On this day in 1985, Randy Travis made his Grand Ole Opry debut. This debut was three months before his freshman album, Storms of Life, was released. Introduced by Little Jimmy Dickens, Travis sang the Hank Williams classic “I’m So Lonesome I Could Cry”. By the same time next year, Travis became an official Opry Member (joining December 20th, 1986).
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On Wednesday night (2/22), the Grand Ole Opry hosted a star-studded show for everyone in town for the 3-day Country Radio Seminar (CRS) in Nashville. The event was held in Omni Nashville Hotel’s Broadway Ballroom and included performances by Zac Brown Band, Lady Antebellum, Trace Adkins, Crystal Gayle, Chris Janson, LOCASH, Cam, Michael Ray, Chris Lane, Carly Pearce and Dailey & Vincent. To make the show more authentic, the Opry even transformed the hotel’s Broadway Ballroom with its signature barn backdrop and famous microphone stands.
On this day in 2001, Brad Paisley was inducted into the Grand Ole Opry. Wearing the yellow jacket that Buck Owens wore the night he recorded his album “Live At Carnegie Hall.”, Paisley sang “Two People Fell In Love,” “Me Neither,” and “Streets Of Bakersfield”. Paisley also, with the help of Steve Wariner, performed “Nothin’ But The Taillights”.
During her Grand Ole Opry performance on Tuesday night (11/15), Crystal Gayle was surprised by Carrie Underwood with an invitation to become an official Opry member. Underwood surprised the sold-out crowd at Nashville’s Ryman Auditorium by joining Gayle on her hit “Don’t It Make My Brown Eyes Blue.” Moments after they finished the duet, Carrie turned to Crystal and said, “You are an inspiration to so many of us. You are important to country music, and you are important to the Opry, which is why I was asked tonight to ask you if you would like to join our Opry family officially.” Gayle then accepted the invitation with a hug and said “I have always felt like I was a member of the family and this is just so special.”
· Gayle will be formally inducted into the Opry on January 21, 2017 by her sister, country legend Loretta Lynn.
· Gayle made her Opry debut nearly 50 years ago on the Ryman stage, singing the classic “Ribbon of Darkness” at the age of 16.
On this day in 1991, Vince Gill became the newest member of the Grand Ole Opry. That same year, Gill released his fourth studio album Pocket Full of Gold. The album reached #5 on the charts, and produced the singles “Pocket Full of Gold,” “Liza Jane,” “Look at Us” and “Take Your Memory with You.”
Chris Lane will fulfill a longtime dream when he makes his Grand Ole Opry debut on Saturday, February 20th to perform his Top 30-and-rising single, “Fix.” Lane says, “Growing up, I always considered the Grand Ole Opry to be hallowed ground, and to now have the opportunity to share that stage is a huge milestone moment in my career.”
Brad Paisley made a surprise visit to the Grand Ole Opry on Saturday Night (1/2) to honor one of his best friends, Opry star Little Jimmy Dickens. Paisley’s visit marked the one-year anniversary of Dickens’ death on January 2nd, 2015 at the age of 94. Paisley sang some of Dickens’ best known tunes.
On this day in 2010, Thompson Square made their debut on the Grand Ole Opry at Nashville’s Ryman Auditorium.
Today in 2011, Rascal Flatts became members of the Grand Ole Opry family in Nashville. The trio was asked to become members just a few weeks before surprising Gary Levox, Jay Demarcus and Joe Don Rooney onstage as Vince Gill presented the honor.
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