One of Kentucky's up-and-coming artists, Tyler Booth, will step into the hallowed circle of the Grand Ole Opry next month.
Booth will make his coveted Opry debut on June 2, with the ‘Bring the Neon’ crooner underlining what a special moment this will be for him in a heartfelt social media post.
He expressed his gratitude at being asked to perform at the Opry, underlining, “I'm making my Opry debut. I can't describe how it makes me feel or how much I appreciate it. Coming from the mountains of Eastern Kentucky and being able to follow in the footsteps of my musical heroes from here is something I take very seriously and gives me so much pride”.
Tyler Booth went on to emphasise how he'll take the opportunity to showcase his home-state's distinctive style of country music, one that he's proud to be a flag-bearer for, “I love these mountains and the people in these mountains. They call us hillbillies and we like it. We have our own way of living and loving and writing and singing about it”.
Later in his message, Booth name-checked a few musical idols that have graced the Opry stage in the past, and underlined that he'll be thinking of them all when he emulates them on June 2. These include Dwight Yoakam, The Judds, Keith Whitley and Loretta Lynn.
Although his mind might be on these classic country greats, this year Tyler Booth will spending a lot of time with one of the genre's biggest modern stars, Cody Johnson, with Booth lined up as support for a number of Johnson's tour dates throughout the coming weeks.
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