Up until about 10 years ago, to get in the Grand Ole Opry in Nashville, Tennessee as a member, you had to accomplish something. You had to do something different. You had to do it on your own terms. You had to be influential. And, most of all, you had to have been around a little while. So, what happened? Now, all you have to do is get one hit single, and they’ll make you a member. The Grand Ole Opry has ruined its heritage and reputation by allowing terrible artists, who have zero experience, to become members. There are VERY FEW artists now that do it on their own terms, and are influential. The Opry keeps inducting the sheep that do whatever their record companies tell them to. There’s nobody influential from the current Nashville scene that’s being inducted. There’s nobody who refuses to bow to their record company that’s being inducted. There’s nobody different that’s being inducted. There’s nobody who will have any relevance 10 years from now that’s being inducted. It’s just whoever’s on the charts this week. Being on The Opry used to mean something. And that was just THE CHANCE to get on that stage! Becoming a member meant everything! Now, it all happens in the same week that you get an award from your label saying you sold a bunch of digital downloads from ONE hit song. It’s all wrong. Hank Williams Sr. was removed from The Opry, because of his alcohol abuse and wild lifestyle, shortly before he died. Now, his grandson, Hank Williams III has been trying to get Hank Sr. reinstated in the Grand Ole Opry. After taking a trip to The Opry a couple of years ago, I can tell you for a fact that it’s long overdue. As soon as you walk in the door, you see pictures of Hank. You hear Hank playing over the speakers. You see videos of Hank on the little TV’s. Then, you walk in the gift shop…Hank T-Shirts, Hank CD’s, Hank coffee mugs, Hank tote bags, etc. All of the above with the Grand Ole Opry name somewhere on the packaging. OK, so now we know that they’ll embrace Hank long enough to make a dollar, but they don’t actually respect the man or his legacy. Would you like to know how to solve this? Simple: Start calling, emailing, and bugging the heck out of everyone at The Opry until it’s done! If it’s not done soon, protest the current President of The Opry, and call for his removal from The Opry. If someone, aside from a businessman, were in there, 75% of the artists that have been inducted over the past 5 or 6 years wouldn’t even be allowed anywhere near the building! And that’s how it should be.
Hank Williams III – The Grand Ole Opry (Ain’t So Grand Anymore) – http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Q_JFasbUs4Q
Hank Williams III on The Grand Ole Opry talking about getting Hank reinstated – http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FaMCi-V9FR0