Grand Ole Opry Expected to Reopen in Oct.; Alan Jackson Sells Estate; Preview New Songs from Ryan Bingham

Brody Vercher | June 3rd, 2010

  1. Jon
    June 3, 2010 at 11:08 am

    Erm, that would be the Grand Ole Opry HOUSE will reopen in October; I don’t believe that the Opry missed even one show.

  2. Kelly
    June 3, 2010 at 11:15 am

    Not gonna lie, glad to hear JTE is departing from the sounds of his two preivious albums…

  3. Drew
    June 3, 2010 at 11:35 am

    Ugh Chely Wright is starting to just annoy me. This whole thing stinks of a big publicity stunt more and more. The interviews (print, radio, and TV), the “specials” regarding it, the book, and now being some sort of spokesman in a parade. I don’t have a problem with her being gay, or even her coming out with it, but when’s she going to stop promoting it?

  4. PaulaW
    June 3, 2010 at 11:38 am

    Alan Jackson’s 135-acre estate has sold for $28 million almost a year after he put it on the market. The original asking price was $38 million.

    Considering that it’s only appraised at around 10 million ……….

  5. Stephanie Rehder
    June 3, 2010 at 11:45 am

    Really excited about the new Jamey Johnson stuff!!

  6. Jon
    June 3, 2010 at 11:57 am

    @Drew You want her coming out, but not coming out of the closet?

    A “publicity stunt” is something made up – faked, so to speak – for the purpose of obtaining publicity. It would be a publicity stunt if she were claiming to be coming out as a lesbian but was actually heterosexual. Do you think that’s the case here? Because if not, I don’t see where there’s anything stunt-like involved.

  7. Nicolas
    June 3, 2010 at 12:44 pm

    Chely Wright was put through a life of turmoil and finally feels like she can be accepted, so anything that comes out of it doesn’t seem to me like for the sake of “publicity” as much as it is for the sake of “healing”

  8. Saving Country Music
    June 3, 2010 at 1:11 pm

    Not gonna lie, SAD to hear JTE is departing from the sounds of his two previous albums.

  9. Leeann Ward
    June 3, 2010 at 1:37 pm

    I’m sad too, but still interested in what’s next. The second album was significantly different from the first. At first I didn’t think it was as good, but I’ve come to really like it now. So, it’s very possible that the same will happen with the next album.

  10. Kelly
    June 3, 2010 at 2:53 pm

    Well, I’ve tried to see what everyone else sees in JTE’s first two albums and I just havent. I dont hate them, far from it, but I havent adored them the way that so many have, either.

    The two new Bingham songs were pretty solid. Glad to see there isnt any real change of direction there, with those songs, at least.

  11. WAYNOE
    June 3, 2010 at 2:55 pm


    Wright has always been known in Nashville circles for these types of things. However, I don’t believe she is lying about what she is. But she will definitely try to market it. She is a one-hit and couple of minor-hits wonder who is still trying to matter.

  12. Matt Bjorke
    June 3, 2010 at 4:21 pm

    Chely is just being Chely. She was asked to be the “Grand Marshall” of that parade, she didn’t actively seek it out. This whole ‘event’ as some would call it, wasn’t done with the intent to be a book or movie. She decided to be who she was and not hide that side from anyone.

  13. sam (sam)
    June 3, 2010 at 4:35 pm

    Although I’m not a fan of Chely’s music, I am glad she came out and I hope that more country singers come out in the future.

  14. Ian
    June 3, 2010 at 4:56 pm

    Can’t wait to hear Jamey’s new stuff. I hope it’s not to loud and stays true country. The Eric Church “outlaw” article was hilarious

  15. Rick
    June 3, 2010 at 6:37 pm

    I guess its safe to surmise PaulaW works in the real estate field! (lol)

    I would prefer if Elizabeth Cook went back to sounding like Dolly Parton dropped right in the middle of Butcher Holler.

    Chely’s “coming out” in the mainstream country music realm makes her a new cause celeb among the mostly city dwelling G/L/T/WTF(?) crowd who consider the country music audience to be a bunch of homophobic rednecks. Chely should enjoy the notoriety while it lasts as the novelty factor will wear off soon enough.

    The Gaylord Opry House can re-open just in time for the fall/winter season slowdown when the Opry ordinarily moves to the Ryman until spring! Actually its just nice they have the insurance funds available to do it at all. I wonder if they are going to go for water repellant/resistant seats, stage, and wall structures this go round? Hmm…

  16. Julia C H
    June 4, 2010 at 1:35 am

    Whenever I hear the words “new music” and “Jamey Johnson” in the same sentence I find myself with a little kick in my step.

  17. sam (sam)
    June 4, 2010 at 1:54 am

    I don’t think the country music audience is just “a bunch of homophobic rednecks” and I do think it is a shame that some people think that. However, Rick’s post, especially the part about “mostly city dwelling G/L/T/WTF(?) crowd” is very unlikely to dispel any stereotypes about ignorant redneck country music listeners. If anything it is likely to provide ammunition to those who wish to stereotype country fans as backward or ignorant.

