Going to the Grand Ole Opry is always special, but it's not every night that you get to see a legendary actor make his Opry debut. That's what happened Tuesday night when Bill Murray joined John Prine and bluegrass band The Steeldrivers onstage.
The Steeldrivers had already thrilled the audience when they brought out special guest John Prine. But before launching into Prine's 1971 song "Paradise," Steeldrivers banjo player Richard Bailey announced that there was another guest waiting backstage. The crowd erupted in cheers when Murray strolled onstage and joined in on background vocals.
The Steeldrivers became friends with Murray after appearing with the actor in the 2009 film Get Low. Murray has been a supporter of the band since the days Chris Stapleton was a member. In 2017, Murray even bought multiple tickets to the band's show in Charleston, South Carolina and handed them out to fans outside before the concert.
Murray, a longtime fan of Prine, has spoken about how Prine's music has helped him get through some tough times. While talking about Prine's 2017 book Beyond Words, Murray said Prine's song "Linda Goes to Mars" helped him rediscover his sense of humor.
The actor is clearly a big fan of country music and is known to pop up at shows. Earlier this year, Murray joined Chris Young onstage to sing Marty Robbins' "El Paso."
Prine will perform two nights at Nashville's Ryman Auditorium on Oct. 5 and Oct. 6. The singer-songwriter will end the year with a return to the Grand Ole Opry House for a special New Year's Eve show with Nathaniel Rateliff and the Night Sweats.
The Steeldrivers are currently on tour across the U.S. For a full list of dates, visit here.