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Music returns to the Grand Ole Opry House

By the CNN Wire Staff
STORY HIGHLIGHTS
  • The Grand Ole Opry House celebrates its reopening
  • May flooding caused more than $1 billion in damage to the Nashville area
  • Dozens of artists took part in Tuesday's show

(CNN) -- Like the flood waters that covered its historic stage nearly five months ago, the Grand Ole Opry House reopened Tuesday night with Country music stars of the past and present inundating the stage of the Nashville, Tennessee, landmark.

Brad Paisley and Little Jimmy Dickens opened the show playing "Will the Circle be Unbroken," a tribute to the legacy of the 85-year-old Grand Ole Opry radio show and the fact that even while the Opry House was being repaired, no broadcasts were missed because the program was hosted at other venues. The pair was quickly joined by a ensemble of dozens of country artists, including Charlie Daniels, Martina McBride and Keith Urban, who added their voices to the tune.

"We're back in business. We're back home," a reflective Trace Adkins told CNN's Amber Lyon earlier on the Opry stage. "We'll never go away. We're here through the apocalypse."

Record flood waters damaged instruments, memorabilia and archival tapes at the country music landmark. The May flood left the Opry stage under nearly four feet of water.

The entire stage has since been refurbished, including a six-foot circle of wood that was taken from the Opry's original stage at Ryman Auditorium.

The neighboring Gaylord Opryland Resort, a 2,881-room hotel, also was closed for restoration and is scheduled to reopen on November 15.

The massive flooding caused more than $1.5 billion in property damage in the Nashville area, city officials said at the time.