Wednesday, November 19, 2014

Grand Ole Opry 11/21 & 11/22

The Grand Ole Opry has posted the line-ups for the 3 shows this weekend as the Opry continues the winter run at the Ryman Auditorium.

The Friday Night Opry will feature Opry members Ricky Skaggs and Marty Stuart. For Ricky, who is also scheduled for Saturday night, this will be 2 weekends in a row at the Opry. For Marty, November 28 will mark his 22nd year as an Opry member, as he joined the cast on that date in 1992. 2 other Opry veterans, and Hall of Fame members, Bill Anderson and Charley Pride are also scheduled for both nights.

Joining Ricky, Marty, Bill and Charley on the schedule for Friday night is Jean Shepard, who missed last weekend. Friday night will mark Jean's 59th year as an Opry member, and I should add that it is 59 consecutive years as Jean has never left the Opry cast. It is also Jean's 81st birthday and her wedding anniversary.

Guest artists this weekend include The Quebe Sisters, who are set for both nights, while on Friday they will be joined by Lori McKenna and Easton Corbin. Joing those already mentioned on Saturday's Grand Ole Opry will be guest artists Mandy Barnett, JT Hodges and Nashville star Charles Esten

Friday November 21
7:00: Riders In The Sky (host); Mike Snider; Lori McKenna
7:30: Ricky Skaggs (host); The Whites; The Quebe Sisters
Intermission
8:15: Bill Anderson (host); Jean Shepard; Easton Corbin
8:45: Marty Stuart (host); Bobby Osborne & The Rocky Top X-Press; Charley Pride

Saturday November 22
1st show
7:00: Riders In The Sky (host); JT Hodges
7:30: Mike Snider (host); John King; Charley Pride
8:00: Ricky Skaggs (host); The Whites; Opry Square Dancers
8:30: Bill Anderson (host); Mandy Barnett; Charles Esten

2nd show
9:30: Riders In The Sky (host); JT Hodges
10:00: Mike Snider (host); John King; Charley Pride
10:30: Ricky Skaggs (host); The Whites; Opry Square Dancers
11:00: Bill Anderson (host); Mandy Barnett; Charles Esten

And no, that is not a typo. The line-up is the same for both shows on Saturday night. Looks like they are saving the usual spot for Jimmy Dickens, and there might be a spot to fill in the Ricky Skaggs hosted segments.

And now, here is the posted Grand Ole Opry line-up from 5 years ago this weekend, November 20 & 21, 2009:

Friday November 20
7:00: George Hamilton IV (host); Jesse McReynolds; Jason Michael Carroll
7:30: Jimmy Dickens (host); Bobby Osborne & The Rocky Top X-Press; Shane Yellowbird
8:00: Mike Snider (host); Stonewall Jackson; The Whites; Connie Smith
8:30: Vince Gill (host); Ralph Stanley; Little Big Town

Saturday November 21
1st show
7:00: Jimmy Dickens (host); Jimmy C Newman; Holly Williams
7:30: The Whites (host); Jack Greene; Ralph Stanley
8:00: George Hamilton IV (host); Jan Howard; The Lovell Sisters; Opry Square Dancers
8:30: Mike Snider (host); Connie Smith; Charlie Daniels Band

2nd show
9:30: Jimmy Dickens (host); Jimmy C Newman; Holly Williams
10:00: The Whites (host); Jack Greene; Ralph Stanley
10:30: Mike Snider (host); Ray Pillow; Charlie Daniels Band; Opry Square Dancers
11:00: Vince Gill (host); Connie Smith; The Lovell Sisters

Now from 10 years ago this weekend, November 19 & 20, 2004:

Friday November 19
7:30: Jeannie Seely (host); Mel McDaniel; Christy Sutherland
8:00: Steve Wariner (host); Stonewall Jackson; Jesse McReynolds & The Virginia Boys; Janie Fricke
8:30: Jim Ed Brown (host); Jimmy C Newman; Catherine Britt
9:00: Bill Anderson (host); Brad Cotter; Jerry & Tammy Sullivan
9:30: John Conlee (host); Osborne Brothers; Mandy Barnett

Saturday November 20
1st show
6:30: Steve Wariner (host); Jimmy C Newman; Lane Turner
7:00: Brad Paisley (host); Restless Heart; Catherine Britt; Buddy Miller w/Emmylou Harris; Alison Krauss
8:00: Jeannie Seely (host); Jack Greene; Rodney Atkins; Opry Square Dancers
8:30: Jim Ed Brown (host); Jesse McReynolds & The Virginia Boys; Janie Fricke

2nd show
9:30: Steve Wariner (host); Jesse McReynolds & The Virginia Boys; Lane Turner
10:00: Brad Paisley (host); Catherine Britt; Buddy Miller w/Emmylou Harris
10:30: Jimmy C Newman (host); Stu Phillips; Rodney Atkins; Opry Square Dancers
11:00: Jeannie Seely (host); Jack Greene; Restless Heart
11:30: Jim Ed Brown (host); Ray Pillow; Janie Fricke

While November 21, 1955 is the date that Jean Shepard joined the Opry, that date was actually on a Monday. In those days, artists signed their contracts to become Opry members in the WSM offices, and whatever day of the week it happened, that was considered the date that they joined. In Jean's case, her first appearance as an Opry member took place the next Saturday night, November 26, 1955. Here is the Opry line-up and song listing from that night.

