Various Artists: "Opry 9.0 - Discoveries from the Circle - Vol. 2" (2016). New Live EP.

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The Grand Ole Opry is releasing the second in a series of projects spotlighting new country music artists who will visit the show during its 90th anniversary year and propel the show toward the century mark. OPRY 9.0, Vol II: Discoveries From The Circle will be released on March 8 and is set to include memorable live Opry performances from next generation artists Chris Janson, Lindsay Ell, and Mo Pitney.


Each of the artists to be featured on the 9.0 series will make numerous Opry appearances throughout the year and will be scheduled for Opry Shop in-store appearances in support of the project. Janson and Ell are scheduled to perform songs from the EP on the Opry on release day, March 8. The pair will also sign copies of the EP in The Opry Shop following that night’s show. Pitney and Ell will perform and appear at an in-store signing on March 25.


"As the Opry continues to celebrate nine decades of great country music, we are also focused on the new artists who are shaping the genre’s future,” said Steve Buchanan, Opry Entertainment President and co-executive producer. “Each of the three artists featured in this volume of Opry 9.0 has a unique style that has stood out to fans in the crowd and has made fellow artists at the Opry take note.”


The 9.0 audio project will be supplemented with other artist discovery content on, throughout the Opry’s social media platforms, at live Opry performances, and with the Opry’s country radio partners.




OPRY 9.0, VOL II: Discoveries From The Circle:


1. Chris Janson, "Buy Me a Boat"

2. Chris Janson, "Holdin' Her"

3. Lindsay Ell, "All Alright"

4. Lindsay Ell, "Criminal"

5. Mo Pitney, "Clean Up On Aisle Five"

6. Mo Pitney, "Who's Gonna Fill Their Shoes"


OPRY 9.0, Vol II: Discoveries From The Circle was executive produced by Buchanan and Opry Vice President and General Manager Pete Fisher.



Warner Bros. Records/Warner Music Nashville singer/songwriter Chris Janson burst on to the scene last year with his breakthrough #1 Platinum single “Buy Me A Boat” which went on to be the 7th bestselling country song of the year. His current single, “Power of Positive Drinkin’” is climbing the country charts now. Janson’s “overnight success” was built on ten years of honing his songwriting craft and relentlessly perfecting his live shows on the road. His dream to play the Grand Ole Opry has now resulted in more than 130 appearances. Janson co-wrote all 11 tracks on his debut album Buy Me A Boat, which was named one of the 20 Best Country Albums of 2015 by Rolling Stone with the New York Times calling it an “impressive full length debut album.” Having previously toured with Toby Keith and Luke Bryan, Janson recently kicked off his tour with labelmate Blake Shelton with dates running through March.



Named one of The Huffington Post’s “Top Country Artists to Watch in 2016, Lindsay Ell is a triple threat:  accomplished musician, unique vocalist and songwriter.  The 26-year-old Calgary native learned to play guitar while traveling with her father to country-bluegrass camps as a young girl.  Ell honed her craft as a musical stylist and songwriter after being discovered by BTO and The Guess Who’s Randy Bachman (“American Woman” / “Taking Care of Business”) who discovered her at the age of 13.  The multi-instrumentalist was soon opening for the likes of Luke Bryan, Buddy Guy, The Band Perry and Keith Urban.  The Stoney Creek Records artist has been called “a true triple threat” by Guitar World; “a star in the making” by Taste of Country; “Your coolest new girl crush” by Teen Vogue; and “a distinct figure in the modern country recording camp” by NASH Country Weekly.  Ell received critical acclaim for her singles “Trippin’ On Us” and “Shut Me Up” including being named one of Rolling Stone’s “10 Artists You Need to Know” and one of CMT’s Next Women of Country. Ell’s new single, the spirited and up-tempo “By the Way” charged out of the gate as the #1 Most Added song at Country Radio upon its debut. 



Mo Pitney’s musical roots were born out of Cherry Valley, IL where music rang throughout the family home.  Inspired by artists Johnny Cash, Keith Whitley,  Randy Travis, Buck Owens and bluegrass legend Ralph Stanley, Mocarries a deep reverence for the history of country music.  Pitney, often referred to as an old soul, is a humble twenty two year old storyteller of life through song.  Often writing one to two songs a day, he is meticulous that the phrasing of every lyric "reflect  who I am  or how I'd speak."  It's the same approach that this recording artist takes into the studio.   Mo’s musical style represents a blend of the traditional and mainstream country sounds. Deeply rooted in the classic true country style that inspires him, paired with modern production, Mo delivers each song with a fresh, young, modern twist…in his own way, making the old new again. When not performing or writing music, Pitney spends his free time training his bird dogs, fishing, or hunting anything that’s in season.