Bobby Karl Works The Room-Chapter 597
Oh, the drama!
Advance reports had it that Wynonna Judd and Naomi Judd were hardly speaking to each other. But there we were at the Country Music Hall of Fame & Museum for the opening party of an exhibit honoring The Judds on Wednesday (Aug. 8).
They have argued and squabbled openly throughout their multi-award winning, hit-splattered career, often in full view of the media. Hey, how would you like to tour, trapped in a bus, with your mother for 10 years, starting when you were a teenager?
There was only one chair behind the podium. Would both of them appear? Together? So when Naomi took the stage, solo, after being introduced by Hall of Fame CEO Kyle Young, we were all ears.
“There are a lot of mothers who save things; I save every stinkin’ thing,” she related in the Hall of Fame’s Rotunda. “I’m the next thing to a hoarder.”
She thanked attendees Joe Galante and Brent Maher for “changing our lives.”
The suspense ended when Naomi introduced Wy, who turned out to be remarkably conciliatory.
“We made it together,” Wy said to her mother. “It’s a miracle: God is good.
“In one of our biggest fights, we talked about which one of us would be institutionalized. But here we are, together,” in an “institution.”
Referring to the museum exhibit, Wy commented, “I’ve been crying all day. I know that I am blessed. I’m just having a really hard time understanding why I’m here. We’re the American Dream who proved that anything can happen…..Thank you for coming to our party. Isn’t this amazing?”
Schmoozing fabulons in the Rotunda included Bob Delevante, Bob Paxman, Bonnie Garner, Lisa Sutton, Lon Helton, Leslie Fram, Eric T. Parker, Erin Enderlin and Earle Simons.
Also working the room were David Conrad, Karen Clark, Craig Shelburne, Chase Cole, Chuck Dauphin, Jim Ed Norman, Scott Hendricks, Paul Kennerley, Tom Roland, Ann Powers, Jewly Hight, Barry Mazur, Tim Wipperman, Scott Perry and Duane and Nora Lee Allen.
We snacked on roasted corn & pepperjack grit cakes, spicy cilantro shrimp, veggies, cured meats, shredded beef on jalapino corn cakes, assorted cheeses and prosciutto, pear & goat cheese bruschetta. Wine was served.
“The Judds: Dream Chasers” officially opens Friday, August 10. It contains an abundance of artifacts, manuscripts, previously unseen photos, keepsake costumes and awards. Naomi’s nurse uniform is even included.
“This is a million-mile story, told with heart and soul, about a miraculous, fortunate and harmonious journey,” said Young.