WATCH: Dennis Quaid Makes Surprise Appearance at Grand Ole Opry, Duets with Bellamy Brothers

by Emily Morgan

Is there anything Dennis Quaid can’t do? Recently, the veteran actor casually performed at Nashville’s sacred Grand Ole Opry.

Although Dennis Quaid has never won an Academy Award (which is shocking to us), the Parent Trap actor did get to add another Opry performance to his long list of accomplishments when he took the stage with the Bellamy Brothers over the weekend. 

While he’s not known for being a country music titan, he sure had us fooled when he joined the group to help them sing their new single “I Can Help.” However, this wasn’t Dennis Quaid’s first time on the hallowed stage. He made his Opry debut back in December with his band, The Sharks. 

In March, the 66-year-old actor returned solo for a three-hour takeover. “I’ve been writing and performing songs long before my first acting role,” Quaid said in a release at the time. “I learned to play guitar before I ever memorized a script, so it’s been a lifelong dream to perform on the Grand Ole Opry.”

The Bellamy Brothers recently invited Dennis Quaid to join them in the studio to record a new rendition on Billy Swan’s 1970s hit “I Can Help” for their upcoming covers album, Covers from the Brothers.

Dennis Quaid Joins Bellamy Brothers on Upcoming Album

“What was funny is when we walked into the studio to do the duet with Dennis, he was on the phone with Billy,” David told Wide Open Country. “He was talking, ‘Hey Billy, we’re over here cutting your song. I’m over here cutting it with the Bellamys.’ Billy was like, ‘Oh great, man. Maybe we’ll make some more money.'”

When the group recorded the cover in person with Dennis Quaid, The Bellamy Brothers witnessed the actors’ creative process combined with his lifelong love of music.

“Working in the studio [with Quaid] was a real treat,” Howard said. “You can tell he’s an actor because he finds the character. He was searching for the character in that song, and he finally nailed it. He became that character. Sometimes that’s hard to do for just normal singers. He’s very animated.”

Dennis Quaid was reportedly just as excited to share studio time with the iconic group of the ’70s, likening his experience in a press release to that of “a kid skipping school and jamming with a band.”

Like many other artists and performers, the group’s collaboration found life amid the pandemic. 

“I think COVID got everybody quite creative, you know,” David added. “They were kind of stuck home in their studios. But you know, we had worked on some tracks in Germany a while back, and they had bugged us until we did some covers. They wanted us do some covers. We were like, ‘We don’t want to do any covers. We’re an original group.’ We did them and they turned out really nice. So it got us going, ‘Well, I like this song and like that song,’ so one thing led to another.”