Jon Pardi’s Grand Ole Opry Induction Gets A Date
Jon Pardi is set to become the next member of the famed institution, the Grand Ole Opry, on October 24. He was surprised during his performance in Indio, California, at this year’s Stagecoach Festival in April. His friend, restaurateur and author Guy Fieri directed him and the attention of his thousands of cheering fans to a video. In the video, Opry member and Country Music Hall of Famer Alan Jackson appeared, officially inviting the California native to become the newest member of the Opry.
He tweeted about the news yesterday (8/1), writing, “@Opry induction date is set…see y’all October 24!”
Pardi recently told us about the Opry invite moment saying, “When I first saw Guy (Fieri) on stage, I was like, ‘What the hell is Guy doing on stage, and how’d he get a microphone?’ But Guy is a good friend, and then he was so excited. He knew about it for a long time, and like we’re buddies, he never said anything; he was like, ‘This is so hard I didn’t tell nobody,’ but it was a great moment, and it was cool that it was at Stagecoach.”
He continued, “It’s one of my favorite festivals in country music, and it’s the biggest in California. Kind of tying in home state, country music, Nashville, and The Grand Ole Opry together, I thought was really special and something that nobody has really seen. It made the Opry have a stronger connection with the crowd and the West Coast. They knew exactly what the Grand Ole Opry was, and they went crazy, which was pretty cool.”
Jon added, “Then I saw Alan on screen, and then I kind of knew it was going down, and it was cool. Alan has always been good to me since the 2015 tour. He’s always been very complimentary. He’ll send me random gifts; he sent me his book and whiskey, just little things he would send to me.”
Pardi has the distinct honor of becoming the first native Californian to become a member of the Grand Ole Opry.
Jon heads out on his headlining “Mr. Saturday Night World Tour” this month with dates coming up in the U.S., Canada, and several across Europe, including stops in the U.K., Netherlands, Germany, Norway, and Sweden before heading back stateside for his Opry induction on October 24.