The Opry

I don’t have a bucket list, but if I did there would be one more check on it this week than there was last week. I’ve always wanted to see the Grand Ole Opry in Nashville. Thanks to Elaine West of West Pic Travel for asking me to “guest host” a 9-day Nashville, Memphis and Branson tour.

The show we saw Saturday night was in celebration of the 86th anniversary of the Opry. Here’s the exact line-up: Little Jimmy Dickens, Jimmy C. Newman, Chuck Mead, Jeannie Seely, The Whites, Charley Pride, Craig Morgan, Ronnie Dunn and Rascal Flatts.

The Grand Ole Opry is not so much a show as a broadcast. Both hours of it are heard in thirty-eight states on Nashville’s WSM Radio. The second hour is seen currently on television on the GAC network. It is a serious hoot!

Without question it was Rascal Flatts‘ night. The trio was inducted into the Opry in a very touching ceremony. Leader singer Gary Levox kissed the base of his induction trophy when handed to him by ninety year old Jimmy Dickens, probably the Opry’s oldest active member. The base of the induction statues are made from a section of the Ryman Auditorium’s original floor. RF proceeded to tear down the house before and after the ceremony. It was that kind of night.

Regrets, I have a few. I didn’t have a chance to buy a Goo Goo Cluster. Goo standing, of course, for Grand Ole Opry.