So nothing would do but that we attend The Grand Ole Opry while in Nashville. I purchased tickets in advance on line. A mistake, given that we were there "off season" and could have selected the night that featured entertainers that interested us at the last minute.
The show is presented at The Ryman Auditorium in downtown Nashville.
Named for this gentleman:
|Is that a bird's nest on his head?|
The theme for the night we attended was Legends of the Opry and legends they were. If being old makes you a legend.
The program was two hours long, divided into half hour segments, each segment hosted by a different "legend" and interspersed with advertisements as the evening was broadcast live on WSM Radio. The emcee stood to one side of the stage and introduced the hosts, read advertisements and generally controlled the pace of the show:
|Eddie Subbs, the evening's announced|
|We were in the balcony. At the very back chairs were set up for over flow|
First host was John Conlee:
Before the show we spent some time on Broadway Street:
|Nashville's version of New Orleans' Bourbon St.|
|It appeared that the customers moved the carts along by pedaling|
|In the film Reba said this red dress garnered more press that she did. It was quite daring for the time. Not today.|
I was particularly struck by the outfit Kelly Picklar wore when she won Dancing with the Stars:
And there there were the cars. The most impressive being Elvis' gold Cadillac:
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