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I was at the Grand Ole Opry, the Ryman location, around 2004 or 2005. Taylor Swift performed that night– her first time at the Opry I think. Anyway, there was a 20-something brunette vocalist who played that night. I think she was from Kentucky. She had one back-up singer and played the guitar. She sang a song about going to yard sales on Sundays or something like that. I got the impression that she was a semi-frequent guest performer at the Opry. I really enjoyed her performance and haven’t been able to find out who she was. Have any idea who this might be?
I love unraveling a good Opry mystery like the one you have presented. First of all, Taylor Swift debuted on the Opry on Sept. 1, 2006, and that night’s show was not at the Ryman, but rather the Grand Ole Opry House. So that tells me you saw Taylor’s second-ever Opry appearance, which took place on Dec. 29, 2006. A look at the artist line-up for that night confirms what the Q & a Lady suspected all along: you saw Salyersville, Kentucky born and bred singer-songwriter Rebecca Lynn Howard. Rebecca Lynn has releases of her own to her credit, and has also written tunes covered by the likes of Trisha Yearwood and John Michael Montgomery. She has a smile as wide as the Bluegrass state itself, and can raise the roof of either the Opry House or the Ryman. The evening you saw her at the Opry, Rebecca Lynn’s offerings were “Bargin Bin Betty” (that’s where your “going to yard sales on Sundays” comes in) & “Seventeen”.
Mystery solved, Dave! Now if I can only figure out where I misplaced my reading glasses!
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