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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Ricky Skaggs and Kentucky Thunder with Guest Bryan Sutton at the Grand Ole Opry

Ricky Skaggs and Kentucky Thunder with Guest Bryan Sutton at the Grand Ole Opry

Andy Leftwich and Aubrey Haney.

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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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Dave Peterson and 1946 – IBMA World of Bluegrass After Hours Showcase 2008

Dave Peterson and 1946 - IBMA World of Bluegrass After Hours Showcase 2008

Can’t get a better band anywhere… Luke Bulla on the fiddle, Bryan Sutton on guitar, Paul Franklin on Steel, and Tommy G. on drums.  Some of Nashville’s finest came together for Dave Peterson’s IBMA after hours showcase.  Only in Nashville can surprises like this happen!

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Tim O’Brien at the Station Inn – Nashville, TN

Tim O'Brien at the Station Inn - Nashville, TN

Tim O’brien playing his nugget a-style mandolin at the Station Inn… Early 2008. kodak bw400cn pushed 2 stops courtesy Chromatics in Nashville.

Tim was in classic form for this show…. as if I’ve ever seen a bad performance. He played all the usual instruments, even played Bryan’s martin guitar a few times. It was a special treat to see not only Bryan Sutton in the band, but Darrell Scott as well… Awesome!!!

Casey Driessen, Kenny Malone, and Dennis Crouch were spectacular as always. Casey is simply one of the most unique fiddle players in the world. His grammy nominated solo debut on Sugar Hill is amazing, btw. You should buy it!

Tim invited a special friend he met in Japan to sing and play a few songs as a duet, as well as with the full band before the night was over. This guy, I wish I remembered his name, was extremely nervous but sounded great. Everyone really enjoyed the unique style he brought to the station.

All in all, Tim put on another wonderful show!

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