String band Old Crow Medicine have seen their musical impact flourish in recent years, and as a result, the American roots musicians were invited to join the Grand Ole Opry on Friday (Aug. 16). Opry member and dear friend Marty Stuart surprised the group at their concert at the Ohio Theatre in Cleveland, Ohio with the formal induction ceremony to take place at the Grand Ole Opry House in Nashville on Tuesday, September 17. First getting their start in New York State, their passion soon took them across Canada, winning over fans and critics before making the sojourn to Music City, setting up shop on the illustrious, iconic Opry circle. 15 years later, Old Crow Medicine show is, perhaps, one of the most revered groups to ever rise to superstardom. The band made its Opry debut on Jan. 13, 2001 and hasn't looked back.
“In 1925, there was a show started in Nashville called the Grand Ole Opry," Stuart said, later popping the once-in-a-lifetime question. "It was founded on a traditional fiddle tune. It was founded on hard-hitting old-time music. It was founded on being a good-natured riot. And it’s been going on for 88 years. It’s a great American story. Would you all consider becoming a part of this great American story and becoming Grand Ole Opry members?”
Needless to say, the band members replied with a resounding yes, and the gathering sold-out crowd showered them with a standing ovation. Stuart then joined in for a rousing performed of "We Don't Grow Tobacco" before launching into their signature song "Wagon Wheel."
“Inviting Old Crow to become our next member is truly exciting for us,” Pete Fisher, Opry vice president and general manager, said in a statement. “For one, Old Crow has grown before our eyes from entertaining Opry-goers for free in the Opry Plaza a dozen years ago to rank today among the most respected and popular acts in music. The band leaves the audience wanting more every time it takes the Opry stage, or any stage."
“It’s also exciting that in many ways Old Crow looks and sounds a lot like some of the string bands of the 1920s which helped first propel the Opry to national prominence,” Fisher continued. “While recent Opry inductees and contemporary hit-makers such as Darius Rucker, Keith Urban, Carrie Underwood, and Dierks Bentley, will help shape the Opry in coming years, our future is also in excellent hands with this group which happens to be quite reminiscent of our musical past. It’s an awesome full circle.”
Tickets for this special event can be purchased here.
Watch the invitation above.