Opry Guitarist Quits After 53 Years

Jimmy "Spider" Wilson, a guitarist who has worked on the Grand Ole Opry for 53 years, quit on Friday (Nov. 24) after repeatedly being excluded from the televised portion of the show. Wilson, 71, told the Tennessean, that the rest of the band would be allowed to perform regularly on TV but that e-mails from the management would specifically exclude him from that portion. Wilson, however, would regularly play during the non-televised portion of the show. Opry manager Pete Fisher referred to Wilson's frequent omission as "a casting decision" and called Wilson "an exceptional musician and an exceptional person."

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