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Thursday, May 17, 2012

Grand Ol' Opry -- Nashville, TN

I think I once had a hamburger at the Opryland Hotel on a layover, perhaps 15 years ago. But I can't recall another trip to Nashville. Ever.

So when I saw tickets for sale for Loretta Lynn at the Grand Ol' Opry at the historic Ryman Auditorium, I snatched them up quickly.

The bad news was, by the time the show rolled around, Loretta had changed dates. But I still loved the show and the venue.

Ryman Auditorium
This, unlike most of my trips, was an honest-to-God Road Trip. Jonathan, Barry and I drove from Atlanta and got to Nashville at 5:00. We sat outside on a patio upstairs at Rippy's BBQ, just across from the Ryman auditorium, where I took the picture above.

Afterwards, we had some time to walk down to the Cumberland River and see all the bars, each one with a live entertainer, singing and hoping to one day make it big.

Going into the auditorium, we were greeted by a Minnie Pearl and Roy Acuff. (Well, at least a sculpture of them. I always loved Minnie Pearl.)

We had great seats in the Ryman. The show was hosted by Larry Gatlin and featured The Oak Ridge Boys. (Queue up "Elvira" in your heads...)

Other performers were Moe Bandy, and awesome new talents Mallory Hope, Dustin Lynch and Jamie O'Neal.

Dustin Lynch's Grand Ol' Opry Debut

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