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The Four Guys Are Fired

Bad and sad news are family members and lately the Grand Ole Opry Family has been hit with an abundance of negative news. Once again they have used their axe to grind deep wounds into the Mother Church of Country Music.

3 members of the Four Guys, were called to the office of Mgr. Pete Fisher, like children called to the principal's office to be scolded. In this case, Laddie Moore, John Frost and Glen Bates were not scolded, they were terminated, humiliated and embarrassed by Fisher, who left nothing to hold on to but their pride, which was intensley damaged by the cold and calculated method of their dismissal. One of the reasons given was that there were no original members still active in the group, and also that the Four Guys never had a hit record. Very inadequate reasons.

Fisher was asked if there were any other Opry members ever terminated, and he could not answer the question, which is par for the course for Pete Fisher, because he really did not know. But as Laddie Cain said, "WE ARE IN A ELITE GROUP OF TWO, BECAUSE THE ONLY OTHER OPRY MEMBER EVER TERMINATED, OR LETS JUST SAY IT LIKE IT IS-"FIRED," WAS HANK WILLIAMS.

The Four Guys have been getting reduced spots over the past year, but they never felt that this meeting, confrontation would be a much better word, would end almost 33 years of membership by the group.

Fisher was asked, if Brent Burkett or Sam Wellington were still active with the group, would this termination have taken place, and Fisher answered no.

It seems someone has not told Mr. Fisher that the Four Guys recorded for RCA and Mercury during their careers, and were always available and on call, anytime the Opry was in need of their services on short notice. The Guys have given much to the Grand Ole Opry and in return they have been treated with the same lack of respect that it being given to many other veteran members of the Grand Ole Opry. The Four Guys joined the Opry with no hit record, but my memory serves me well, and Lorrie Morgan and Stonewall Jackson joined the Opry in the same manner.

The Four Guys are here to stay, but I wonder if the GRAND OLE OPRY has begun a war internally with its' own family. It seems that they are on a collision course that can only end in the Mass Suicide of Traditional Country Music and GOD FORBID, THE EXODUS OF THE GRAND OLE OPRY.

It is time for the country music fans all over the world to become involved with their music, the music they love, listen, buy and now are being deprived of. The loss of respect for the elders of the Opry by the young ones that have been put in charge must be addressed, not tommorrow, but today.

The following email addresses are for everyone's use to send their views to Pete Fisher and Steve Buchanan.

pfisher@oprylandusa.com

sbuchanan@oprylandusa.com

I believe in the Grand Ole Opry, I respect the Grand Ole Opry and I love the Grand Ole Opry, so I will fight for her survival. Remember we are dealing with a corporate company in Gaylord Entertainment , and they evidently do not care about who they hurt or how they do it.

In the last Town Hall Meeting for Grand Ole Opry Members, which was only attended by the veterans, Garth Brooks made a token appearance, they were told at the meeting that nothing was to leave the room, because it was all confidential. What in the hell ever made them think that they would get the trust of the Opry members that they are now terminating and cutting back, and causing stress and chaos among those that made the Grand Ole Opry what it is today.

WHERE ARE YOU VINCE, ALAN, REBA, DIAMOND RIO, ETC. THE OPRY NEEDS YOU TO STAND UP FOR WHAT IT IS SUPPOSED TO STAND FOR. THE FAMILY THAT STICKS TOGETHER, STAYS TOGETHER.

Written By: MARTY MARTEL
marty.martel@nashville.com