Garth Brooks surprised Ashley McBryde yesterday on “CBS Mornings” with an invite to become a member of the Grand Ole Opry.  He had called into the show over video from the Opry.

Garth told her, quote, “It’s the longest living family in music history.  You belong in it.  We need you.  You’ll make it stronger for decades to come.”

Of course Ashley accepted.  She said it would be a great joy and honor of her life.

Quote, “I mean, there’s Grammys and there’s being a member in the Grand Ole Opry, [those] are the two greatest things that could ever happen to you as an entertainer . . .

“I’ve always said I will earn it and this is a pretty surreal moment.”

After the news, her mom surprised her on set to give a congratulatory hug.

Ashley joins a list of 70 other members that includes Dolly PartonDarius RuckerVince GillCarrie Underwood, and, of course, the late Loretta Lynn.

( Go to 4:04 for Garth.)