Carly Pearce is making me all teary-eyed on a Monday afternoon.
Country music icon Naomi Judd tragically passed away on Saturday, just one day before her Country Music Hall of Fame induction ceremony on Sunday.
At the request of the family, the Medallion Ceremony went on as planned, and Carly took the stage yesterday to sing one of The Judds hits, honoring the iconic mother-daughter duo with a stunning rendition of “Grandpa (Tell Me Bout the Good Ole Days).”
Originally written by Jamie O’Hara, the song was released in 1986 as the second single from their 1985 album Rockin’ with the Rhythm, and eventually peaked at #1 on the U.S. Billboard Hot Country Songs chart.
Carly is a Kentucky native just like Naomi and Wynonna, and delivered a poignant and moving rendition of a beautiful song with a perfect performance:
She also posted a sweet tribute to The Judds on her own Instagram page with her thoughts on how much it meant to her to be apart of the special occasion:
“A few months ago, the Country Music Hall of Fame called me to ask if I would be a surprise musical guest honoring The Judds for their induction ceremony. I’ve loved them my whole life, so this was such exciting news.
Last night was one of the most emotional experiences I have ever had in my life… singing “Grandpa” in light of such tragic loss, looking in the eyes of Naomi’s beautiful daughters. I am forever grateful & send Wynonna and Ashley all my love. Long live the Judds.”
In another, separate post, Carly noted how much Naomi inspired her as a fellow Kentucky girl in the country music industry:
“Naomi Judd, like ‘Grandpa,’ told me about the good old days in country music and living.
She was a beacon of glamour, fun and keeping it real. And now… she’s in heaven AND the Country Music Hall of Fame! Thanks for showing a Kentucky girl how to make dreams come true.”
“Grandpa (Tell Me Bout the Good Ole Days)”