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The passing of a year brings with it its share of emotions. From elation to sadness, and from gratitude to pain, watching a year go by makes us all take notice of all the good things and bad things that have happened in the 365 days behind us. It also makes us take note of what we want to change in the 365 days that lie in front of us in all of their shiny, new splendor.

But before we completely file 2017 into our collective memory banks, leave it to the Grand Ole Opry to take all of the moments that gave us chills and collect them into a two-minute plus video.

And try to keep your goose bumps at bay.

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From Ashley McBryde’s Opry debut and her emotional reaction to it to Chris Young’s emotional invitation to join the Grand Ole Opry and Vince Gill’s fun reaction to it, it has been quite a year at the legendary Grand Ole Opry. Who could forget Keith Urban’s elation over his five-year anniversary as an Opry member?

The most heartwarming piece of this compilation video? That could be the way so many country artists, including Luke Bryan and Kelsea Ballerina, paired up with the Grand Ole Opry in the past year to do good works on behalf of a wide variety of charities. And if you are a lover of country music, these moments also can probably be found in your own wrap-up of the year.

It’s a special place, y’all.

The latest special occasion to take place at the Grand Ole Opry occurred in December of 2017 when the multi-talented Marty Stuart celebrated his 25th Anniversary as an Opry member with appearances on two Opry shows at the Ryman Auditorium in Nashville. Can you believe that Marty first played the Opry at 13 years old as a band member for legendary Country Music Hall of Famer and Opry member Lester Flatt?

“The Opry is a way of life,” Marty said in a recent press release. “It’s an institution that gets passed on every weekend. If you’re going to be a country performer, the Opry is the place to be.”

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If you are a country music fan, the Grand Ole Opry is a place you just have to come visit in 2018. As always, the Opry has a crazy amazing schedule of artists scheduled to make stops there. Heck, just in January alone the Opry will welcome a wide range of country artists including Dierks Bentley, Chris Young, William Michael Morgan, Lindsay Ell, Lee Greenwood, Darryl Worley, Ricky Skaggs and Carly Pearce.

Whew!

“Country music’s past is such a wonderful foundation,” Marty said in a recent interview with the Chicago Sun-Times. “It’s a strong boulder to stand on, but if you handle it wrong it could be like a jail. I use it as inspiration to come up with new ways to move the legacy forward. It’s not only about the past; it’s about the past, present and future.”

And no place celebrates that as well as the Grand Ole Opry.

So when will we see you there?

Tricia Despres is the contributing editor for Rare Country, based out of Chicago, Illinois. Join the conversation on Twitter at @RareCountry. We would love to see y’all there.
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