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Opry invites Johnson to join; he says yes

Saturday, March 19, 2022 – Jamey Johnson was invited to become a member of the Grand Ole Opry tonight.

The invitation came from Opry member Bill Anderson at the close of a writer's round featuring Anderson, Johnson, and award-winning songwriter Buddy Cannon performing songs they had written together.

Anderson opened the round by reflecting on the many times the trio spent writing together. During one songwriting session, Anderson asked Johnson what was going on in his life at the time, and he replied he was going through a divorce. That day the trio went on to write "Give It Away" which became an award winning number one hit for George Strait.

The next song they performed was "Everybody Wants To Be Twenty-One" written by Anderson and Johnson. "We don't always write serious songs," Anderson said as they were performing the last song together. "Strait, Joe Nichols and a few others cut this one, 'Cheaper Than A Shrink.'"

After their final song together Anderson explained, "Jamey you made your Opry debut 17 years ago, and you've been a frequent guest many times. But Opry management told me to tell you that this is going to be your last guest appearance."

Johnson quipped, "Well, I've been kicked out of a whole lot of places."

"Well," Anderson continued, "The next time you appear on this stage you will be the newest member of our Opry cast and family."

As the audience was roaring to their feet, Anderson stated to Johnson he needed to actually say yes, "I accepted it 20 years ago. I really don't know what to say except the obvious. I love country music. I would have never moved here if it wasn't for that, for the Opry keeping it alive and for the fans. I love you. Thank you."

Anderson closed with, "The Opry's going to be a better place because you're a part of it." Johnson wrapped up the set with a solo performance of his song "In Color."

An induction date for Johnson will be announced soon.

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