Brighten your day with the incredible Martina McBride’s take on a country classic YouTube Screenshot

Every country music legend had another country music legend to look up to.

And when they have the chance to honor them, most often they do.

That’s exactly what happened at the Grand Ole Opry, when Martina McBride took the stage on September 15 to pay homage to the music of Lynn Anderson. As you may recall, Anderson passed away back in July at the age of 67 after a brief illness.

“Somebody asked me backstage what my favorite memories are of the Grand Ole Opry,” McBride told the audience before beginning to sing Anderson’s iconic hit “Rose Garden.”

“After I released this album I did called ‘Timeless,’ I got to do a whole show here at the Grand Ole Opry. I got to sing with Ray Price and Connie Smith and Lynn Anderson. It was a thrill for me, so I want to sing this night as a tribute to Lynn Anderson.”

As usual, it was a gorgeous performance from McBride, who is looking to make some new music herself. The country superstar is said to be working on a brand new album under the Nash Icon label alongside famed music producers Dann Huff and Nathan Chapman.

Tricia Despres is a senior correspondent for Rare Country, based out of Chicago. Join the conversation on Twitter at @RareCountry. We would love to see y’all there.
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