The Grand Ole Opry
So, funny story. The Grand Ole Opry is pretty tight with security. They run a tight ship and do things the same every time. Not only that, but backstage is a really small area and not a lot of people are let in there. Simple enough. Those are just always the rules.
The last time ‘MercyMe’ played at The Opry, it was billed as just Bart and they literally had to buy me a ticket to get in and take some pictures from the seats. We ended up with one or two decent pictures from the balcony, and that’s about it. This year we were determined to get some actual ‘backstage’ documentation.
There were three of us, Sam (stage manager on The Roadshow), Evan (an aspiring senior in high school looking to get into the music business) and myself. Getting three people in was going to be tricky….. Until we saw them loading in MercyMe gear in the back alley. Grab a guitar, and you’re in. We’ve officially ‘snuck’ backstage at The Grand Ole Opry. Only thing is, the MercyMe guys aren’t there yet. No problem, we’ll just hang out in that tight, small, crowded hallway that they didn’t want us to in the first place.
So here we are, taking up space, holding guitars that we weren’t there to be holding and down the hall walks Ricky Skaggs. Now, I’ll admit, at first I didn’t know exactly who he was, but I knew he was someone I recognized.
Finally the MercyMe guys get there and we head up to their dressing room, take some pictures, make some video and they head to the stage to play their three songs. Evan got to walk to out and switch guitars with Barry, a couple more pictures taken and then the building cleared out.
All in all a pretty cool evening for not knowing what was going to happen. Every once in a while I really start to wonder if this is really my job.