Eddie Montgomery had "no clue" what was coming when he heard a voice telling Montgomery Gentry to stop playing during a performance Tuesday night at the Grand Ole Opry in Nashville.
"Charlie Daniels, one of my heroes, had snuck into the audience and took his hat off so we didn't know it was him," said Montgomery. "They were running a little late and we had already played two songs, so we thought they were going to tell us just to cut it short."
Instead, Daniels asked them to join the Grand Ole Opry nine years after they made their Grand Ole Opry debut. They will be formally inducted June 23.
"This is something you work all your life for," Montgomery said. "We play the Grand Ole Opry several times each year, but a lot of performers do that and never get in. It was just wild."