|Banks County Opinions...||
JUNE 18, 2003
By: Angela Gary
One is a legend who has been entertaining country music fans for more than half a century.
The other is a rising star who has already won numerous awards and sold millions of CDs.
The legend is the oldest member of the Grand Ole Opry at age 83. The rising star is the youngest member at age 30.
While they have an age difference of more than 50 years, Little Jimmy Dickens and Brad Paisley have a lot in common. They both love to fish. Theyre both from West Virginia. And they have both been performing since they were very young.
The two are great friends and have performed together many times. It was Little Jimmy who came on the Opry stage and invited to Brad to join the prestigious group. Brad has featured Little Jimmy in his last couple of music videos. They also enjoy heading out to the lake together for a day of fishing. Brad wrote about some of their fishing adventures in his new book, Jug Fishing For Greazy and other Brad Paisley Fishing Stories.
I experienced one of the most moving scenes between the two men at Brads fan club party last week in Franklin, Tenn. Brad often invites Little Jimmy to his fan club parties so it was no surprise to see the Opry legend take the stage and entertain the crowd with some of his comedy.
The emotional moment came later in the party when Brad called Little Jimmy back to the stage. He presented him with the CMA award he won in 2002 for the video for Im Gonna Miss Her (The Fishin Song).
I believe you are more deserving of this than I am, Brad said. This is the CMA Award for Video of the Year from last year, and its yours. And Ill get the name plate changed to yours for you.
There were already more than a few tears in the room before an obviously emotional Little Jimmy responded, I wish you wouldnt change the name. Just leave it like it is. And count me as a friend. And any time you need me, you know where I am. I love you, Brad Paisley. Thank you for your kindness.
It is so wonderful to see rising stars such as Brad remember the true legends of country music. Little Jimmy has made a mark in country music that will never be forgotten. He is a true Southern gentleman and its wonderful to see younger stars honor him.
Angela Gary is editor of The Banks County News and associate editor of The Jackson Herald. She can be reached at AngieEditor@aol.com.
By: Phillip Sartain
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