7:30: Federal Fertilizer Co.
Marty Robbins (host): Maybelline
Fiddle Tune: Old Joe Clark
Minnie Pearl: Comedy
Don and Rita: Lonely Heart
Fiddle Tune: Grey Eagle

7:45: American Ace
George Morgan (host): Every So Often
Goldie Hill: Ain't Gonna Wash My Face
Eddie Hill: Smack Dab In The Middle
George Morgan: Jesus, Saviour Pilot Me
Fiddle Tune: Devil's Dream

8:00: Martha White
Flatt and Scruggs: Theme Song
Jim Reeves: (host): Looking For A Sucker
Hawkshaw Hawkins: Standing at the End of the World
Flatt and Scruggs: Flint Hill Special
Jean Shepard: Satisfied Mind
Moon Mullican: Mean Mama
Possum Hunters: Bile Them Cabbage Down
Jim Reeves: I've Lived A Lot in my Lifetime
Maybelle Carter: Wildwood Flower
Flatt and Scruggs: Bubbling In My Soul
Hawkshaw Hawkins: Car-Hoppin' Mama
Fiddle Tune: Blackeyed Susan

8:30: Prince Albert
Ferlin Huskey (host): I'll Baby Sit With You
Rod Brasfield: Comedy
Louvin Brothers: I Don't Believe You've Met My Baby
Fiddle Tune: Soldier's Joy
Ferlin Huskey: Sayeth The Lord
Del Wood: Smoky Mountain Polka
Minnie Pearl: Comedy
Louvin Brothers: In The Middle of Nowhere
Chet Atkins: Avalon
Ferlin Huskey: Walking and Humming
Fiddle Tune: Katy Hill

9:00: Royal Crown Cola
Hank Snow (host): Music Making Mama
Fruit Jar Drinkers: Tennessee Wagoner
Lonzo and Oscar: The Cow Jumped the Moon
Bill Monroe: I Used To Be
Carlisles: Knot-Hole
Marty Robbins: Pretty Mama
Hank Snow: I Can See The Love in Your Heart
Lonzo and Oscar: Snow Deer
Carlisles: Lil Liza Jane
Fiddle Tune: Back Up and Push

9:30: Jefferson Island Salt
Jordanaires: Theme Song
Ray Price (host): I Don't Want You On My Conscience
Slim Whitman: Tell Me
Anita Carter: Mask On My Heart
Cousin Jody: Dear John
Crook Brothers: Girl I Left Behind
Louvin Brothers: Just Rehearsing
Grandpa Jones: Night Train to Memphis
Chet Atkins: Five Foot Two
Jordanaires: Shaking Bridges
Ray Price: Sweet Little Miss Blue Eyes

10:00: Wall-Rite
George Morgan (host): Almost
Bill Monroe: Close By
Moon Mullican: Cherokee Boogie
George Morgan: The Best Mistake I Ever Made
Fiddle Tune: Buffalo Gal

10:15: Dr. Le Gear
Marty Robbins (host): That's Alright
Carlisles: I Was On My Way to The Show
Goldie Hill: Why Don't You Leave Me Alone
Marty Robbins: Don't Let Me Hang Around
Fiddle Tune: Devil's Dream

10:30: Hester Battery
Jim Reeves (host): Looking For A Sucker
R.D. Heardon: To Be Announced
Jean Shepard: Beautiful Lies
Jim Reeves: I'm Hurting Inside
Fiddle Tune: Mississippi Sawyer

10:45: D Con
Hank Snow (host): Just Keep on Moving
Jimmy Snow: Go Back You Fool
Gully Jumpers: Bully of the Town
Hank Snow: Within This Broken Heart
Fiddle Tune: Bill Cheatham

11:00: W.E. Stephens
Lonzo and Oscar: Theme
Ferlin Huskey (host): I Feel Better All Over
Hawkshaw Hawkins: The Love You Steal
Rod Brasfield: Comedy
Lonzo and Oscar: Who Put That Brick Wall In My Way
Slim Whitman: Indian Love Call
Grandpa Jones: Call Old Rattler
Maybelle Carter: Gold Watch and Chain
Crook Brothers: Arkansas Traveler
Ferlin Huskey: Cuz You're So Sweet
Fiddle Tune: Old Joe Clark

11:30: Delited
Ray Price (host): Sweet Little Miss Blue Eyes
Louvin Brothers: When I Stop Dreaming
Eddie Hill: Someday You'll Call My Name
Sam and Kirk: While I'm Away
Cousin Jody: Oh, Wonderful World
Ray Price: Release Me
Dot and Smokey: Contact
Fruit Jar Drinkers: Walking In My Sleep
Louvin Brothers: Just Rehearsing
Ray Price: I'll Be There
Fiddle Tune: Sleepy Lou

(Note, I printed it as it was printed in the program that night, spelling errors and all). Some interesting names on the Opry that night including Hank Snow's son, Jimmy, along with Slim Whitman, who was an Opry member for a short amount of time.

The final line-up to be featured is from Saturday November 21, 1992, 22 years ago and 37 years after the first line-up posted.

1st show
6:30: GHS Strings
Porter Wagoner (host): On A Highway Headed South
Jim Ed Brown: I Don't Want to Have to Marry You
Porter Wagoner: Green, Green Grass of Home

6:45: Country Music Hall of Fame
Grandpa Jones (host): Old Blue
Skeeter Davis: The End of the World
Riders In The Sky: How Does He Yodel
Grandpa Jones: Come and Dine

7:00: Shoney's
John Conlee (host): I'm Only in it for the Love
Roy Drusky: Second Hand Rose
Stonewall Jackson: Don't Be Angry
Jeannie Seely: Don't Touch Me
Ray Pillow: Please Don't Leave Me Anymore
John Conlee: Friday Night Blues

7:30: Standard Candy
Billy Walker (host): Coffee Brown Eyes
David Houston: Secret Love
Jean Shepard: I'm Just an Old Bridge that You Keep Burning
Stacy Dean Campbell: Singing the Blues/Poor Man's Rose
Billy Walker: Let My Faith Begin to Move

8:00: Martha White
Jimmy C Newman (host): Colinda
Osborne Brothers: Rocky Top
Oswald: Hawaiian March
Jeanne Pruett: Satin Sheets
Opry Square Dance Band/Stoney Mountain Cloggers: Forked Deer
Jimmy C Newman: Cajun's Dream/Happy Cajun

8:30: Kraft
Hank Snow (host): The Wreck of the Old 97/One More Ride
4 Guys: Cottonfields/Mariah
Charlie Louvin & Monroe Fields: Must You Throw Dirt in My Face
Mike Snider: Foggy Mountain Breakdown/Eating Chicken Necks and Wings
The Whites: Keep on the Sunny Side
Hank Snow: My First Night Alone

