Tuesday, September 27, 2011

Rascal Flatts Are Newest Grand Ole Opry Member Invitees

Big Machine Records artists and multi-platinum selling group Rascal Flatts is the latest invitee to become a member of the Grand Ole Opry.

The trio was surprised with the news Tuesday night during their performance on the Opry. Twenty-year Opry member Vince Gill made an unscheduled appearance, interrupting singer Gary LeVox, bassist Jay DeMarcus and guitarist Joe Don Rooney mid-performance.

The band seemed genuinely surprised and expressed heartfelt emotion with tears in their eyes. The crowd gave them a standing ovation. The trio joins a recent slate of longtime stars invited to join, including Blake Shelton and The Oak Ridge Boys.

Opry membership is one the highest honors for a country musician and comes with an unwritten commitment to the history of the genre and a requirement to perform at least 10 times a year.

Fellow musicians were quick to recognize the achievement. James Otto tweeted:

Congrats & on being asked to join the ! Huge honor!

Below is video shot from back stage - Vince Gill announces that Rascal Flatts will be inducted as members of the Grand Ole Opry on Oct. 8th!

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