For many years now country music and bluegrass artists know they reach the pinnacle of their career when they hit the stage of WSM’s “Grand Ole Opry” on the legendary Nashville radio station. The Opry is synonymous with longtime big names in the music industry like Hank Williams, Patsy Cline, Marty Robbins, Ernest Tubb, and even more contemporary country stars like Dolly Parton, Garth Brooks, Reba McEntire, Josh Turner, Carrie Underwood, Brad Paisley, Allison Krauss, Rascal Flatts,Dierks Bentley, Blake Shelton and even Darius Rucker!
Well, while the Opry is playing up to those big names who’ve “made it” in country– where does one go for bluegrass music and the smaller, less-heard-of, names? Well, that’s simple…the T.B. Sutton General Store in historic Granville, Tennessee, and they go in droves each Saturday night for the “Sutton Ole Time Music Hour” which is broadcast and recorded from the 1880s era general store.
Show host and creator, Sam Stout, has been in the music industry for many years with his own bands and studio work for the likes of Chet Atkins and others. Stout brings the weekly radio show to life in much the same style and presentation of the the much bigger Opry, but gives the chance for some great local talent to show there musical style for audiences both live in the store during the show and on a host of radio stations across the state and the country each week. The show is also streamed worldwide via several of these stations and even some online-only stations.
Local radio station, MusicRadio 820 WTNW, has added the “Sutton Ole Time Music Hour” to their weekly lineup as well, giving their listeners in and around the valley a chance to hear the artists and talent showcased on the program each week. WTNW plays a 60s and 70s “Classic Hits” format during the week, but station manager Logan Carmichael says the “Sutton Ole Time Music Hour” fits the bill for what WTNW is trying to achieve with local programming in other hours.
“I first heard of the show a few years back, and having been a fan of the Opry and a lover for the ‘old radio sound’, I was very intrigued.” said Carmichael.
“When the opportunity to add the show to our lineup came about, I knew it would be the perfect addition to the station’s weekend lineup!”
Carmichael, who’s been with the local station for several years, continued by saying that while WTNW plays a “regular format” during the weekday hours, the station devotes many of its’ weekend hours to local programming, or programming that’s centered around Tennessee or special interests of the listeners in the local community.
“We already feature a very popular show, Cold Mountain Bluegrass, hosted by Kyle Holland on Saturday mornings at 8am, and an almost full-day of southern gospel and religious programming on Sundays…so this show seemed like a natural fit for the station, and is very Tennessee-centric — which is what we love!”
Starting on Sunday, April 27th, you can tune in to WTNW for the “Sutton Ole Time Music Hour” at 8am Central Time. WTNW is located at 820 AM on the radio dial, and can also be streamed over the internet from their website at www.wtnw820.com, or via the TuneIn Radio app for iPhone iOS, Android, and other mobile devices.
And if you’re ever in the Granville, Tennessee area…make sure you stop by and check out the T.B. Sutton General Store. They’re open Wednesday through Friday from 10am – 3pm, and on Saturday from 10am – 8pm, and have great food including sandwiches, great southern-style cooking, meat and three items, breads, desserts, and more. You can even join them for a family-style dinner and the live radio broadcast on Saturday nights, but make sure you make reservations first — seating is limited!
For more information on the T.B. Sutton General Store and Historic Granville, Tennessee — visit www.granvilletn.com.