Billy Strings was one of the performers featured on the Grand Ole Opry‘s Saturday Night Opry stream over the weekend, where the jamgrass guitarist debuted a new song for fans watching from home.
Saturday night’s concert webcast, which has become a regular event from the famed Nashville, TN venue since the live events industry shutdown, also featured performances from Old Crow Medicine Show, Molly Tuttle, and Dom Flemons. Hosted by Natalie Stovall who was filling in for Bobby Bones, the hour-long stream also saw numerous collaborations between artists, including a show-closing group take on the classic, “Momma Don’t Allow No Music”.
Strings began his performance with a glowing introduction from and some friendly banter with Ketch Secor of Old Crow. The two discussed Strings’ quarantine activities including fishing and restoring his old car, which Secor called a “rat rod in the making.” Eventually getting to the subject of music, Strings admitted that even though everyone has been hounding him, asking what he’s going to play at the Opry, he still didn’t know as of Saturday morning.
“You know how it is when you got so many tunes going through your head sometimes that you just can’t think of one,” Strings asked Secor. “I was like ‘man I really can’t think of a tune to play I better just come up with one,’ so around noon today I just came up with this one.”
Strings then performed “Thank You to the Grand Ole Opry” for the first time ever. It was clear that he did in fact write the song that morning and specifically for that show, as it directly mentioned Old Crow, Tuttle, and Flemons in the lyrics. The odds of Strings playing the fourth-wall-breaking bluegrass tune again are fairly low unless he once again plays the Opry with those same musicians on a Saturday night. Following the debut performance of “Thank You to the Grand Ole Opry”, Strings took the virtual audience through a somber “Watch It Fall” as a stern reminder of the environmental impact we all have on the Earth.
Watch Billy Strings debut “Thank You To The Grand Ole Opry” at the famous Nashville venue, his segment begins at 24:45.
Billy Strings – “Thank You to the Grand Ole Opry” / “Watch It Fall” – 8/8/20
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