I preach, teach, and admonish everyone to keep their money in their own state whenever possible. My family delights in doing just that as well. However, there are a few exceptions to the rule, you know, and the Grand Ole Opry is one of them. We try to go as often as possible and have had the supreme pleasure of seeing Montgomery Gentry, Jack Black, Martina McBride, Dierks Bentley, Carrie Underwood, The Oakridge Boys, Pam Tillis, Marty Stuart, Little Jimmy Dickens, Kellie Pickler, Ricky Skaggs, Bill Anderson, Vince Gill, Lonestar, and many others. Several Kentuckians in that impressive group, I’m proud to say!
Each time we’ve gone, we’ve had an absolute ball. Getting to see artists such as these in such historical surroundings is something I’d highly recommend to everyone. You should head over to the Grand Ole Opry’s web site and take a good look at the schedule. You won’t believe some of the artists coming up. The hilarious Steve Martin will be making his first Grand Ole Opry appearance at the end of May, that should be something worth seeing! He’s scheduled to appear on the same night as Vince Gill and Amy Grant. I also notice that Miss Taylor Swift will be making an upcoming appearance.
Some Grand Ole Opry performances are at the historic Ryman Theater in downtown Nashville while the rest are at the more modern (and spectacular) Grand Ole Opry house. Personally, I prefer the Grand Ole Opry House for several reasons. The employees are friendlier, the parking is easier, and there’s a mall within walking distance (!!!). Having said that, every country music fan should visit the Ryman at least once.
Never make the mistake of thinking you won’t have a great time – or that your kids won’t enjoy themselves. Everyone, young and old… country fans or not…. will have the time of their lives.
The last time we went, we took our 3 daughters and their boyfriends. Afterwards, one of their boyfriends talked about getting goosebumps during a Vince Gill song while another one said it was hard not to cry. The third young man said he had a new role model: Little Jimmy Dickins!
All 8 of us had a day we’ll never forget.
There’s just something special about the Grand Ole Opry, a certain kind of magic that surrounds you and lets you know that you’ve just become part of something historically beautiful and beautifully historic.
Head over to the web site and schedule just such an experience for yourself!