The Grand Ole Opry is synonymous with Country music – and so is being banned. The two have gone hand in hand for decades and the Opry has showcased Country music’s evolution over many years. The history of the Opry is expansive and it is always a celebration when a singer is asked to become a member. Which makes the banning of a member even more memorable!
There have been more than a handful of bans handed out over the years. Most of them have to do with partying a little too hard, or making poor life choices that the Opry doesn’t want to be associated with.
Sometimes, those artists are welcomed back into the fold when they’ve gotten their act together. Other times, their luck may run out, and they never get a chance to play the stage again.
From some of the biggest names in hard country partying, to a name you’ll actually genuinely be surprised to hear was banned at one point, this list of three banned Grand Ole Opry stars is just a taste of what the hallowed halls have meant to artists over the years.
So here’s a look at three of our favorite banned Grand Ole Opry artists, starting with the most heartbreaking one of all time.