This CD is an amazing trip down memory lane. Actually, all the CD's in this series offer more than one nostalgic moment. Great Ladies of the Opry includes stars like Patsy Cline, Loretta Lynn and Tammy Wynette, just to name a few. This CD offers a rare look back to when it was the exception rather than the rule to see a woman performing on the Opry Stage. These are the ladies that opened the door for the female artists of today and it is a must have for anyone interested in the history and progression of the music.
Taking a Nostalgic Trip Back in Time
The Cracker Barrel restaurants have food as close to home country cooking as you can get without going home to get it. They have the best country fried steak I've ever had, and their side dishes are wonderful. After stuffing yourself you can enjoy a home made cobbler a la mode. It just doesn't get any better for the taste buds and can't beat the food quality. They also offer an old time country store attached to the restaurants. All the antiques decorating their restaurants and stores are genuine articles carefully chosen to best compliment that particular location. You can find bottles of old fashioned sodas and candy that you would have found in the small country stores of yesteryear. There are gidgets and gadgets, collectibles, books and just about anything else you can think of to keep you interested while you wait for your table. Or you can browse around while you walk off a satisfying meal and do a little shopping. It stands to reason that an establishment this dedicated to the country way of living would also embrace the music. They have started releasing different albums that are exclusive to the Cracker Barrel stores. They are now offering their customers a chance to go back in time and purchase CD's that are digitally remastered select performances of the Grand Ole Opry live from the Ryman Auditorium. This album is part of a series of five that are themed selections of performances from the Opry stage.
The 'Girl Singers' Who Opened the Floodgates For Fellow Women
The ladies on this album are the ladies that opened the door for the female artists of today. In 1952 Kitty Wells was the first solo female artist to top Billboard Magazine's country single's chart. Cousin Minnie Pearl is probably one of my favorite Opry cast members of all time. Her trademark "Howdeeee, I'm just so proud to be here!" is sorely missed along with the clean comedy that guaranteed a laugh. Connie Smith is probably one of the greatest female country singers of all time with her emotion packed delivery of songs that punch you right in the gut. Songs like "Then and Only Then" and "The Hurtin's All Over" could be used as the definition of what country music is. And who could forget Tammy Wynette with her unique voice and songs that hit on issues not everyone was willing to talk about in that time. But her most definitive song is probably "Stand By Your Man." It is a song that received both praise and scorn from fellow women. Jean Shepard is definitely a pioneer in the field. She is the first female singer to be a member of the Grand Ole Opry for more than 50 years! Dolly Parton was just getting started when she made this Opry appearance, but she's gone on to be one of the most successful female artists of all time in any genre. Loretta Lynn has always been a favorite of mine with her honest, true to life lyrics. And who can forget Patsy Cline, Dottie West or Sammi Smith? This is a wonderful album and one that I've enjoyed listening to over and over again.
- She's Got You - Patsy Cline
- Then and Only Then - Connie Smith
- Here Comes My Baby Back Again - Dottie West
- Blue Kentucky Girl - Loretta Lynn
- Comedy - Cousin Minnie Pearl
- Second Fiddle To An Old Guitar - Jean Shepard
- Stand By Your Man - Tammy Wynette
- Help Me Make it Through the Night - Sammi Smith
- Jolene - Dolly Parton
- You Ain't Woman Enough - Loretta Lynn
- The Hurtin's All Over - Connie Smith
- This White Circle - Kitty Wells