Resiliency rebuilding Play On Nashville at the Grand Ole Opry commerating the historical flood of last year was a resounding celebration honoring of the spirit and ability of community to share support and continue to grow flourish and encompass the diverse talent and voices in the Mother Church of Music The Grand Ole Opry.
The Opry partnered with several charities to continue to replenish the spirit of giving:
Nashville Red Cross, Hands On Nashville, United Way Nashville, United Way Nashville, Leukemia and Lymphoma Society, St. Jude’s Children’s Hospital, St. Jude Target House.
Eddie Stubbs the smooth welcoming voice of the Opry hosted the evening with introductions including: Mayor Carl Dean spoke adding to the evening of gratitude, generosity and creative abundance that makes Music City what it is.
Eddie Stubbs introduced the first act Luke Bryan, to a full house with the audience a mix of generations who were openly appreciative and enjoying the full experience that a night at the Opry always offers.
Cherryholmes the wonderful family band that is a 2005 IBMA award winning and Grammy nominated band took the stage and encompassed the best and classic twists on bluegrass and fusion adding a wonderful song that stood out with mother Sandy Yodeling.
Little Jimmy Dickins the oldest living member of the Opry took the stage with his panache and tongue in cheek style of story telling jokes and true classic country. An Opry Icon Little Jimmy was just as entertaining as ever in his element sharing and passing on the history of the Opry by being himself.
The Carolina Chocolate Drops is a Grammy Award winner for best traditional folk album. They share the uncommon enchanting music that is billed as traditional Piedmont music of the Carolinas infusing the stage with a niche that is rich in tradition, creativity and the soul of youth that carries forth inspiration acknowledgement of musical heritage and mastering the art of performance and individuality.
Dierks Bentley took the stage adding vibrancy versatility solid musicality and the special personal connection with the audience that makes the Opry the unique venue.
Trace Atkins came in with his deep baritone straightforward and commanding presence. He filled the stage with his support, enthusiasm for the community and ability to get the audience drawn in sharing those moments that reach every individual.
Charlie Daniels deep respect for the troops and the Opry was apparent and in full force. He imparted his sense of style direction and artistry with his songs and finale of the Devil Went Down to Georgia.
Closing the show was the headlining act Brad Paisley. Always pulsing the needs of the crowd with his deep respect for the tradition of country music he brought out the group Alabama to join him in a song off the new album which had the audience genuinely moved.
Randy Owen did share about the recent devastation to Alabama and the relief efforts underway that deeply affected the state.
Play on Nashville was a resounding celebration of artistry, resilience, sharing and support that the people of Nashville and the Grand Ole Opry will go on and continue despite setbacks and unforeseen circumstances that don’t stop the heart and soul of people and shows what a comeback can be bigger brighter better and stronger.