Last week, I had a chance to see a benefit concert for the Country Music Hall of Fame at which Keith Urban was invited to join the Grand Ole Opry. I was a little shocked at the time to find out he wasn’t already a member. But I guess being married to Nicole Kidman is not a bad consolation prize.
Tuesday night, I was watching a rerun of the Grand Ole Opry and got to wondering who actually WAS a member of the Opry. Being perhaps the highest honor in Country Music, I figured the roster would be filled with A+++ stars and be a relatively short list. I was right…for the most part.
The more I looked at the membership the more puzzled I became. I found three or four names of modern artists that somewhat surprised me. And also found a few glaring omissions.
I won’t list the names of the ones I found surprising. But you can find a complete list of the members here.
As for the ones who are not members, I present my personal list of candidates worthy for consideration.
- Brooks & Dunn
- Sam Bush
- Glen Campbell
- Kenny Chesney
- Merle Haggard
- Faith Hill
- The Judds
- Toby Keith
- Tim McGraw
- Willie Nelson
- Kenny Rogers
- Earl Scruggs
- George Strait
You could also argue for the inclusion of recent superstars like Lady Antebellum, Miranda Lambert, and, of course, Taylor Swift. But with their relative newness to the scene, I understand their omission.
Does anyone on that list surprise you?