Watch Bill Murray, John Prine and the SteelDrivers’ Surprise Opry Collaboration
Actor and comedian Bill Murray made his Grand Ole Opry debut on Tuesday night (Sept. 25) -- a surprise to the crowd gathered for the evening's show. Unannounced, Murray joined bluegrass band the SteelDrivers and another surprise guest, John Prine, for a performance of Prine's song "Paradise."
Readers can press play above to watch the SteelDrivers, Prine and Murray harmonize on "Paradise." Written by Prine, the song appears on his 1971 self-titled debut album.
Murray has been known to show up in seemingly random places: at karaoke in New York City, at an ice cream social and for engagements and weddings. The Tennessean reports that Murray was spotted at the Nashville airport on Monday, helping travelers to their cars.
Murray and the SteelDrivers' relationship goes back to 2009, when they both appeared in the movie Get Low. The actor and the band have reportedly remained good friends since. In 2017, Entertainment Weekly reports, Murray bought up the remaining tickets to one of the band's shows in Charleston, S.C., and handed them out to fans in line at the box office.
Tuesday was also the night of up-and-coming country singer Tyler Rich's Grand Ole Opry debut. On Twitter, the artist shared a photo from the big night and joked, "It was both mine AND Bill Murray’s #opry debut tonight."
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