On their recent travels, Go Ahead Copywriters Laura and Courtney made their way south to explore Nashville. Here, Laura recounts their time taking in a country music performance at one of the city’s must-visit spots, the Grand Ole Opry.
It’s safe to say that neither of us know too much about country music, so going into our evening at the Opry, we really had no idea what to expect. But since Nashville is most famous for its twangy tunes and the Grand Ole Opry is such a significant stage for country artists, a performance here was something we were excited to experience.
Our night began in true Nashville fashion—with a hot chicken dinner at Hattie B’s. Fried in a spicy batter and served on top of a slice of white bread, hot chicken is Nashville’s culinary calling card, so it only made sense for us to give it a try before we set out to discover another of the city’s notable features. (For the record: it was delicious.)
A short drive later, we arrived at the Opry House, a modern brutalist-style building with a welcoming atmosphere. Everyone from the ticket takers at the doors and the ushers who showed us to our seats to our fellow audience members were friendly and genuinely happy to be there. It wasn’t hard to see why—there’s a real sense of community that exists here. Maybe it has something to do with the unpretentious bench seating that fills the hall or the performance’s longstanding radio show format that takes you back to a time when families gathered around the living room wireless. Whatever the reason, there’s a homey feeling that comes with being in attendance at the Opry.
Over the course of the two-hour show we were treated to an array of performances by talented country musicians, both classic and contemporary. While we might have only recognized a few names from the lineup and a small handful of songs, it didn’t matter. For us, it was enough to be enjoying good music in such a legendary space that means so much to so many people.
2015 marked the Opry’s 90th anniversary, and we were lucky enough to be in town during its celebration weekend. At the end of the show they brought all the performers back on stage while a giant birthday cake was wheeled out and a cascade of balloons rained down from the ceiling. It was a festive end to a great night!
Before you go
If you’re planning to make a visit to the Ole Opry, grab a bite at one of these local eateries to get a true taste of zesty Nashville flavors.
Hattie B’s Hot Chicken
112 19th Ave. S.
A local favorite, Hattie B’s serves up traditional southern fried chicken with a kick.
Martin’s Bar-B-Que Joint
3108 Belmont Blvd.
This West Tennessee-style smokehouse has been delighting restaurant goers with its finger-licking menu since 2006.
The Pharmacy Burger Parlor & Beer Garden
718 Division St.
Named best new restaurant by the Nashville Scene in 2012, The Pharmacy is known for its inventive burgers and vintage-style soda fountain.
Have you ever spent a night out at the Grand Ole Opry? Tell us about your experience in the comments!
Want to visit the Grand Ole Opry on tour? Check out our itinerary to Nashville, Tennessee.