The Grand Ole Opry to play on in an empty theater

Marty Stuart
Posted at 3:25 PM, Mar 21, 2020
and last updated 2020-03-21 20:26:37-04

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (WTVF) — The Grand Ole Opry, the longest running radio show in history, is playing on through the coronavirus outbreak.

The country music institution, which has been airing Saturday nights for 94 years, is set to broadcast live on television this week from a mostly empty venue. Country singer Marty Stuart will perform Saturday with just a guitar and a mandolin. Watch live here.

He says people need music to give them hope and take their minds off their burdens. Dan Rogers, the show's executive producer, said the Opry's crew and artists would be maintaining safe distances and cleaning recommendations to prevent the spread of the virus.

The vast majority of people recover from the virus, but for some, it can cause more severe illness, including pneumonia.

In honor of Saturday's performance, the Opry created a special edition poster featuring the night's lineup. Poster sales will go to The Opry Trust Fund, which assists those in the country music industry needing assistance due to the pandemic's many closures and cancellations.