I'm continually amazed at the community of women I have met in my journey of travel and exploration. I've met women who are hard on me for my writing style, kind to me regarding my stories and relating to me regarding my vision.
My trip to Nashville, Tennessee was no different. Not only was I able to connect with women IN Nashville, Tennessee, but before the trip as well.
The vision for this trip was two-fold: attend a women's business conference AND go to the Opry! Since I was a little girl I had always wanted to attend. So for me to go and have a childhood dream happen is amazing!
I wanted to invite you to a story. A story that has been told and experienced for decades. It's one of heartbreak, but also one of ambition and success. A story of community. I'm doubtful there is another stage in the world with such a sense of community and family that resonates and draws people to it.
The Opry began over 90 years ago on a radio broadcast in Nashville, Tennessee. It has had singers and performers stand on its stage for decades, names like Tim Mcgraw, Johnny Cash, Dollly Parton and Alan Jackson. This radio program then allowed for the platform to move to a stage and onto creating Nashville, Tennessee as the Music City we know today.
Millions of people each YEAR travel to Nashville, Tennessee to see this stage and be a part of history.
You can still tune in and hear the Opry via 650 WSM, Sirius XM Satellite Radio, syndicated radio, opry.com, via social media, and on mobile devices. If you can't make it to the stage in person, its worth a listen via these options.
The Opry performances are held in two places: The Grand Ole Opry House and the Ryman Auditorium.
The Grand Ole Opry House seats 4,400 fans. The Opry’s famous former home (and winter residence and also where I saw the show), the Ryman Auditorium, seats 2,200. Approximately 6,024 songs are performed during Opry shows each year!!
This is a lot of music folks! No wonder Nashville, Tennessee is considered Music City!
The singers we enjoyed are listed below:
I knew him well from a song called "Stealing Cinderella." He sang a song that night that entertained. "Old School" was the name of the song, and if you are looking for a song that feels like summer, go check him out!
You guys! This team of musicians brought me home. I mean they really made me step back in time and gave me ALL the feels! They sang a song that is sung across Tennessee to unite and create some Tennessee pride! Give it a listen and let me know what you think. But respect the bluegrass sound before going in... the talent is outstanding.
If you are looking for a comedy act AND some musical talent, this is your main man. A very clean comedian and at heart, its a family friendly act. Don't just laugh at his jokes, but appreciate his musical abilities as well.
If the name doesn't stir up a vision of a country music singer, not much else will. The man in the cowboy hat, jeans and boots is the perfect description of this artist. His hit "Missing" was sung that night and its a classic tune of running away from your problems and enjoying life!
High energy, extreme entertainment and lots of laughs later, we realized we had seen the group LOCASH. They came in on stage with a bang. LOCASH is a perfect description of the variety that the Opry allows on its platform. In their song "I Love This Life," you will find yourself enjoying and appreciating your own life.
Another country music icon who has grown with the Opry itself. I grew up listening to him and loved knowing I lived in the same area. If you are looking for that classic, country twang then Ricky Skaggs is your best bet.
The beauty I saw in this group of musicians is the mentor relationship. It shows that Doyle himself loves his musicians. You knew they were a team and that they learned from their leader. He allowed them all to play a major role in supporting him as a musician. His sparkling jacket and hat didn't hurt in the attraction factor.
Gospel hymns are what Bradley is best known. He sings with soul, conviction and strength. He has been seen on the Oak Ridge Boys and also the Gaither Band. He is well known in the Bluegrass community as well as Christian. You will no doubt be inspired by his gifts and abilities!
The Diverse Audience
If none of these artists have inspired you to at least appreciate country music, this next part will.
When sitting in such a historical location, a person can feel nostalgia and the romance. Like I said earlier, all the feels! But I wanted to take the time to speak to the culture of Nashville, Tennessee. Music City is not known for bringing in the newest and youngest stars. They are not known for only allowing the older generation to stifle the creativity.
Music City stands out for its culture of including all ages, all demographics. I sat in the Ryman Auditorium in absolute awe of the diverse group of people sitting there. In front of me sat a woman who was every bit of 90 years old. She was bee-bopping to LOCASH, while there was a child in the pew next to me slapping his knee to Bobby Osborne.
You see, Nashville Tennessee brings people together like very few destinations can do. It allows for creativity and talent. It allows boys and girls to dream of what they can do and create. It allows the older generations to appreciate the memories they have of sitting around a radio with their parents.
The imagery was beautiful and so profound. In a world that screams independence, we all still need each other... and the Opry allows for this exact thing.
Have you been to the Opry? We'd love to hear your story!