By Michelle Price
UCBJ Managing Editor
COOKEVILLE – On the heels of Saturday’s Hoot in the Hoop concert, this morning Grand Ole Opry member Jamie Dailey, of Dailey and Vincent, and the Country Giant’s Philip Gibbons surprised Jake Hoot on air when Dailey extended an invitation for Hoot to play the Grand Ole Opry.
Dailey mentioned that in speaking with Hoot on the phone, he had noticed how meek and humble Hoot is on top of being a great singer.
“Jake, if you’re going to be in country music, and you’re going to get out here and sing these country songs, the most hallowed stage that you can sing and play on is that of the Grand Ole Opry,” Dailey said. “It’s the stage that made country music famous. And, I’m a member of the Grand Ole Opry and a member of the first family of country music, and on behalf of us all, we would like to extend an invitation to you to come and sing and play on the stage of the Grand Ole Opry. Would you do that for us?”
“I’m trying not to cry,” Hoot said. “I can’t thank you enough. I’ve always said if I could play that stage I’d, you know, die happy.”
Dailey also said that Hoot was also going to come down and perform on their Dailey and Vincent television show for Opry Circle TV.
The date is not set yet but will be announced on Jake’s FaceBook page and the Country Giant website.