2011 Nashville, TN – Day 3

Today we slowed down a little.  We had plans for a dinner cruise aboard the General Jackson paddle boat that is near our hotel, which we really enjoyed.  So to fill the day, we headed for the Grand Ole Opry and the backstage tour.  Sunday isn’t a show day, so there wasn’t a lot of activity at the Opry Theatre.1000000544.JPG

We only had to wait a few minutes to join a tour.  We got quite a bit of the history of the Opry and a tour of the artist’s entrance, the dressing rooms (including the inside of Roy Acuff’s dressing room), and finally a chance to stand on the stage.  While the Opry has had many homes, the Ryman Auditorium was its from 1943-1974.  It was here that the so many legends performed.  When the Opry relocated to its current home, they took a 6 ft circle of the center of the stage from the Ryman and installed it in the front center of the new stage.  That way, all future country stars have a chance to perform on the same stage that all the legends have performed.  Legends like Roy Acuff, Johnny Cash, Hank Williams, Patsy Cline, Carrie Underwood, and Elvis have performed on that piece of stage.

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Our tour guide asked for volunteers, and both of my girls were quick to raise their hands.  She led the group out to the center stage and to that special circle of plank flooring and offered each of them the chance to step up and sing on the stage of the Grand Ole Opry.  Madison stepped forward and belted out our national anthem…and I mean all the way through.  I took a couple of pictures but half way through, the significance of her standing in that circle and singing on the stage of the Grand Ole Opry began to give me goose bumps.  Mackenzie then sang a few lines from her solo contest piece.  Both the girls got a round of applause and I heard a lady remark, “I was gonna sing, but I’m not following that”.

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Here’s to hoping that the circle continues to be unbroken.

Cheers,
Braddog

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