Guests of the Grand Ole Opry witnessed a rare confession from general manager Pete Fisher on Friday, as he admitted during the Friday night show that the 2009 induction of country-rockers Montgomery Gentry came only after a Belmont intern’s copy/paste error led to the invitation accidentally being extended.
“The young man had two files open, working on two things at once, and he got his wires crossed, pasting the wrong name into the wrong document,” Fisher explained. “Montgomery Gentry got scheduled for induction and a message went out to our Facebook friends promoting Joe Nichols’ new single ‘Long Line of Losers.’ We fired the kid as soon as we found out.”
By then, it was too late. The Montgomery Gentry camp had already caught wind of the upcoming announcement and begun making preparations. And Joe Nichols, eager to capitalize on any publicity, had already begun contacting song-pluggers to track down or commission a song called “Long Line of Losers.” The easiest thing, according to Fisher, was to let things take their natural course from that point. He has no regrets about the decision.
“Did you see how happy Eddie looked when they were inducted? Like a kid–or a grown man with some sort of developmental issues–on Christmas morning. He wrote me an adorable card afterward to say ‘T-h-a-n-c Y-u.’ He even tried to write it in cursive. And then the thing happened with his prostate, which was just terrible. So I’m glad it went to those guys. They needed a win.”
Fisher hinted that there might be an Opry invitation for Nichols “in the near future,” as soon as his interns are done with this other thing involving the LoCash Cowboys.