Dierks Bentley and Marty Stuart Perform Merle Haggard and Willie Nelson Duet During Opry Anniversary Special

Grand Ole Opry members Dierks Bentley and Marty Stuart took to the hallowed Opry stage to perform “Pancho and Lefty” during NBC’s Grand Ole Opry: 95 Years of Country Music special on Sunday, February 14. 

It was a full-circle moment as Stuart is the artist who inducted Bentley into the Grand Ole Opry in 2005.

“You’ll be Pancho, I’ll be Lefty,” Bentley joked prior to their performance.

“Pancho and Lefty” was written by Townes Van Zandt and originally released by Van Zandt in 1972. Merle Haggard and Willie Nelson recorded the song as a duet in 1983 for their album of the same name.

Earlier in the show, Bentley took the stage for a solo performance of his hit, “Burning Man.”

Grand Ole Opry: 95 Years of Country Music also featured performances from Kelsea Ballerini, Dierks Bentley, Garth Brooks, Kane Brown, Lady A, Little Big Town, Little Big Town, Old Crow Medicine Show, Brad Paisley, Dolly Parton, Darius Rucker, Blake Shelton, Marty Stuart, Carrie Underwood and Trisha Yearwood.

The show also gave fans a look back at some of the most iconic performances in Opry history and showcased archived Opry interview and performance footage from today’s Opry members and legendary artists.

Additionally, the two-hour special also included star-studded collaborations from Darius Rucker featuring Old Crow Medicine Show, Carrie Underwood with Brad Paisley, Vince Gill featuring Reba McEntire and more.

Hosted by Brad Paisley and Blake Shelton, Grand Ole Opry: 95 Years of Country Music aired on Sunday, February 14 at 9 p.m. EST on NBC.

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