1) Does the Grand Ole Opry dressing room that Roy Acuff used still have some of his pictures on the walls and his sign on the door?
Yes. Opry Dressing Room #1, now called “Mr. Roy,” has been preserved much as Mr. Acuff left it, and the door remains open during the shows just as he always kept it. The sign is still on the door: “Ain’t Nothin’ Gonna Come Up Today That Me And The Lord Can’t Handle.” Sometimes I pass by and almost expect to see “The King” sitting in his favorite chair, laughing, singing, and holding court.
2) I live in downtown Wheeling, W. Va., within walking distance of the Capitol Music Hall. I see your name and lots of others in a star on the sidewalk. I was wondering if you would ever return to Wheeling to play at the Capitol Music Hall?
I would love to play there again. That’s one of several great old theaters across America that has been restored and was home to Jamboree USA for many, many years. In fact, when the first major remodel was done in the late sixties, I was the first artist to headline the Jamboree when the theater reopened. I have many great memories of the Capitol Music Hall, and I wish someone would invite me back.
3) I see several posts on Facebook by Jan Howard where she is at the Grand Ole Opry. I’m curious if the two of you are ever there at the same time and might consider doing one of your duets? That would be a highlight moment!
Jan does come to the Opry often, but not to perform. I think she just likes to come out and visit with her friends. If she ever feels like doing one of our old duets some night, I’d love to do it with her. We’ve shared a lot of special moments together on the Opry stage.
I love the box set, The First Ten Years. Is there a plan to release another set of The Next Ten Years?
Thank you. I wish there were plans for a follow-up set, but so far nobody from Bear Family Records has approached me about it. I’ll let you know if and when they do.
“Blackberry Winter” is a great song. Did you write it by yourself or with somebody else?
I wrote it with one of my favorite co-writers, Rob Crosby. I’m glad you like it.
Keep your questions coming in and I’ll be back here to answer more of them next month. Send them to firstname.lastname@example.org or to P.O. Box 888, Hermitage, TN. 37076. Stay curious.