I know this is probably a boring post, but I lead a boring life & little silly things like this make me happy. (I don’t call the blog “Adventures in Dullness” for nothing.)
Our last-minute trip to Nashville this past weekend really served two purposes. The more blatant one was the coincidence that the same night that we could get cheap tickets for, just happened to be the same one that the group I wanted to see would be there. The second, and probably more important purpose was that both of us had been under a tremendous amount of stress for the last few weeks. We both needed a few days to rest to get our minds off of it all and just be together. Mission accomplished.
The only problem with seeing the Grand Olde Opry at the historic Ryman Auditorium, is that the view from many of the seats is partially blocked by poles. But even with that said, I love the building as a venue. I have always had a soft-spot for those old, historic places like that. They just feel right.
Even though I am not a fan of Little Jimmy Dickens, seeing the Opry without him would just be wrong. The evening also included appearances by other Opry classics like Jim Ed Brown, Billy Grammer, Whispering Bill Anderson, Jean Shepard, and several more.
Of course the group I was there to see though was the Charlie Haden Family & Friends. In the top picture you can see Charlie with his bass and his son Josh on the far left looking very much like a cross between Food Network personality Alton Brown and a Baptist minister. Next is a shot of his triplet daughters Tanya, Rachel and Petra performing the Carter Family classic Single Girl, Married Girl. And finally, Mr. Over-The-Top himself, Charlie’s son-in-law (married to Tanya) Jack Black…
It was a great show. We had a wonderful time laughing and singing along. Even not being a fan of county music in general, I can totally see the appeal of the Opry. The classics side-by-side with the up-and-comings; it was just a good time. I’m glad we went.