After Years of Dues Paid, T. Graham Brown Invited as Opry Member

photo:  Rachael Black

T. Graham Brown is one of the numerous country music legends who’s performed on the Grand Ole Opry hundreds of times in his career, but for whatever reason has always evaded a formal invitation as a member, despite already feeling like part of that family. But years of paying dues and logging performances has finally paid off for him.

During a taping of T. Graham’s SiriusXM Show “Live Wire” on Tuesday (2-20) with Vince Gill, the Grand Ole Opry member surprised Brown with the invitation.

“Awww, man. That’s amazing, Vince. Oh my goodness. Please tell me you’re not kidding me,” T Graham Brown responded. “This is the greatest thing. You don’t know what that means to me. I so wanted this; you just don’t know. I’m so proud of the Opry. I’m just so proud to be there every time. I’ve never taken it for granted. It’s just amazing.” 

“They love you,” Gill said. “That’s a special place, and you’ll be a valued part of that place. I didn’t mean to make you cry. Congratulations!” 

Grand Ole Opry executive producer Dan Rogers says that T Graham Brown feels like family every time he walks through the doors of the Opry, and now he officially will be. “He adds a special spirit and a great performance to every Opry show he’s part of. It’s not lost on me that immediately after having been invited to join the Opry at the SiriusXM studios, within minutes he was on the road to the Opry for yet another performance, adding to his 300+ count of Opry appearances,” Rogers said.

The 69-year-old Brown celebrated the invitation by appearing in the 7:00 hour of Tuesday night’s Opry along with Canadian Corb Lund who is preparing to release his new album El Viejo this Friday, as well as Crystal Gayle and Don Schlitz. Texas supergroup The Wilder Blue also made their official Grand Ole Opry debut Tuesday night in a segment that also featured Sierra Ferrell and Riders in the Sky, underscoring the Opry mix of legends and legends-in-the-making.

T. Graham Brown is best known for his big hits in the ’80s, including #1’s “Hell and High Water,” “Don’t Go To Strangers,” and “Darlene.” Brown’s signature is mixing a bit of an R&B influence with his country, and he’s also been successful in the Gospel music arena. Well liked in Nashville, Brown always seems to be involved whenever a tribute concert transpires.

The SiriusXM episode featuring Brown’s invitation will not air until April, but you can watch the moment HERE. T. Graham will be formally inducted at a time to be announced soon.

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