The Grand Ole Opry is synonymous with country music. Since 1925 it has been the home to the country stars. Fans and artists alike revere the Opry including the deep voiced country powerhouse Josh Turner. Recently Josh did an interview with CBS Local where he discussed his first time playing on the Opry and the significance of the Opry to him and his career.
Josh talked about how he had only been signed to a record deal for a month when the Opry reached out to him to perform on December 21, 2001. It is definitely a night he will NEVER forget. He described it saying,
“I didn’t have a band. I was just completely new. I didn’t have a video out, didn’t have a website. Hadn’t had a song out. Hadn’t even been in the studio yet. All of this was completely new to me. I didn’t know what I was doing but I just followed my heart and I decided to sing ‘Long Black Train.’”
Josh had sent the song to the house band to learn and was only prepared to sing just that one song. During the performance it seemed the crowd showed plenty of love for the newcomer. Josh talked about what happened during that memorable night,
“A third of the way into the song people are standing up applauding and I’m thinking, ‘What’s going on? I’m not even halfway through the song yet!’ By the time I had finished the whole crowd was on their feet, and I was just overwhelmed with emotion, and I couldn’t believe what I was seeing.”
It seems the crowd was so pleased with the song, they wanted more…
“When I was almost to my dressing room Bill Anderson, who was hosting that segment, asked the crowd if they wanted to hear some more, and they just got even louder, so he hollered out at me and said, ‘Josh, let’s make that train a little bit longer.’ He basically called me out to do an encore, and I didn’t know how to do an encore.”
Since Josh had just prepared the one song, he went out and did all he knew to do, he played “Long Black Train” again. He admitted that half way through the song he got chocked up because he could not believe the amazing response he received from the crowd that night. Ever since that night Josh Turner knew he had found another home in the Grand Ole Opry. He is a big proponent of the Opry and he said,
“I’m always recommending the Opry to them if they ever get to Nashville because it’s a really special place to see a musical show. It’s unlike any other place you’ll ever go.”
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