Music City (continued)

Hallowed ground for bluegrass and country music

On December 21 Doug and Judy toured Ryman Auditorium – featured in the Ken Burns’ documentary about Country Music – and a beautiful building worthy of an extensive renovation.

Tour of Ryman Auditorium
The Grand Ole Opry is broadcast from Ryman during the winter months.
The Ryman was originally built as a church, with pews.

After our tour of the Ryman we walked up Broadway in Nashville to the Frist Art Museum where we (Judy especially) were delighted to find the exhibition “Hearts of Our People – Native Women Artists” that originated at the Minneapolis Institute of Art. This is an extraordinary exhibit of a wide variety of objects with many interviews and explanations. Later this year it will be at Renwick Gallery of the Smithsonian American Art Museum, Washington, D.C., and at the Philbrook Museum of Art, Tulsa, Oklahoma. If you can see you, you will be glad you did. I will try to see it again. 

Judy would focus on the weaving, of course.
It is extraordinary.

There are also haunting paintings and beautiful baskets – one of a pregnant woman’s torso, beading, and many more items.

To top off the day in Nashville, we attended the live Saturday night broadcast of the Grand Ole Opry from the Ryman Auditorium. It was fun, even if a little too Christmasy for Doug’s taste! The music was wonderful!

The Whites – Daddy Buck, daughters Cheryl, Sharon and Rosie
Bobby Osborne, who brought the Tennessee Volunteers their anthem: “Rocky Top”
Riders in the Sky and Jeannie Seeley
Riders in the Sky

One thought on “Music City (continued)

  1. Yes, I read about the Native American women’s art exhibit last year, and have it marked on my calendar to possibly go see it at the Smithsonian later this spring. I thought from the description that it would be very good, but your endorsement sells me on it. So glad you are enjoying the music! Susanna

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