Bill Murray made his debut on the Grand Ole Opry this week, and his performance featured a song about Kentucky roots.
Murray appeared on the Opry with John Prine and the Bluegrass group The SteelDrivers on Tuesday, singing Prine’s classic “Paradise.”
In a video shared by the Opry, Murray leans in to the mic during an instrumental break and says, “this is my first appearance at the Opry.”
The SteelDrivers were scheduled to appear on the Opry Tuesday night, but the performance by Prine and Murray came as a surprise.
Murray has long been a fan of the Bluegrass group, who appeared with him in the 2009 film “Get Low.” Kentucky native Chris Stapleton was still a part of the group at that time. He left The SteelDrivers to launch his solo career in 2010.
Murray is also a fan of Prine, who posted a YouTube video in December in which Murray talked about how the song “Linda Goes to Mars” helped bring him out of an emotional slump.
“I heard that song, and I went ‘huh,’ and that was the beginning of the return,” Murray said. “It was a great day, so I owe you one.”
“Paradise” is Prine’s wistful ode to his childhood visits to Muhlenberg County in Western Kentucky.