Whereas nation music’s up to date stars headlined Nashville’s Nissan Stadium Saturday night time throughout CMA Fest, Vince Gill and the Grand Ole Opry honored two of the style’s most important contributors a couple of miles away on the Grand Ole Opry Home.
Gill invited Charlie McCoy and Don Schlitz, each already within the Nation Music Corridor of Fame, to be the subsequent members of the Grand Ole Opry.
“It isn’t an exaggeration in any respect to say Charlie McCoy has performed on the soundtrack to virtually each nation music fan’s life and that Don Schlitz has written no less than a portion of every of these soundtracks,” Opry Govt Producer Dan Rogers mentioned. “Each time Charlie or Don performs the Opry, every showcase one thing extremely particular in regards to the Opry and our hometown of Nashville.”
The invitation marks the primary time the Opry has invited two entertainers to change into Opry members in the identical night time because it grew to become a practice to make the shock invites in public.
McCoy is a Grammy-winning session musician recognized for taking part in harmonica and being a multi-instrumentalist. He performed on recordings for Elvis Presley, Bob Dylan, Johnny Money, Chet Atkins, Waylon Jennings and Loretta Lynn amongst others, and has recorded 37 studio albums.
McCoy might be heard on “The Boxer,” “He Stopped Loving Her At present,” “Orange Blossom Particular,” and “I Was Nation When Nation Wasn’t Cool.” Schlitz has written or co-written a number of the style’s most impactful hits, together with “The Gambler,” “Without end and Ever, Amen,” “When You Say Nothing At All,” and “On The Different Hand.”
Gill stunned McCoy with the invitation following the musician’s three-song set that included “Orange Blossom Particular.”
“I’ve had so many superb issues occur, however I wish to inform you what– that is the icing on the cake,” McCoy mentioned. “I can not thank everybody sufficient for this honor. I’m blown away. Thanks.”
Some time later, Gill joined Schlitz for his set and performed acoustic guitar with him on “The Gambler” and “When You Say Nothing At All.” Then he acknowledged McCoy’s invitation and mentioned the Opry needed to ask Schlitz to change into a member.
“I’m gonna be a member of the Grand Ole Opry! Can I convey my songs with me?” he requested. “Like Charlie mentioned, ’That is the icing.’”
The Opry will formally induct the lads later this summer time.