Marking the historic show’s 4,941st consecutive Saturday night broadcast, the September 5 show was a holiday weekend high note. Underwood and Paisley performed together for an empty Opry House but listeners across the nation, with Paisley playing guitar as Underwood sang hits like “Jesus, Take the Wheel” and “I Told You So,” plus deep cuts such as “Ghosts on the Stereo.” Paisley also took his turn behind the mic, delivering his current single “No I In Beer” and more, but then the longtime friends joined forces.
Speaking about what the Opry’s continued broadcast has meant to them as entertainers, and sharing some of the easy humor that made them favored hosts of the CMA Awards, the superstars put on a masterclass in collaboration. From Paisley’s “Whiskey Lullaby” to the Conway Twitty and Loretta Lynn classic, “Louisiana Woman, Mississippi Man,” their voices soared gracefully and powerfully, and their own hit duet “Remind Me” was full of emotion. And following country’s family tradition, the pair finished things off with “Will the Circle Be Unbroken,” the perfect message of resilience and faith for these last six months of COVID-19.
“These times are so unique, and I find it so inspiring that the Opry is still going,” Paisley said from the stage. “When all is said and done, we will never take for granted getting to come out here and sing again. For me, as long as the Opry keeps going, I have hope!”
The Grand Ole Opry can be watched live on the new Circle network and multiple TV stations, and can be heard 650 WSM-AM and more. Check the show’s official website for more information.