The hallowed Grand Ole Opry stage saw a slew of talent last night (April 18) as it presented some of the revered names and newer faces of country music. Among the evening's ranks were the country group 49 Winchester.
The six-piece band from Castlewood, Virginia brought their signature Appalachian folk to an eager Opry audience, kicking off into their bluesy, ballroom weeper 'Damn Darlin'.' Paying a tribute, of sorts, to Nashville–the setting of a heart long ago broken–the tune was a fitting one to get the crowd of mostly out-of-towners swaying along to the Music City-centric tune.
Sailing right along, the boys, who made their coveted Grand Ole Opry debut in August of 2022, played 'It's A Shame' a track from their 2020 record, III. The unapologetically southern slow-burner also gave frontman Isaac Gibson a chance to show off his hidden yodeling skills, earning a wave of cheers from the Opry house.
49 Winchester closed their three-song set with quite the throwdown, as they busted into the rowdy 'Last Call,' bringing some welcomed energy to the circle. Found on their 2022 record, Fortune Favors The Bold, which earned a spot on Holler's Albums of the Year 2022, the track seemingly transported the crowd back to the old dance halls of country music's past, fit with the keys and guitar solos to match.
Over the last eight years, 49 Winchester–comprised of Gibson, bassist Chase Chafin, keyboarist Tim Hall, drummer Justin Louthian, lead guitarist Brandon “Bus” Shelton and pedal-steel player Noah Patric–has steadily built their following and continually worked to craft their unique brand of artistry.
With four studio albums under their belt–three of which were released independently–the crew is busy traveling across the country on their "Fortune Favors The Bold" Tour, rolling through next month. They will also take a jaunt across the pond later this fall as direct support on Luke Combs' "World Tour."
In addition to the Appalachian root-rockers, the historic stage also saw performances from Hailey Whitters, Breland, Craig Morgan, Bobby Bones, John Conlee, Steve Wariner and Grand Ole Opry staple Jeannie Seely, who has made the most Opry appearances of any artist to date, with over 5,270 performances
49 Winchester - Grand Ole Opry Setlist - April 18, 2023
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