WATCH: Cody Johnson Delivers Breathtaking Cover of Vince Gill’s ‘When I Call Your Name’ at the Grand Ole Opry

Cody Johnson recently reprised Vince Gill’s 1990 hit “When I Call Your Name” on the stage of the Grand Ole…

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Lauren Jo Black

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July 25, 2022

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Cody Johnson; Photo by Chris Hollo

Cody Johnson recently reprised Vince Gill’s 1990 hit “When I Call Your Name” on the stage of the Grand Ole Opry. 

Johnson’s performance of the iconic Vince Gill track was filmed in partnership between Grand Ole Opry and Circle Network, as part of Opry Live: Opry Loves the ’90s, which aired on Circle Network in celebration of one of the most beloved decades in country music. 

“I feel like the ‘90s is one of the greatest eras of country music there’s ever been,” Johnson shared from the Opry stage. “There’s a man in this town by the name of Tim DuBois. He gave me my first chance, my first publishing deal here in the state of Tennessee. He wrote this song, sung by Mr. Vince Gill, and i’d like to play you my version of it.” 

The Texas native went on to deliver a breathtaking cover of the song, putting his vocal range on full display. The audience responded with roaring applause and cheers. 

Watch Johnson’s performance below at the 1 hr, 10 min mark. 

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The star-studded special also featured performances by Kelsea Ballerini, Carrie Underwood, Midland, Michael Ray, Jimmie Allen, Keith Urban, Lainey Wilson and Chris Young. 

The program showcased each of the artists covering popular ‘90s country hits from artists like Garth Brooks, Patty Loveless, The Chicks, Toby Keith, Vince Gill and more.

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The one-hour concert also included an exclusive collaboration of the 1996 No. 1 hit “Strawberry Wine” between Deana Carter and Opry NextStage artist BRELAND. 

Hosted by Natalie Stovall, Opry Live: Opry Loves the ’90s premiered via Circle Network on Saturday, July 23 at 9/8c and re-aired at 12/11c. 

In May, the Grand Ole Opry launched a celebration of ‘90s country music with the limited-time “Opry Loves the ‘90s” experience. 

The exhibit showcases the artists, songs and songwriters that defined the decade with displays including iconic stage wear and artifacts representing career milestone moments. Performances from Opry members Clint Black, Garth Brooks, Terri Clark, Alan Jackson, Martina McBride, Reba McEntire, Lorrie Morgan, Marty Stuart, Travis Tritt, Trisha Yearwood and more are also featured throughout. 

Additionally, the Opry is commemorating the ‘90s with ‘90s-themed Opry Plaza Parties and surprise artist collaborations celebrating ’90s Country Music.

The Opry’s ’90s experience runs through the end of 2022 and continues across other Opry Entertainment Group properties including WSM Radio, Circle Network and Opry.com, as well as across the Opry’s social channels. 

For more information and to purchase tickets, visit Opry.com.

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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 Answers.com and her work being featured on Forbes.com. 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.