Skip to comments.Rumsfeld appearance a hit with Opry fans
Posted on 04/23/2005 9:06:49 PM PDT by SmithL
NASHVILLE, Tenn. - As members of the U.S. military watched on television via satellite from Iraq, Dolly Parton invited their boss, Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld, onstage at the Grand Ole Opry on Saturday.
The audience applauded as Rumsfeld appeared and thanked the troops serving in the military.
As people entered the auditorium for Saturday's show they were given postcards with "America supports you," printed on them. Audience members waved the cards and shouted their support to the troops watching on television.
Rumsfeld was sitting in the front row as Parton sang her hit "Coat of Many Colors" before he was introduced.
When I first read the headline, I thought it said "Oprah" fans. I'm relieved to see that I haven't slipped into an alternate universe.
I'm surprised there was enough room for all 4 of them on that stage.
Ah, the sacrifices that Rumsfeld makes for his troops.
I thought the title said "Oprah" too, and was thinking this thread was a joke.
This is neat!
Gives me an even better reason to go to Dollywood next Saturday. Well, that, and the season passes...
He looked a little dazed after his encounter with Miss Dolly...
Dolly fainted on stage during that performance - She had to be carried out two abreast.
I love her movies - she is really funny - and not a bad accress either.
I can't believe he was in town and I missed him!
Speaking of cup holders...
I like it when the big guns get some daylight !
Yep the speed reading the title made me think Oprah too till I saw the stop and quit thinking pic of Dolly !
Very cool.....the strength of this country is in the heartland....God Bless the U.S.A. and all those who defend her.
Ha ha ha ha ha......
Secretary of Defense Donald Rumsfeld, left, thanks the audience for their support of the troops as he takes the stage of the Grand Ole Opry with host Dolly Parton in Nashville, Tenn., Saturday, April 23, 2005. The Opry is celebrating its 80th year of entertaining. (AP Photo/John Russell)
It was a SPLENDID show! I just happened to surf by and I'm soooo glad I did. Not only am I a big Dolly fan but to have Rummy and the troops too, just wonderful.
Dolly is moving back to her bluegrass and traditional music roots much like Ricky Skaggs has. Very nice to see.
LOL! I did too! My mother warned me, now I'm into bifocals.....
Hardly evidence of downsizing by Rummy as some suggest.
Sadly, following the show, Ms. Parton was taken into custody by leftist Earth Firster groups on the grounds of violating several laws of nature, including those of "gravity"...
Ricky Skaggs played at a W rally in St. Paul before the election. One great musician and entertainer. Concluded with a sincerely expressed endorsement of W.
I hadn't heard about Skaggs playing at a W rally, nor about his endorsement of Bush (not surprising though).
Your middle statement, I'm very much aware of. ;^)
Great Pictures, Thanks!
Among the things we really miss about East Tennessee are our season passes to Dollywood. I love Dolly's voice. As far as I'm concerned, nobody on the planet does a better job singing "I will always love you."
Oh yeah, I'm also a fan of Secretary Rumsfeld, but he has other assets.
Rummy and Dolly are a good looking couple.
Jeeze, if you put that pair in a '50s bra, they would be weapons of mass destruction.
So nice to know that the people I have been listening to for years and years.. have respect for our troopsand their bosses. :-)
bumps to the top
I'm glad you liked it too.
Great to see indeed! One more reason Country Music is tryly Americas Music. Not to mention it's conservative!!
My neice played at the Grand Ole Opry! As backup for Ricky Skaggs! It was awesome.
Yes, I'm certainly aware of Ricky's gospel music having seen him in concert several times and also through his CD's.
I believe other bluegrass artists are recording on Ricky's label for the same reasons.
First cousin? Well,....cool beans! :^D
We knew Ricky way back in 75 when he was playing with the Country Gentlemen. They were friends of ours. I have pictures of Ricky with our son's tiny fiddle. It was at a festival near Memphis. Son was 4 years old and it was the first festival he ever played. Ricky was intrigued by the minature fiddle. Son went on to become one of the best fiddle players in Bluegrass, growing up playing in his dad's band and traveling all over America. He settled down when he married. Now he only plays once a month with the staff band at the Ohio Valley Opry in McConnellsville, Ohio. He is also an excellent Mandolin player. He reminds me of Ricky a lot. Plays all instruments and sings a lot like Ricky. High Tenor.
That's really interesting about your son WVNan, thanks for sharing that. It's nice to see the resurgence of interest in bluegrass and traditional music. Rock and roll just about did it in, (not slamming rock here, it was just real hard on traditional music performers at the time).
I don't know how those dedicated musicians like Bill Monroe, Earl Scruggs etc. kept it alive in those days. Must have been pretty hard.
But I'm sure glad they did.
"As backup for Ricky Skaggs!"
That's indeed awesome. She must be a very good musician in her own right.
i was just going to say, why didn't you tell me!!!!
Nice story about your son. Sounds like you have many memories. Mine include going to visit my grandparents in Kentucky (we lived in COlumbus, Ohio) and Saturday evenings. Ricky and his family lived next door to my grandparents and during the cool of Summer evenings after the sun would dip below the mountains, everyone from around that area would come around and play their guitars. Usually eight or more. THis was around the late 1960s when I was 8-10 years old. Ricky is about three years older than me, so he would have been maybe 12 or 13. He was wowwing everyone back then.
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