As a follow-up on my posting about Roger McGuinn, you may be interested to know he will be performing on the Grand Ole Opry this Saturday night. In the ’60s McGuinn and the rest of the Byrds appeared to a less than warm reception. It was one of those “hippies” vs. “the rednecks” sort of things. The Byrds played longer than their alloted time and their hair was a bit too long for the regular Opry folks so they were actually booed on stage.
McGuinn is returning at the invitation of regular Opry member Marty Stuart. Marty and his band, The Fabulous Superlatives, will join McGuinn on stage. The Opry is back at the Ryman and I’m pretty sure that means there is only the 7:00 PM show. In many places in the US you can pick up the Opry on 650 AM or you can go to their internet site and listen live on line http://www.wsmonline.com/indexhigh.html
If you have never heard the Opry, you owe it to yourself to give a listen. My mom and dad visited us here in Murfreesboro about 7 years ago and we took them. It was at the Opry House and not the Ryman so it lacked the intimacy of the Ryman (one of the top ten places to hear music in the world) and he was thrilled. He was never a country fan (unless you count Tennessee Ernie Ford hymns) but he had grown up listening to in on the radio in Columbia, SC and thoroughly enjoyed it. Attending the Opry is an experience every American should put on their bucket list -even if you don’t like country music. If you can’t make it live you should at least give a listen.