As we all know, the Opry will be returning to the Opry House on Tuesday night. The Tennessean had a nice article on line today regarding the return, and there was a quote from Grand Ole Opry Vice-President and General Manager Pete Fisher that I found interesting and gave me some thought:
"This lineup we have on the 28th will probably go down in history as one of the greatest in the Opry's history. But I have to say I've found this to be one of the easiest shows to book. It's just another example of how artists give back to the community and the Opry as a whole. It's going to be great to see the Opry House come back to life adn the circle back to life."
While my history with the Opry does not go back to the beginning of the Opry, I will say that the line-up for this Tuesday night is impressive. Just my opinion, but I think that the best Opry lineup in history would have to go to the first Opry show held at the new Opry House, back in March of 1974. That show had virtually every Opry member.
Another contender would have to be the 75th anniversary show in 2000. That entire weekend had great lineups, but the Saturday first show might have been the best in recent memory. If you remember, that show included Garth Brooks, Dolly Parton, Vince Gill, Alison Krauss, Porter Wagoner, Marty Stuart, Ricky Van Shelton, Pam Tillis, Jimmy Dickens and so many more.
A couple of other shows I would put up on the list was the 50th anniversary show and also the first show that was on PBS, back in the late 70's.
The other comment that I found interesting was when Pete said how easy it was to book the show. Is he saying that a normal Opry show is hard to book? Just wondering. Also, with the number of artists missing on Tuesday night who are Opry members, did he have to say no to some of them? Again, just wondering. I will be watching and listening to the Tuesday night show and one of the more interesting things for me will be to see how he fits in all the artists on the televised portion, as I am sure that is where most of them will want to be on.
Looking at the Opry schedule for October, it looks like there are going to be some impressive shows coming up. The month looks loaded and I am sure many more are going to be added. Most of the month will have 2 Saturday night shows and I am happy to see that. That will mean no more intermissions, at least for a while.