I went to this American institution last night. Due to the fact that the Radio City Music Hall Rocketts show was in the newer bigger building outside of town, the show was performed and broadcast from the historic Ryman Auditorium in downtown Nashville.

I was fully prepared to hate this self described “wholesome, old-fashioned entertainment”. However, I have to say that the corn pone piereced my cynical northeastern carapace, and I ended up having a fantastic time. All of these people tore it up:

Pam Tillis
Emmylou Harris
Radney Foster
Mike Snider
Jimmy C. Newman
Jean Shepard
Hal Ketchum
Nanci Griffith
Del McCoury Band
Riders In The Sky
George Hamilton IV
Opry Square Dancers
Jon Randall
Jack Greene
Jim Ed Brown
Jesse McReynolds & The Virginia Boys
(Not in that order)

The show was great. So if you ever find yourself in Nashville do not pass up the chance to see the “Grand Ole Opry”.

The Bottom Line: When very very talented people are getting it on, it is going to be good no matter what kind of music they are playing.