Loveless celebrates 25 years at the Opry
Monday, June 17, 2013
– The Grand Ole Opry honored Patty Loveless on her 25th anniversary as an Opry member this past weekend with performances by Loveless and fellow Opry members Vince Gill and Loretta Lynn.
Loveless was inducted as an Opry member on June 11, 1988.
Following an hour of Loveless solo hits, vocal collaborations, and performances by friends of the guest of honor in front of a sold-out Opry House Saturday night, Opry Vice President and General Manager Pete Fisher honored the 25-year member with a commemorative print and words about her career. "This has been an absolutely magical night at the Grand Ole Opry. I think we have heard everything that makes country music great," Fisher said. "If I was to describe what makes country music great, I would use the name Patty Loveless," he continued, describing Loveless as doing everything with "grace, humility, and excellence."
Loveless responded, saying, "It's hard to believe it's been 25 years. I know my family is listening in tonight, and I'm sure they are very, very proud of this moment for me. My dreams were their dreams as well."
The night concluded with Loveless and Gill collaborating on their beloved 1995 release Go Rest High On That Mountain. The two were joined by a number of other artists who had appeared on stage earlier in the evening.
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