Grand Ole Opry to Open Behind-the-Scenes Photo Exhibit at the Acuff House

For decades upon decades, country music fans flocked to Nashville to visit the iconic halls of the Grand Ole Opry. Anyone from legends like Johnny Cash and Elvis Presley to current favorites Chris Janson and Keith Urban have performed at the famed hall, welcoming country music into a home for all over many years of service.

Fans will now get to see some behind-the-scenes images as captured by Opry photographer Les Leverett when the stage hosts a limited-time exhibit dubbed Family Reunion: The Opry Family Photo Album. Covering 32 years of history with the organization, Leverett encapsulated the past by snapping photos of Dolly Parton, Patsy Cline, Garth Brooks and more whenever the stars entered the building.

George Jones and Tammy Wynette performing at the Ryman Auditorium; Photo by Les Leverett

Put on display in the Acuff House right next to the Grand Ole Opry, visitors who come to Music City to experience the spirit of the genre will be able to go back in time and see how this collection reflects upon the talent that built up country music throughout the past generations.

“We are delighted to be able to showcase even a small portion of the incredible work Les Leverett produced during his 32 years with the Grand Ole Opry,” said Ryman Hospitality Properties chairman and CEO Colin Reed in a press release. “These photographs are of paramount importance to country music history and to our company’s heritage. We take very seriously our job as caretakers of this collection and look forward to some of the collection’s truly incredible photographs being seen by fans around the world.”

Minnie Pearl, Wilma Lee Cooper, Jan Howard, Skeeter Davis, June Carter, Kitty Wells Photo by Les Leverett

Opry stars (L-R). Minnie Pearl, Wilma Lee Cooper, Jan Howard, Skeeter DAvis, June Carter and Kitty Wells.
“Some of the Opry Ladies gathered in a shot backstage at Opry”
Oct 7, 1961; Photo by Les Leverett

The exhibit, Family Reunion: The Opry Family Photo Album, will be open to visit on April 30 through October 31 in the Acuff House. Tickets are available through the Grand Ole Opry tour packages, as seen on the Opry website.