The Grand Ole Opry started as the WSM radio show Barn Dance on the fifth-floor radio studio of the National Life & Accident Insurance Company in downtown Nashville on November 28, 1925. The studio was created to advertise and promote their insurance. The stations’ call letters are derived from the company’s motto, “We Shield Millions“. The Opry, founded by George D. Hay, was dedicated to honoring hillbilly music and its history. The Opry showcases a mix of singers performing country, bluegrass, folk, gospel, and comedic performances and skits.Though not originally a stage show, the Opry began to attract listeners from around the area who would come to the WSM studio to see it live. Because of its popularity and lack of space in the radio studio, the Opry moved to a permanent home, the Ryman Auditorium, on June 5, 1943, and broadcasted there every week for nearly 31 years thereafter.
Upon our arrival we purchased tickets to the Grand Ole Opry.
Our seats were not that great.
As, from the beginning, there were various singers:
While we were here we purchased tickets for Straight No Chasers later this week also at The Ryman.
West Memphis, AR to Goodlettsville, TN 237.7 miles
4 hours 29 minutes
Diesel: $ 2.19