Wednesday, June 8, 2011

The Show that made Country Music Famous:


Well, I can check off another thing on my “Nashville to-do list”.  Last night I had the pleasure of going to the Grand Ole Opry for the first time.  I’ve been dying to go ever since I moved to Nashville.  I hope all of you are familiar with the Opry, but if not, let me just give you a little background.  The Opry is a weekly country music stage concert in Nashville, TN that has presented the biggest stars of the genre since 1925.  It is also the LONGEST running broadcasts in history since its beginnings as a one-hour radio “barn dance” on WSM-AM.  In 1939, it debuted nationally on NBC Radio. The Opry moved to a permanent home, the Ryman Auditorium, in 1943.  As it developed in importance, so did the city of Nashville, which became American’s “Country Music Capital”.  Since 1974, the show has been broadcast from the Grand Ole Opry House east of downtown Nashville and performances have been sporadically televised in addition to the radio programs.

Ok, enough with the background….I just wanted to let you know, it’s “kind of a big deal”.  And I must say…my experience was just as incredible as I thought it would be.  This week is CMA Fest here in Nashville, so a lot of great artists are starting to come into town…so we thought we’d check out and see who all was playing at the Grand Ole Opry this week…and sure enough, we found a night with a phenomenal line up.  Check it out:

Little Jimmy Dickens
Darius Rucker
Jerrod Niemann
Martina McBride
Oak Ridge Boys
Lady Antebellum
Bill Anderson
Carrie Underwood

Here are a some pictures I took from the show….hope you enjoy:
Claudia, Me and Ellen getting ready to go inside.
Me and Garrett before it starts!!! ....and yep, this might be my new FB profile pic.
Claudie girl and me :)
 
Little Jimmy Dickens:
Isn't he just precious???
 Darius Rucker:

"So this is my my bad, come back song"

Jerrod Niemann:
"Lover, Lover, Lover...you don't treat me no good no more"
Martina McBride:
Singing 'Teenage Daughters'

Oak Ridge Boys:
Singing 'Elvira'
"Giddy Up Oom Poppa Omm Poppa Mow Mow
Giddy Up Oom Poppa Omm Poppa Mow Mow"
Lady Antebellum:
"She grew up on the side of the road
Where the church bells ring and strong love grows.....
....She grew up good
She grew up slow
Like American honey."
Bill Anderson:
"wherever she is i hope stays there"
"Will the circle be unbroken"

Carrie Underwood:
"Jesus take the wheel
Take it from my hands
Cause I can't do this on my own......
...........I'm letting go
So give me one more chance
To save me from this road I'm on
Jesus take the wheel."
And guess who made a surprise appearance last night???
Lauren Alaina and Mr.American Idol: Scotty McCreery!!!
Carrie ended the show by belting "How Great Thou Art"
Garrett and me after the show.

 YAY!!!!  I can finally say I've gone to the Grand Ole Opry!  What a fantastic night.  Have any of you ever been to the Grand Ole Opry?  What were your thoughts???  Who did you see???

RGL

5 comments:

  1. You look radiant in these pics!! I'm so jealous, I adore country music as you know!

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  2. AH, I'm Jealous, that sounds like such a good time!

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  3. I am so jelly! That sounds like an amazing concert!

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  4. I just found your blog and I love it!! I am a TN girl as well, living in a small town about an hour and a half south of Nashville. I went to the Grand Ole Opry for the first time last summer and saw Carrie Underwood. Isn't she amazing!! I'm so glad I found your blog!!

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