During last night's Tuesday Night Opry, Montgomery Gentry were officially welcomed as the newest members of the Grand Ole Opry. Little Jimmy Dickens and Marty Stuart handled the honors with the help of Opry Vice President and General Manager Pete Fisher. They were also presented their member award.
In my opinion, they will be worthy members of the Opry and will be committed to the show. I know that some of the older, classic country music fans are against this move, but if the Opry is going to continue and to move forward, acts such as these sometimes need to be added. While many would like nothing but veteran country music acts to be added as members, the show can not sustain itself with such a limited roster of acts. Adding folks such as Montgomery Gentry, Charlie Daniels and Carrie Underwood, along with people like Mel Tillis and Del McCoury will help to insure the long term success of the Opry.