No matter which channel you tune your car radio to, you'd have to be pretty out of the loop to never have heard Patsy Cline crooning about feeling so lonely and so blue. No matter what you think of country music, these classics are a must. But you'll need to be a true fan of this genre to match all of the singers in this quiz. Think of Dolly Parton's "Jolene." Tapping the toe of your cowboy boot while running through these country and western artists is optional, but highly recommended.
Let us introduce you to the Listicle Liege, the Article Aficionado, the one and only Nathan. Since creating his first photo collage at the age of five with images clipped from his mom’s Chatelaine magazines (all of them), it’s been nearly impossible to stem this one’s tide of visual learning. Be it the annals of history or the latest celeb gossip, Nathan has probably researched it, likely already has a folder of relevant photos on his desktop, and definitely learned a lot of interesting facts to go with those images. Whereas most well-read adults have bookshelves full of classic literature, Nathan’s stacks are composed of National Geographic and TIME special editions and a curated section of first-grade readers (for inspiration). If you prefer picture books to wordy novels, listicles by Nathan are right up your alley.
In 1925, fiddle player Uncle Jimmy Thompson was the first to perform on a broadcast later titled the The Grand Ole Opry. Coming out of a Nashville radio station as the WSM Barn Dance, the show became known worldwide for making country music stars. George D. Hay started his show with fiddlers and harmonica players, but it expanded into hoedown bands, honky-tonk, bluegrass, modern country singers and even some comedy. Transmitting performances from Nashville’s Dixie Tabernacle and the city’s historic Ryman Auditorium, the show helped turn Nashville into Music City.
Many of country music's most iconic performers have played the Grand Ole Opry: Patsy Cline, Hank Williams, Roy Acuff, Bill Monroe, Mother Maybelle Carter, Carrie Underwood, Garth Brooks, Oak Ridge Boys, Darius Rucker, and more. In the 1970s, the Opry made a new home in Nashville’s suburbs, along with an amusement park. By the 2000s, the Opry was celebrating country on the radio, TV, and the internet. Even the devastating Nashville flood in 2010 couldn’t stop the music. The broadcast relocated temporarily, but the Opry stage has been restored, and the show is still going strong today.
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