2nd show
9:30: Dollar General
Porter Wagoner (host): Ol' Slewfoot
Skeeter Davis: I Ain't Never
Bill Carlisle: No Help Wanted
Roy Drusky: Somewhere My Love
Jeannie Seely: Go Down Swinging
Porter Wagoner: An Old Log Cabin for Sale/Dooley

10:00: Little Debbie
Grandpa Jones (host): Kitty Klide
Riders In The Sky: Boots and Saddle
Grandpa Jones: It's Raining Here This Morning

10:15: Tennessee Pride/Sunbeam
John Conlee (host): Backside of 30
Stacy Dean Campbell: Poor Man's Rose
John Conlee: Rose Colored Glasses

10:30: Randy Travis Enterprises
Osborne Brothers (host): A Pain in My Heart and Blues on My Mind
Jean Shepard: I Don't See How I Can Make It With You Gone
Terry Eldridge: Your Own Set of Rules
David Crowe: Sally Goodin

10:45: B.C. Powder
4 Guys (host): Operator, Get My Jesus on the Line
Mike Snider: Soldiers Joy/Angeline The Baker/Old Molly Hare
Opry Square Dance Band/Stoney Mountain Cloggers: Blackberry Blossom
4 Guys: Head On Over to the Twist and Shout

11:00: Coca-Cola
Hank Snow (host): That Heart Belongs to Me
The Whites: Doing it By the Book
Charlie Walker: Who Will Buy the Wine
Justin Tubb: Thanks, Troubadour, Thanks
Jim Ed Brown: The Old Lamplighter
Hank Snow: Brand on my Heart

11:30: Creamette
Jimmy C Newman (host): Big Mamou
Charlie Louvin & Monroe Fields: My Baby's Gone
Jeanne Pruett: Temporarily Yours
Johnny Russell: Me and Bobby McGee
Jimmy C Newman: Jambalaya

You look back at some of these great Opry line-ups from the past and sometimes you just wonder where it all went.

Congratulations to both Jean Shepard and Marty Stuart and enjoy the Opry this weekend!!



Wednesday, November 12, 2014

Grand Ole Opry 11/14 & 11/15

Before getting into the line-ups for the Opry shows this weekend, just a few words as I have been reading the comments posted regarding the sound at the Ryman Auditorium and the Opry at the Ryman.

As far as the sound, at least to me, you can tell the difference when listening when the show is at the Grand Ole Opry House or the Ryman Auditorium. The sound just seems a little tighter when at the Opry House. Now when you are there in person, the sound is fine at both places, although I think they tend to turn up the volume a bit at the Opry House. But I don't think it is the building as much as how they are working the sound board.

As far as the comforts of the Opry House versus the Ryman, I guess as we get older we realize the comforts of the Opry House. The seats are padded, the aisles are wider and it is easier to go get a concession or a restroom break. And of course, the parking is free although you might have to walk a bit across the mall parking lot. My biggest complaint is that if you are sitting way up in the balcony, you are pretty high up. Thank goodness that they added the video screens.

My biggest gripe about the Ryman is the parking. On a hockey night, you are paying up to $35 to park in a prime spot, although if you feel like walking there are much cheaper lots further away. If there is an event at the Arena, traffic can be an issue as well as the parking. I do find it interesting the complaints about sitting on the hard benches for a 2 hour show. I guess some forget, or have never experienced the Opry when the show was much longer. Of course the Ryman did a huge business selling seat cushions. Finally, on the plus side, is you are much closer to the stage at the Ryman. The balcony gives everyone a great view of all the performers and it is certainly better to sit up there then under the balcony.

It is a little tough at the Ryman right now with the remodeling project going on. Getting people out and back in on Saturday night with 2 shows is a challenge. But when finished, I think everyone will be pleased with the Ryman improvements.

Now as far as the Opry this week, the show continues its winter run at the Ryman Auditorium with 3 shows this weeekend; the Friday Night Opry and 2 shows on Saturday night. The line-ups have been posted and both nights have full line-ups.

The Friday Night Opry will feature guest artists The Swon Brothers, Kalisa Ewing and Restless Heart. Also scheduled is frequent and popular guest Chris Janson, along with the Annie Moses Band, who also will be appearing on Saturday night. And also appearing on Friday and making their Opry debut will be The Stellas, a husband and wife team originally from Toronto, Canada.

Saturday's Grand Ole Opry will feature Opry members Ricky Skaggs, who is set for both shows, and Vince Gill, who is scheduled for just the 2nd show, as he will probably make his way down to the Ryman after the Predators hockey game. As far as guest artists on Saturday, Greg Bates. Lauren Alaina and Fiddlin' Carson Peters Band are on the schedule. Also scheduled and making his Opry debut will be Stoney LaRue.

Friday November 14
7:00: Jeannie Seely (host); The Swon Brothers; Mike Snider
7:30: The Whites (host); Kalisa Ewing; Annie Moses Band
Intermission
8:15: John Conlee (host); Jesse McReynolds; The Stellas
8:45: Riders In The Sky (host); Chris Janson; Restless Heart

Saturday November 15
1st show
7:00: Jeannie Seely (host); Greg Bates; (Jimmy Dickens?)
7:30: John Conlee (host); Mike Snider; Stoney LaRue
8:00: Ricky Skaggs (host); Jean Shepard; Fiddlin' Carson Peters Band; Opry Square Dancers
8:30: Riders In The Sky (host); Lauren Alaina; Annie Moses Band

2nd show
9:30: John Conlee (host); Greg Bates; Mike Snider
10:00: Riders In The Sky (host); Jan Howard; Bobby Osborne & The Rocky Top X-Press; Stoney LaRue
10:30: Ricky Skaggs (host); The Whites; Fiddlin' Carson Peters Band; Opry Square Dancers
11:00: Vince Gill (host); Lauren Alaina; Annie Moses Band

Nice to see some variety on both the Saturday shows, but I really hate to see the veterans, such as Jean Shepard, Jan Howard and Bobby Osborne only scheduled for 1 show each. 6 Opry members on Friday night and the first show on Saturday, and 8 on the 2nd Saturday show.

