Not only was 1995 a whirlwind for Eddie Stubbs, it forever altered the trajectory of his life.
He moved to Nashville from Gaithersburg, Md., on March 21, 1995, to play fiddle for Kitty Wells and Johnnie Wright, and within a week also had been hired by WSM to conduct research and do on-air work part time.
On April 7, he was backstage at the "Grand Ole Opry" with WSM Program Director Kyle Cantrell, who was also an "Opry" announcer. About 10 minutes before the show began, Cantrell handed Stubbs a page of copy and said, "Can you read this?"
Stubbs guessed he could and Cantrell replied, "Good. You're going to announce the next half-hour of the Friday night 'Opry' and introduce Bill Monroe."
"I had never been so nervous before in my entire life," Stubbs said.
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