Friday, September 29, 2017 - 10:15am

Ryman Hospitality Properties partnered with country superstar Blake Shelton in a press conference this afternoon to kick off the grand opening of Ole Red Tishomingo, a restaurant, bar and live music venue inspired by Opry member Blake Shelton’s hit song “Ol’ Red.” With funds raised from a private performance set for this evening at the venue, Shelton presented $32,000 to Carl Atteberry of J.C. Reaching Out, which provides financial assistance to family members of people battling cancer.
When asked, “What about the Oklahoma experience do you want people to have when they come here,” Shelton responded, “I think the most important thing for me – outside of just doing something for this particular community – was for people to get a feeling of warmth here. That’s one of the most important things about Oklahoma, the people here are good people.”
Shelton was joined in today’s press conference by Ryman Hospitality Properties Chief Marketing Officer John Behling and Ole Red Tishomingo’s General Manager Charles Haisler.
Shelton will co-host tomorrow’s free concert with 650 AM WSM’s Bill Cody. The outdoor stage on Main Street will feature performances from RaeLynn and Opry members Jeannie SeelyJohn Conlee, and Ronnie Milsap. The free “Blake & Friends” concert will also be live-streamed on Ole Red’s Facebook page, facebook.com/OleRedTish/.

The grand opening celebration in Tishomingo builds upon the anticipation of a second location, Ole Red Nashville, a multi-level 26,000-square-foot entertainment venue in the heart of Nashville’s famed Lower Broadway, which is set to open in spring of 2018.
About Ole Red 
Ole Red is a lifestyle and entertainment brand inspired by Blake Shelton’s clever, irreverent third-chart hit, “Ol’ Red.” You can find Ole Red entertainment venues and products in two locations in the United States by 2018, the flagship multi-story bar, restaurant and entertainment venue in the heart of downtown Nashville’s famed Lower Broadway, and the very first location in Blake’s hometown of Tishomingo, Oklahoma. Ole Red is owned and operated by Ryman Hospitality Properties, Inc. as part of its Opry Entertainment division. For additional information about Ole Red, visit us online at olered.com.
About Ole Red Tishomingo
Ole Red Tishomingo is a bar, restaurant and retail store located in Opry member Blake Shelton’s adopted hometown of Tishomingo, Oklahoma. The very first location for the Ole Red family, Ole Red Tishomingo is inspired by the laid-back, fun-loving Southern Oklahoma lifestyle made famous by Opry member Blake Shelton.  Serving up Shelton-inspired food, drink, music, apparel and home goods seven days a week, Ole Red Tishomingo is a must-visit destination for all country music fans looking to cut loose and have a little fun in America’s heartland. Less than a 3-hour drive from both Dallas and Oklahoma City, Ole Red Tishomingo is a can’t-miss stop on any country music fan’s great American road trip.
About Ryman Hospitality Properties, Inc.
Ryman Hospitality Properties, Inc. (NYSE: RHP) is a REIT for federal income tax purposes, specializing in group-oriented, destination hotel assets in urban and resort markets. The Company’s owned assets include a network of four upscale, meetings-focused resorts totaling 7,811 rooms that are managed by lodging operator Marriott International, Inc. under the Gaylord Hotels brand. Other owned assets managed by Marriott International, Inc. include Gaylord Springs Golf Links, the Wildhorse Saloon, the General Jackson Showboat, The Inn at Opryland, a 303-room overflow hotel adjacent to Gaylord Opryland and AC Hotel Washington, DC at National Harbor, a 192-room hotel near Gaylord National. The Company also owns and operates media and entertainment assets, including the Grand Ole Opry (opry.com), the legendary weekly showcase of country music’s finest performers for over 90 years; the Ryman Auditorium, the storied former home of the Grand Ole Opry located in downtown Nashville; and 650 AM WSM, the Opry’s radio home. For additional information about Ryman Hospitality Properties, visit www.rymanhp.com.
About Blake Shelton
Country Music Association’s 2012 “Entertainer of the Year,” five-time Male Vocalist of the Year winner and GRAMMY nominee Blake Shelton is set to release his latest album Texoma Shore on November 3. The first single, "I'll Name The Dogs" is already rapidly approaching Top 10 at radio. His previous album, If I’m Honest, debuted at #1 on the Billboard Top Album Sales Chart and theBillboard Country Album Chart, and was the best-selling country album release of 2016. A member of the Grand Ole Opry, he has earned a host of awards throughout his career, which most recently include Top Country Artist at the Billboard Music Awards. In 2017 he became the first country artist to win Favorite Album at the People’s Choice Awards in addition to his win for Favorite Male Country Artist. He also took home the trophy for Favorite Country Male Artist at the American Music Awards as well as the first-ever Male Artist of the Year. Shelton wrapped his 2017 Doing It To Country Songs Tour and is a five-time champion coach on the Emmy Award-winning television show, The Voice. 
For more information and upcoming tour dates, please visit www.BlakeShelton.com and follow @BlakeShelton.
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Media Contacts:
For Ole Red Tishomingo
Ebie McFarland
Essential Broadcast Media, LLC

For Ryman Hospitality Properties
Shannon Sullivan
Ryman Hospitality Properties

For Blake Shelton
Wes Vause
Warner Music Nashville