And now, here is the posted Grand Ole Opry line-up from 5 years ago this weekend, November 13 & 14, 2009:

Friday November 13
7:00: Ricky Skaggs (host); Jean Shepard; The Whites
7:30: Jimmy Dickens (host); Connie Smith; Joe Diffie
8:00: Mike Snider (host); Jeannie Seely; Jim Ed Brown; Steve Wariner
8:30: Bill Anderson (host); The Band Perry; Josh Turner

Saturday November 14
1st show
7:00: Jimmy Dickens (host); Connie Smith; Jim Ed Brown
7:30: Bill Anderson (host); Jean Shepard; Mike Snider; Opry Square Dancers
8:00: Carrie Underwood; Jake Owen; Martina McBride; Rodney Atkins

2nd show
9:30: Jimmy Dickens (host); The Whites; Jack Greene; Martina McBride
10:00: Mike Snider (host); Jan Howard; Jimmy C Newman; Carrie Underwood
10:30: Jeannie Seely (host); Jean Shepard; Rodney Atkins; Opry Square Dancers
11:00: Bill Anderson (host); Jesse McReynolds & The Virginia Boys; Jake Owen

Actually, 3 pretty solid shows. Friday night, there was only non-Opry member, while on Saturday night, just 2. The 2nd show on Saturday was much better than the 1st show, as that last hour at 8:00 was televised which reduced the number of acts.

Now, from 10 years ago this weekend, November 12 & 13, 2004:

Friday November 12
7:30: Porter Wagoner (host); Connie Smith; Jesse McReynolds & The Virginia Boys; Carolyn Dawn Johnson
8:00: Ricky Skaggs (host); Charlie Walker; Jack Greene; David Lee Murphy
8:30: Jimmy Dickens (host); Osborne Brothers; Lane Turner
9:00: Bill Anderson (host); Charlie Louvin; Jean Shepard; Sugarland
9:30: John Conlee (host); Alecia Nugent; The Whites

Saturday November 13
1st show
6:30: Jimmy Dickens (host); Jimmy C Newman; Jean Shepard; Connie Smith
7:00: Lorrie Morgan (host); Emerson Drive; Darryl Worley; David Lee Murphy
8:00: Porter Wagoner (host); Billy Walker; Jack Greene; Mountain Heart; Opry Square Dancers
8:30: Vince Gill (host); Jeannie Seely; Jim Ed Brown

2nd show
9:30: Jimmy Dickens (host); Jimmy C Newman; Lorrie Morgan
10:00: Porter Wagoner (host); Jan Howard; Billy Walker; David Lee Murphy
10:30: Jean Shepard (host); Jesse McReynolds & The Virginia Boys; Darryl Worley; Opry Square Dancers
11:00: Jim Ed Brown (host); Osborne Brothers; Emerson Drive
11:30: Jeannie Seely (host); Connie Smith; Mountain Heart

Again, 2 pretty good nights. Lots's of acts and lot's of Opry members.

For this week's feature line-up, I go back 62 years ago this weekend to Saturday November 15, 1952. Some interesting names performed that night and a nice look back.

7:30: Warren Paint
Roy Acuff (host): Low and Lonely
Lew Childre: Hang Out the Front Door Key
Roy Acuff: Eye From on High
Howdy Forrester: Blackberry Blossom

7:45: American Ace
Roy Acuff (host): They Can Only Fill One Grave
Webb Pierce: That Heart Belongs to Me
Roy Acuff: I'll Fly Away
Oswald: Surely Is A Train
Riddle: Bill Bailey

8:00: Martha White
Ernest Tubb: Fortunes in Memories
Hank Snow: The Girl Who Invented Kissin'
Crook Brothers: Sally Goodin
Carter Family: Willow Will You Weep for Me
Bill Monroe: Footprints In the Snow
Moon Mullican: Mean Mama Blues
Ernest Tubb: Driftwood on the River
June Carter: Comedy-Walkin' To Missouri
Chet Atkins: Guitar Polka
Hank Snow: Such A Fool As I
Bill Monroe: Tall Timber

8:30: Prince Albert Show
Red Foley (host): Birmingham Bounce
Minnie Pearl: Comedy
Martha Carson: Crying Holy to the Lord
Square Dancers: Mississippi Sawyer
Red Foley: My God Is Real
Old Hickory Singers: Kentucky Babe
Rod Brasfield: Comedy
Martha Carson: Swing Down A Chariot
String Bean: Old Joe Clark
Red Foley: Somebody's Crying
Square Dancers: Devil's Dream

9:00: Royal Crown Cola
Roy Acuff (host): Don't Make Me Go To Bed
Fruit Jar Drinkers: McCloud's Reel
George Morgan: Yesterday's Roses
Duke of Paducah: Comedy
Jug Band: Uncle Noah's Ark
Grandpa Jones: Are You From Dixie
Roy Acuff: Thank God
Homer Harris: To Be Selected
Oswald: Roll On Buddy
Howdy Forrester: Sally Goodin'

9:30: Fortune Feed
Carl Smith (host): Our Honeymoon
Jimmy Dickens: You Don't Love Me
Ray Price: I Can't Escape From You
Anita Carter: Foggy Mountain Top
Lonzo and Oscar: Let's Live A Little No.2
Possum Hunters: Bill Cheatham
Carl Smith: Sing Her A Love Song
Jimmy Dickens: John Henry
Faron Young: Going Steady
Carl Smith: This Side of Heaven
Hal Smith: Sally Goodin'

10:00: Wall Rite
George Morgan (host): I Love Everything About You
Bill Monroe: When the Cactus Are in Bloom
Johnny and Jack: Don't Let the Stars Get in Your Eyes
Tommy Sosebee: I'd Trade All My Tomorrows
Don Slayman: Turkey in the Straw

