Dustin Lynch got a big surprise during his recent set at the Grand Ole Opry when Trace Adkins interrupted his performance. The Grammy-nominated country superstar strode onto the stage and stopped Lynch with a handshake. He looked out at the audience and said, “This is my 15th anniversary so I can do whatever I want.” He turned to Lynch and said, “I’m here to tell you that when you play here on Sept.18th, it will be as the newest member of the Grand Ole Opry.”
Lynch bent over in surprise before giving Adkins a big hug. What’s funny is Lynch’s first meeting with Adkins (as a teen as one of his idols) went a lot different. The “Small Town Boy” described the unforgettable moment to Billboard, recalling he was in high school and asked Adkins to take a picture with him and his girlfriend. Adkins joked in his reply, asking his girlfriend if she was dating “this little shrimp.”
Getting the Opry invitation from Adkins clearly made up for the name-calling, as becoming a member of the Grand Ole Opry is a pinnacle moment for any country music artist. In an Associated Press video interview following the announcement (attached above), Lynch admitted he had no idea what Adkins was going to say or do and “it was a great disguise” because they share many members of the same team, who were all in the audience, so he didn’t think anything of it. He also added, “I’m kind of happy I didn’t cry. I did good. I’m a crier and I hold it back to just about two minutes of tears.”
Lynch’s career has been on the fast-track since the release of his chart-topping 2012 self-titled debut album. His second album, Where It’s At, spawned a series of No. 1 singles including its lead single and the title track, which became his first Billboard Country Airplay No. 1. His most recent album, Current Mood, dropped last September and notably hit Top 10 on the Billboard 200 albums chart and No. 2 on Billboard’s Top Country Album’s chart and produced more chart-topping singles, including “Small Town Boy.”
Dustin Lynch is currently touring with Cole Swindell on the co-headlining Reason to Drink Another Tour, which includes stops at the Rabobank Arena in Bakersfield, California on Nov. 2 (Tickets) and the Infinite Energy Arena in Duluth, Georgia on Nov. 29 (Tickets). Lauren Alaina will join them as a special guest at the Georgia show. Lynch will also perform at the first-ever Six Degrees to Tennessee Roots Jam free concert in Memphis on Sept. 15.
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