The Grand Ole Opry – April 11, 2009 – Nashville, TN

The Grand Ole Opry - April 11, 2009 - Nashville, TN

What a great night at the Opry!  Guests include Ricky Skaggs and Kentucky thunder featuring Bryan Sutton (filling in for Cody Kilby who is on the road with the Travelin’ McCourys), Martina McBride, Vince Gill,  Rhonda Vincent and the Rage,  Jo Dee Messina, The Whites, Marty Stuart and his Fabulous Superlatives, and Aubrey Haney filling in for Hoot as the house fiddler.  A special treat for me was seeing Ricky Skaggs and Kentucky Thunder play Wheel Hoss with dueling fiddles played by Andy Leftwich and Aubrey Haney… not to mention  Bryan Sutton!  For those of you not familiar, Bryan Sutton played the guitar on Ricky’s big comeback to acoustic bluegrass… Bluegrass Rules!

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Wayne “The Train” Hancock at FooBAR in East Nashville

Wayne

Wayne Hancock played a very welcomed gig in East Nashville Friday night. Nashville needs a lot more of this guy!  Wayne has one of the best honky tonk voices out there and plays with an outstanding western swing band… no drums, just upright bass, tele and steel.  Wayne bangs away relentlessly on his Larrivee and would have played and sung all night long without the 1:15 curfew (east nashville or FooBAR rule?).   This is real country music and Nashville needs to see a whole lot more of it!

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The Del McCoury Band – New Years Eve 2008 at The Ryman

The Del McCoury Band - New Years Eve 2008 at The Ryman

The Del McCoury Band brought down the house New Years Eve at the Ryman Auditorium!  Wow!  They were the first band of the night to play unplugged and they sounded fantastic!  It was refreshing to hear the instruments without pickups for the first time of the night.  After a full set the band was joined by The Infamous Stringdusters, The Emmit-Nershi Band, Ronnie Bowman, Chris “Critter” Eldridge, Don Reno and a great deal of friends and family.

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Sarah Jarosz – New Years Eve 2008 at The Ryman

Sarah Jarosz - New Years Eve 2008 at The Ryman

Sarah Jarosz played a few songs in between headliners… Ronnie joined her on a few tunes.

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The Infamous Stringdusters – New Years Eve 2008 at The Ryman

The Infamous Stringdusters - New Years Eve 2008 at The Ryman

The Infamous Stringdusters kicked off the New Years celebration… I would have liked to hear them without pickups on the instruments, but a great set to start off the night.  They were joined by Del for “Little Cabin Home on the Hill” sung by Del and Travis.  Ronnie stayed for a few additional tunes.  Playing a good part of the show was Chris Eldridge, known to all as “Critter,” who was right at home with his old band mates.  Check out more of what Critter is doing at PunchBrothers.com.

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Tim O’Brien and Friends – Bluegrass Underground

Tim O'Brien and Friends - Bluegrass Underground

Another amazing show down in the Volcano Room of Cumberland Caverns!

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Kindling Stone – Bluegrass Underground at Cumberland Caverns

Kindling Stone - Bluegrass Underground at Cumberland Caverns

Awesome performance by Kindling Stone!  Set the perfect mood for Tim O’Brien.

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The Infamous Stringdusters – Bluegrass Underground at Cumberland Caverns

The Infamous Stringdusters - Bluegrass Underground at Cumberland Caverns

Another amazing show down in the Volcano Room of Cumberland Caverns.  The Stringdusters sounded incredible!

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The McCoury Brothers at The Station Inn 2008

The McCoury Brothers at The Station Inn 2008

Ronnie and Rob McCoury played another spectacular show at the Station Inn with the help of a few friends… Jason Carter, Alan Bartrum, Jeff White, Casey Driessen, Alison Krauss, Ronnie Bowman, Josh Williams, and Chris Stapleton.

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