10:15: Dr. Le Gear
George Morgan (host): Honky Tonk Street
Cowboy Copas: Some Fine Morning
Bill Monroe: Boat of Love
Webb Pierce: I'll Always Take Care of You
Charlie Cline: Arkansas Traveler

10:30: Jefferson Island Salt
Ernest Tubb (host): Somebody's Stolen My Honey
Jimmy Dickens (host): Asleepin' At the Foot of the Bed
Gully Jumpers: Soldiers Joy
Faron Young: My Open Arms
June Carter: Beautiful Morning Glory
Ernest Tubb: I'm With A Crowd But So Alone
Ray Price: Please Be Mine
Chet Atkins: Mary Lou
Jimmy Dickens: Hot Diggety Day
Ernest Tubb: Daisy May

11:00: Soltice
Roy Acuff (host): The Streamlined Cannon Ball
Lonzo and Oscar: Goodbye Little Darlin'
Roy and The Gang: Gethseme
Howdy Forrester: Cripple Creek

11:15: O-Cello
Carl Smith (host): There's Nothing As Sweet As My Baby
Johnny and Jack: The Only One I Loved I Lost
String Bean: Roll On Buddy, Roll On
Carl Smith: I Overlooked An Orchard
Fiddle: Rickett's Hornpipe

11:30: Darimix
Hank Snow (host): I Went to Your Wedding
Lew Childre: Sister Lucy
Moon Mullican: Pipeliner Blues
Crook Brothers: New Five Cents
Hank Snow: Boogie Woogie Flying Crowd

11:45: Hester Battery Co.
Cowboy Copas (host): Boomerang
Sam and Kirk: Sugar Moon
Grandpa Jones: Frog Hair
Fruit Jar Drinkers: Sweet Jenny Lee
Cowboy Copas: Copy Cat

I don't think anybody could complain about the show that night!!

Enjoy the Opry this weekend!!











Wednesday, November 5, 2014

Grand Ole Opry 11/7 & 11/8

The Grand Ole Opry has posted the line-ups for the weekend shows. With November upon us, it also marks the Opry's return to the Ryman Auditorium for the next 3 months, and now until the end of the year, the Opry will be back to 2 shows on most Saturday nights.

The Friday Night Opry for this week looks very good. For openers, you have Stonewall Jackson returning to the Opry stage for just the 2nd time this year. It was on November 3, 1956 that Stonewall first joined the Grand Ole Opry, which means that this week he will be celebrating 58 years as an Opry member. (as a disclaimer, he was fired from the Opry in December 1964 for not making the required number of Opry appearances, and he rejoined the cast in May 1969). So while he has not been a member for the entire 58 years, it is still an accomplishment that I hope gets mentioned.

Joining Stonewall on Friday night will be guest artists Deana Carter and The Secret Sisters, along with O'Shea, who will be making their Opry debut. As far as Opry members, Steve Wariner is scheduled, along with Bill Anderson, Del McCoury and one of the Opry's newest members, Old Crow Medicine Show, with the latter 3 also scheduled for Saturday night.

Joining that group on Saturday night will be Holly Williams, along with Chase Bryant and Sara Haze. And on the 2nd show, a hosting assignment goes to Ray Pillow.

Friday November 7
7:00: The Whites (host); Mark Wills; Del McCoury Band
7:30: Mike Snider (host); Deana Carter; The Secret Sisters
Intermission
8:15: Bill Anderson (host); Stonewall Jackson; Sam Bush
8:45: Steve Wariner (host); O'Shea; Old Crow Medicine Show

Saturday November 8
1st show
7:00: Jeannie Seely (host); Sara Haze
7:30: Mike Snider (host); Chase Bryant; Del McCoury Band
8:00: Bill Anderson (host); Bobby Osborne & The Rocky Top X-Press; Holly Williams; Opry Square Dancers
8:30: Old Crow Medicine Show

2nd show
9:30: Jeannie Seely (host); Sara Haze
10:00: Ray Pillow (host); Chase Bryant; Del McCoury Band
10:30: Bill Anderson (host); Jesse McReynolds; Holly Williams; Opry Square Dancers
11:00: Old Crow Medicine Show

The have left the usual spot open on Saturday night for Jimmy Dickens, and I am sure that on Saturday, they have given Old Crow the entire last segment.

Overall, 2 very good nights as far as the Opry is concerned. And for those wondering, there will be a live Ernest Tubb Midnight Jamboree this weekend with Rex Allen, Jr. as the host.

And now, here is the posted Grand Ole Opry line-up from 5 years ago this weekend, November 6 & 7, 2009:

Friday November 6
7:00: Jean Shepard (host); The Whites; The Steeldrivers
7:30: Jimmy Dickens (host); Jesse McReynolds & The Virginia Boys; Bomshel
8:00: Bill Anderson (host); Jan Howard; Joey+Rory
8:30: Mike Snider (host); Connie Smith; Gene Watson
 
Saturday November 7
1st show
7:00: Jimmy Dickens (host); Jimmy C Newman; The Isaacs
7:30: Mike Snider (host); The Whites; Jean Shepard; Sarah Buxton
8:00: Riders In The Sky (host); Ray Pillow; Rebecca Lynn Howard; Opry Square Dancers
8:30: Bill Anderson (host); Connie Smith; Gene Watson

2nd show
9:30: Jimmy Dickens (host); Jimmy C Newman; The Isaacs
10:00: Mike Snider (host); Jean Shepard; Sarah Buxton
10:30: Riders In The Sky (host); Stu Phillips; Rebecca Lynn Howard; Opry Square Dancers
11:00: Bill Anderson (host); Connie Smith; Gene Watson

And from 10 years ago this weekend, November 5 & 6, 2004:

Friday November 5
7:30: Porter Wagoner (host); Connie Smith; Jimmy C Newman; Larry Sparks
8:00: Jeannie Seely (host); Jack Greene; Jim Ed Brown; King Wilkie
8:30: Jimmy Dickens (host); The Whites; Jessica Andrews
9:00: John Conlee (host); Osborne Brothers; George Canyon
9:30: George Hamilton IV (host); Jan Howard; Jesse McReynolds & The Virginia Boys; Marty Stuart

