
It’s the most coveted stage for a country artist to play, so it’s no wonder performing at the Grand Ole Opry gives Blake Shelton the warm fuzzies.
“It’s definitely a different vibe here than just being out on tour or playing a festival or something,” says Shelton in behind-the-scenes footage of the upcoming concert film American Saturday Night: Live From the Grand Ole Opry. “It is like family here.”
The film marks the first time the Opry, which has broadcast radio shows for the past 90 years, will take the big screen. In addition to Shelton, it features performances from Brad Paisley, Darius Rucker, Brett Eldredge and The Band Perry.
“If you come here enough there will be an opportunity for one of those moments to happen that you never forget,” adds Shelton.
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During the August taping, Shelton, 39, lit up the sold-out crowd with a five-song set of old and new, including “Hillbilly Bone,” “Sangria,” “Gonna,” and “Boys ‘Round Here,” and his early hit “Ol’ Red,” and joked about the Opry’s no-alcohol policy backstage.
“That’s why I’ve been standing out in the parking lot for the past two hours,” he joked, before launching into “Sangria,” a “song we can all drink to.”
American Saturday Night: Live From the Grand Ole Opry will hit select Carmike Cinemas on Friday.