Bundy makes Opry debut
Monday, May 24, 2010
– Growing up in Lexington, Ky., Laura Bell Bundy dreamed of one day performing on the stage of the Grand Ole Opry. On Saturday night, the dream came true.
Bundy made her Opry debut at the War Memorial Auditorium. Opry member, John Conlee, who grew up just a few miles from Bundy's hometown, introduced her to the packed house. Backstage Bundy met Charley Pride and Hall of Fame member Bill Anderson.
The first song Bundy performed was a ballad, Drop On By, from the Achin' side of her two part album, "Achin and Shakin'." For her second number, Bundy put on her tap shoes and invited the Opry Squaredancers to join her on stage for the performance of her debut single, Giddy On Up.
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