  18. Lucas
    June 4, 2010 at 9:24 am

    I get all this news and yet no mention of Skynyrd being at the CMA Music Festival!? Shame, shame…

  19. WAYNOE
    June 4, 2010 at 12:16 pm

    It’s because Skynyrd displays the flag and, gasp, mentions country, guns, and God. Very unwelcome topics to “some” here. Much the same with Toby Keith and others of the same stripe. and shall I say, stars.

    Keith raised over $500,000 recently for non-profit causes, but I am still waiting on the mention.

  20. Stormy
    June 4, 2010 at 12:46 pm

    Or possibly because Skynard isn’t country.

  21. Jon
    June 4, 2010 at 1:18 pm

    The one explanation seems about as likely as the other.

  22. Brody Vercher
    June 4, 2010 at 2:17 pm

    I’d be more than happy to pass the news off to any of you asshats who think you can do a better job.

  23. M.C.
    June 4, 2010 at 2:17 pm

    Waynoe–You know, people can love the flag, America, the 2nd Amendment and God, yet still disagree with a lot of what you believe in. Part of the idea of America is we debate and dissent and disagree with each other, and we don’t have to fall lock-step behind what you or anyone else may think.

  24. Leeann Ward
    June 4, 2010 at 3:07 pm

    No, Brody, you do an awesome job! No offense to anyone else who substitutes for you, but I definitely notice the difference.

  25. Kyle
    June 4, 2010 at 5:09 pm

    Just to be clear Waynoe, you’re referring to Toby Keith the Barack Obama-voting registered democrat, right?

  26. Matt Bjorke
    June 4, 2010 at 5:34 pm


    I agree with LeeAnn, you do a fine job. I have done similar posts at Roughstock and know exactly how much work they take.

  27. Michelle
    June 4, 2010 at 5:35 pm

    Hmm, I thought TK re-registered as an Independent and voted for McCain. I could be wrong, but that’s what I thought he had said.

  28. Stormy
    June 4, 2010 at 6:10 pm

    Kyle: Toby only voted for Bill Clinton. By the time 2007 rolled around Toby thought Palin was the trend to ride.

  29. Leeann Ward
    June 4, 2010 at 7:10 pm


  30. Matt Bjorke
    June 4, 2010 at 7:32 pm

    I don’t care how an artist votes. I just want them to be respectful of other people’s voting choices and also to not be too political in their music.

  31. Stormy
    June 4, 2010 at 8:17 pm

    I don’t care how an artist votes, but when they vote for Bill Clinton one year, release a song that contains the line “we’ll put a boot in your ass, its the American way” the next year, whine about what a famous band said about your song while ignoring what less famous singers say, release American solider the next year, make sure to assure everyone that all your pro-war posturing of the past few years doesn’t mean that you support the war in Iraq, make a public annoucement of changing parties but only change to Independent and then vote for the party getting the most buzz, it makes it really hard for me to take anything that artist says or writes as anything other than a marketing ploy.

  32. Kyle
    June 4, 2010 at 8:26 pm

    Michelle, you’re right, my mistake. Keith was a longtime Democrat before then, and called Obama “the best democratic candidate since Clinton, and that’s coming from a democrat”, so I just assumed. I just googled around and his apparent 180 after that was, ahh, quite sudden, I guess you’d say.

    Stormy, I agree with you for the most part… although I’m not sure coming out as a democrat would ever be a good marketing ploy for a country artist.

  33. Stormy
    June 4, 2010 at 8:41 pm

    Kyle: Tim McGraw is a well publicized democrat.

  34. Julia C H
    June 4, 2010 at 8:51 pm

    Stormy: I agree. Please correct me if I am wrong, but wasn’t be planning to eventually run for Governor of Tennessee with the Democrats at some point?

  35. WAYNOE
    June 4, 2010 at 9:40 pm


  36. WAYNOE
    June 4, 2010 at 9:45 pm

    Sorry Brody,

    I couldn’t take the pay cut. My main contribution to this world is helping people and not merely being a critic. And yes, I really do help people.

    If I or someone else would have posted a message similar to yours, it probably would have been deleted. Obama free-press in action again.


    You are showing your immaturity. It’s old news that Toby Keith has identified himself as a conservative Democrat; however he doesn’t vote party line.

  37. Razor X
    June 4, 2010 at 10:11 pm

    Stormy: I agree. Please correct me if I am wrong, but wasn’t be planning to eventually run for Governor of Tennessee with the Democrats at some point?

    It was Louisiana.

  38. Stormy
    June 4, 2010 at 11:15 pm

    Toby Keith does vote the party line–unfortunately its the TMZ party.

    June 5, 2010 at 3:12 pm

    hell yeah new Bingham & JTE awesome i live in the town that host bamajam & heard jamey johnson & robert earl keen johnson was boring & keen was awesome

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