Ashley McBryde's Opry invite
Singer-songwriter Ashley McBryde got the surprise of a lifetime Thursday when Garth Brooks interrupted a live interview with an invitation to join the Grand Ole Opry.
Why it matters: A Grand Ole Opry invite is a career-defining milestone that signals a warm embrace by country music's most enduring establishment.
Driving the news: McBryde was promoting her new album "Ashley McBryde Presents: Lindeville" on "CBS Mornings" when Brooks suddenly appeared in a split screen.
- "We would love for you to consider becoming the newest member of the Grand Ole Opry," he said.
- "It's the longest-living family in music history. You belong in it. We need you. You will make us stronger for decades to come."
What she's saying: "It would be the great joy and the great honor of my life," she answered through tears.
💭 Adam's thought bubble: The timing of McBryde's invite is poignant. Her evocative, true-to-life songwriting is reminiscent of country music luminary Loretta Lynn, who died this week.
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