‘The Waltons’ Star Jon Walmsley Opened Up on Performing at Grand Ole Opry

by Keeli Parkey
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Jon Walmsley is most widely known for his role in “The Waltons” as Jason Walton. The beloved family drama aired from 1972 until 1981.

During the 40 years since the show’s original television run came to an end, Walmsley has reportedly spent a lot of his time focused on his musical career. In fact, the now 65-year-old Walmsley has played with some very big names over the years. For example, during the 1980s he played with Richard Marx.

The former “The Waltons” actor has gravitated more to the blues genre during his second career. However, while he has focused on that genre, he has also had the opportunity to perform at one of the most beloved venues in country music. And he had the chance to perform there on more than one occasion.

That beloved venue, of course, is none other than the Grand Ole Opry. That hallowed hall is located in Nashville, Tennessee. Jon Walmsley talked about how it felt to take to that famous stage during a 2017 interview with Billboard. Unsurprisingly, those performances led to memories that he still held near and ear to his heart.

Interestingly, Walmsley first performed at the Grand Ole Opry during the early years of “The Waltons.”

“I first did the Opry in 1974, and it was shortly after they moved to the new Opry House,” Walmsley shared.

He also talked about what it was like to perform there, as well as what it was like to be in the famous building. “What a wonderful experience. That vibe – backstage alone – is just unbelievable, walking past all the dressing rooms, and all the acts are there, talking and jamming away with each other,” he shared.

‘The Waltons’ Actor Jon Walmsley Met Some Very Famous Performers at the Grand Ole Opry

When he visited the Grand Ole Opry to perform there, Jon Walmsley also met some beloved performers. “I remember meeting Minnie Pearl, Grandpa Jones, Hank Snow, and Roy Acuff,” he recalled.

This wasn’t the last time that Walmsley got to meet with the “King of Country Music” Roy Acuff. In fact, Walmsley had the chance to take the stage with Acuff at another once-popular Nashville venue. “I actually got to sing with Roy Acuff in Opryland on another trip,” the Jason Walton actor also said.

His visits to perform at the Grand Ole Opry also gave “The Waltons” actor the chance to get to know another respected performer.

“I also remember meeting Marty Stuart. He was still playing with Lester Flatt at the time, and we’re about the same age. We hung out a little bit. That was a great night,” Jon Walmsley also said.

During that 2017 interview, Walmsley also talked about how he got to know country music icon Merle Haggard. They met when Haggard worked on the show.

“I was thrilled to have him come on the show as a guest star, and even more so that the main plot of the show was the relationship between our two characters,” Walmsley also shared.

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