Opry Set To Reopen

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Tuesday, September 28, 2010 - 3:43pm

Peformers will take the stage again tonight for the first time since flooding damaged the Grand Ole Opry this spring.

It's opening night at the newly renovated and repaired Grand Ole Opry.

In a city built on music and dreams, last May's floods were a devastating nightmare.

"We had 10 people die in Nashville. We had over $2 billion in damage to private property. We had about 10,000 properties damaged," says mayor Karl Dean.

One of those was the iconic Opry performance hall.

Four feet of water filled the Grand Ole Opry.

Still, even when the stage was underwater and in the nearly five months it took to bring it back, the music never stopped.

It never has in the 85 year history of the Opry.

This afternoon as the superstars of country music rehearsed one last time for one of the biggest and most important performances ever here, there is a message in the music.

"It's very important to millions of people," says singer Trace Adkins, "and it will never die. This building is a testament to the spirit and the strength and resilience that is country music."

The perfect note in music city right now, as it continues to play a song of survival for anyone who will listen.

More than a dozen country music stars including Brad Paisley, Keith Urban and Trace Adkins will be a part of "County Comes Home" tonight at the Opry.
 

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