The curtain opens and the opry house manager announces, in his high-pitched voice, that a road has washed out and the scheduled act is being replaced by local talent: no refunds, so enjoy the show. A four-man combo of banjo, guitar, comb, and percussion perform "Nobody Cares For Me" and "My Gal Sal. The comb player doubles as the singer, and the one who keeps time with whisk brooms on a suitcase does an akimbo dance. They are joined by a young woman who sings "Let Me Call You Sweetheart." An unseen audience supplies applause. Written by
Superb music, great guitar & banjo playing, beautiful singing, and a quirly little dance number at the finale make for 9 brilliant musical minutes. Released in 1929, "The Opry House" is more hip and modern than anything made today for MTV or VH1. Yet, it has an unpretentious, nostalgic charm that only adds to its luster. A masterwork.
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