The “This Is Country Music” singer enthralled the lucky Opry audience on Jan. 2 with numerous performances of Little Jimmy’s hits, including “Country Boy,” “Out Behind the Barn,” “May the Bird of Paradise Fly Up Your Nose” and “Mountain Dew.”
— Grand Ole Opry (@opry) January 3, 2016
The Grand Ole Opry announced Paisley’s surprise performance on social media, tweeting out on Jan. 2, “Very special night tonight as @BradPaisley came out to pay tribute to @LilJimDickens one year after his passing” alongside a heart emoji.
Paisley then added his own two cents on his own Twitter page, re-tweeting the message and adding, “Miss ya lil’ buddy.”
Paisley was famously close to Little Jimmy, even describing him as his “hero” on social media right after his passing. “Much will be said and written about his incredible and unique place in Country Music history. Which could fill a book, but that isn’t how I’ll remember him,” the singer said on Twitter Jan. 2. “I will remember the human being that best check-marked all the boxes of a complete and wonderful life. My hero.”
Little Jimmy, who was a Grand Ole Opry staple, was the longest serving member of the country music institution when he passed away in early 2015 aged 94 after being inducted in 1948.