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Thomas Rhett Recalls His Grand Opry Debut

Thomas Rhett

Thomas Rhett photo by Justin Nolan Key, courtesy of The Valory Music Co.

Country artists dream of someday getting the chance to play the historic Grand Ole Opry. When Thomas Rhett made his Opry debut, he called it one of the most nerve-racking moments of his life. He remembers sitting backstage in his dressing room, trying to remain calm.

“My entire family was there,” he said. “I had family from out of town and I had friends. Right before I went onstage I told everybody to get out. I just slammed my head down on the piano and I was like, ‘Man, I’m about to throw up. I’m so nervous.’ Before we walked out onstage, I got to stand onstage with Little Jimmy Dickens while he introduced me. It was just a moment that I’ll never forget.”

Thomas has played the Opry many times since then. As special as each visit to the venue is, none will ever quite top the first. “Every artist dreams about playing the Grand Ole Opry,” he said. “There’s no time like the first time. I mean, every time playing the Opry is awesome but you never forget your first time playing the Opry.”

Thomas’ new single, “It Goes Like This,” will officially be released to radio next week.

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