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Lorrie Morgan Interview - February/March 2024



(CSC) 1. Thanks so much for your time. Great to be here with you in beautiful Key West! Congratulations on celebrating 40 years as a member of the Grand Ole Opry as you embark on your Ruby tour! We’ll also note that you are giving away ruby jewelry all year long thanks to Lindell Jewelers of Brentwood, TN. 


(Lorrie Morgan)

That's right. Thank you very much! I'm excited. I mean, I can't believe, and I wanna tell your listeners that I do have laryngitis, so I'm very sorry. And tonight, I just blew it out one more time. So, I've got the Opry Tuesday night, so I'm gonna be in quiet mode.


But yes, I'm excited about my 40 years celebration with the Grand Ole Opry, the Ruby tour. We are giving away Lindell Jewelry. I don't know when that's gonna start exactly, but we are. And I'm just really excited! I'm so blessed.


It feels like yesterday when I just signed with the Opry and I was a little kid backstage, you know, really begging the manager back then, Hal Durham, “Please make me a member. Please. Please. Please.” You know? Hal, “Lorrie come back in a few weeks,” you know. And I was there the next day.  But I've been very fortunate to be where I love to be, and that's the Opry.


 

(CSC) 2. Thinking back on the night of your Opry induction (June 9th, 1984), what special moments from that evening still resonate with you all these years later?


(Lorrie Morgan) 

Well, my whole family was there.  And we are a smaller family now, we're almost at 50 in my immediate family, with nieces and great nieces, and the nephews. My whole family was there that night, and Bill Anderson introduced me as the newest member. And he had me, like, 2 dozen roses, presented them to me on stage. [phone notification goes off] and that was Avon calling, in case anybody wonders. But anyway, I was a nervous wreck. I'm always nervous when I do the Opry, always nervous. So that night, I was particularly nervous because I had no idea what I was gonna say. And to be there, you know, standing next to Bill Anderson, it was amazing. I was a wreck. I don't remember even what I sang, actually [laughs].


 

(CSC) 3. Tell us about your podcast, War Paint with Lorrie Morgan. How did this opportunity initially come together, and I understand it will begin airing on television in June 2024!?


(Lorrie Morgan)

Yes. It is gonna be on television. We've had a blast doing this podcast called War Paint. We've had Larry Gatlin on, Pam Tillis, Nancy Jones, T. Graham Brown and Jimmy Fortune, and a lot of success stories; most of them are success stories. And that doesn't mean success in money. That means success in survival, being strong, being able to accept and deal with your challenges and things like that. But it's not just for, you know, people like that. But that's what I focused on mostly, put your war paint on, and, you know, get out and fight. But it's been great!


 

(CSC) 4. What have been some of your most favorite highlights and funny moments from the show so far?


(Lorrie Morgan)

Oh, there was a really funny one the other day. We had Waylon Payne on. Do you know who Waylon is?  He's like my son. And Waylon, there's no filter, there's no filter with Waylon. And, he was my last guest the other day on the show, and [laughs] he was talking about being gay and being in this industry, how tough he has had it and how hard it was to be accepted, you know, in country music. And his friends, myself, Willie Nelson, Lee Ann Womack, I mean, he's got some pretty good friends that stand behind him and beside him. The Opry has had him on, they're gonna have him back on again this year. He loves the Grand Ole Opry.


He has this dog that we found when he was on the road with me. He has this dog named Petey. And we rescued Petey from a bum on the street. We literally walked off the bus when the bum fell in the ditch. He was throwing the dog around, just this little bitty chihuahua. And I said, “Waylon, get out there and get that dog.” And Waylon just walked out and said, how you doing? He picked up the dog and brought him on the bus, and he's been with Waylon for about 10 years.


So Petey's probably about 10 years old, but he sings. And we got him to sing the other day on the podcast. And I sang “My Night to Howl.” He was going, [emulating dog howling], [laughs], we couldn't hardly shut him up. It was like the dog wants to sing. So that was one of my favorite moments, having Petey as a special guest sing.


 

(CSC) 5. Who would you really love to sit down with for an interview that you haven’t yet?


(Lorrie Morgan)

Well, I’m getting ready to call on Jamey Johnson. I wanna do Johnny Van Zant. I wanna do some of the wives of some of the male artists; the one that gets left at home. Because I've been on both ends of the spectrum, I've been the wife at home, and I've been alone out here. And it's a different role, it's a different life when you're an entertainer's wife, it's a whole different ballgame. And so, I think it would be interesting for people to know how the wives deal with it. And, you know, women throwing bras and stuff up on the stage, and panties and all kinds things like, I mean, it's weird. It's a weird deal.


So, I think that's an interesting perspective for us to delve into. I did Jeannie Seeley the other day as well, and the manager of the Opry, Dan Rogers. Opry Dan, we call him. And let's see, besides those other two people, I had a whole list. I've done Pam, we did an hour long with Pam because you can't make that short!


(CSC) Maybe you could get Reba, that would be cool!


(LM) You know, I thought about that!


I want to try and get Dolly. I'm gonna try for Dolly! You know all people could say is no. Okay. That's fine. We'll move on to the next one. But I have always secretly been, like, a girl crush on Dolly. I mean, like, really. Like I mean, not physically, but a girl crush. I want her long blonde hair, I want her bottle of perfume. You know, I have been amazed with Dolly all my life, and it's been kind of my secret thing that I've kept quiet. I've never bugged her. I got to do a duet with her one time on her album called “May The Best Woman Win.” And I was so nervous, I don't remember it. I just don't remember it; I was beside myself.


 

(CSC) 6. What’s a typical day like for you when you’re in the studio working and planning the show?


(Lorrie Morgan)

Oh, there was a really funny one the other day. We had Waylon Payne on. Do you know who Waylon is?  He's like my son. And Waylon, there's no filter, there's no filter with Waylon. And, he was my last guest the other day on the show, and [laughs] he was talking about being gay and being in this industry, how tough he has had it and how hard it was to be accepted, you know, in country music. And his friends, myself, Willie Nelson, Lee Ann Womack, I mean, he's got some pretty good friends that stand behind him and beside him. The Opry has had him on, they're gonna have him back on again this year. He loves the Grand Ole Opry.


Well, I'm always running late. It's a given. I still haven't got my timing right from where I live now to make it to Nashville because Nashville has grown so much. We have so much traffic. It's absolutely like LA. I mean, and I'm not used to it. When Randy and I moved back from Florida, it was a total different ballgame. And I'm always late. No matter where I go, I think I've left in plenty of time, and I look down, I’m 15 minutes late, always. That's a typical day.


And then, I get there and we just, I already know. I don't have a planned script or any kind of questions I'm gonna ask. I wing it, I just wing it. That just kinda feels more natural to me that way. And as an artist, we're used to answering the same questions so much. I wanna go weird places, strange places and, you know, make people laugh.


And I'll tell you what. I did an interview with T Graham the other day, T Graham Brown. He opened up some places that I didn't even know about. I mean, he was one of the best podcasts I've done. He was so open and honest about his sobriety. Well, I'm not gonna blow the interview, but just things he's dealt with. It's a well worthwhile watching the podcast when T. Graham's on. 


Stay tuned for Part II of our interview with Lorrie Morgan in March 2024!


Enjoy many photos from the interview with Lorrie below and a special video greeting with Lorrie and Christian of Country Stars Central!


Be sure to check out Lorrie's official website to learn more and follow all her socials: https://lorrie.com/








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