Walker Montgomery’s ‘Dream Come True’ Grand Ole Opry Debut Was A Family Affair

John Michael Montgomery and Eddie Montgomery were on hand to introduce the rising star to the Opry stage.


Madeleine O’Connell

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December 6, 2023

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Walker Montgomery, Eddie Montgomery, John Michael Montgomery; Photos by Chris Hollo, Grand Ole Opry

Walker Montgomery made his Grand Ole Opry debut on Friday, December 1st with two very important people by his side. 

The rising singer/songwriter hails from Kentucky in a home where country music is at the forefront. He is the son of John Michael Montgomery and nephew of Montgomery Gentry’s Eddie Montgomery, two notable figures in the country music industry. On Friday, John Michael and his brother Eddie were both present on the stage of the Opry and had the pleasure of introducing Walker Montgomery to the stage for his milestone night. 

Eddie Montgomery and John Michael Montgomery; Photo by Chris Hollo, Grand Ole Opry
Eddie Montgomery and John Michael Montgomery; Photo by Chris Hollo, Grand Ole Opry

This Marked A “Dream Come True” Moment For The Emerging Artist

While reflecting on the eventful evening, Montgomery shared, “I’m sure that ‘surreal’ is a word that many artists use to describe their Opry Debut. I now see why. It’s simply the best way to describe it. It’s a night that my family and I will cherish for the rest of our lives. God Bless Country Music!”

The buzzed-about rising country star released his brand-new six-song EP, Work To Do, on Friday, September 15. While standing in the coveted circle in front of the live audience, he got the chance to introduce his authentic country sound to the audience by showcasing the self-penned title track of this collection as well as his romantic ballad “Tired Of You.”

Walker Montgomery; Photo by Chris Hollo, Grand Ole Opry
Walker Montgomery; Photo by Chris Hollo, Grand Ole Opry

In the day following his debut, Montgomery took to social media to celebrate with his followers. He posted a slideshow of images capturing his time on stage, sharing a special moment with his family members and celebrating backstage with those closest to him. 

“A dream came true for me last night. I made my GRAND OLE OPRY DEBUT. Memories were made that I am going to cherish for a lifetime,” he wrote in his caption before expressing his appreciation for the incredible influence his father and uncle have had on his life and growing career. 

John Michael Montgomery, Walker Montgomery, Eddie Montgomery and Charlie Mattos; Photo by Chris Hollo, Grand Ole Opry
John Michael Montgomery, Walker Montgomery, Eddie Montgomery and Charlie Mattos; Photo by Chris Hollo, Grand Ole Opry

“Thank you to my hero, @johnmichaelmontgomery & @luckymaneddie for introducing me to the stage,” Montgomery continued. “Thank you to my entire family, band and team for supporting on this journey. And a huge thank to the @opry for having me. It was such an honor to be able to step in the circle last night. God bless country music.”

His father also took to the comment section to share some love as he wrote, “An honor to introduce my son!”

Coming Hot On The Heels Of His Most “Traditional” Project To Date

While Walker Montgomery was born into a country music family, he has followed his own sound and paved his own way through the industry. This is evident through his most recent EP, which he dubs his most “traditional” project to date. This collection includes previously released songs like including “Lonely for a Livin’,” “Work To Do,” and “Tired of You.”

“It seems like every single project or song that I’ve done has leaned more and more traditional. This has definitely been the most traditional EP that I’ve done and that’s really the main thing. We just wanted to release some really good country music,” Montgomery exclusively told Country Now.

He went on to say that he hopes listeners feel as though there’s “a little something for everybody” within the mix of six tunes that each hone in his baritone vocals and compelling songwriting. 

Walker Montgomery - Work To Do
Walker Montgomery – Work To Do

“We’ve got two up-tempos, two mid-tempos, and two love ballads in there. We didn’t really plan that either, but it just kind of worked out that way. You’re going to hear a lot of steel, a lot of fiddle, and a lot of stuff that you’ve never really heard in my music until now,” he shared. 

Walker Montgomery’s next performance is scheduled to take place on February 9, 2024 at the Shift4 Arena in Arlington, TX. 

To stay up to date on all Montgomery’s upcoming shows and future new music releases, visit his official website HERE.  

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Madeleine O’Connell graduated from North Central College with a bachelors degree in Journalism and Broadcast Communications before deciding to pursue her studies further at DePaul University. There, she earned her masters degree in Digital Communication & Media Arts. O’Connell served as a freelance writer for over two years while also interning with the Academy of Country Music, SiriusXM and Circle Media and assisting with Amazon Music’s Country Heat Weekly podcast. In addition to Country Now, she has been published in American Songwriter, Music Mayhem, and Holler.Country. Madeleine O’Connell is a member of the Country Music Association and the Academy of Country Music.