Troy Olsen makes Opry debut
Wednesday, August 4, 2010
– Troy Olsen was invited to make his Grand Ole Opry debut on Tuesday, Aug. 17. The Grand Ole Opry, temporarily displaced from the Opry House, will be held at the War Memorial Auditorium in Nashville.
"Playing The Opry is a dream come true for me," said Olsen. "It's the mother church of country music, and I am humbled by the invitation. It's going to be a blast."
Olsen kicks off his "Get Right Tonight" club tour Friday night in Charleston, S.C. and will continue through November making stops in more than 40 cities across the country.
The Arizona native's debut single, Summer Thing, is currently climbing the country charts. His self-titled EP, which came out in May, is available at iTunes now.
Olsen was born a rancher's son in Arizona. He got his first guitar at age 12 and after high school began playing in roadhouse bands throughout the southwest, honing his live performance skills. Eventually he formed his own band, he has toured with his idol Dwight Yoakam, and even recorded an album with Yoakam's band after a chance meeting with Linda Ronstadt.
He moved to Nashville in 2003 trying to hone his skills as a songwriter and singer. His songs cuts by Blake Shelton (I'll Just Hold On) and Tim McGraw (Ghost Town Train).
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