You won’t believe how nervous a near-unrecognizable young Luke Bryan is as he jitters toward his Grand Ole Opry debut way back in 2007.
“Lord have mercy,” a visibly nervous and jittery young Luke Bryan exclaims. He’s backstage at the Grand Ole Opry for the first time, and every bit of his body language screams “this can’t be real, can it?”
“Luke has dreamed of playing at the Grand Ole Opry since he was a boy,” the video’s text reveals. This dream helps kick off Bryan’s ‘Webisode #1 – Luke’s Grande Ole Opry Debut’ – as well as his career.
“Man oh man,” Bryan says as he walks across the most celebrated stage in country music history. With a whistle and hands in his pockets, he is still – quite clearly – all shook up over the experience.
As the camera pans to the backstage hallway, we see the date for this performance: Friday, April 06, 2007.
From there, we see Luke Bryan featured on the night’s roster twice in a row, giving him a double slot for his first go at the Opry. And Bryan is still losing his mind over it.
“Well, see, y’all can film this,” he smiles nervously. “And say I was at one point – I was at least on the list. Now if I faint and fall out before I get out there… I haven’t done the show yet. But I was slotted. Means I’ve gotten somewhere.”
Luke Bryan & His Grand Ole Opry Debut
As the video points out that “showtime approaches,” Bryan can hardly stand still. Then, before he knows it – it’s showtime.
Bryan is known for his confident humility – but that all goes out the window once the crowd knows he’s coming. As he’s announced for his debut, the Opry absolutely explodes. Without a doubt, Luke Bryan was a massive success in country music before he graced this famous stage – and the crowd lets him know it.
And the rest – is history:
Luke makes his first appearance at the Grand Ole Opry on April 6, 2007. Watch all of the behind-the-scenes moments that led up to Luke’s energetic performance!YouTube
Once it’s all over, fans swarm Bryan, and he greets each enthusiastically. The enormous smile he entered the Opry with never leaves his face.
Bryan’s favorite part, however, was “getting to dance on Elvis’ little circle a bit. That… that was cool.”
Another enormous milestone for Bryan occurs when he wins CMA’s massive “Entertainer of the Year” award in 2014. While it seems he should’ve won it before then, this was a nevertheless a huge turning point in his career. He would win it again the following year.