Midnite Jamboree Goes on Hiatus After Financial Struggles
The Ernest Tubb Midnite Jamboree is an important part of Nashville's country music business. The show, which airs on WSM after the Grand Ole Opry, has been around for nearly 68 years, but now it's taking a hiatus due to financial problems.
The show has seen its own fair share of talent, but it's also known for helping artists who are up-and-coming and artists who are already established. Hank Williams, Patsy Cline, Loretta Lynn, Garth Brooks, Elvis Presley and Connie Smith have all used the stage to perform their songs. It's been legendary for years.
Tubb passed away back in 1984, and David McCormick, who runs the Ernest Tubb Record Shop in Nashville, has tried to remain true to Tubb's legacy and wishes, according to the Tennessean. He's even paid to keep the show going with his own funds. Even though he's done a lot, the show costs are high. It's roughly $2,000 to do the free show on Saturday nights.
"This is a tremendous loss and a very sad sign of the times," WSM DJ and Grand Ole Opry announcer Eddie Stubbs tells the paper. "Those of us who have listened to and appeared on that show have never forgotten what that experience was like."
"As an industry, we can't sit idly by and let this slip away," Marty Stuart explains. "David McCormick is one of the cornerstones in the country music business; we need to do anything we can to help support him right now. We all lose if the Midnite Jamboree goes under."
McCormick is exhausting options to try and find a new venue for the show — even if that means recording from Broadway in downtown Nashville. He's also considered renovating the second floor of the shop to allow them to broadcast from there. Support is coming from the community as well — the Midnite Jamboree Association has been founded to help with some support.