Saturday November 6
1st show
6:30: Jimmy Dickens (host); Connie Smith; Larry Sparks
7:00: Jeannie Seely (host); The Whites; T. Graham Brown
7:30: Jimmy C Newman (host); Osborne Brothers; Jessica Andrews
8:00: Porter Wagoner (host); Billy Walker; George Canyon; Opry Square Dancers
8:30: Bill Anderson (host); John Conlee; Buddy Jewell

2nd show
9:30: Jimmy Dickens (host); The Whites; Larry Sparks
10:00: Porter Wagoner (host); Connie Smith; Billy Walker; T. Graham Brown
10:30: George Hamilton IV (host); Stonewall Jackson; Jessica Andrews; Opry Square Dancers
11:00: Bill Anderson (host); Jack Greene; George Canyon
11:30: John Conlee (host); Ray Pillow; Buddy Jewell

For this week's feature line-ups, I have 2 to offer. The first is from November 10, 1962 which was the Grand Ole Opry's 37th birthday celebration. There was one show from the Ryman Auditorium that night and it went from 6:30 until midnight. Here is the running order of the show, 52 years ago this weekend, November 10, 1962:

6:30: J.L. Perry
Willis Brothers (host): Big Daddy
Sonny James: Young Love
Carl Butler: Honky Tonkitis
Cousin Jody: Television Set
Merle Kilgore: Something Going On
Skeeter Willis: Sally Goodin
Melba Montgomery: Happy You; Lonely Me
Billy Deaton: (?)
Willis Brothers: Everylovin' Dixieland

7:00: Delited
Ray Price (host): Pride
Bill Carlisle: It Takes All Kinds
Billy Walker: Charlie's Shoes
Curly Fox: The Old Gray Mule
Ferlin Husky: It Was You
Stringbean: Barnyard Banjo Picking
Texas Ruby: California Blues
Ray Price: Walking Slow

7:30: Pet Milk
Jim Reeves (host): I'm Gonna Change Everything
Glaser Brothers: I'm Losing Again
Hawshaw Hawkins: Silver Threads and Golden Needles
Jimmy Dean: (?)
Jim Reeves: Pride Goes For A Fall
Jean Shepard: One Less Heartache
George Hamilton IV: If You Don't Know
Blue Boys: Wheels
Jim Reeves: Stand At Your Window

8:00: Martha White
Flatt & Scruggs (host): The Ballad of Jed Clampett
Cowboy Copas: Alabam'
Jimmy Newman: Bayou Talk
Del Wood: China Town
Flatt & Scruggs: Coal Loading Johnny
Skeeter Davis: The End of the World
Justin Tubb: (?)
Crook Brothers: Lafayette
Flatt & Scruggs: Shuckling the Corn

8:30: Bass Homes
Porter Wagoner (host): (?)
Hank Locklin: Send Me the Pillow You Dream On
Roy Drusky: Second Hand Rose
Archie Campbell: Comedy
Jordanaires: (?)
Patsy Cline: She's Got You
Leroy Van Dyke: Auctioneer
Porter Wagoner: (?)

9:00: Jefferson Island Salt
Ernest Tubb (host): I'm Looking High and Low for My Baby
Wilburn Brothers: Trouble's Back in Town
Bill Monroe: Uncle Pen
Carters: The Sun's Gonna Shine In My Backdoor Someday
Ernest Tubb: Rainbow at Midnight
Cousin Jody: Don't Make Love in A Buggy 'Cause Horses Carry Tales
Margie Bowes: I Really Don't Want to Know
Fruit Jar Drinkers: Katy Hill
Ernest Tubb: (?)

9:30: Stephens
Faron Young (host): Back Track
George Morgan: Macht Nichts
Carl Butler: Don't Let Me Cross Over
Louvin Brothers: Must You Throw Dirt In My Face
Bill Anderson: Mama Sang A Song
Loretta Lynn: Success
George Jones: (?)
Faron Young: Going Steady

10:00: Gates Rubber
Jim Reeves (host): Billy Bayou
Willis Brothers: Goodnight Cincinnati; Good Morning Tennessee
Skeeter Davis: Something Precious
Jim Reeves: Adios Amigo
Blue Boys: Red River Rock

10:15: Corn Products
Ray Price (host): Crazy Arms
Stringbean: Pretty Polly
Bill Carlisle: Hand Me Down My Walking Cane
Del Wood: Sheik of Araby
Ray Price: You Done Me Wrong

10:30: Harvey's
Marty Robbins (host): (?)
Flatt & Scruggs: The Ballad of Jed Clampett
Billy Walker: Willic the Weeper
Marty Robbins: (?)

10:45: De Con
Ferlin Husky (host): Wings of A Dove
Hank Locklin: Please Help Me I'm Falling
Glaser Brothers: Let Me Down Easy
Crook Brothers: Soldiers Joy
Simon Crum: (?)

11:00: Coca-Cola
Hawkshaw Hawkins (host): Darkness on the Face of the Earth
Porter Wagoner (?)
Louvin Brothers: (?)
Patsy Cline: Heartaches
Jordanaires: (?)
Jean Shepard: Two Shadows; Two Voices; Two Faces
George Hamilton IV: China Doll
Sam & Kirk McGee: Columbus Stockade Blues
Fruit Jar Drinkers: Cacklin' Hen
Hawkshaw Hawkins: Twenty Miles From the Shore

11:30: SSS Tonic
George Morgan (host): Candy Kisses
Bill Monroe: Blue Moon of Kentucky
Jimmy Newman: I May Fall Again
Wilburn Brothers: (?)
Roy Drusky: It Worries Me
Margie Bowes: Judge Not
Cowbody Copas: Alabam'
Bill Anderson: Po' Folks
George Morgan: Almost

I don't think anyone can complain about that Opry show!!

