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.
A quick bite
If you’re planning to make a visit to the Ole Opry, pop into one of these local eateries to get a true taste of zesty Nashville flavors.
Hattie B’s Hot Chicken
112 19th Ave. S.
Our night began here in true Nashville fashion. A local favorite, Hattie B’s serves up traditional southern fried chicken with a kick. Tossed 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.)
The Pharmacy Burger Parlor & Beer Garden
Named best new restaurant by the Nashville Scene in 2012, The Pharmacy is known for its inventive burgers and vintage-style soda fountain.
Right at home
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.
Have you ever spent a night out at the Grand Ole Opry or been on a tour of Nashville? Tell us about your experience in the comments!