Tuesday, May 15, 2007

The Grand Ole Opry

I was back in Nashville, Tennessee this weekend to deal with some unfinished business at my alma mater. Walking across the stage wearing layers of black robes in 90% humidity is something everyone should do. For me, graduation was a chance to get back to the beautiful south and see some family and friends. I'm enjoying my time on the west coast, but there's nothing like a sweltering day in the south and Nashville is a great place to enjoy the heat. The trip also gave me the opportunity to do something I had never done in Nashville while I lived there - check out the Grand Ole Opry.

It was quite a sight (and sound). I had been in the building once before (for an episode of Wheel of Fortune, of all things), but had never heard the music that made it so popular. It was two and a half hours of the old and young getting their chance to sing a song or two for the live, radio, and TV audience. It was cool to see everybody just wandering around stage - just like A Prarie Home Companion. It was very entertaining and I'd sure recommend it.

I'd say the highlight of the night was little old Charlie Louvin "sprinting" out on stage and singing "Lost All My Money". That dude is pretty amazing. He'll be at Bonnaroo soon.

Check out Charlie's Myspace page to hear a song off his new album!

While you're at it, check out a couple songs that put that southern music back in my head:

Alabama - Dixieland Delight

Drive-by Truckers - (sorry, don't know the name of this one, but I like it - can you help me out Bryan?)



Bryan said...

Dude, interesting post. First, the DBT song is Tales Facing Up off of Pizza Deliverance. This is a fan favorite! They've been playing this a bit on the Dirt Underneath Tour.

Cool you got to see Charlie Louven. I did not know this until it was too late, but apparently he was at the local indie record store here in Cinci on Saturday afternoon. I am pissed I did not get the chance to go down and see him.

Glad you enjoyed the Dirty South once again. Looking forward to seeing the Left Coast soon.

Brandon said...

Hey I would like to contribute to the blog on occasion and I think there may be a way to post links to rhapsody songs. I'm not quite sure how it works so I wanted to do a test. Somebody let me know how it works. I can't figure out if you need to have a rhapsody subscription to listen or not.

Anyway hopefully you will be able to stream this great song about the Grand Ole Opry by John Hartford off the Aereo-Plain Album. It's called "Tear Down the Grand Ole Opry."

Tear Down the Grand Ole Opry