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Touching Story As Michael Ray Debuts On Grand Ole Opry Tonight With Grandpa’s Guitar

April 24, 2015

If mental images and emotional tugs are all one needs to conjure up the magic of a moment than what happens tonight when many around the nation tune into the Grand Ole Opry will be just about perfect.


Long-time readers to this blog know my love of the Opry.  Who can not feel the emotion of the story of Michael Ray as he takes the famed stage this evening in Nashville–all which can be heard on AM-650 WSM radio?

Country newcomer Michael Ray has his first Top 20 hit at country radio “Kiss You in the Morning.” He’s in the studio recording his first album for Warner Music Nashville and Friday night he’ll make his Grand Ole Opry debut.

It’s a trio of long-held dreams come true. But, the Opry dream may be the most precious — it’s one he shared with his grandfather Amos Roach. Roach headed the family band and Ray was on stage with them from time he was a toddler. Roach taught him to love and play classic country music. They listened to “The Grand Ole Opry” together, watched videos of Minnie Pearl and Grandpa Jones and shared a love of Porter Wagoner.

“We would just talk about how cool it would be, one day, if one of us ever got to play on it The Opry,” Ray said. “The fact that it’s here is a very surreal thing.”

The heart-breaker for the Florida native is that his grandfather isn’t here. Roach passed away of a heart attack one month before Ray found out he was going to play the Opry stage.

“It was like, ‘Damn, we almost made it,'” Ray said. “So I thought the next best thing to having him on stage was to play the guitar that he backed my family’s band with since I was 9 years old.”

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