The Opry is always an incredible experience. Each time you go, a new flame is lit and you say "Man, I wish I could come every single night they broadcast". Last night was no exception.
GRAMMY Award winner Jeannie Seely opened the show. She performed a few songs from her catalog. Growing up in a generation that listens to a very different type of country music, it is always fun to hear classic country stars take the stage.
Next on the lineup was The Swon Brothers. These guys rock. Plain and simple. I remember seeing them on The Voice a couple seasons ago. The brothers referenced being on Team Blake and thanked the Opry audience for supporting them on that venture as well as their new ones. Before departing, the brothers performed the hits from their debut album, The Swon Brothers.
Third to perform was the Del McCoury Band. Again, I really enjoyed hearing the older country sound come back in this set. One thing the Opry does extraordinarily well is diversity. For example, on last night's show, Hunter Hayes and Jeannie Seely had sets on the same show. Perhaps that's what keeps people coming back. It was very evident the Del McCoury band are veterans of the Opry; they knew how to command the crowd and generate verbal responses from them.
Corey Smith was up next. Corey is one of those guys you just can't not-like. He just released his 10th album yesterday (what a way to celebrate!) and it was obvious. He rolled through his set with ease performing songs from his catalog as well as from his new album. PS - go check it out, it's on iTunes HERE.
Hunter Hayes hit the stage next. I love watching Hunter live. I had only seen him once before, but from what I hear, each time you see him it's a brand new experience. As he played through his set, there was no doubting his reputation of being a master instrumentalist. The crowd audibly sang his hits Wanted and Storm Warning along with him. The Opry allowed him to play 4 songs last night instead of the standard 3, so he finished his set with his new track, 21. You can check that out on iTunes HERE.
Last, but definitely not least, Rascal Flatts. I had never seen this band play live, but have always been a fan of their music. The Rascal Flatts have been around as long as I can remember, but I love how they are able to continue to innovate their music. Each song is different, even with the mass amount of albums they have in their catalog. The guys played through a couple songs in their catalog and closed out the Opry with their current radio hit, Riot.
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Photo Credits: Timothy Simpson Jr.