Reba McEntire and Vince Gill will step into the circle together for the Grand Ole Opry’s 4,933rd consecutive Saturday night broadcast on Saturday, July 18.
Reba said, “The Grand Ole Opry has always been very special to me and my family. It’s part of my history, my heritage and my future, and I’m so excited to get to share the stage with Vince again. Just like Roy Acuff, Minnie Pearl, Brother Oswald, Porter Wagoner and Loretta Lynn, Vince is an Opry legend.”
She added, “I’m proud to be an Opry member and I’ll always be proud to stand on the stage with Vince. Things may be a little different right now, but one thing stays the same – the Opry continues to bring great country music into the homes of the American people.”
McEntire became a member of the Grand Ole Opry on January 17, 1987. Gill was inducted in the Grand Ole Opry on August 10, 1991.
The two Oklahoma natives met in Nashville in 1988 when Gill sang background vocals on McEntire’s self-titled studio album, Reba. In 1990, the pair recorded their first of many duets, “Oklahoma Swing,” the second single from Gill’s breakthrough album, When I Call Your Name.
In 1993, the duo reached the top of the Billboard Hot Country Singles & Tracks chart with their hit duet, “The Heart Won’t Lie” and made Country music history with the accompanying cinematic military-themed music video. Gill has said of his friend, “She is arguably one of the greatest singers that will ever draw a breath.”