I was just in time for a backstage tour so I quickly purchased a ticket and joined the group. The tour began with a short film about the Opry's history, which was entertaining and fascinating.
I took many photos during the tour but I'll leave you with just these three.
Artists who perform at the Grand Ole Opry are assigned mail boxes that they check after they enter through the back door and sign in.
They each get assigned a dressing room. Every dressing room has its own décor, and many artists have favorites that they use again and again.
Country music's most famous stage:
When I saw the lineup for tonight's performance, I simply had to get a ticket, no matter the cost:
Larry Gatlin and the Gatlin Brothers
Oak Ridge Boys
Just my luck -- it was sold out!
The Hermitage pretty much hides in plain sight not far from what is now the urban core of Nashville. At first it looks like any other country road on the outskirts of the city.
The first photo below is the mansion from the front; the second is from the back.
The entry hall with original wallpaper from the 1830s.
From 13-year-old Revolutionary War soldier and orphan to War of 1812 hero to president of the United States, he was a self-made man with no formal military training yet never lost a battle. In many ways, he transformed the republic from a democracy in name to a democracy in deed.
Before leaving Nashville, I had to stop by the Bluebird Café where countless country music performers and songwriters cut their teeth. I was happy to have an opportunity to spend a little time inside and soak in some of the greatness.
I crossed over the Cumberland River from Tennessee to Kentucky (please excuse the smeared bug guts on my windshield!).
Why Munfordville? You'll have to wait for tomorrow's blog post to find out what I'm doing in Munfordville today.
I'm loving my Freedom Tour!