By: Joseph Kathmann
Oh hey! Who the heck are you guys again? Now that I've gotten that stupid joke out of the way, let's talk about the Opry. This was my second time to the legendary Ryman Auditorium, and it was also my second time seeing the Grand Ole Opry. (Though last time it was at its native residence out at Opry Mills) I wanted to mix things up this time around, so I found a spot to watch the show from the ground level, and wanted to see what things would be like with such a low-hanging balcony blocking my view. Not just in terms of sights, but in sound as well.
I'm not really going to talk about any of the artists who performed at this show, mostly because there's nothing really to report. It was a pretty lackluster day from the Opry, with Ronnie Milsap and Connie Smith being the two biggest names on the bill. And Smith only got to play a song since she was hosting her section so definitely not enough to even say I've now seen Connie Smith. Even though I've seen her both times I've been to the Opry. But I will say there was a young talent who really stood out. Jackie Lee only had a few songs to feature his genuine country voice, but he really impressed me in that short span of time. He's the only person out of the young talent I've seen so far from the Opry (and Nashville as a whole for that matter) that I really think has a shot at being "the next big thing." And he's also signed to Jason Aldean's label. That always helps. Other than him, this show was really about experiencing the Opry in its original home, The Ryman Auditorium.
In one sentence: The Ryman did not disappoint. While watching the Opry sucked (just look at that picture above) listening to it was one of the greatest experiences I've ever had at a concert. I didn't really get to appreciate the acoustics of the venue at the Walk the Moon show simply because those speakers were not built for indie synth pop. They were, however, built for country music, and I was absolutely blown away listening to this show. For once, I could hear everything that was happening in front of me. I could pinpoint every instrument and exactly what they were doing at any given moment. There was no distortion! At all! I mean, how is that possible? Well, even from underneath the balcony this show sounded incredible. I had extremely high expectations for this venue to deliver in its native habitat, and somehow it did not disappoint.
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