[photogallerylink id=67603 align=right] Last night Vince Gill surprised Rascal Flatts on the Grand Ole Opry stage with a very special invitation, he invited the boys to become the newest members of the legendary Grand Ole Opry.
“We had absolutely no clue,” a still-astonished Jay said backstage. “The only thing that was a little bit weird to me was that I told my wife to stay home tonight. I said, ‘We’re only doing three songs; it’s a short segment.’ And she showed up right before we went onstage. She said, ‘I put the baby to bed and the nurse was there, so I just came on.’ And even when Vince came out, I thought he was just messin’ with Joe Don!”
“All I could think about was being a little kid, sitting in the nosebleed section of the Grand Ole Opry,” Jay reflects. “The first thought that came into my head was, ‘I cannot believe I used to come here on family vacations and watch the Opry with my mom at the very top.’ Then to be on the stage, and then asked to be a member of the Opry — it had all come full circle. It all hit me, a flood of emotions all at once, and it was tough to keep it together.”
Rascal Flatts’ Opry induction will take place Oct. 8.