Best Country Music History Lesson: Grand Ole Opry
A bit of country-music history was made Sunday evening, as the Grand Ole Opry hosted its first Bonnaroo performance with a two-hour show held in That Tent and broadcast live on the internet and 650 WSM-AM, the Opry home on the radio. Future's set on the What Stage drew most of the crowd away, but those who stayed at That Tent were a rowdy bunch, and they had the chance to witness a show that was both a history lesson and an overview of many differnt country music styles. Opry members Old Crow Medicine Show, whose quick-talking frontman Ketch Secor co-hosted the evening with announcer Bill Cody, were first in the lineup, which also included bluegrass great (and Bonnaroo veteran) Del McCoury, pop-country dynamo Maggie Rose, and country-rock band Lanco (pictured here). Other highlights included Country Music Hall of Fame Member Bobby Bare, whose classic "Marie Laveaux" got the crowd energized with its signature screams, and throwback crooner Joshua Hedley, paying tribute to Glen Campbell with "Wichita Lineman." In true Opry fashion, the show closed with a cast sing-along of "Will the Circle Be Unbroken" - giving newcomers and veterans alike a little comfort and closure to carry them into the next week. J.F.