The Grand Ole Opry
March 05, 2012
I am a huge country music fan, and I frequently request from and browse the country music CD collection that we have here at the library. This weekend, I’m taking my obsession and my library CDs a step further, all the way to Nashville. That’s right; me and my MCPL music collection are hittin’ the road and heading to the birthplace of country music.
I’ll be visiting the Grand Ole Opry, where it all started, and hopefully I’ll be learning about where my favorite music came from. But before I go, I wanted to get some background information. Here’s what I found.
- The Opry began just five years after commercial radio was born.
- It was originally aired as a barn dance show featuring George Hay and Jimmy Thompson.
- Their weekly broadcast continued and eventually became the Grand Ole Opry in 1927.
- In its early years, the Opry was an instrumental program, but in 1938, Roy Acuff performed "The Great Speckled Bird," and the show was forever changed.
Since then, the Opry has featured a variety of artists, from Minnie Pearl and Patsy Cline, to Vince Gill and Keith Urban. I can’t wait to walk through those famous halls and listen to some great country music. If you’re interested in the history of country music too, check out our Art and Entertainment databases.