By: Luke Combs
October 29, 2016: Playing the Grand Ole Opry for the First Time
The Opry Legacy:
As a kid the Opry was this larger than life showcase of all that country music was and it undoubtedly lived up to the hype. The legacy of the Opry is essential to preserving what country music was and is. I plan on doing any and everything I can to keep that legacy intact.
Knowing the stage I was stepping on, I think it really amplified my performance. I love being the guy up to bat or with the ball in the big game and to me that’s what the Opry was. A moment that I wasn’t going to let pass me by without making an impact and I sure hope I did.
I prepared no differently than I do for any other show, I think a break in my routine would have caused me to realize how monumental of a moment in my life I was living.
It was incredible to play the Opry. I had my parents in town and they were over the moon. The show itself almost didn’t feel real. Honestly, it went by so fast. I didn’t really get to soak it all in until afterwards.
The emotion was truly amazing. Being out there in that circle is unlike anything I’ve ever done and it really was a whirlwind for those 10 minutes or so. Such a mixture of pride, joy, passion, and a culmination of years of hard work to get to that moment.
Feature in collaboration with/produced by: Jeff Gorra