From April 30 to Oct. 31, country music fans and history buffs get a chance to tour one of Roy Acuff’s homes while taking in the work of longtime Grand Ole Opry house photographer Les Leverett.
The exhibit, titled “Family Reunion: The Opry Photo Album,” showcases on-stage and behind-the-curtain shots by Leverett. The now 90-year-old veteran photographer worked at the Opry from 1960 to 1992.
The Opry acquired the Leverett collection, consisting of thousands of slides, prints and negatives, in February 2017.
“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 Colin Reed, Ryman Hospitality Properties Chairman and CEO, in a statement published by the Tennessean. “These photographs are of paramount importance to country music history and to our company’s heritage.”
The Acuff House, the home of Roy Acuff from 1984 until his 1992 passing, sits on the grounds near the Opry and the former Opryland USA. Although it serves as an events facility, it had never been open before now for tours. In honor of the home’s original occupant, expect to see artifacts from Acuff’s career as part of the exhibit.
Tours will be available for purchase through Opry.com
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