Grand Ole Opry’s Barn Dance “Hee Haw” Show

In 1925, the Grand Ole Opry started to broadcast their “barn dance” radio show. Today, they continue to broadcast the show on Thursday nights. The show dedicates honor to country music and it’s history. Today, the show is called “The Show That Made Country Music Famous”.

The Opry has an interesting hidden gem backstage. There is a painting that depicts a film session from the show “Hee Haw”, which ran from 1971 to 1993. Archie Campbell created this piece of art and painted himself into the mural. You can find him in the back right corner wearing a white overcoat dressed like a barber. Furthermore, the Opry moved from the Ryman Auditorium to its new current location in 1974, and it was here where Archie Campbell painted his mural.

In 2010, Middle Tennessee experienced a massive flood which completely destroys the Opry and the surrounding area. Major renovations and restorations were implemented in order to save the Grand Ole Opry. Thankfully, with the renovations and restorations, the mural is safe from complete destruction and only suffers from minimal water damage. If you look close, the damage can be seen at the bottom right corner of the painting. In addition, this mural represents an important era of Country Music history and pays tribute to all who perform there today as well as in the past. Equally important, the mural also plays a key role in helping to establish Nashville as a historical area.

About the Author: Austin Dunlop took this photo. Austin is a Senior at John Carroll University and after graduation, he will be working for his fraternity Beta Theta Pi.“

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