Victoria Leuang | NowPlayingNashville
For the second straight summer, the historic Grand Ole Opry radio show brought numerous artists, young and old, an hour down Interstate 24 from Nashville to perform at Bonnaroo.
From the jam-packed That Tent early Thursday evening, artists performed two hours of music, interspersed with a giant LED screen clips of classic Grand Ole Opry performances between set changes, as fans danced their way through the Nashville Sound old and new.
Ketch Secor, Old Crow Medicine Show fiddler, singer and effervescent front-man, appropriately nicknamed the set “Op-rah-roo” and donned a straw boater hat as he shared emcee duties with WSM-AM radio personality and Opry announcer Bill Cody.
The eclectic audience listened to short performances by Old Crow Medicine Show, Steve Earle & the Dukes, Morgan Evans, Ashley Monroe, Wendy Moten, Ricky Skaggs, Riders in the Sky, Molly Tuttle and the always electrifying Opry Square Dancers.
After an opening salvo by Old Crow, Cody welcomed Tuttle to the stage. Wearing a rainbow-sequined dress the acclaimed singer-guitarist performed songs such as “Take the Journey.”
Opr-rah-roo made Grand Ole Opry history when longtime Opry member Staggs invited Earle back to the stage to sing “Hillbilly Highway.” It marked their first-ever duet on the song, first co-written and recorded by Earle on his classic “Guitar Town” album and years later recorded by Skaggs on his “Life is a Journey” LP.
Old Crow Medicine Show captured the attention of out-of-towners and Tennesseans alike by beginning their portion of the show by playing the Felice and Boudleaux Bryant-penned classic “Rocky Top” — the Osborne Brothers bluegrass hit and longtime University of Tennessee song — before closing out the Opry show with all the performers crowding the stage on the traditional “Will the Circle Be Unbroken.”
In between, in one of the highlights, guest singer-guitarist Charlie Worsham and Secor electrified the crowd by launching into Lil Nas X’s current country chart-topper “Old Town Road,” much to the delight of the crowd.
And featuring Secor playing on Opry forefather Roy Acuff’s fiddle, no less.
Grand Ole Opry: Molly Tuttle
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