At last night's "All for the Hall" show in Nashville, Vince Gill surprised Keith Urban with an invitation to become the newest member of the Grand Ole Opry. The induction will take place on Saturday April 21. When he officially becomes the Opry's newest member, he will become the first Opry member not be have been born in North America.
After Vince made the surprise invitation, Keith responded by saying,"I don't know what to say. Gosh, man, thank you to everyone at the Grand Ole Opry tonight. I'm shocked. It's a huge honor and how beauiful to have this happen tonight of all nights. I so appreciate this." As he made those comments he was joined on stage by Opry members Oak Ridge Boys, Diamond Rio and Rascal Flatts, all of whom had participated in the show.
While Keith may have claimed he was surprised by the invitation, those of you who have kept up on my comments know that this was something that I had speculated would happen at some point. I have sure Keith will be a fine Opry member. As with all new Opry members, my hope is that they will support the show and actually appear on the Opry stage. Only time will tell.
Congratulations to Keith and I am sure all of us will have more to say on this.