Being that it is Saturday one thing is for sure. Come rain or shine one of the opening acts of tonight’s famed Grand Ole Opry will be the legendary singer that first graced the stage in 1948.
‘Little’ Jimmy Dickens at age 89 is still one of the most charismatic and traditional entertainers that performs at the Opry each weekend, the worlds longest running radio show. One has to actually see and hear his singing and banter with the crowd to fully appreciate the fullness of his entertaining prowess. With all the decades that Dickens has barn-stormed across the country singing his songs, and perfecting the timing of his jokes which always produces widespread laughter and warmth, there is no surprise why he is a must-see at the Opry. His hard-work has paid off, and we thank him for the dedication to his craft.
I have been fortunate to see Jimmy Dickens twice on stage at the Opry and then also twice on the road in Wisconsin. I met him each time locally and had the chance to chat and admire the ease he deals with fans. He is one of those entertainers that stays after a show until each person has a personal memory to take home. That is what being considerate of all your fans really means.
I am heartened each time that ‘Little’ Jimmy Dickens takes to the Opry stage as the constants in life are important. Folks such as Dickens connect the past to the present, and allow for a continuum so younger listeners of the radio show better understand its remarkable past. As more and more of the legends slip away, the presence of Jimmy Dickens is even more a treasured thing. Tonight as the big red curtain rises in Nashville we will all smile and be glad that Dickens still has the ability and desire to charm and entertain the crowd.
To hear the Opry and Jimmy Dickens (along with its star-studded cast) click on the picture of Dickens on the right side of this blog.