On This Day In 1990: Garth Brooks Joins The Grand Ole Opry
When I think of country music I think of Garth Brooks; he has been one of the genre’s biggest stars for decades. Aside from being one of the nicest human beings on the planet, his music continues to connect with people of all ages all over the world.
33 years ago today, Brooks joined the Grand Ole Opry — on October 6, 1990, in Nashville, Tennessee. On the night of his induction, Brooks performed three legendary hits “Friends In Low Places,” If Tomorrow Never Comes,” and “The Dance.”
The Grand Ole Opry has become a second home for Brooks along with his wife Trisha Yearwood. He has called it the “end all be all” for country artists. From sitting in the audience watching their idols to selling out back-to-back nights for fans, it only has become more special for the legendary couple throughout the years.
“It’s also a huge responsibility. It hits you like a hammer on the head. These people built something and now you’re getting a chance to carry that baton – that’s a lot of weight,” Brooks told TODAY.
If you’ve ever seen him perform on a stage, let alone in the Opry circle, then you know how important being a part of the country music family is to him. At 61 years old, Brooks continues to work on exciting projects, create new music, and play shows across the country.
Fast forward to today and Brooks is now a seven-time CMA Award winner of Entertainer of the Year, a two-time GRAMMY Award winner, and has even received one of the most prestigious honors an artist can receive, The Kennedy Center Honor.
Over the years, Brooks has had the honor of inviting, inducting, and even celebrating fellow country artists such as Chris Janson, Ashley McBryde, Booby Bare, Keith Whitley, Mitch Rossell, and many more.