When it comes to the Grand Ole Opry and country music, the Q & A Lady is the first to admit she hasn’t seen and done it all. She’s equally quick, however, to add that she’s been lucky to see and do quite a little bit, and she’s happy to share her country insight with readers each week. She knows her Con Hunley from her John Conlee and her “Your Cheatin’ Heart” from her “Achy Breaky Heart.” If you have a question about country music you’d like to submit for her to consider answering, you’re welcome to do so here. Or you can just drop by each week to read her responses to other inquiries from across the country and around the globe. You just might learn a fun fact or two along the way.
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Who is the fiddle player that plays the opening songs on the Opry?
That fiddle sound you hear as the Opry opens is almost always made by Opry band fiddler Hoot Hester. Hoot has backed everyone from Bill Monroe to Ray Charles to Randy Travis. The nickname “Hoot” comes from cowboy actor Hoot Gibson.
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The Q & A Lady