The Grand Ole Opry is all about saluting its legends, but it often ends up drawing parallels between those legends and today’s stars, too.
As a case in point, newcomer Michael Ray was on an Opry bill back in July, and after playing his breakout No. 1 “Kiss You in the Morning,” he opted to bring Opry member John Conlee to the stage for a duet. Despite looking like polar-opposites, the pair actually have a lot in common, as they showed on Conlee’s career-defining hit “Rose Colored Glasses.”
“I’ve got the paraphernalia we’ll both need,” said a smiling Conlee, pulling out two pairs of wire-rimmed shades with pinkish-red lenses. “Yes!” replied Ray, clearly struck by the opportunity to sing with the Eighties hitmaker.
Released in 1978, “Rose Colored Glasses” was Conlee’s first single – much like “Kiss You in the Morning” was for Ray – and is considered his signature song. And despite his sagging jeans and tattoo sleeves, Ray even sounds like a star from a bygone era with his deep, classically-inflected voice. All about choosing to remember the best of a long-broken relationship (even though there were plenty of bad times), the song was brought to life once again by this unlikely old-school/new-school duo.
Ray’s new single “Think a Little Less” is out now, and he’s currently headlining his Think a Little Less Tour with club dates scheduled through November 26th.