The Whites will celebrate their 40th Anniversary as Grand Ole Opry members when they perform on the Opry this Saturday, March 2. They were inducted in the Opry family on March 2, 1984. Daddy Buck and daughters Cheryl and Sharon have been showcasing their family harmonies as a professional stage act for more than 50 years. Others scheduled to appear on Saturday’s show include Mandy Barnett, HunterGirl, Steve Earle, Karen Mills, Frank Ray, Jeannie Seely, and Ricky Skaggs.

From The Whites’ beginnings in bluegrass, their simple, traditionally-rooted yet dynamic sound put them on Billboard’s country charts with a succession of Top 20 hits. Favorites like their first Top 10, “You Put The Blue In Me,” as well as “Hangin’ Around,” “Give Me Back That Old Familiar Feeling,” and “Pins And Needles,” – the latter all produced by Sharon’s husband, Ricky Skaggs (the two married in 1981) – introduced them to new audiences, culminating in the induction as members of the Grand Ole Opry in 1984.

Their unique blend of bluegrass, country, folk, gospel and Texas swing paired with their top-notch instrumental work and striking family harmony (on and off stage) has set them apart, entertaining and inspiring millions of listeners worldwide. Many music industry folks refer to The Whites as the “new first family of country music,” a tag line that harkens back to the musical purity of Mother Maybelle and the venerable Carter family. With a career spanning over 50 years in music, they enjoy performing at venues across the country each year, all while continuing to record and appear at the world famous Opry stage.

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