Stonewall Jackson Sues Opry in Age Case

Stonewall Jackson Sues Opry in Age Case

There are 59 comments on the The Associated Press story from Jan 11, 2007, titled Stonewall Jackson Sues Opry in Age Case . In it, The Associated Press reports that:

Country music legend Stonewall Jackson, 74, is claiming that age discrimination by the Grand Ole Opry's general manager has kept him off the stage.

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Bug Galloway

United States

#1 Jan 13, 2007
What is wrong with that Grand Ole Opry's General Manager......???? He needs to be fired.... This is what Country Music is all about not these new Jungle bunnies thinks they are singing country and dressing indecent on Opry shows.....
We should keep the music old like it use to be such as: Ernest Tubb, Kitty Wells, Faron Young, etc......
I I knew this man I would make sure he was fired, and never work in music again unless he works for the Boom Box Music
Bug Galloway

United States

#2 Jan 13, 2007
The General Manager ought to be fired and let us keep this old Country Music Going.....
Lucy Gray

Nashville, TN

#3 Jan 15, 2007
Years ago, my father was a member in one of those old bands that helped the Grand Ole Opry to get started. I was in the studio at the time, 1925. My dad was a member until he passed away in 1975.
The Grand Ole Opry helped to bring attention to the city of Nashville. I have always been proud of that.
I am not proud of what Mr. Fisher is doing to the older members now! It's time he found another occupation. MOVE ON, Mr. Fisher, we need someone in your place who wants to help the industry, not destroy it!
Paul Morgan

Exton, PA

#4 Jan 18, 2007
How can you be too country for the opry. I cant believe that Pete Fisher would say that. If Stonewall jackson is soo good than he should go out on tour. I know that the opry would not deny a good singer. Even though I belive that Stonewall jackson is not that good and should come into the country now a days. With the half country half rock. That sounds much better.
Paul Morgan

Exton, PA

#5 Jan 18, 2007
How can you be too country for the opry. I cant believe that Pete Fisher wouldnt say that. If Stonewall jackson is soo good than he should go out on tour. I know that the opry would not deny a good singer. Even though I belive that Stonewall jackson is not that good and should come into the country now a days. With the half country half rock. That sounds much better.
James Hicks

Rossville, GA

#6 Jan 23, 2007
Way to go Stonewall!!! Paycheck, Cash, Jennings, they would all be proud!! You've headed back to Nashville to fulfill you Opry obligations, many a weekend.....now it's their time to return that loyalty.......Go get em MR. JACKSON......
Hannah McMahon

Springfield, TN

#7 Jan 28, 2007
There is no excuse for age discrimination, HOWEVER, if I am unable to do my job properly, I expect to loose that job. Many of the older stars featured on the Opry, have great difficulty singing nowadays. Often, but not always, thier performances are well below the standards they set for themselves in previous decades. In addidion, the Opry is a business. Always has been. The older stars often are not able draw viewers and ticket buyers like the new stars can. If the Opry doesn't have viewers/listeners/attendance, there will be no more Opry for anyone. If an artist is able to entertian and draw viewers, please come! If not, do everyone a favor and retire gracefully. That goes for young and old alike.
Robert Gentry

Natchitoches, LA

#8 Jan 31, 2007
I agree with Stonewall Jackson. I have made many trips to the Opry in the past, but wouldn't go see it now if it set up across the street from where I live. I agree also that the Opry Manager ought to be fired and they need to bring in someone who knows about real Counry Music. But, if you do like the Opry, go see it now because it probably won't be around for too many more years. I believe the great Country Music Hall of Famer Charlie Louvin would agree with Stonewall. I have another complaint with the Opry, though. I have written them several times with a question that is important to me and they don't even have the courtesy to reply. That question is: WHERE IS ERNIE ASHWORTH?
Tommy Riddle

Williamsburg, VA

#9 Jan 31, 2007
People like Stonewall Jakson made The Opry what it is today leave those good boys alone.
Tommy Riddle

Williamsburg, VA

#10 Feb 2, 2007
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Bob

AOL

#11 Feb 3, 2007
It's unfortunate that some folks don't realize what Gaylord is up to ... it's the same thing that happened to Rock & Roll and general merchandising -- complete homogenization for the sole purpose of increasing profits at the expense of diversity, history, and good music. Gaylord is focusing on the young urban demographic and using the Opry for showcasing new acts to increase record sales and their other shows/networks. It's basically CMT/MTV at the Ryman. Packaged acts all playing the same whiny "music." Why else would they have someone like "Motor Mouth" Kelly who spends most of the show blabbering instead of letting the music play. It's not the Opry anymore, it's the Nan Kelly talk show. And boy, she's such a "phony" !!That's why all of us out West don't watch it anymore -- and, we aren't taking anymore trips to Nashville or Memphis or even Tennessee for that matter. Rather head to California. Country music is better there!!
Lucy Gray

