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NASHVILLE, Tenn. – The Grand Ole Opry announced today that genre-bending singer/songwriter and three-time CMT Music Awards-winner Jelly Roll will return as host for the “Opry NextStage Live From Texas” show at Lava Cantina on May 15 at 2:30 p.m. CT in The Colony, Texas.

The special Opry event will precede the 59th Academy of Country Music Awards on May 16. Showcasing “Country’s Rising Sound,” the lineup features members of the newly announced Opry NextStage Class of 2024, presented by Tecovas: Anne Wilson, Chase Matthew, Ella Langley, Flatland Cavalry, Madeline Edwards and Wyatt Flores, along with other special guests.

“Opry NextStage is important because I think it’s creating a culture around younger artists, introducing them to the Opry the right way, and then bringing them up to that next stage,”


Tickets are available through an exclusive Opry subscriber pre-sale on Thursday, March 21, at 10 a.m. CT. The general public on-sale begins Friday, March 22, at 10 a.m. CT via Event Brite.  

Since 2019, the NextStage program has introduced new talent to new fans and featured artists such as Riley Green, Parker McCollum, Tenille Townes and Lainey Wilson, who all went on to earn ACM New Male and Female Artist of the Year trophies the year following their NextStage inclusion.

Other NextStage alums include Priscilla Block, BRELAND, Callista Clark, Travis Denning, Tegan Marie, Niko Moon, Restless Road, Jameson Rodgers, Elvie Shane, Nate Smith, Morgan Wade, Hailey Whitters and Yola.

The inaugural “Opry NextStage Live From Texas” show in 2023 featured performances from Jelly Roll and NextStage Class of 2023 artists Ashley Cooke, Chapel Hart, Corey Kent, ERNEST, Ian Munsick, Jackson Dean, Kameron Marlowe and Megan Moroney.

For more information about Opry NextStage, visit

About Opry NextStage

Developed by Opry Entertainment Group and the Grand Ole Opry, Opry NextStage invests in the discovery of new artists with featured original content, an Opry performance and support across the brand’s platforms to help tell their stories and expand their audiences.

For nearly a century, the Grand Ole Opry has created opportunities for artists throughout the Country music spectrum to make strong connections with fans and fellow artists – on its stages and across its channels – from terrestrial radio to the digital universe.

The Opry has helped launch the careers of countless artists, including Roy Acuff, Garth Brooks, Patsy Cline, George Jones, Loretta Lynn, Bill Monroe and Dolly Parton, to name a few.

Award-winning group Little Big Town made its very first public appearance as a group on the Opry stage in 1999, and Carrie Underwood cemented a place in Country music with her first Opry appearance less than two weeks after having been named American Idol in 2005.

Audiences around the world look to the Opry to showcase the very best in Country music, and it was with this tradition that Opry NextStage was created.

About the Grand Ole Opry

The Grand Ole Opry is the home of country music where artists and fans gather, in person and virtually, to celebrate and be part of country’s past, present and future.

Founded in Nashville in 1925 and today the longest-running live broadcast show in the world, the Opry strengthens its roots by constantly evolving.

The Opry’s members are country’s most emblematic artists, and the show regularly showcases country music’s top new talent.

The Opry welcomes legions of fans to visit the Opry House in Nashville, Tennessee – Music City, USA – to experience one of the 3-5 live shows it hosts per week; take a backstage tour; listen to live broadcasts on and, SiriusXM Willie’s Roadhouse, or its flagship home WSM Radio; and watch Opry Live on Saturday nights and Opry content all week long on Circle Country.

The Grand Ole Opry is owned by Ryman Hospitality Properties (NYSE: RHP) and part of a strategic investment with Atairos and NBCUniversal.

About Jelly Roll

Outright genre-bending singer/songwriter Jelly Roll has quietly been building a remarkable career, under the radar and on his own terms.

Since his days selling his mix tapes out of his car, he has constantly been releasing new music, touring relentlessly, consistently topping various iTunes charts, engaging a rabid fanbase and creating videos that have amassed more than 4 Billion views on YouTube.

He pairs deeply personal lyrics with music that blends Old-school Rap, Classic Rock, Country and Soul to create music that is therapeutic, raw and tackles the heaviness in life.

His 2020 single “Save Me” — a confessional, vulnerable expression of self-doubt set the stage for his new season of life and took him to new heights, with more than 160 million views on YouTube and Platinum certification from the RIAA.

Born and raised in Nashville’s Antioch neighborhood, the former addict and drug dealer released his album Ballads of the Broken in 2021, ahead of his sold-out hometown show at the famous Ryman Auditorium, which sold out in under an hour.

The introspective 10-track album shows Jelly Roll’s growth as an artist and man, drawing from his personal experiences to tell the story of a man who has been through the ringer and isn’t afraid to share his raw truth, featuring his multi-week No. 1 Rock hit “Dead Man Walking” and his No. 1 Country debut single “Son of a Sinner.”

Now after a history-making “breakthrough year” (American Songwriter), having just sold-out Nashville’s Bridgestone Arena and released the riveting anthem “Need A Favor” along with the soul-stirring ballad “She” from his highly anticipated forthcoming album, WHITSITT CHAPEL, the reigning No. 1 of Billboard’s Emerging Artists chart for 25 weeks is well on his way to mainstream, multi- genre stardom.  

About Tecovas

Tecovas is an Austin, Texas-based direct-to-consumer brand bringing the spirit of the west to a modern consumer.

Handcrafting the best western footwear, apparel, and accessories, Tecovas has grown rapidly since its founding as the first digitally native western brand in 2015, serving customers through and a growing number of Tecovas stores across the country.

Follow the Tecovas journey at @tecovas.

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