“The Show That Made Country Music Famous.” The Grand Ole Opry started 80 years ago as a network radio show that now has a recorded history of old time string-bands, a stage that witnessed the birth of bluegrass, honky-tonk, The Nashville Sound and cross over music from country to pop to rock n roll. Our thanks to Mr. Pete Fisher, General Manager of the Grand Ole Opry, for hosting Our Dad’s Flag in Nashville, TN and bringing our flag to the center stage. Our Dad, as well as so many of the troops, love Country Music! May that special oak circle on stage continue to be unbroken!
According to the website, www.opry.com, The Grand Ole Opry began just five years after commercial radio was born in the United States. In 1925, the National Life and Accident Insurance Company built a radio station as a public service to the local community and with the hope that the new medium could advertise insurance policies. The station’s call letters, WSM, stood for the company’s motto: “We Shield Millions.”
An Impressive Venue
“The Grand Ole Opry celebrates country music’s diversity,” says Opry general manager Pete Fisher. “In addition, the Opry presents the many generations of artists who have formed country music’s legacy and continue to forge its future course.” Members of the Opry consist of famous names like Garth Brooks, Clint Black, Charlie Daniels, Jimmy Dickens, Vince Gill, Allison Krauss, Loretta Lynn, Martina McBride, Reba McEntire, Brad Paisley, Dolly Parton, Rascal Flatts, Blake Shelton, Mel Tillis, Randy Travis, Keith Urban, and Carrie Underwood…just to name a few. Whew! And that doesn’t even include the numerous Guest Artists!!!
“I’ve said it for the record a thousand times. I’ll state it again a thousand times. This is the pinnacle of what I do. Nothing has ever touched being a member of the Grand Ole Opry.”
– Garth Brooks
Visit Your Bluegrass Roots
If ever in Nashville be sure to visit the Grand Ole Opry and take a backstage tour. To read more about this famed music hall’s history visit www.opry.com. Again, thanks to Mr. Pete Fisher for his courteous, country hospitality!
Our Dad’s Flag Set List
As always, thanks for reading! Hint of Our Dad’s Flag travels coming up: how big is your CONSTITUTION? Isn’t it FLAG DAY next week?!?!? Remember the roots of country music and next time you hear a song have a Grand Ole time and sing along and share our project with a friend.