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Performance Case Study: "Just Like Them Horses"

Reba McEntire

Lesson time 10:17 min

Reba performs "Just Like Them Horses" exclusively for her MasterClass. Watch as Reba discusses the backstory and very personal inspiration for the song, and how to pull back when your emotions are about to take over.

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The Grand Ole Opry is very important to anybody associated with country music. It's the mother church. Started out at the Ryman Auditorium, downtown Nashville, Tennessee. And then they moved the Grand Ole Opry here to Opryland. And this is where we're standing right now. It means history to anybody who knows the history of country music, knows that this is where most of it started, right here on this circle. September 17, 1977, was the first time I got to perform at the Grand Ole Opry here in Nashville, Tennessee. It was an experience that I had been waiting on for many, many years, because the only vacation we ever took as a family was to Nashville to the Grand Ole Opry, the old Ryman. And so when I was a little kid, getting to sit in the cheap seats there at the Ryman with Coke splattering through the cracks in the upper floor, because we were in the cheap seats underneath, and sneaking down, trying to get better seats when got up and used the bathroom, and the time I got sick and vomited on the front steps of the Ryman-- it's just a lot of history for me. So finally, to get to perform at the Grand Ole Opry myself was a dream come true, not only for me, but Momma and Daddy, Alice, my older sister-- they drove 700 miles from Oklahoma to come be with me for my first performance. And so when we were trying to get in here, I got all ready, got my little outfit on, my little denim skirt, my denim shirt, and my little handkerchief around my neck. We came pulling in to the back gate and Daddy said, got Reba McEntire here to sing at the Grand Ole Opry. And the guard was flipping through, and he said, I don't see your name. And Daddy, whoa, well, she's supposed to be on the show tonight. And he said, well, I don't see her name. Sorry. And Daddy said, well, what should we do? He said, well, feller, I guess you just ought to go home. And Daddy said, well, we can't do that. We drove 700 miles to be on the Grand Ole Opry. And I said, Daddy, let's go across the interstate and let me call my booking agent, which was Lavender Blake at the time. So I got out of the car and went to a pay phone. And I called Shorty Lavender. And I said, Shorty, they won't let me in the Grand Ole Opry. He said, Reba, drive back over there. I think they'll let you in soon as you get there. So we pulled across interstate, went down the road and pulled up to the guard check. And Daddy rolled down his window, and the guard said, yes, Mr. McEntire, well, let me just direct you right over here. I guess Shorty had said a few words to the guard. So took us in-- they just didn't have my name on for some reason. So I walked in. And they said, Reba, I'm terribly sorry, but the two songs that we said you could sing-- you're only going to get to sing one. I said, why? And they said, well, Dolly Parton just pulled in the parking lot, and she's going to take one of ...


For Love of Country

You know her songs. Her Oklahoma charm. Now learn directly from Reba in her first-ever online class. Join her as she records a never-before-heard song, creates a new acoustic version of Fancy, breaks down her hits, and delivers emotional performances on the stage of the Grand Ole Opry. This is more than a music class. This is Reba's life, business, and country music MasterClass.



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Students give MasterClass an average rating of 4.7 out of 5 stars.

Reba gives me the confidence and the motivation to get out there and make my dreams a reality!

I love her! Didn’t know much about Reba, but so many constructive tips and things to add to my to do list to work on. Thank you! :)

Lots of things about performance and in life. Great class. Thank you Reba and Master Class team!

Reba's insights into connecting with an audience were to me the most valuable items that I could take away. That direct connection makes the performance memorable, and desirable.


Comments

A fellow student

i'm not sure how to upload a video, but i have a good song called the Palace Lights.

Margaret M.

The workbook says students can post performances in the "Rate and Review"section. Can someone point me there?

Mary Beth P.

I am sure all of my music will have tremendous emotional 'baggage' because it has been the best therapy for me. Music is so cathartic. This will be a challenge for me.

Cheryl J.

singing a song so personal and heart wrenching is difficult to keep your composure. Love your song "She wasn't good enough." Makes me cry every time. Can't sing through it. These are the most difficult to sing. I think.

Elizabeth K.

O wow this was amazing! So sorry to hear about your dad. Such a beautiful song. How is everyone recording there song? I've been trying to work on it all day but nothing I use will let me save it. :)

NADIA S.

WOW!!! So much emotion in this song. Reba, YOU are incredible for being able to sing this song all the way through without breaking down. I am not sure I could have. God bless you!

Kimberly R.

Sorry about your Daddy. Reba, you are such a beautiful person and that was an amazing song!

A fellow student

G M Thomas Washougal WA Glad to see this performance number. I had tears on my face. Glad for the reminiscience.

Richard W.

This performance is worth all the masterclasses time a million. Beautiful song, beautiful performance and arrangement. Wow!

Francisco D.

I'm so appreciative of Reba's generosity not only for sharing her talent and insights from a long career as a performer and singer, but also for leveraging her relationships to indulge us with very special moments like this. Her and her band—and us—at the Grand Ole Opry...thank you.