Garth Brooks surprised country music artist Ashley McBryde by inviting him to the Grand Ole Opry on national television Thursday.
Both singers got emotional when Brooks delivered the invitation live on CBS Mornings, where McBryde was in the middle of promoting her new album Ashley McBryde Presents: Lindeville. The ‘One Night Standards’ hitmaker was initially confused when the ‘Friends in Low Places’ artist appeared via video.
“What’s happening?” she said when Brooks addressed her remotely from the Opry in Nashville, Tenn.
“I’m here for a proposal, Ms. Ashley,” the singer said. “You know where we are. … I’m standing in the [Opry’s] Circle of wood right now where you are standing. Ms. Ashley McBryde, on behalf of the Opry and myself as an Opry member – I’m trying not to cry – we would be delighted if you would consider becoming the newest member of the Grand Ole Opry.”
McBryde closed her eyes and took a deep breath before replying: “It would be the great joy and honor of my life. Thanks Garth.”
When McBryde accepted Brooks’ invitation, he joined the ranks of other Opry members such as Blake Shelton, Reba McEntire, Carrie Underwood and Dolly Parton. Many other country legends – from Ernest Tubb to the late Loretta Lynn – have graced the Opry stage over the years.
“It’s the longest living family in music history,” Brooks continued. “You belong. We need them. They will make it stronger for decades to come. I love you. Congratulations. Couldn’t happen to a cuter person.”
When asked by CBS Mornings co-host Gayle King how it felt to be inducted into one of country music’s oldest and most prestigious institutions, McBryde tearfully wiped his eyes and said, “Grammys and … member Being the Grand Ole Opry is the two greatest things that can happen to you as an entertainer, and I’ve always said I deserve it. And that’s a pretty surreal moment.”
According to Brooks, McBryde has earned her newly formed Opry membership “100%” since her debut album Jalopies & Expensive Guitars in 2016, followed by her Grammy-nominated studio album Girl Going Nowhere in 2018.
“There’s nobody in this family who doesn’t have that [earned it]’ Brooks said. “It’s the love they show for the Opry. It’s the respect they have for country music. … Grammys, [Country Music Awards], they will all fade away. … Until the day they stick you in the ground, you’ll be part of the coolest show on earth.”
After the Brooks patch, “CBS Mornings” had another surprise for McBryde: her mother, who waited backstage to hug her daughter and congratulate her on her latest achievement.
“Now I’m going to cry ugly,” McBryde joked. “She’ll cry too, just so you know.”
Before breaking the big news, CBS Mornings spoke to McBryde about her new EP, which is due out September 30, and a recent life-threatening accident she suffered while horseback riding. After McBryde fell off her horse, she was forced to cancel some of her shows while “life-saving measures were taken”. She returned to the stage less than a week after the incident, ignoring her doctor’s recommended 30-day recovery period.
“I know I probably should have waited a little longer… after something so catastrophic,” she admitted. “It took about six days, and I was like, ‘I’ll do it.'”
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