Tag Archives: Grand Ole Opry

Minnie Pearl: from Grinders Switch to Seoul

I am a huge Minnie Pearl fan. So much so that I keep a copy of her 1953 book Minnie Pearl’s Diary on my desk to open when I feel the need for Minnie’s down-home, dead-on philosophy. The life lessons … Continue reading

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“It” is still music for me

The new “It City.” That designation was bestowed upon Nashville by the New York Times in 2013 but is now the apparent collective self-image of our town. In attending and viewing recent mayoral forums and debates, it seemed to me … Continue reading

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Rambling in the Ryman

Last week, I read in my friend Mary Hance’s “Ms. Cheap” column in The Tennessean that the Ryman Auditorium has updated and improved its building tour and added a café on the Fourth Avenue side called Café Lula. A free … Continue reading

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Phone call from Hank

“Hello?” I said when I picked up the telephone receiver. “Is this Les Kerr?” drawled the voice I heard. “Yes, it is,” I said. “This is Hank Snow.” Stunned, I took a deep breath and said, “Hello, Mr. Snow. I’m … Continue reading

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Gaga for gratitude

Well, there she was wearing a dress made out of coffee filters and talking to Jimmy Kimmel. Her coffee-filter hat just about reached to the top of our television screen. She had to approach his desk carefully because of the … Continue reading

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Needed: a little more Jack

Knowing that I am in the music business, an air-conditioning service technician once asked me if I knew Cowboy Jack Clement, one of Nashville’s great music industry personalities. I said, “No, but I see him around town, now and again.” … Continue reading

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I’m Just so Proud to Be Here!

As country comedy legend Cousin Minnie Pearl used to say, “Howdee! I’m just so proud to be here!” That’s the way I feel about performing this year at Centerville, Tennessee’s Independence Day Celebration. Miss Minnie’s hometown, Grinders Switch, is a … Continue reading

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