Grand Ole Oprey

The beginning of the what is now Grand Ole Opry began in 1925 at the National Life and Accident Insurance Company, moving from place to place until it found its “permanent” home at the Ryman Auditorium in 1943.  Country talent graced the halls of the auditorium from 1943 to 1974 when it moved to its current location called the Grand Ole Oprey.

The Ryman Auditorium has quite a history.  Originally built as a church by Thomas Ryman, a wealthy riverboat captain, it was called Union Gospel Tabernacle and later after it use expanded, the name was changed to the Ryman Auditorium.  The building was later given a second floor in 1897 and a stage in 1901 where national and international talent performed (John Phillip Sousa’s Peerless Band, The Imperial Russian Ballet, Katherine Hepburn, Bob Hope, Edward Strauss and his Vienna Orchestra, CarusoKatherine Hepburn, Bob Hope).  Lectures by leaders of their time gave public lectures (Susan B. Anthony Booker T. Washington, President Theodore Roosevelt, President William Howard Taft, etc.).

Today the Ryman Auditorium has live radio country music performances with audiences four times per week.

Ryman Auditorium
Ryman Auditorium
Inside the Ryman
Inside the Ryman Auditorium
Ryman Stage
Ryman Stage

Because the Ryman Auditorium had deteriorated a new build was built called the Grand Ole Opry.  It opened on March 16, 1974.  It continues to host top names in country music and comedy as well as offer new talent while packing in crowds of enthusiasts every week.

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Grand Ole Opry

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We attended the 9:00 pm show and it went until 11:30.  The music and comedy were great.  Well worth the price of admission, but buy your tickets ahead of time. Depending on the time of the year, it may be hard to get into the show.

Honkey Tonk

The general honkey tonk area of Nashville runs from second through fifth streets on along Broadway.  The buildings have become historical landmarks and can be modernized from the inside, but must remain the same on the outside, some dating back to the late 1800’s.

From about 10 am to late morning the next day you can find good bands in all of the bars, many without cover charge, they survive on tips.  We found the music and food a great way to spend an afternoon unwinding .

Broadway
Tootsies on Broadway
Inside Tootsies
Second Street
Second Street
BB Kinds on Second Street
Canadian birthday girls, mother and daughter
Young visitors from Sweden
Red Dog on Broadway
Jason Aldean’s on Broadway
Rock Bottom on Broadway