News from the Grand Ole Opry is that they have apparently decided to make some changes and have let go piano player Tim Atwood and fiddle player Hoot Hester. Tim was with the Opry for 38 years and Hoot has also been around awhile.
And in the Opry's usual manner, they apparently did it with a simple phone call. No explanation, no personal meeting.
This is not the first time that this has been done. One of Pete Fisher's first moves after becoming the Opry's General Manager was to let a bunch of the staff bands members go.
Tim and Hoot will still be able to perform on the Opry if invited by any of the artists to do back-up for them. They were both great musicians and will be missed.
Is the Opry trying to safe a dollar or just moving in a different direction. How much difference a new piano player makes, I don't know.