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Mike Sudhalter  |  March 17, 2008

On Saturday night, Randy Travis surprised Carrie Underwood into the Grand Ole Opry. I thought that was really interesting since I attended a concert where they were on the bill together in the summer of 2006. Underwood was obviously the bigger draw, but she opened for Travis even though the show was advertised with her as the headliner.

I wonder where she ranks this honor with other accomplishments like multi-platinum albums and winning American Idol.

She seems very humble for a big-time entertainer. Many folks wonder if an artist like Underwood with pop-leanings belongs in an organization considered sacred in country music. The answer, quite simply, is yes.

Underwood may not be Loretta Lynn or even Terri Clark, traditionally speaking. But she can draw crowds into the Opry that will stick around to hear some of the traditional country music as well.

I have no problem with the Opry throwing a bone to the country-pop camp as long as it doesn't become a trend where every such entertainer gets an invitation.

The last two Opry invitations were extended to legends/veterans Mel Tillis and Charlie Daniels. I've always felt that country is one of the most eclectic genres out there. The weekly Opry show is an indication of that.

The Country Mike blog would like to congratulate Ms. Underwood on this wonderful honor. You certainly aren't in Checotah anymore!

:: Posted at 4:29 AM by Mike Sudhalter ::
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