Throughout the various trends, evolutions and alterations that country music has seen over the years, the Grand Ole Opry retains its position as one of the most sacred spaces in the genre.
To be invited to stand in the Opry's iconic ‘circle’ and perform for its audience is a pivotal moment in any artist's career, and it's one that Charles Wesley Godwin will experience on February 10.
He announced via social media that he would be making his Grand Ole Opry debut alongside Lady A and Mark O'Connor.
The West Virginia songsmith's stock has been steadily rising over the last few years, with Wesley Godwin having independently put out two widely acclaimed albums, Seneca and How The Mighty Fall.
Wesley Godwin's folk-leaning, story-driven music has earned him a rapidly expanding army of listeners. The invitation to perform at the Opry recognises the refreshing, alt-country sound that captured the attention of so many fans during his performances on tour with Zach Bryan in 2022.
Wesley Godwin features twice on Bryan's new live album, All My Homies Hate Ticketmaster (Live From Red Rocks), while the duo also teamed up for a special episode of Bryan's Belting Bronco video series, during which Wesley Godwin performed a series of tracks from How The Mighty Fall.
He also played an unreleased track during his Belting Bronco appearance, and fans will be watching Charles Wesley Godwin's Opry set with eagle eyes to see if he showcases another new song for the live audience.
Regardless of which songs he opts to play during his hotly anticipated Opry debut, Charles Wesley Godwin's fans will no doubt be expecting it to be his first performance of many at the legendary venue.
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