It's always a special night at the Grand Ole Opry when a hopeful new act gets to enter the hallowed Circle for the first time, and the most recent debut performers were none other than Tigirlily Gold.
A sister duo from North Dakota comprised of Kendra and Krista Slaubaugh, the pair's excitement was practically palpable from the second they took the stage on Saturday night (May 13) and, as they explained, the moment was a long time coming.
"Almost 10 years ago to the day, our mom and dad drove us 22 hours down from Hazen, North Dakota to come see a show at the Grand Ole Opry. We were sitting right up [in the nosebleeds]," younger sister Krista shared. "Ever since then, it's been a dream of ours to be in this circle with each other sharing the stage at the most legendary music venue in the world."
"We started our band 10 years ago and six years ago we moved to Nashville," Kendra continued. "I'm sure a lot of you have been down to Broadway this week and seen bands play. That was us for three years, and while we were doing that, all we could think about was how we could make it to the Grand Ole Opry.
"This has been so special and we will never ever forget this day. It's just a dream come true," Kendra added, basking in the moment. "I want to remember this forever."
The sisters kicked things off with their debut single to country radio, 'Shoot Tequila.' The hell-raising party anthem, which is nearing the top 50 on the charts, is equal parts intoxicatingly fun and (unfortunately) relatable as it explains the duo's complicated relationship with tequila.
They also gave a preview of some new music expected later this year with the gut wrenchingly honest 'I Tried A Ring On.' Rather than focusing on the difficulty involved with getting over a love gone wrong, this tune explains the frustrations of having to start over altogether when you thought you had forever.
Across the pair of songs, the second of which saw just the girls and a guitar, the sisters showed off their crisp harmonies and impressive showmanship that was forged through years of four-hour long cover sets on Broadway and, ultimately, placed them into the legendary Circle.
With their first single currently creeping up the country charts and the promise of new music on the way, the sky seems to be the limit for the Tigirlily Gold girls.
If their Opry debut is any indication of what's to come, we can rest assured that these sisters' path is surely paved in Gold.
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