After wowing friends, family, the Nashville music community and guests at the War Memorial Auditorium the night before, Little Big Town performed at the Grand Ole Opry and were invited by the night’s host Reba McEntire to be the newest members of the Grand Ole Opry. Old Crow Medicine Show was the Opry’s previous inductee.
The quartet of Jimi Westbrook, Karen Fairchild, Kimberly Schlapman and Philip Sweet will be formally inducted into the Opry on Friday, October 17 by Opry Member Vince Gill.
As they were finishing their performance of their three song set with “Pontoon,” Reba appeared from the side of the stage improvising the song’s last words. “I know the Grand Ole Opry is very important to y’all, because this is the first place you guys played together as a group in 1999,” McEntire began after the impromptu collaboration. “I have been asked to ask y’all, Little Big Town, would y’all like to be a member of the Grand Ole Opry?”
After hugs with McEntire and between the members as well as a collective “yes” from the group, McEntire said, “Special moments like this—they’re priceless.”
Speaking for the group, Fairchild cheered, “Thank you, Grand Ole Opry! We will try to make you proud!”
Opry Vice President and General Manager Pete Fisher said, “We have been enjoying Grand Ole Opry visits from Little Big Town for almost 15 years now. During that time, the group has developed an amazing artistry and has won over millions of fans, all while maintaining a commitment to and love for the Opry we saw firsthand tonight. We will all be excited to officially welcome Little Big Town to the Opry family October 17.”