June 9, 2009 — Tuesday is a huge anniversary for Lorrie Morgan — exactly 25 years since she joined the Grand Ole Opry, which has had a huge place in her life.
Lorrie's father, George Morgan, was a member for 27 years — from 1948 until his death in 1975 — and she made her first appearance under his tutelage, singing "Paper Roses" at the Ryman Auditorium in 1973. She was one of the few artists invited to join before she ever had a hit in 1984, and two years later, she met Keith Whitley, who would become her husband, when he played the show. She continues to perform on the Opry regularly.
"The Opry has been my comfort zone since I was a baby," Lorr ie says. "That's where my friends are and the music I love. Being an Opry member is truly the highlight of my career."
Other acts appearing on the Tuesday edition of the Opry include Carrie Underwood, Little Big Town, Trace Adkins, Ricky Skaggs and Little Jimmy Dickens.
In addition to the performances, the lobby at the Grand Ole Opry House will also showcase a bevy of instruments that are up for bidding in the upcoming Guitars of the Stars auction, which Steve Wariner will emcee at the Ryman on Friday. Among those who've signed six-strings for charity: Dierks Bentley, Charlie Daniels, Vince Gill, Jamey Johnson, Miranda Lambert, Craig Morgan, Dolly Parton and Pam Tillis.
The Opry is in its busy season, and there are several other days of performances slated this week. Thursday's Opry Classics edition features Tanya Tucker, Jeannie Seely, Janie Fricke and host Larry Gatlin, among others.
Following the regular Friday and Saturday presentations, Brenda Lee is hosting a Sunday Opry dedicated to gospel music with Linda Davis, Bill Anderson, new Country Music Hall of Fame member Charlie McCoy and Margo Smith, among others.