George Thacker returns to Opry

George Thacker first stepped on to the Opry stage 10 years ago. (photo submitted)

County Executive George Thacker returns to Grand Ole Opry this Saturday

Best known as the “Master of the Bluegrass Harmonica”, Rhea County Executive George Thacker will return to the Ryman Auditorium this Saturday at 9:30 PM.  This marks Thacker’s first Opry performance since he brought his “people-first” brand of politics to Rhea County over five years ago.

Thacker's debut album Blazing a New Trail
Thacker’s debut album Blazing a New Trail

“I’m so thankful I still have the talent to play at the Opry,” said Thacker.

“I’m also thankful to have a special relationship with Mike Snider.”

Mike Snider is an Opry member and much respected banjoist in the bluegrass community.  Snider has featured Thacker at the Opry before and even played on Thacker’s debut album, Blazing a New Trail.

While traditionalists insist the harp isn’t a bluegrass instrument, we believe Thacker undeniably made the case otherwise.

EasyReeding featured columnist Andy Garrigue said this, “Thacker’s tone is clean and clear, and there’s a warmth to his notes that reflects he’s playing by feel not by memory.”

“As on any bluegrass effort, the pace is ferocious, and Thacker’s more than up for the challenge.  He jumps in with fluid lines dancing around the melody first, and then improvises and cranks up the emotion on a second run through.”

“His playing is fast, sometimes maddeningly so, like McCoy’s, but he never leaves the pocket of the song, never leaves the band behind, knowing bluegrass is a team sport.  Thacker conveys a range of emotions through this material, from rowdy to patriotic to mournful to soulful.”

Order Tickets Online

For those who want to see the show in person, click here to reserve your seats.  Thacker will play at the second show of the evening beginning at 9:30 PM, be sure if you order by phone to specify.

If you can’t make the show but would like to listen online, tune in to Nashville’s Country Legend 650 AM WSM here.

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