Of all the pop stars who’ve appeared on the Grand Ole Opry stage, few have been as natural of a fit as Elle King. The “Ex’s & Oh’s” singer made her debut in the Opry’s famous circle on October 4th, banjo in hand and flowers in her hair.
But King didn’t go it alone: Dierks Bentley was also on the bill, and the pair performed their CMA Awards-nominated Number One song “Different for Girls” before King sang her own hit “Ex’s & Oh’s.” The highlight, however, was an Opry appropriate cover of “Jackson,” the he said/she said duet made famous by Johnny Cash and June Carter. (Watch highlights of King’s Opry debut above.)
King’s appearance wasn’t without some technical drama, however, leaving her and Bentley to ad lib while stagehands sorted out the issue.
Earlier in the day, King told Rolling Stone Country that she was looking forward to performing on country music’s most revered stage, but admitted she had some jitters: “I’m excited, but you get nervous for bucket list things, right?”
In the end, King’s guest shot stood as one of the most accomplished in recent Opry history, reinforcing the idea that there’s a country-music career waiting, should she want it.
King will play another famous Nashville stage when she headlines the Ryman Auditorium on November 7th.