Gene Watson At The Grand Ole Opry, Nashville: Saturday 10 December 2022

Gene Watson

On Monday 12 December 2022, Gene Watson recalled a wonderful night (on Saturday 10 December 2022) at The Grand Ole Opry in Nashville.

Gene Watson on the hallowed stage of The Grand Ole Opry in Nashville on Saturday 10 December 2022

‘We had a tremendous night at The Grand Ole Opry, on Saturday 10 December 2022.

Ricky Skaggs

The traffic getting to the Opry during the Christmas season is a story by itself – but we managed to arrive early.  In fact, Ricky Skaggs, who was supposed to open the show, was so tangled in traffic that the Opry staff asked us to go on first – but Ricky Skaggs did put on an amazing show when he finally got there!

Ashley McBryde at The Grand Ole Opry in Nashville on Saturday 10 December 2022

On this special night, Ashley McBryde was being inducted into the Opry, so there were some very special guests backstage, and we invited our own very special guest as well.

Gene Watson and Lisa Layne at The Grand Ole Opry in Nashville on Saturday 10 December 2022

We were proud to bring onstage for her Opry debut, Ms. Lisa Layne, the original singer of the enormous Christmas hit, ‘All I Want For Christmas Is You’.  As I told the Opry audience, I‚Äôve always loved that song, and I went to look it up and found it was by Vince Vance & The Valiants.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=v=w8HWHd0EYJA

Well, folks, that golden voice on the song is no ‘Vince anything’, and what a surprise it was to me to find that Lisa is the better half of our steel player, Boo Miller.  Is it a small world or what!  So we had Lisa come onstage to sing her monster hit and she just outdid herself.  She was so incredible that the Opry asked her to repeat that performance on the second show.  That’s what I call a great Opry debut!

Gene Watson and Wynonna Judd backstage at The Grand Ole Opry in Nashville on Saturday 10 December 2022

As to the other artists backstage, we ran into Wynonna Judd, who had come to support her friend, Ashley McBryde, on her induction night.  I enjoyed a short visit with Wynonna backstage (see photo below).

Gene Watson and Terri Clark backstage at The Grand Ole Opry in Nashville on Saturday 10 December 2022

Terri Clark, who handled the induction ceremony, popped into my dressing room to say ‘Hello’.  We always appreciate Terri, not only for her singing, but she also hosts the popular ‘Country Gold’ syndicated radio show.

Gene Watson and Eric Church backstage at The Grand Ole Opry in Nashville on Saturday 10 December 2022

To keep the surprises going, the audience roared their approval, when an unannounced guest, Eric Church, the 2020 Country Music Association (CMA) ‘Entertainer of The Year’, came onstage to sing a few of his huge hits, and later, Eric visited my dressing room to say ‘Hello’.  I appreciated his kind words on my music and saying he was a fan.(photo below).

It‚Äôs always a wonderful time to be at the Opry but this night was just extra special’

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‚ÄĘ Gene Watson on Facebook