Photo Focus:: Grand Ole Opry’s New Music Genre: ‘Discograss’
Photos by Louise Uznanski for OnTapBlog.
What do you get when you mix the Bluegrass legend Ricky Skaggs with the Disco-era Jive Talkin‘ and Stayin’ Alive of songwriting legend Barry Gibb of the BeeGees? Ricky Skaggs coined the phrase Discograss after ending the Tuesday night at the Opry show by performing two songs with Barry Gibb. He mentioned it only briefly when taking their bows but then decided he really liked it and so it stuck. A new country/disco genre was born: Discograss.
To an adoring audience who traveled from all over the world to see country music greats, the Grand Ole Opry’s Tuesday show provided the past, present and future stars on the Opry stage. Included amongst some of the most notable were Dustin Lynch, TG Sheppard, Larry Gatlin, Montgomery Gentry, Barry Gibb, Kelly Lang and Ricky Skaggs. For a first time visitor, it was a great night to go. And I will return. It’s not often one gets to see a music genre created before your eyes.
Barry Gibb and Kelly Lang
Ricky Skaggs and Barry Gibb
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