‘American Idol’ Mentor Bobby Bones to Join Laine Hardy for Grand Ole Opry Concert

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Season 17 American Idol winner Laine Hardy will be performing at the legendary Grand Ole Opry in Nashville. Laine announced this accomplishment on social media with a cover of “Jambalaya” by Opry performer Hank Williams. Joining Laine for an unforgettable night of performances is American Idol mentor Bobby Bones.


Bobby Bones is Teaming Up with ‘American Idol’ Winner Laine Hardy for Grand Ole Opry Show

If you didn’t know Bones could sing, you’re definitely not the only one. Bones and his band, The Raging Idiots, are on the lineup card along with rising country singer Michael Ray. The show at the iconic venue will take place on August 28. This is Laine’s first time performing at the Grand Ole Opry. He is fresh off of his performance of “Memorize You” on The Bachelorette in the midst of his countrywide tour.

“I’m so excited to tell you that I get the honor of making my OWN debut on the Opry Stage August 28,” Laine wrote on Instagram. “I could not be more excited to step into the Circle that night. Thank you guys as always for all your support.”

Bones is actually no stranger to the Opry stage. He serves as the host and executive producer of Opry, a show on the Circle network that looks back at the previous week’s performances at the venue. Bones dreamed of one day performing at the Opry after moving to Nashville. He actually has made several appearances performing stand-up comedy on the famous stage.


“My grandmother passed away when I was in college, so the first Opry appearance that I did, I told the story about my grandmother and how she was such a big part of my life,” Bones told Billboard about his first time on the Opry stage. “We used to listen to Jerry Clower when he would play the Opry. That got us into his records and that’s what bonded us. So I told a Jerry Clower joke on the Opry stage in her honor and it was a full-circle moment for me.”

Is Bones Actually a Good Singer?

Bones started The Raging Idiots in high school. He used the band as the fake opening act for his solo comedy career. They combine music and humor for a hilarious show that has been helping raise money for multiple charities since 2014.

They signed to Blake River Entertainment in 2015 and released a six-track EP The Raging Idiots Presents: The Raging Kidiots. The Raging Idiots went on to release their album The Critics Give It 5 Stars in 2016. The album featured collaborations with Carrie Underwood, Kelsea Ballerini, and Luke Bryan and topped the Billboard Comedy Chart.


In between balancing life as a musical comedy star and hosting The Bobby Bones Show, Bones also walked away with the Mirrorball Trophy on Season 27 of Dancing with the Stars. He has had a lot on his plate much like American Idol host Ryan Seacrest. Bones’ singing style is interesting, to say the least. He’s certainly no Blake Shelton but wins people over with his dedication and heart.

For Bones’ 40th birthday in 2020, The Raging Idiots released their Live in Little Rock album. It’s a live album and a comedy album all wrapped into one. Live in Little Rock features collaborations with American Idol’s Walker Burroughs and Emma Kleinberg. It looks like The Raging Idiots are looking to make a big comeback this year after dropping “Can’t Say That (In A Country Song)” with Jon Pardi. Performing at the Grand Ole Opry is a great way to do that.

As if Bones didn’t already have enough on his resume, he also just launched his own show Breaking Bobby Bones on Disney+. In the National Geographic series, Bones pushes himself to perform dangerous stunts all over the U.S. He tries everything from harvesting 20 acres of corn to white water kayaking.

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