Wednesday, March 28, 2012

Nashville Part Two - The Grand Ole Opry

Just like Alabama's song goes, "If you're gonna to play in Texas you gotta have a fiddle in the band"; if you're gonna go to Nashville you gotta go to the Opry.  Okay my quote doesn't rhyme like the song and it probably won't catch on as a fun lyric, but it is SO true.

If you don't know anything about the Opry, let me tell you that going to the Opry is like stepping back in time.  The Opry is a two hour live radio show, yes radio, and is broadcast on WSM (650 AM).  Today of course you can also catch it online or on several cable/satellite channels, but the show originated as a radio show and is still formatted that way.  There is an announcer, a host, and a sponsor for each half hour.  The half hour opens with the host performing with the band, then they introduce the other artists that play during their half hour.  In between sets (which are typically two songs per artist) the announcer reads the know "words from our sponsors" while the stage is set for the next act.

Opry Stage
The seats in the opry house are much like church pews with the seats numbered along the back and the row letters stenciled on the floor.

Cool, right?

If you are ever in Nashville and you love country music, live shows and history...head on over to the Grand Ole Opry.  It is a one of a kind experience.

Last night the house work continued.  We (and by we, I mean mostly the husband) got all the appliances out of the kitchen, so tonight we will finish pulling up the floor.  I got the final donation load into my trunk so that will make its way over today or tomorrow at lunch time.  The healthy dinner of choice was turkey sandwiches, which were pretty good.  I ate only half the bread with mine.  So far a pretty good start to the week.

Happy Wednesday!

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