Craig Morgan, Kellie Pickler Observe Memorial Day on Grand Ole Opry

After two weeks of less than favorable lineups for the Grand Ole Opry’s Saturday night quarantine performances (Dustin Lynch, Keith Urban, etc.) the Opry returns Saturday, May 23rd with a great lineup to honor the fallen men and women of the military for Memorial Day weekend, as well as the frontline workers battling COVID-19.

Kellie Pickler is not only responsible for some great country music, she has been one of the most steadfast supporters of military members over her career, participating in numerous USO tours, and taking her winnings from television appearances (including $25,000 on Celebrity Family Feud) and donating it to the USO. Appearing regularly on the Opry, some have asked why she wasn’t picked to host the television portion of the show on the Circle Network over Bobby Bones.

Craig Morgan just released his latest record called God, Family, Country, which makes him the perfect candidate to help host the Memorial Day Opry. An Opry member since 2008, Morgan also appeared on the April 25th broadcast with Luke Combs, and was a highlight for many during these quarantine performances. His ability to sing country and Gospel makes him a good pick since the Opry has insisted that Gospel be a regular element in these special performances.

And speaking of Gospel, Steven Curtis Chapman will also be performing Saturday night as part of the Grand Ole Opry’s salute to service.

“The days preceding Memorial Day have for years brought with them our annual ‘Salute The Troops’ show and unforgettable moments as we honor and say thank you to those who serve our country,” says Opry vice president and executive producer Dan Rogers. “It’s more important than ever in 2020 that through words and songs we connect fans across the country to recognize the sacrifices of members of the U.S. Military. Additionally, this year’s show will offer the opportunity for fans tuned in around the world to honor the troops of essential workers on the frontline of the battles that’ve changed our world this year, the war on COVID-19.”

These acoustic performances with minimal accompaniment and no crowd have kept the 95-year tradition of the Grand Ole Opry on Saturday night alive despite strict stay at home orders by the Nashville mayor. But the Opry has earned a special exception, and has kept the “Circle Unbroken” through the unprecedented shutdown that we may see easing in the coming weeks.

Fans can watch live via the embedded player below, on the new Circle Network via local affiliates of the expanding channel (check availability), or on the Circle Network’s Facebook Page, or on The Circle Network’s YouTube page, or listen via WSM. The presentation begins at 7 p.m. Central.

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