So, I’m doing due diligence, reading up on the history of the Opry. I thought it was completely cool that when they moved it from the Ryman, they cut out a circle of wood where past performers had entertained countless audiences. Then…I read this:
The popularity of the Opry shows was star driven. Until 1938, the show had emphasized instrumental performances. Any singer was subordinate to the band. All that changed when young Roy Acuff joined the cast that year. His performance of “The Great Speckled Bird” his first night forever changed the Opry.
Now, I know who to blame. I have always maintained that there wasn’t enough time in most “country” music songs for the instruments to shine. Its not that I don’t like singers, but, I really think it tilted too far the other way. I know, I’m a musical Neanderthal. Shoot me.