Practice, practice and learn how to go, “Yee-hawww”: Dear NY City friends. I thought I would give you a heads up so you can start planning now. The Grand Ole Opry is playing Carnegie Hall Nov. 14. If you don’t remember (I’d like to forget, myself) that’s the day before the Country Music Association Awards will be held at Madison Square Gardens.
Opry “members” (one is “selected” into Opry membership) who will
perform at Carnegie Hall in November include: Trace Adkins, Vince
Gill, Alison Krauss and Union Station, Alan Jackson, Brad Paisley,
Charley Pride, and Ricky Skaggs. (Actually, a rather incredible lineup
that you’d never find all performing on the same night at a real Opry show. The Fruit Jar Drinkers are what the homefolks get.)
Before you laugh (okay, after you laugh), according to the press
release, this is not the first Carnegie Hall appearance by the Opry or
its members. Ernest Tubb and Minnie Pearl first performed
at Carnegie Hall in 1947.
And Minnie Pearl returned to Carnegie Hall in Nov., 1961 as a member of
a full Opry troupe that also included Patsy Cline, Grandpa Jones, the
Jordanaires, Bill Monroe, Jim Reeves, Marty Robbins, and Faron Young.
(Now, there’s an Opry lineup I could get excited about.)