Country musicians Brad Paisley and Vince Gill were among the stars who helped kick off the Grand Ole Opry's 85th birthday festivities on Tuesday (25May10) with a benefit concert in Nashville, Tennessee.
The duo was joined by Steve Wariner and Ricky Skaggs for the all-star show, which was held at Ryman Auditorium after the fabled venue Opry House was damaged by flooding in the city earlier this month (May10).
The concert marked the first of a month's worth of events celebrating the Grand Ole Opry's landmark 85th year and raised money for flood relief efforts in the region.
Each singer performed their own solo set, before coming together as a group to perform the Opry classic Will The Circle Be Unbroken? and Merle Haggard's Workin' Man's Blues at the end of the evening, reports the Associated Press.
Paisley joked about performing with country legends, telling the crowd, "I feel like the little kid who's out on the playground right now. His mother just showed up and the big kids are out there playing basketball, and she walks out and says, 'Let your little brother play. I know he's not as good as you, but let him play.'"
But Skaggs reassured him: "I'm sure I'm speaking for all these other old men up here. We think you're a great guitar player and you don't have to take a backseat to anybody, boy. We love you and we think you're doing a great job."