Sunday, September 10, 2006

Acworth Opry – Out Grows Itself

We went to the Acwoth Opry last night to do what we did many times before, sit in an old barn and enjoy mostly amateur musicians play serious Blue Grass Music.

You have to bring your own folding chairs and the floor is woodchips. And from time to a rat might run by. Well, it is all kind of a down-to-earth non pretentious kind of atmosphere. Which is great, but I think we can without the rat.

The performers love their music but they haven’t quit their day jobs. They are the real back woods country people who sing, who have probably been singing gospel music with their families for years and now they can get in front of an audience. There are some yuppies players who appear to be engineers and software experts who have the bluegrass skills down to an art, that are probably technically perfect, but sometimes they have their heart into their singing and sometimes you can tell it is pure imitation, which the editor of MAD comic book said, “Imitation is the sincerest form for flattery.”

We didn’t know it until last night but it was there last night in the big barn at Logan’s Farm. Next month they will be playing at the Cobb Theater, on Main Street, downtown Acworth. And admission will be ten bucks a head.

I can’t see us paying $20 for admission. We will just look for another free venue. They are here and there.

Jim, the fellow who runs the show, said it would be much better… heat in the winter and air conditioner in the summer. And you don’t have to bring your own folding chairs.

Jim didn’t mention that there will be no big oak shade trees that players like to gather under and have jam sessions.

I wouldn’t doubt if next they will ask the audience to wear business casual and the performers to have matching outfits.

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Blogger kenju said...

That is one case of progress not being a good thing for all concerned. Especially the $10 admission. Hope you find another one, Eddie.

5:35 AM  
Blogger ET said...

I think there are others - well, I know of one that often have sessions at the Old Courthouse in Blairsville, Ga., which I wouldn't mind attending some of theirs, being that is where my Hunter relatives and ancestors infested about the mid-1800s, but that is 80 plus miles away. I heard there is one in Kennesaw at a community center - everybody brings a covered dish.... that that might be interesting - not just the music but the food also!

5:45 AM  

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