Acclaimed singer, songwriter and musician Kaitlin Butts made her Grand Ole Opry debut this past Saturday performing her songs “blood” and “jackson” as well as a special rendition of “Whiskey Lullaby” with her husband, Cleto Cordero.
Watch “Whiskey Lullaby” performed by Kaitlin Butts and Cleto Cordero of Flatland Cavalry
“I have sung in dive bars, county fairs, appliance stores, living rooms, theaters, stadiums, rodeos, on top of truck beds, in front of 2 people and in front of 20,000 people,” Butts said. “No stage will ever be as grand as the Grand Ole Opry stage.”
The performance adds to a breakthrough year for Butts, who released her widely acclaimed new album, “What Else Can She Do”, this past spring who began singing at five years old.
Butts was introduced to country music through 90s artists like Shania Twain, Tim McGraw and the Dixie Chicks.
“I feel so privileged to have the opportunity to sing on a stage where so many of the people in country music, who I feel like raised me, have stood before, she said.”
For Butts, the Opry seemed like an unachievable goal.
“The Opry felt untouchable to me, like it was for people who really had it going on and they had a big fancy label, a manager with a 10-gallon hat and a private jet, she said. “I have so many people around me who believe in me and that encourage me to do things that I never thought were possible for myself.”
Produced by Oran Thornton (Angaleena Presley, Logan Brill) and recorded at Nashville’s Sound Emporium Studios, What Else Can She Do tells the stories of women—those who are lost, struggling, angry and scared, but who remain resilient through it all.
Following the release, Butts unveiled her new acoustic series, Sad Yeehaw Sessions, last week, which consists of six stripped-down performances: “Angels Like You,” “Hold You Down,” “One More Girl,” “Blood (Stripped)” and “Whiskey Lullaby” feat. Cordero.
Kaitlin Butts Confirmed Tour Dates
November 11—Helotes, TX—Floore’s Country Store*
December 9—Fort Worth, TX—Billy Bob’s
January8-10—Steamboat Springs, CO—The MusicFest at Steamboat
March 1—New York, NY—Bowery Ballroom+
March 2—Boston, MA—Royale+
March 3—Philadelphia, PA—World Café Live+
March 4—Cleveland, OH—Agora Theater & Ballroom+
March 5—Detroit, MI—El Club+
March 25—Santa Barbara, CA—Lobero Theatre+
March 26—Phoenix, AZ—Crescent Ballroom+
March 28—Santa Fe, NM—Meow Wolf+
March 30—Houston, TX—Heights Theater+
March 31—Austin, TX—Scoot Inn+
April 1—Dallas, TX—Kessler Theater+
April 2—Austin, TX—Scoot Inn+
April 6—Nashville, TN—Ryman Auditorium+
April 8—Atlanta, GA—Tabernacle+
April 16—Georgetown, TX—Two Step Inn
April 30—Indio, CA—Stagecoach
May 19—Knoxville, TN—River Breeze Event Center^
*supporting Wade Bowen
+supporting Morgan Wade
^supporting Paul Cauthen