Inducing a country music star into the Grand Ole Opry is a big event and it continues to be one of the crowning achievements of country music. The membership list speaks for itself as it includes country music legends including Patsy Cline, Kitty Wells, Hank Williams, Carrie Underwood, Brad Paisley, Dixie Chicks, Dolly Parton, Garth Brooks, Reba McEntire, and Alan Jackson. So, with the hype through the roof for such an event, it’s certainly a night to remember.
Recently, when the Little Big Town group was recently inducted, it was one of those nights. It was, as expected, a big deal when Vince Gill joined the group on stage and created one of the most memorable versions of “Why Me Lord.” Only two guitars joined the group of four which included Karen Fairchild, Kimberly Schlapman, Jimi Westbrook, and Phillip Sweet. It didn’t take much to dominate the venue with their voices, and Gill was the icing on the cake.
Apparently, prior to the event, Vince Gill was told not to say anything or sing about Jesus, but instead, he came back with the most incredible religious performance and didn’t think twice about it.
You can see the performance in real time, as Little Big Town and Vince Gill take the stage side by side. The group starts out at a slow pace, singing the touching lyrics about the Lord as Gill is standing in the background singing softly. The voices compliment one another as they passionately belt out the following lyrics:
“What have I ever done to deserve. Even one of the pleasures I’ve known? Tell me, Lord. What did I ever do to deserve loving You. And the kindness You’ve shown? So help me Jesus, my soul’s in Your hand. Jesus, my soul’s in Your hand.”
Little Big Town basically takes over almost the entire performance but you can hear Gill’s voice powering through in the background.
With it being one of the biggest rights of passage for country stars, the evening was a huge celebration and as soon as the song ended, the audience went wild, applauding the epic performance.
The song “Why Me Lord” was first written and recorded by country all-star, Kris Kristofferson in 1972. He wrote it after attending a church service during a particularly low season of his life, turning the lyrics into inspiration for country fans everywhere. Other singers who have performed and recorded the memorable song include Merle Haggard, Johnny Cash, and Elvis.