Carol Lee hangs it up

Carol Lee Cooper has closed out a 40-year career as a background singer on Nashville’s Grand Ole Opry.

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) – Carol Lee Cooper has closed out a 40-year career as a background singer on Nashville’s Grand Ole Opry.
Carol Lee was one of the first things I noticed the first time I worked the Opry, right after I ogled those three black Emmons steel guitars, belonging to Sonny, Hal and Weldon, on the stage. Now she’s retiring. Sad to see her go.
Carol Lee Cooper

Tracy Lawrence

Tracy used to come around Gabe’s and sit in and win Judi Martin’s talent contest sometimes.

Tracy used to come around Gabe’s and sit in and win Judi Martin’s talent contest sometimes. He was an OK singer, and a nice enough guy. He’s got a new album coming out, and in a recent interview he says “…it’s more contemporary and more in the same vein as where the industry is headed. I don’t have steel guitar, but rather more guitars and fiddle.” Doesn’t sound like something I’d want to listen to. Read the interview here at the Boot if you care.