Backstage Pass to The Grand Ole Opry...


 
Anneke Scott, Dan Truman and Me

Thanks to friend Dan Truman of the country band Diamond Rio, I had the incredible opportunity to be backstage at the Grand Ole Opry- the home and heartbeat of country music.

Country music is a genre rich in tradition, and it felt like a big family reunion all night. The older artists reach out to the newcomers, and the young artists have the utmost respect for their musical elders. During the night I was able to hang around Vince Gill, Lee Brice and Tyler Farr- while soaking in the incredible musical talent, sights and sounds (SEE THE PHOTO COLLECTION HERE).

Dan told us that each of the performers and artists are paid $140 per Opry appearance- union scale. Everyone gets paid the same amount, from Dolly Parton and Garth Brooks to Bill Anderson and The Gatlins. He also mentioned that his top four artists/writers/players were Steve Wariner, Keith Urban, Vince Gill and Brad Paisley- the rare guys that could truly 'do it all.'

In a quiet moment, I stopped in a small room with quotes on the wall:

"Talent is being able to please people."- Marty Robbins
"Be better to your neighbors and you'll have better neighbors." - Ernest Tubb
"The Opry is a way of life, it's an institution that gets passed on every weekend. If you're going to be a country performer, the Opry is the place to be." - Marty Stuart
"This is the pinnacle of what I do. Nothing has ever touched being a member of the Grand Ole Opry." - Garth Brooks
"The best of America is sitting in those Opry seats tonight." - Charlie Daniels
"Let 'er go, boys!" - George D. Hay

I pinched myself several times during the night to remind myself that it was real. :) Thanks to Dan for making it possible!
 

2 comments

  • Tom

    Tom Hildebran NC USA

    Only $140.00? Opry ownership is taking in a lot money and paying out almost nothing!

    Only $140.00? Opry ownership is taking in a lot money and paying out almost nothing!

  • Mark

    Mark Louisiana

    Tom, Yes they are taking him a lot of money but don't forget besides the artist cost the operational costs and upkeep of the building the equipment the lighting cost air condition all of that factored in amounts to a lot of money just do it show I know just my drums alone or over $11,000 and you factory in the upkeep of just each instrument used cables it adds up fast but the artists performing are not there for the money it's the honor and opportunity to perform and be a part of the history of the Opry

    Tom,
    Yes they are taking him a lot of money but don't forget besides the artist cost the operational costs and upkeep of the building the equipment the lighting cost air condition all of that factored in amounts to a lot of money just do it show I know just my drums alone or over $11,000 and you factory in the upkeep of just each instrument used cables it adds up fast but the artists performing are not there for the money it's the honor and opportunity to perform and be a part of the history of the Opry

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