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Little Jimmy Dickens Still Going

Do you think any of today’s Country Music stars will still be singing and performing at 90?

Will Kenny Chesney still have those incredible pecs at 90?  Will Keith Urban and Brad Paisley still be jamming on their guitars in 2062?  Will Tim McGraw and Faith Hill still be that sexy power couple celebrating  their 60th anniversary in 2056?  Will Alan Jackson write more songs in his rocking chair?  It’s something we rarely think about, but those of us lucky to live long enough, will one day see the age 90!

Kevin Richards interviews Little Jimmy Dickens backstage at the Opry (Photo Courtesy of Kevin Richards, WGNA)

Country Music legend Little Jimmy Dickens celebrated his 90th birthday over the weekend, making him the oldest current member of the Grand Ole Opry.  In case you’re wondering, Little Jimmy spent his birthday hosting and performing on The Grand Ole Opry, like he’s done regularly since 1948!

I had the chance to visit with Little Jimmy Dickens, who stands just four feet eleven inches tall, backstage at the Grand Ole Opry two years ago, and it was one of the coolest interviews I have ever hosted.  First off, I was just excited to be backstage at the Grand Ole Opry!  Then, here I was talking with a man who was friends and performed with the likes of Roy Acuff, Hank Williams, Minnie Pearl, Marty Robbins and countless others.

I was intrigued by his wisdom and advice to the young superstars of today.  I just hope a few of them listen to what this man has to say.  After all, there is a reason he’s still around and still popular.  I hope you enjoy one of the greatest conversations I’ve ever had in Country Music!

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