Country music crossover star Darius Rucker said his heartwarming Grand Ole Opry memory happened off stage.
The Grammy Award-winning performer said the late Little Jimmy Dickens was involved in the particular moment after Rucker’s induction. Everyone came out in the venue’s great tradition, and then later, Rucker was involved in the after-party.
In a 30-second clip, Rucker remembered Dickens coming over to him in the hall, grabbing him and looking him straight in the eye.
Dickens, who died in 2015, told the former Hootie And The Blowfish singer, don’t you ever let them tell you that you don’t belong.
Rucker told The Boot about the moment in 2018, saying the moment helped “in my psyche and my soul that I felt accepted” in the country music world.
According to The Boot, Dickens was a Grand Ole Opry member since Nov. 1948 and last played on the grand stage on Dec. 20, 2014, for his 94th birthday.
Darius Rucker In Nashville For Big Opry Mark
Darius Rucker was among the country music stars in Nashville for Saturday’s 5,000 consecutive show. He performed with Garth Brooks, Trisha Yearwood, Chris Young, and Dustin Lynch.
Circle aired the two-hour special on Saturday with additional broadcasts on Facebook and YouTube.
The Grand Ole Opry holds the title of the world’s longest-running broadcast. It began in November 1925 on WSM Radio. During the pandemic, the show continued with audience-less performances, but the broadcast never missed a week.
According to The Tennessean, Rucker opened with Connie Smith, Bill Anderson, Terri Clark, and more for a Grand Ole medley. Rucker played
“Blue Moon of Kentucky” in his contribution to the show’s opening. Each artist paid tribute to the venue with songs that helped establish the Grand Ole Opry.
Later, Rucker dressed in a bedazzled black suit in a tribute performed Patsy Cline’s “Walkin’ After Midnight.” The star said he was “channeling my inner Little Jimmy Dickens” during his time on stage. He also did his “Beers and Sunshine” song.
Rucker went on to say that playing at the Grand Ole Opry was one of the greatest honors of his life, calling the Nashville venue his “home away from home.”
The star went on to introduce Brooks and Yearwood as “crown jewels of country music.” The couple performed an acoustic set to close the broadcast.
Darius Rucker Pranks Tourists at Madame Tussauds
While in town for the Grand Ole Opry event, Rucker had some fun with some Nashville tourists.
He posted a social media video of himself at the wax museum. Fans would approach what they thought was a wax statue of the singer, and Rucker would say “Boo” as part of the prank.
Fans were caught off-guard while others laughed at the joke.
The Darius Rucker wax figure is a permanent feature in the exhibit located in Opry Mills. Rucker recently released his fifth album, “When Was The Last Time,” on Oct. 20.