In March of 1986, Randy Travis – who was still a cook at the Nashville Palace – graced the prestigious stage of the Grand Ole Opry for the first time with a riveting rendition of Hank Williams’ “I’m So Lonesome I Could Cry.”
He was introduced by none other than the Grand Ole Opry star Little Jimmy Dickens.
While the young Travis may have been extremely nervous at that time, he perfectly kicked off his Grand Ole Opry debut – paying tribute to the country legend that strongly influenced his style.
“I’m So Lonesome I Could Cry” was written and recorded by Williams in 1949. Since then, the poignant ballad has become closely recognized with Williams’s musical legacy and earned countless praises. It’s no surprise that it has been covered by a wide range of musicians throughout the years.
And Travis’ performance of Williams’ country classic at the genre’s longest-running weekly radio show made a lasting impression – not only on country fans – but also with the Opry members. In fact, just nine months after that debut, Travis became an official member of the Grand Ole Opry.
Grand Ole Opry Has Been A Big Part of Randy Travis’ Life
Randy Travis‘ first visit to the Grand Ole Opry was at the very young age of ten. Since then, he and his family paid a visit quite a few times throughout the years – and every time they did, the country star recalled feeling in awe and anxious at the same time.
So, when Travis moved to Nashville in the early 1980s, he made sure to watch a number of shows at the Opry. It was the very place that inspired him to write original songs and endeavor to break into the business.
Today, the “Forever and Ever, Amen” singer marvels at his great fortune to have played on the prestigious stage so many times and be a member of the Opry legacy – the highest honor granted to any country artist.
Anyway, you can check out one of Randy Travis’ performances of “I’m So Lonesome I Could Cry.”