Thursday, June 18, 2009

Vacation Blog Contest Day 5--More Nashville



Well, we made it to Louisville, KY! We got here late afternoon on Wednesday. My apologies for not posting this sooner. I was feeling pretty wiped out and then we had to go through yet another thunderstorm here so that has delayed my getting online. Seems like everywhere we go the storms go with us. Wednesday afternoon, while traveling on I-65, we got caught in a downpour and a little bit of hail. Needless to say, we got off at the nearest exit.

But before all that we had a great time touring the historic Ryman Auditorium in Nashville. If you’re a Country Music fan you’ll know that the Ryman is called the Mother Church of Country Music and was home to the Grand Ole Opry from 1943 – 1974. The Ryman is truly an amazing place steeped in history. The acoustics are out of this world, but just knowing who all has performed on that stage is truly mind blowing. The list of names is endless---Roy Acuff, Minnie Pearl, Patsy Cline, Elvis Presley, Johnny Cash, Hank Williams Sr., Loretta Lynn, Tammy Wynette, Steve Wariner, Chet Atkins, Sheryl Crow, James Brown, Keith Urban and on, and on. Even Rudolf Valentino and Mae West performed on that historic stage.

Because they were getting ready for a performance we weren’t able to walk on stage, so I did the next best thing. I placed my hand on those well-worn boards and snapped a picture! Ain’t I silly?!

They had some really cool exhibits and it was fun to see Minnie Pearl’s hat with her trademark $1.98 price tag dangling off the brim. I also saw a pair of Johnny Cash’s tall black boots. Johnny was one big man!

Have you been to the Ryman? Do you have a favorite Country star?

9 comments:

Valerie Oakleaf said...

Ryman sounds like it was fantastic. I remember watching concerts on PBS when I was a child that were at Ryman. It would definately have been fun to see Minnie Pearl's hat. She was a neat, funny lady.
Hope you are having fun and staying safe with all the thunderstorms.

robynl said...

Ryman Auditorium in Nashville is one place I believe many country fans would love to visit, including me. How wonderful that you got to go there. It is so steeped in history,.

Estella said...

I would love to be able to visit the Ryman!
My favorite country artist is Alan Jackson.

Sherry James said...

Thanks for stopping by again, Valerie,Robyn, and Estella! I hope you all get the chance one day to visit the Ryman. It's totally cool. And if you're brave enough, you can even cut your own CD there!

Anonymous said...

Actually yes, I have been to the Ryman. I went as a sponsor on my son's Senior band trip in 1996. I remember the Ryman very well, including how worn those boards were. We had a great time in Nashville. I'd love to go back again sometime.
Glad you had such a nice trip!

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