Luke Combs Opry Induction Set For July 16

Luke Combs will officially become a member of the Grand Ole Opry on Tuesday, July 16. The superstar was surprised…


Lauren Jo Black

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June 27, 2019


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Luke Combs; Photo by Chris Hollo

Luke Combs will officially become a member of the Grand Ole Opry on Tuesday, July 16.

The superstar was surprised with an invitation to join the hallowed institution earlier this month by Opry members John Conlee, Chris Janson and Craig Morgan. Upon receiving the shocking news, Combs was visibly overcome with emotion as tears poured down his cheeks.

The following day, after Combs had time to regain his composure, he shared a heartfelt message about the opportunity to join the Grand Ole Opry.

“This is the absolute feather in my cap for me as far as career goals,” he wrote. “It is the absolute No. 1 thing for me. It cannot be surpassed. It’s something I’ve dreamed about since I made my debut. It’s such a storied thing. I was like, ‘I will do whatever it takes to become a member of the Grand Ole Opry.’ I just can’t believe it. It doesn’t feel real.”

The invitation to join the Opry comes less than three years after Combs made his Opry debut.

Kelsea Ballerini, Joe Diffie, The Gatlin Brothers, Vince Gill, Janson, Del McCoury Band, Morgan and Mark Wills are also scheduled to appear at the Grand Ole Opry on July 16. Tickets for the Tuesday night show are on sale now at

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Lauren Jo Black, a University of Central Florida graduate, has immersed herself in the world of country music for over 15 years. In 2008, she co-founded CountryMusicIsLove, eventually selling it to a major record label in 2015. Following the rebranding of the website to Sounds Like Nashville, Black served as Editor-in-Chief for two and a half years. Currently, she assumes the role of Editor-in-Chief at Country Now and oversees Country Now’s content and digital footprint. Her extensive experience also encompasses her previous role as a Country Music Expert Writer for and her work being featured on She’s been spotlighted among Country Aircheck’s Women of Influence and received the 2012 Rising Star Award from the University of Central Florida. Black also spent time in front of the camera as host of Country Now Live, which brought live music directly to fans in 2021 when the majority of concerts were halted due to the pandemic. During this time, she hosted 24 weeks of live concerts via Country Now Live on Twitch with special guests such as Lady A, Dierks Bentley, Jordan Davis, Brett Young, and Jon Pardi. Over the course of her career, she has had the privilege of conducting interviews with some of the industry’s most prominent stars, including Reba McEntire, Blake Shelton, Luke Combs, Carrie Underwood, Luke Bryan, Miranda Lambert, Lainey Wilson, and many others. Lauren Jo Black is a longtime member of the Country Music Association and the Academy of Country Music.