Finally, it was on November 8, 1997 that Johnny Paycheck became a member of the Grand Ole Opry. He was inducted as a member by John Conlee and it was televised on TNN. Johnny really appreciated his Opry membership as it came after a period of personal difficulties for him, even having spent time in prison. Johnny was only able to enjoy his Opry membership for a short period of time as within a few years, respiratory issues forced Johnny to quit performing and he spent his final years in declining health, passing away in February 2003. Here is the Opry running order from Saturday November 8, 1997, the night Johnny Paycheck joined the cast of the Opry:

1st show
6:30: GHS Strings
Grandpa Jones (host): Going Down the Country
Bill Carlisle: No Help Wanted

6:45: Jogging In A Jug
Steve Wariner (host): Domino Theory of Love
Johnny Russell: Act Naturally
Steve Wariner: Like A River to the Sea

7:00: Shoney's
Porter Wagoner (host): Company's Comin'
Skeeter Davis: I'll Fly Away
George Hamilton IV: Abilene
Charlie Louvin: Will You Visit Me On Sundays
Osborne Brothers: Rocky Top/Rank Strangers
Porter Wagoner: Misery Loves Company

7:30: Standard Candy
John Conlee (host): The Old School
Bryan White: One Small Miracle
Terri Clark: Poor, Poor, Pitiful Me
Johnny Paycheck: Take This Job and Shove It/The Old Violin

8:00: Martha White
Bill Anderson (host): Po' Folks
Jean Shepard: Slippin' Away
Ray Pillow: Someone Had to Teach You
Billy Grammer: I Dreamed of An Old Love Affair
Opry Square Dance Band/Melvin Sloan Dancers: Cherokee Shuffle
Bill Anderson: I Love You Drops

8:30: Clifty Farms
Ricky Skaggs (host): Dim Lights, Thick Smoke
Jimmy C Newman: Lucille
Charlie Walker: Smoke, Smoke, Smoke
The Whites: It Should've Been Easy
Jeannie Seely: When He Leaves You
Ricky Skaggs: Let Me Walk Lord, By your Side

2nd show
9:30: Dollar General
Porter Wagoner (host): Howdy Neighbor Howdy
Oswald: What A Friend
Stonewall Jackson: Waterloo
Terri Clark: I Got Better Things to Do/Poor, Poor Pitiful Me
Kristy Lynn: Walk Softly On My Heart
Porter Wagoner: If Teardrops Were Pennies

10:00: Opry Book
Grandpa Jones (host): Apple Jack
Jan Howard: Take Me As I Am
Grandpa Jones: My Little Old Home Down in New Orleans

10:15: Banquet
Jimmy C Newman (host): LaCajun Band
Jean Shepard: Together Again
Jimmy C Newman: Jambalaya/Cajun Stripper

10:30: Purnell
Bill Anderson (host): I Get the Fever
Steve Wariner: One Small Miracle
Bill Anderson: This Is A Love Song

10:45: Your Quality Certified Home Builders
Steve Wariner (host): Domino Theory of Love
Ray Pillow: One Too Many Memories
Opry Square Dance Band/Melvin Sloan Dancers: Sugar in the Goard
Steve Wariner: Life's Highway

11:00: Coca-Cola
Ricky Skaggs (host): I Got A Pig Home in the Pen
4 Guys: Patriotic Melody
Johnny Paycheck: A-11/The Old Violin/Memory of A Memory
Ricky Skaggs: Little Maggie

11:30: Opry Book
Johnny Russell (host): Someday I'll Sober Up
Riders In The Sky: Riding Down the Canyon
Charlie Walker: There's A Star Spangled Banner Waving Somewhere
The Whites: He Took Your Place/Swing Down Chariot/Swing Lo, Sweet Chariot
Jeannie Seely: Those Memories

Enjoy the Opry this weekend!!

Sunday, November 2, 2014

November Opry Highlights

Here are the important and historical events that have taken place involving the Grand Ole Opry, or it's members, during the month of November.

November 28, 1912: Early Grand Ole Opry member Robert Lunn was born in Franklin, Tennessee. George D. Hay named him the "Original Talking Blues Man." He first appeared on the Opry on March 31, 1934 and stayed with the Opry until retiring in 1958. What is interesting is that he was known for his "Talking Blues" but he never recorded it until 1947. He was very popular and did many of the Opry's tent shows, especially with Roy Acuff.

November 2, 1925: George D. Hay began working at WSM radio in Nashville. His title was "Radio Director." Later that month, he would start the WSM Barn Dance, which would later be known as the Grand Ole Opry.

November 6, 1925: Uncle Dave Macon, Sid Harkreader and Dr. Humphrey Bate perform a show at the Ryman Auditorium. The concert was aired on WSM and it is considered the first country music concert broadcast on WSM from the Ryman.

November 25, 1925: The WSM Barn Dance was broadcast for the first time. The show, which began at 8:00pm, was broadcast from the fifth-floor studio at the National Life and Accident Insurance Company's headquarters in downtown Nashville. The first broadcast, which featured George D. Hay as the announcer, had one performer, a seventy-seven year old fiddler named Uncle Jimmy Thompson. He began the broadcast with "Tennessee Waggoner."

November 2, 1926: Former Opry member Charlie Walker was born in Texas. This former disc jockey joined the Opry in 1967 and remained a member until his death in 2008.

November 1, 1937: Grand Ole Opry member Bill Anderson was born. Bill has been an Opry member since July 1961. Not only has he had numerous country hits, this member of the Country Music Hall of Fame is also one of the greatest writers in the history of country music. At the age of 77, Bill still maintains an active road schedule and is a regular at the Opry.

November 2, 1948: Roy Acuff, the Republican candidate for Governor of Tennessee, was defeated. Roy would not seek office again but he was a proud supporter of Republican candidates. During his 1948 campaign, he would usually appear with his Smoky Mountain Boys and mix music with politics. The story goes that once the music stopped and the speeches began, the crowds would start to thin out.

November 6, 1948: Jimmy Dickens joins the cast of the Grand Ole Opry. Jimmy was an Orpy member until 1957 when he left the show, but he returned in 1975. So you can say that he first joined the Opry 66 years ago.

