Judge rules Stonewall Jackson can pursue Opry lawsuit
“He feels, and has always felt, that he was an employee of the Grand Ole Opry, and he feels that he's entitled to the protection of the federal law”
A federal judge has cleared the way for country music singer Stonewall Jackson to pursue claims of age discrimination against the Grand Ole Opry. via Ashland City Times
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#1 Jan 10, 2008
I am a retired Country singer and musician and I love Stonewall and his music. He has had a huge impact on country music thru the years. But Stonewall has to face it along with his fans. His voice is gone and he is singing songs that he recorded many many years ago. It is simply a business decision as far as the Opry is concerned I'm sure. I personally can't watch the Opry any more. It is all about these young singers, and I use that word for lack of a better description. They're not country, they know nothing about country, but if you look at the audience, it's mostly young people. That's where the Opry is now business wise. The only thing I can say to Stonewall is this, go to Branson Stonewall, that's where the real Country music shows are. It's not happpening in Nashville and hasn't for some years. Bringing a law suit against the Opry may make you feel better if you win, but what will you have gained? Personal satisfaction? If so, what will that do for you. I say leave the Opry to it's own demize. The true country fans no longer go to the Opry, they go to Branson. The young people that now fill up the Opry, wont stay like the COuntry fans of old did. Good luck Stonewall.
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