Heather’s Thoughts on Her First Time at the Grand Ole Opry
As you may have heard us talking on air, yesterday was my first time at the Grand Ole Opry! Which is extremely surprising considering how much I visit and love Nashville. If you have never been, I strongly suggest going SOON! I’ve never gotten to experience such an amazing show before, and cannot wait to go back. In all fairness, however, I did have some awesome company. The Grand Ole Opry holds so much history, being in the building alone is an amazing experience. The walls are full of memorabilia, the dressing rooms have themes, there’s literally not a bad seat in the house. The staff makes you feel so welcome and you feel like you can hold a conversation with anybody sitting near you. We had gotten there fairly early, so we were able to hear the warmups for the Old Crow Medicine Show, and all of the sound checks before the show. What blew my mind, however, is that our dressing room was literally RIGHT next to Hunter Hayes’ and I didn’t get a chance to talk to him… WHAT?!
This trip was auctioned off to a listener who was bidding to benefit St. Jude. The winner met us in Nashville, went to lunch with us at the Opry Backstage Grill and got the full backstage experience with us! Our winner was Jeff Gibbs from Madisonville! Jeff made a very generous donation to St. Jude which we could not have appreciated more! We were able to learn about Jeff and his life while enjoying a jam packed night of country music. Who doesn’t love that?! Jeff, we hope you enjoyed yourself!
I had seen pictures of the Grand Ole Opry before, whether it be on a television show or online, but pictures cannot do justice to what actually being at the Opry is like. The Opry members and staff make you feel like a part of the family as soon as you walk through that door. Everybody is in the best mood and EVERYBODY is excited to be there.
The lineup at last night’s show included Diamond Rio, Eric Paslay, which you may recall opening up for a show here back in August, Dustin Lynch, Dierks Bentley, Hunter Hayes, who will be here for a SOLD OUT show in November, the Del McCoury Band, and of course, the newest members, the OLD CROW MEDICINE SHOW!
Being at the Opry in general is a great time, but being at the Opry when a new member is being inducted is amazing!! It’s almost unexplainable just to see how people react. As a country artist, being inducted into the Grand Ole Opry is one of the biggest accomplishments you can make, and last night the Old Crow Medicine Show made theirs.
I can literally ramble on and on about how incredible this show is, but really you’re better off going to see it yourself. I, of course, took a ton of pictures because I wanted to be able to share my experience with YOU, so click here to see them! Oh! Did I mention that you never know WHO you’ll run into backstage? I was able to meet Eric Close, which you may know as Teddy Conrad on the hit series Nashville, and Eric and Shelby were able to meet Ed Helms, who is better known as Stu from the movie The Hangover. How awesome!
If you want a chance to WIN tickets to the Grand Ole Opry and a little bit extra, listen to Eric Cornish this week during his afternoon show! He will not only be giving Chris Young’s new CD “A.M.” away, but every winner will also be entering into a drawing for two tickets to the Tuesday Night Grand Ole Opry on October 8th featuring Chris Young, Clint Black, The Charlie Daniels Band, and others, plus an invitation to a private acoustic show with Chris at the Opry that night!