Garth Brooks and Trisha Yearwood rang in The Grand Ole Opry’s historic 5,000th show.
The world’s longest running radio show featured numerous famous faces to perform and honor the venue. This included Bill Anderson, Garth Brooks, Terri Clark, John Conlee, The Gatlin Brothers, Vince Gill, The Isaacs, Chris Janson, Dustin Lynch, Darius Rucker, Jeannie Seely, Connie Smith, Trisha Yearwood, and Chris Young.
Darius Rucker introduced Garth Brooks and Trisha Yearwood as the “crown jewels of country music.” The couple performed an acoustic medley of their greatest hits. Brooks came onto the stage and ironically shook hands with a fan in the front row who drove from Louisiana. He fittingly kicked off the set with “Callin’ Baton Rouge.”
Brooks also performed “Two Pina Coladas,” “The River” and closed out the show with “Friends In Low Places.” Meanwhile, Yearwood came in and performed “She’s In Love With The Boy,” “How Do I Live” and “Runaway Joe.” The standout moment was when the pair performed their duet, “In Another’s Eyes.”
Watch their epic performance, below:
Garth Brooks and Trisha Yearwood’s Opry History
Garth Brooks performed just two months after his debut album released, on June 24, 1989. He made quite the impression and entrance. He was then inducted into the Grand Ole Opry on October 6, 1990, by the legend that is Johnny Russell.
Then in 2008, he had the honor of inducting Carrie Underwood into The Circle.
“It is a marriage, and it is a marriage that you try to uphold the best that you can,” Brooks told Country Thang Daily about being an Opry member. “[Underwood is] from Oklahoma, which, to me, is the land of common sense. I think she gets it. The coolest thing she said was, ‘I know I didn’t come here by the conventional road.’ That was very cool, so I think she’ll love it and respect it enough.”
Meanwhile, Trisha Yearwood grew up admiring the famed institution. She also went to the show when she visited Nashville and listened to it on the radio. She begged her parents to vacation to Music City.
In an interview with The Boot, she explained at fifteen, she begged her parents to vacation to Nashville, Tennessee. The Georgia native believed that she would be discovered there and get a record deal and never go home. Things didn’t work out exactly as planned but she did join the legendary Opry ranks.
“We came to the Opry, and [I was] just watching people up here, doing what [I] wanted to do,” she added. “It’s never normal, and I hope it never is … it’s hard to wrap your head around it sometimes.”
Yearwood was invited to join the opry by Ricky Skaggs, one of her musical heroes. She was then inducted into the Grand Ole Opry on March 13, 1999 by Porter Wagoner, who was a member for 40 years at the time.