Grand Ole Opry a must on Nashville visit
Guest post and photos by Angela Gary
Country music newcomer Lauren Alaina, an American Idol runner-up, delighted a recent crowd at the Grand Ole Opry with her new song, “Georgia Peaches” and her rendition of Loretta Lynn’s “You Ain’t Women Enough To Take My Man.” A special moment came when her Mom surprised her on stage with balloons for her birthday. Lauren told the crowd it’s always special to perform at the Opry because it’s where she auditioned to be on American Idol.
Brother Osborne, who is 83-years-old, had the crowd stomping, cheering, clapping and singing along to a rocking version of “Rocky Top.”
The Whites, who have been members of the Opry for 31 years, brought some bluegrass to the night and 85-year-old daddy Buck (who performs with daughters Cheryl, Sharon and Rosie), told the audience, “Y’all are blessed to be here. This is the birth-place of it all.”
Suzy Boggus sang “The Running Kind,” one of the songs from her new CD of Merle Haggard hits. Joe Diffie delighted the crowd with is country classic, “Something About a Pick-up Truck.” Then, the show closed with a wonderful rendition of “Cincinnati, Ohio,” by Connie Smith, a 50-year Opry member, and Nashville-based band, Old Crow Medicine Show.
These are just a few of the special moments from a recent night at the Grand Ole Opry in Nashville, Tenn. Country, bluegrass, gospel and Texas swing were all a part of the two-hour show.
I’ve been going to the Opry since I was a child and each show always has special moments that you will love and will long remember. I still remember seeing Porter Waggoner and Little Jimmy Dickens, who were long-time members of the Grand Ole Opry and performed until their deaths.
Several months each year, including the show I recently attended, the Grand Ole Opry show is presented at it’s original home, the Ryman Auditorium. The Ryman is where Johnny Cash fell in love with June Carter, Dolly Parton sang so many times with Porter Waggoner and Hank Williams Sr. made his Opry debut. There is so much history in the Ryman and it’s always a special experience to attend a show there.
The Grand Ole Opry began as a simple radio show in 1925 and is now radio’s longest-running program and can be heard around the world thanks to today’s technology. Opry shows are broadcast live on the Opry’s mobile app, 650 AM WSM and on opry.com and wsmonline.com. You can also catch the show on SiriusXM Satellite Radio.
Each Opry performance includes a mix of musical styles, as well as multiple generations of artists from country legends to newcomers. It’s a one-of-a-kind experience that is a must on any trip to Nashville.
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Angela Gary is a graduate of the University of Georgia with a degree in journalism. She has over 30 years in the newspaper business and is editor of a North Georgia publication. She has won numerous writing and photography awards from the Georgia Press Association and the National Newspaper Association.