Monday, October 01, 2007

Josh Turner Will Be the Newest Addition to the Opry

Hank Williams. Patsy Cline. Alan Jackson. Martina McBride. And now, Josh Turner. They're all members of the Grand Ole Opry, the nation's longest continuously running radio show. Turner was invited to join Saturday, and had no trouble accepting.

During "Opry Live," Turner presented Roy Clark with a plaque commemorating his 20 years as an Opry member. Clark then pulled an envelope attached to the back of the plaque and said, "Well, actually this is for you, Josh. It reads: How would you like to formally become a member of the Grand Ole Opry?"

Said Turner: "I made my Opry debut back in 2001. I never knew this could happen so early."
He will be formally inducted Oct. 27 by Vince Gill.

When Turner made his first showing at the Opry, he hadn't yet had a song released on country radio. Even so, he earned a standing ovation for "Long Black Train," which became his breakthrough hit, and a second standing ovation after an encore.

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