Eddie Montgomery and Troy Gentry got a huge surprise Tuesday night on the stage of the Grand Ole Opry when Charlie Daniels invited them to become the newest member.
Columbia Nashville duo Montgomery Gentry made their Opry debut nine years ago on March 3, 2000. The duo will be formally inducted into the Opry family on Tues., June 23.
Opry member Charlie Daniels surprised the duo.
Montgomery and Gentry, both visibly surprised and moved, exchanged hugs with each other and with Daniels, after which Gentry managed, “I’m speechless” and Montgomery borrowed a handkerchief from Daniels to wipe his eyes.
After composing themselves, the two kicked into their current hit, “One In Every Crowd,” while Gentry noted his surprise, yelling out to the Opry staff and Daniels, “y’all got us!”
“The Grand Ole Opry, ba-by!” Montgomery added.
Becoming a member of the Grand Ole Opry has been a career dream for both of the duo’s members. This year marks the 10th anniversary of the release of Montgomery Gentry’s debut album, Tattoos & Scars. The duo’s road to gold and platinum albums, CMA and ACM Awards, a Grammy nomination and highly successful tours has been paved both with musical integrity and with an abiding respect for the people and the genre they represent.