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Darius Rucker To Host Tribute To Ray Charles At Grand Ole Opry

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  • September 19, 2018
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Ray Charles, one of music’s greatest icons, will be celebrated at the famous Nashville stage where he spent much of his time in life.


Ray Charles, one of music’s greatest icons, will be celebrated at the famous Nashville stage where he spent much of his time in life.

During a presentation at the Grand Ole Opry on October 8, artists will gather for a special event, An Opry Salute to Ray Charles. Hosted by Opry member and country star Darius Rucker, the evening will feature number of musicians including Chris Young, Boyz II Men, Brett Eldredge, Cam, Travis Tritt, Lukas Nelson and many others, performing songs popularized by the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame member.

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Artist: Ray Charles. Photo: Paul Bergen, Redferns 

The tribute will be aired on PBS in November and will celebrate the influence that Charles, who died in 2004 at age 73, had on generations of musicians in the fields of R&B, country music and beyond. The special will also feature behind-the-scenes footage, vintage performance clips and a visit to the Ray Charles Library in Los Angeles.

“When you think of musical legends, you think of Ray Charles,” says Rucker in a statement. “To host this great event celebrating his legacy at the Opry makes it even more special. Being asked to join the Opry six years ago was one of the greatest highlights of my career and it’s an honor any time I get to step onto that stage, especially for a night like this.”

Tickets for An Opry Salute to Ray Charles will go on sale on September 20 at 10AM CT.

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