2023 has seen a wave of new, exciting talent crest in country music, but few have been catapulted to the heights of Wyatt Flores.
The young Tulsa titan will be walking onto the hallowed Grand Ole Opry stage for the first time on January 20, adding his name to a long list of legendary performers who have taken part in the coveted country music tradition.
Flores broke the news on December 7 immediately after making his first-ever appearance at the Ryman Auditorium as support for fellow country star, Charles Wesley Godwin.
Marking the first of two sold out nights at the iconic venue, you almost could've forgotten that Flores wasn't the evening's main event.
Providing the perfect blend of red dirt country, Appalachian twang and southern rock grunge all behind his infectious and masterful prose, Flores had the entire Mother Church screaming along to his plethora of standout songs.
From the woeful 'Please Don't Go' and 'Losing Sleep', to his introspective wrestlings with identity in 'Orange Bottles' and 'West of Tulsa', the burgeoning entertainer's talents radiated at center stage as he earned a series of deafening singalongs before his set was through.
Taking a moment to address the Nashville crowd and soak in his newest career milestone, Flores shared: "It's more than an honor to get to be listed as one of the names to play here tonight... It's crazy when you start doing all of this. Things fly by and you just forget to take a look around. That's why I'm doing this right now, because this is the craziest thing."
Sailing into his final song of the night, the poignant and moving 'Holes', he charmingly added: "To anyone that's ever believed in me, thank you for getting me here in these shitty Adidas shoes."
As the audience rose to their feet for a much deserved standing ovation, Flores proudly proclaimed, with tears in his eyes: "Thank you guys for having me at the Ryman. We'll see y'all at the Opry on January 20th."
Funnily enough, the crowd was cheering almost too loud to hear it.
When Wyatt Flores exits a stage, you're left with the feeling that you've seen something special, and we can't wait to see what one of the next biggest torchbearers for country music will bring to the Grand Ole Opry stage come January.
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