Diamond Rio Brings Hits & Holiday Harmonies to Gaylord Opryland’s A Country Christmas

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (Sept. 27, 2017)—Country super group Diamond Rio is bringing their multi-award-winning harmonies to Nashville’s Gaylord Opryland Resort for a 38-show residency this holiday season.

Diamond Rio: Holiday & Hits Dinner Show commences Nov.16 and runs through Christmas Day as part of A Country Christmas at Gaylord Opryland. Tickets are on sale now at ChristmasAtGaylordOpryland.com.

“Diamond Rio got their start at Opryland USA, and one of our greatest honors was becoming members of the Grand Ole Opry in 1998,” said lead singer Marty Roe. “It feels like we have come full circle now that we have been tapped to perform at Gaylord Opryland this holiday season.”

“For many of us, heading to Gaylord Opryland with our families at Christmastime has been a longstanding tradition,” said guitarist Jimmy Olander. “They do Christmas big, and being part of their holiday season is an honor for us!”

After a multi-course feast prepared by the resort’s chefs, Diamond Rio will perform their hits along with holiday favorites and songs from A Diamond Rio Christmas: The Star Still Shines to celebrate the holiday album’s 10th anniversary.

“After the hits, we'll be getting warm and fuzzy with all the Christmas cheer we can bring,” Olander said. “We’ll throw in some Santa, some spiritual, some snow and—rumor has it—someone may show up in a tutu for The Nutcracker. I'm not saying who, but his name rhymes with Carty Toe. This could just be a rumor. You know how rumors spread.”

About Diamond Rio

Formed in 1989 in Nashville, the band consists of Gene Johnson (mandolin, tenor vocals), Jimmy Olander (lead guitar, acoustic guitar, banjo), Brian Prout (drums), Marty Roe (lead vocals, acoustic guitar), Dan Truman (keyboards), and Dana Williams (bass guitar, baritone vocals). The Grammy Award-winning and six-time Vocal Group of the Year signed to Arista Records and in 1991 with the release of “Meet In The Middle,” became the first country music group in history to reach #1 with a debut single. The band is also known for their hit singles “How Your Love Makes Me Feel,” "One More Day," "Beautiful Mess,” “Unbelievable,” “In a Week or Two” and more. Known for playing every note on every album, Diamond Rio has released 11 studio albums (including a Christmas album), two Greatest Hits compilations and their first-ever live project, Diamond Rio Live. Known for their charity commitments including long-time spokespersons for Big Brothers Big Sisters, the band has raised over $1 million for non-profits and received the Minnie Pearl Humanitarian award. Learn more at DiamondRio.com.

About A Country Christmas

A Country Christmas at Gaylord Opryland Resort in Nashville attracts more than 1 million visitors annually with its 3 million twinkling lights, acres of stunning decorations and holiday shows and attractions, including ICE!—an astonishing display of colorful sculptures hand carved from 2 million pounds of ice. The 2,888-room resort's nine acres of indoor gardens and grounds are transformed into holiday wonderland, complete with snow tubing, ice skating, gingerbread decorating and much more. A Country Christmas has been hailed as "The Most Christmassy Hotel in the Nation" by the Travel Channel" and one of the top 10 places to spend Christmas in the world by Travel + Leisure. Learn more at ChristmasAtGaylordOpryland.com.

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