Nashville, TN

#12 Feb 4, 2007
Robert Gentry wrote:
I agree with Stonewall Jackson. I have made many trips to the Opry in the past, but wouldn't go see it now if it set up across the street from where I live. I agree also that the Opry Manager ought to be fired and they need to bring in someone who knows about real Counry Music. But, if you do like the Opry, go see it now because it probably won't be around for too many more years. I believe the great Country Music Hall of Famer Charlie Louvin would agree with Stonewall. I have another complaint with the Opry, though. I have written them several times with a question that is important to me and they don't even have the courtesy to reply. That question is: WHERE IS ERNIE ASHWORTH?
In answer to your question where is Ernie, he is still listed as a member of the Opry. He appears when he is off the road and wants to be on. I listen every Saturday night and once in a while he will be on it.
Lucy Gray

Nashville, TN

#13 Feb 4, 2007
Robert Gentry wrote:
I agree with Stonewall Jackson. I have made many trips to the Opry in the past, but wouldn't go see it now if it set up across the street from where I live. I agree also that the Opry Manager ought to be fired and they need to bring in someone who knows about real Counry Music. But, if you do like the Opry, go see it now because it probably won't be around for too many more years. I believe the great Country Music Hall of Famer Charlie Louvin would agree with Stonewall. I have another complaint with the Opry, though. I have written them several times with a question that is important to me and they don't even have the courtesy to reply. That question is: WHERE IS ERNIE ASHWORTH?
In my orhter reply to your question I should have added that Ernie has a website. www.ernieashworth.com . You might be interested in going to it.
Larry Johnson

AOL

#14 Feb 9, 2007
I agree with Stonewall Jackson. I get a kick out of the young superstars of Country Music, they say they admire the old Country Stars like Stonewall and are proud to stand in that circle taken from the Ryman and then they sing music that sounds like 70's rock & roll. I've noticed that since the Gaylord Corporation has taken over that traditional country music is slowly being thrown out the window in favor of a country version of rock & rock. Reason being that the Gaylord corporation targets a certain age group, like 25 year olds, to make top dollar on thier investment. They disregard the older generation who grew up listening to traditional music. Genuine Country Music came from farms and country. People who sang from thier hearts simple tunes with a tasteful melody to it. George Jones sang a song called "Who's going to fill thier shoes" and how true that song is. The Grand Ole Opry should carry on it's shows like they did in thier haydays back in the 50's and give the younger generation a chance to hear what old country music sounds like. And by the way where's the humor like they used to have. I don't like where the Gaylord corporation has taken country music and control what people hear on the radio and television. I hope Stonewall Jackson socks it to the corporates. I know alot of people who would back him up.
Richard Lacey

AOL

#15 Feb 22, 2007
WE Love YOU Stonewall
Bruce Hicks

Dickson, TN

#16 Mar 4, 2007
this remind me of the song possum has out whos gonna fill there shoes looks nobody with gray hair if these guys has anything to do with it i'm a fan of the old time music as well as the new if u take out the old who will the younger people have to look up too u go get them. what if all the younger would quit and not show who would ther be to play
Jessie Sharpton

United States

#17 Mar 4, 2007
Whew! That was a close one! I thought my buddy "Grand 'Ole Oprah" was being sued!
Kay Beckman

AOL

#18 Mar 6, 2007
Richard Lacey wrote:
WE Love YOU Stonewall
I think if more people contacted Gaylord Enterprize and complained or requested that Stonewall be allowed to appear that they might go for it. Media pressure can acomplish a lot with stubborn businesses like this.
Take signs with stonewall's name on them and picket the opry. I am a late bloomer and just discovered him recently and already purchased 4 of his records and listen to him daily. If I lived In or near Tennessee i'd be there fighting for him.
Great Artist Stonewall Jackson-would love to hear him in person.
Sure hope he wins his suit against them.
The Hamiltons of Ohio

United States

#19 Mar 11, 2007
I used to say, in my youth, I want to see the Grand Ole Opry before I die. Well, got to see it twice, once on their 50th Anniversary. But watched it recently, several times on GAC. What a disappoinment. I didn't recognize hardly any of the people on there. That's what happens, when these young people take over management of an old company, it is run right into the ground. Saw Stonewall Jackson, on Midwest Country last night. They have some of the older country stars on there, and boy, is it good to see them. That is on RFD-TV. Where do the older people, who have the money to spend go now? Branson, that's where. I don't hear of anyone our age, going to the Grand Ole Opry anymore. Too soon, do these young folks forget, the glue that held this country togather, whether country music, or the country itself.
Lawdog

Boca Raton, FL

#20 Mar 11, 2007
It is so typical, use someone and then throw them out with the trash. People like Mr. Jackson, Loretta Lynn, etc.. made the Opry and country music what it is today. It is a disgrace not to make them feel a part of it today !!!!!

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