|CHARLES ESTEN SHINES AT GRAND OLE
For any fan of Nashville music the Grand
Ole Opry is a must. It is definitely a
place where music creates a family, and
true talent shines through. I always enjoy
seeing Charles Esten, and tonight was no
exception. He performed two songs, the
first being the song played on the latest
(wedding) episode of ABC's hit series
"Nashville". His second choice was a bit
more risque, country rock song that the
crowd ate up. You can tell Esten loves
performing, he is always ready with a
story, a song, and a smile.
Tonight was Steve Moakler's Opry debut,
and the crowd loved him. This is the first
I had heard of his music, but I highly
enjoyed it. Moakler, nervous as anyone
about to perform in that great circle,
delivered a great performance of his new
single "Suitcase" from his brand new
A small hometown girl from Kentucky, she
played a song she wrote about growing up
and all the changes to her town, friends,
and family. It was a good ole fashioned
country song that drew you into the story.
Michael Ray was another highlight of the
evening, as he performed his latest single
"Real Men Love Jesus". Ray struck me as a
classic country boy, with his traditional
style of music.
The night also featured performances from
Jeannie Seely, The Whites, T. Graham
Brown, Mike Snider, Riders In The Sky,
Jesse McReynolds, Opry Square Dancers,
Bill Anderson, and The Grascals.
There was something for everyone, as the
Opry showcased talent of all ages and all
styles of country music from bluegrass,
traditional, pop, gospel, and rock. Age 7
or 70, you would find something you liked.
I've always heard stories about the Grand
Ole Opry being this magical place, that
fosters true talent, and a sense of
community. Being in the audience and
getting to witness first hand, I can feel
and see it for myself. The music truly
does bring people (and artists) together,
unlike any other place.