Last night during the Tuesday Night Opry, Brad Paisley surprised Darius Rucker with an invitation to become the newest member of the Grand Ole Opry. Of course he accepted and the formal induction will take place on Tuesday October 16, in a show that already will feature Martina McBride and Clint Black. My congratulations go out to Darius along with the hope that he will actually perform at the Opry once he becomes an official member, and the first member named to the Opry under the Ryman Hospitality name.
3 of the last 4 new members to join the Opry have been Blake Shelton, Rascal Flatts, Keith Urban and now, Darius Rucker. (yes, the Oak Ridge Boys are in there also). Seems to be a pattern forming of the Opry once again making a big effort to appeal to the younger country music fans. Also, no females in the bunch?
While we have commented before that Opry membership no longer seems as important as it once was, it is still something that country singers want. Hopefully, Darius will take his membership seriously.