Nashville icon T. Graham Brown revealed this scary fight he never thought he would face

Jul 3, 2024

Graham Brown has had a decorated career in country music dating back to the 1980s. 

But he’s had his ups and downs during his journey in Nashville.

And Nashville icon T. Graham Brown revealed this scary fight he never thought he would face.

Graham Brown talks about getting sober with help from God 

Country music star T. Graham Brown marked the crowning achievement of his career this year when he became a member of the Grand Ole Opry.

His 1986 debut album, I Tell It Like It Used to Be, produced two number-one hits on the Billboard Hot Country Songs chart, “Hell and High Water” and “Don’t Go to Strangers.”

Brown talked with Fox News Digital about his life and his career during an interview with Fox News Digital.

He credited his wife and his faith for being able to get him through the struggles he’s faced in life.

“My wife, Sheila, is my best friend. She’s been taking care of me for 46 years,” Brown said. “She’s seen me go up and down and all round.”

He said those two things helped pull him through the lowest points in his life.

“If it weren’t for the grace of God and the love of Sheila Brown, I wouldn’t even be here,” Brown added. “But I came through all this craziness, and I just like to tell people there’s a way out.”

Brown fought for years to get sober without any success.

“One morning — and this is a cliché of a story — but I’d been trying to get sober,” Brown recalled. “I’d get on the horse and ride for a while, then fall off. I’d get on the horse, ride awhile and fall off. I went to rehab. That didn’t help.”

He looked at himself in the mirror one day and realized that everything was slipping away in his life. 

“And I asked God to help me,” Brown said. “And you know, from that instant — I have not had one craving. I went from looking for a buzz 24/7 to never thinking about it,” he said. “So I got to call that a miracle. This has just been wonderful.”

Joining in the Grand Ole Opry is the pinnacle of country music 

Brown is getting ready to release a new album in August titled, From Memphis to Muscle Shoals.

And he teams up with country music stars like Dwight Yoakam, Tanya Tucker, and Wynonna Judd on the album.

Brown said that being inducted into the Grand Ole Opry was the highlight of his career.

“It’s the biggest thing that’s ever happened to me,” Brown explained. “I’ve been singing for a living for 51 years. I’ve been going out to the Opry for 40 years, and I think I’ve got about 400 appearances out there.”

He said that country music legend Vince Gill asked him if he’d like to join and that he broke down in tears afterward.

“It was something I just wanted for my whole career . . . It’s a pretty exclusive fraternity over there. You know, there [aren’t] many members of the Grand Ole Opry in history, even,” Brown stated.

“It’s like, I’ve won all the awards and all that stuff. But being a member of the Grand Ole Opry is the No. 1 career achievement for me,” Brown added.

Graham Brown joined the greats of country music in the Opry after his decorated career in Nashville.

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