We were amazed by the kindness and generosity with which we were treated in Nashville, starting with the Grand Ole Opry.
Months ago, we checked out the Opry website and considered attending a concert at “the mother church of country music.” Yet we did not purchase tickets because we were uncertain of the exact date that we would be in Nashville and we wished to remain flexible. Then, a week before our trip, I checked the Opry website again and noticed that tickets were still available for a Tuesday night show that included performances by Montgomery Gentry, Rascal Flatts, David Nail and Craig Morgan. I called the Opry while we were sitting in traffic on the way to work one morning, only to learn that the only seats remaining were on the upper levels. I explained that, due to my mobility difficulties, I am unable to climb stairs. She put me on hold while she consulted with her supervisor and, to our surprise, found us seats on the main floor near the entrance! Plus, we were charged the same rate as if we had been seated up in the nosebleed section.
As if that weren’t enough, the Opry staff member on the phone told us where the handicapped parking is, then offered to come pick us up in a golf cart and deliver us to the front door of the concert venue! And this is precisely what they did. We felt like celebrities. The staff onsite were highly solicitous and ensured that all the arrangements went smoothly.
By the way, the show was amazing! Rascal Flatts did not perform due to illness, but that meant that Craig Morgan got to do an extra long set. The surprise of the night, at least for me, was the appearance of Jeannie Seeley. A true country music veteran (unknown by many modern country fans), she has been a member of the Opry cast for fifty years. Even at the age of 76, she blew me away with her rendition of “What’s Going on in Your World?,” made famous by George Strait. Of course, her performance of “Ode to Billy Joe” was pretty cool, too!
All told, we had a total blast, notwithstanding a couple of thousand people squeezing into the gift shop following the show.
Below are a few photos for your enjoyment. (I know, flash photography on an iPhone leaves something to be desired.)
En route to Nashville: Mississippi River bridge from Arkansas heading into Memphis.
Inside the Opry
Montgomery Gentry performing
David Nail performing
The incomparable Jeannie Seeley