Happy 80th Grand Ole Opry--take a listen

Sunday, October 16, 2005

There is nothing in country music as important as the Grand Ole Opry, in my opinion. It is more than a performance, more than just music, more than a radio show, more than just a concert... it is like the pulse of the entire country music community. It is the showcase of that community; their pride a joy that is shared with everyone that wants to come every weekend.

Last night, the Grand Ole Opry celebrated 80 years.

When this insitution began in 1925, Calvin Coolidge was president, B.B. King and Sammie Davis, Jr. were born, and the wheel-type can opner was patented. Just think for that long, the Opry has been around.

Today's Opry isn't all that different either. Yes, technology has changed alot with the modernation. However, the core beliefs inside the Opry and still intact. It is still to this day broadcasted on WSM-650 AM every Friday and Saturday night. In the winter months, the Opry even returns to the Ryman Audiotorium, the home of the Opry from 1943-1974.

What though we must remember right now is the importance of the Grand Ole Opry. In today's world, I feel that it is forgotten. The Opry should never be. Country music fans have something very special. 80 years of heritage that is still ongoing. Some of the greatest artists in the country music community perform every weekend there and it is one of the highest honors that can be given to a performer, and the fans should treat it at as such.

I ask you today, right now, take the time and visit the Opry's website and make a promise to yourself to take the time (Friday from 7:30-10:00pm CST and Saturday night 6:30-12:00am) CST to take a listen. The Opry is streamed online, totally free of charge. If you can't listen to it all, I ask that you listen to at least 1 hour of the non-televised portion. I think you will be amazed at what you are missing.

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