Today is the day – Casey James’ Grand Ole Opry debut. The fans who made plans weeks ago to come to Nashville to witness this once-in-a-lifetime experience were meeting each other, some for the first time, some seeing familiar faces, at Margaritaville, around the corner from the Ryman Auditorium. They expected a fun dinner, a celebration of this historic day, and were excited to share the experience with Casey’s mom. But what these fans didn’t know was that Casey has made some plans of his own.
And we at The Casey James Blog sincerely apologize that we couldn’t tell you about this ahead of time.
Casey surprised the 50+ fans in attendance by showing up at their pre-show dinner! He went there to show his appreciation for their support and to give back to those who have given so much to him. Though many fans had sent out invitations to Casey and had certainly hoped he would join them for dinner, when they heard nothing they assumed Casey would not be able to make it. They didn’t know that something was in the works! So it was quite a shock for them when Casey walked into their dinner unexpectedly.
For the fans who couldn’t be there in person, TCJB arranged for video of the big moment, which we will share with you as soon as we can. In the meantime, here is a short video of the excitement shared by Carman (@CoolCJfan):
Casey had one more surprise in store for the fans there. Each one received a signed souvenir card commemorating the show, just like the one the Opry was giving away to just one lucky fan.
Today the focus was supposed to be on the fans’ showing their love and appreciation for Casey as they came from England, California, Oregon, Minnesota, Texas, North Carolina, Virginia and other destinations to be there to support Casey in his Opry debut. But Casey turned the focus around to his showing his deep and abiding gratitude for the fans who got him where he is today and stand by him as he continues his musical journey.
Moments before his arrival, Debra teased with this picture & tweet “My goodness! Look who I found in the front seat!”
Casey arrived a little before 5:45 & the first tweet to come in was from @CoolCJFan “Holy crap!!!! @caseyejames and @ bybeedjames just walked in to Margaritaville!!!!”
She followed up with a pic & tweet “@caseyejames signing @opry prints for the fans at Margaritaville! You’re awesome Casey!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!”
@tademo tweeted simply “Casey’s here!!!!”
@cejtxgal tweeted “@caseyejames surpised ALL of us and came to the dinner with his momma!! Did a M’G with us all! Pics coming soon!!” and later, she tweeted “@caseyejames Thank you so much for taking the time to come visit with us all! ♥ ya!! I’ll be watching your debut from the front row!”
And finally, one last tweet from @coolcjfan “Bye bye @caseyejames” with this pic:
Pictures from Taylor Denise Moore:
Here are some photos from Nina Renfrow, you can view all her photos on her Facebook page.
Carman Wesson shared some great photos from the dinner: