When Vince Gill was first invited to make his Grand Ole Opry debut, he had to turn them down. Turns out, he already had a pretty important gig scheduled for that same night. He was going to accompany his daughter Jenny on guitar when she sang “You Are My Sunshine” at her school’s talent show.
Eventually, Gill did make his Grand Ole Opry debut. And now, 25 years after his induction, he celebrated his silver anniversary as an Opry member with Jenny – and countless other performers – by his side.
Gill’s induction on Aug. 10, 1991 is considered among the most memorable inductions in the organization’s history. The late Opry patriarch Roy Acuff welcomed him into the family and stood by with a tear in his eye as Gill performed Acuff’s favorite Gill tune, “When I Call Your Name.”
At Saturday’s anniversary show, Gill shared the stage with several special guests including Jenny, his wife Amy Grant,Bill Anderson, Rodney Crowell, Paul Franklin, Patty Loveless, Ashley Monroe, the Time Jumpers, Charlie Worsham and fiddle-playing vocalist Andrea Zonn.
Between the music and the memories shared, so much fun was had onstage that the first show ran approximately an hour over its two-hour schedule. “Sorry we made you late,” Gill said to a packed audience at the start of the night’s second show. “We were having a blast in here.”
The set list included “House of Love” with Grant, “Go Rest High on That Mountain” with Loveless, “Oklahoma Borderline” with Crowell, “Trying to Get Over You” with Monroe, “Which Bridge to Cross (Which Bridge to Burn)” with Anderson, “Corrine, Corrina” with the Time Jumpers, “The Key to Life” with Worsham, “Look at Us” with Zonn, “The Bottle Let Me Down” with Franklin and the finale “Liza Jane.”
The next day (Aug. 14), Grant hosted a potluck picnic for the Nashville Area Beekeepers Association at the family farm in Franklin, Tennessee, where she keeps a starter apiary with one hive.
“The dream was to help harness the resources of this farm and share it with people who love the land and nature,” she said at the potluck. “And now, an entire yard of beekeepers are staring me in the face – People who love nature, the wonder of it and want to share it. So, this is part of a dream come true for me.”
Gill and Grant celebrated 16 years of marriage on March 10.
Here are pictures from Gill’s 25th anniversary at the Grand Ole Opry.