Friday, June 24, 2011

When in Nashville …

(Our southwest trip started May 1. All of my posts were written as the trip went along but were not posted live until we returned. If you want to read all the posts related to the trip, click on "southwest" in the label section below).

As we approached Nashville we needed to make a decision where to stay. The start of the Natchez Trace is to the southwest of Nashville but we decided to check out the Grand Ole Opry area, on the east side of the city. After all, when in Nashville ….

My husband is not a big fan of country western music and the last thing he would have thought about doing in Nashville was going to the Grand Ole Opry. I like some country western, having learned to line dance with my daughter. At the hotel desk they had information on that night’s concert and I actually recognized a name or two. Even my husband did … the Charlie Daniel’s Band. So on a whim we went and bought tickets for the concert. And we lucked into dead center row F tickets.

We learned a lot that evening. For one, we didn’t have a clue that the performances were live radio shows, including commercials. And the lineup that night was top talent, as shown by the reactions of the audience. And why? It was the one year anniversary of the May 3, 2010 flood that had left 4 feet of water in the concert hall.

Before the show began, there was a short movie showing how the hall looked, and the work that was done to repair and restore it. The performers that night were there to celebrate the anniversary and the show was super. We loved the fiddle playing and thoroughly enjoyed watching Charlie Daniel playing his. We both really enjoyed the show and were glad we went.

No comments: