Keith Urban and Kelsea Ballerini, as well as Morgan Evans, performed on the Grand Ole Opry’s 4,924th consecutive Saturday night broadcast this weekend (May 16).
Urban said, “I want to thank the Opry family here for keeping the lights on. Keeping the circle moving. It means the world to us and to everybody out there watching and listening tonight.”
He added, “In addition to the frontline workers and all the healthcare workers … I want to say a big thank you to all the drivers out there. Truck drivers, van drivers, delivery people all over the world that are doing an amazing job getting everything where it needs to get to. Medical supplies and food and all the things we would normally take for granted. The fact that it is still arriving is not being done by magic. You guys are out there doing the hard work so we thank you. We thank your families too because that takes a lot of support on the homefront. So thank you to all of you.”
Urban kicked off the broadcast with “Coming Home” and offered other hits throughout the hour including “God Whispered Your Name,” “Long Hot Summer,” “Somebody Like You,” “Wasted Time,” and “Blue Ain’t Your Color” (as the Opry barn turned blue in honor of 2020 graduates).
Ballerini performed songs from her new album, kelsea, including the Opry debut of “a country song,” which she says was a song she put on her album specifically to play on the Opry stage. She also performed “Hole in the Bottle” and “Homecoming Queen?”
She said from the stage, “I was really interested to see what it was going to feel like to be in here without these pews full. It’s still magic, still sounds good, feels rich and feels special. That just shows how special this place is.”
The Opry posted to Instagram, “@keithurban is right…there’s nothing in the world that feels like comin’ HOME”