November 13, 1949: The Grand Ole Opry sponsored its first overseas tour as a group of Opry performers traveled to England, Germany and the Azores as part of a USO sponsored tour. Among the Opry stars who made the trip were Roy Acuff, Rod Brasfield, Jimmy Dickens, Red Foley, Minnie Pearl and Hank Williams.

November 13, 1953: Ragtime piano player Del Wood joined the cast of the Grand Ole Opry. Del would become popular thanks to "Down Yonder" and she would remain with the Opry until her death in October 1989.

November 14, 1953: Bill Carlisle joined the Grand Ole Opry. Over the years, he would be listed as a solo artist, as Bill Carlisle and the Carlisles, and just as the Carlisles. Either way, he was with the Opry for a long time. Bill had a nice career as a novelty singer and was known as one of the Opry's most loyal members. He came to Nashville from the Knoxville area, where he performed with Don Gibson, Chet Atkins, The Carter Family, Homer and Jethro, Carl Butler and Archie Campbell, all of whom found their way to the Opry. Bill passed away on March 17, 2003, the year after he was elected to the Country Music Hall of Fame, and just short of 50 years as an Opry member.

November 21, 1955: Jean Shepard became a member of the Grand Ole Opry. This will be her 59th year as an Opry member and of the current cast, she has been at the Opry longer than anyone else, without leaving the cast. Not only will she be celebrating her Opry anniversary, but it will also be Jean's 81st birthday and her wedding anniversary.

November 3, 1956: Stonewall Jackson became a member of the Grand Ole Opry. This will be his 58th year as an Opry member. While he first came to the Opry in 1956, he left the cast in 1964 and returned in May 1969. It should be remembered that Stonewall, who was an unknown when he first joined the Opry, sued Pete Fisher and Gaylord Entertainment several years ago claiming age discrimination. Although he was still asked to perform on the Opry, he stayed away until the lawsuit was settled. Stonewall did return to the Opry after the settlement, however Stonewall, while still active in the business, very rarely makes Opry appearances.

November 10, 1956: The Wilburn Brothers, Teddy and Doyle, officially joined the Grand Ole Opry. The Wilburns had come to the Opry many years later, but because of child labor laws at the time, they were sent packing. Doyle passed away in 1982 and Doyle in 2003.

November 12, 1960: Hank Locklin joined the Grand Ole Opry. Hank had made his first Opry appearance on November 28, 1953 and once he joined the Opry remained a member until his death in March 2009 after 48 years of Opry membership.

November 3, 1961: The Country Music Association announced the first group on inductees into the new Country Music Hall of Fame. That first class included Jimmie Rodgers, Fred Rose and Hank Williams. Roy Acuff would follow that group the following year.

November 25, 1961: Grand Ole Opry announcer, and WSM personality, Eddie Stubbs was born in Gaithersburg, Maryland. Before joining WSM, Eddie was a fiddle player and was a member of the Johnson Mountain Boys. He later was part of Kitty Wells' band.

November 29, 1961: A group of Opry performers played a sold-out concert at Carneige Hall in New York. That group of Opry members included Jim Reeves, Marty Robbins, Bill Monroe, Patsy Cline and Grandpa Jones.

November 28, 1964: Willie Nelson joined the Grand Ole Opry. Willie did not stay for very long as he constantly complained about the low pay and having to be there every Saturday night. The first night he was there, he was actually introduced by the wrong name. A few years after leaving the Opry, Willie left Nashville, returning to his Texas roots and setting his career on the track that would result in one of the greatest careers in the history of country music.

November 20, 1968: While not specifically Grand Ole Opry history, the first televised Country Music Association Awards show was aired on NBC-TV. It was hosted by Roy Rogers and Dale Evans and was broadcast from the Ryman Auditorium. This was actually the second year for the CMA Awards, but the first ones were not televised.

November 12, 1971: Construction was offically started on the new Grand Ole Opry House at Opryland. While there were those worried if the downtown crowds would continue to come to the Opry once it moved out of town, that would turn out not to be an issue. When the building opened in March 1974, it was the first theater specifically built for the Opry.

November 10, 1973: David Akeman, known professionally as Stringbean, made his final Grand Ole Opry appearance. Later that night, when he and his wife Estelle returned home after the Opry, they were ambushed and murdered by two men who were waiting at their home to rob them. The rumor at the time was that he kept large amounts of cash hidden in the cabin that they lived in, as he did not believe in banks. Nothing was found at the time, but years later when work was being done on the house, rotten money was found in the walls of the home. Stringbean and Estelle were found by their neighbor and good friend Grandpa Jones, who came the following morning to pick up Stringbean for a fishing trip. Grandpa was so shaken by the killings that he left Nashville for a number of years, living and performing at a theater in Arkansas. Roy Acuff and other Opry members called for the death penalty. The killers were quickly caught and sentenced to long prison terms. One of the killers died in prison while the other was recently granted parole. Early in his career, Stringbean had been one of Bill Monroe's Bluegrass Boys and he was one of the stars of Hee Haw. He was also an excellent banjo player who was popular on the college and folk circuit.

November 24, 1975: Early Opry performer Asher Sizemore died at the age of 69. Asher appeared on the Opry with his son Jimmy, known as "Little Jimmy." While there is some confusion regarding when they actually started on the Opry, with some listing the date as early as 1930, while others list 1933, their first Opry show was on September 24, 1932. They continued on and off at WSM and the Opry through most of the 1930s, and left the Opry for good in 1942. On a final note, Jimmy Sizemore passed away on October 14, 2014 at the age of 87. He was the last surviving Opry member from the 1930s.

November 1, 1978: Tanya Tucker made a guest appearance on the Opry and when she performed what was considered "rock" type music, some in the audience booed. I would imagine what she sang would be pretty tame in today's definition of country.

November 21, 1985: Reba McEntire made her first appearance as a member of the Opry. Reba actually joined the Opry on a show that was taped as part of the Opry's 60th anniversary.

November 3, 1990: Minnie Pearl was honored on her 50th year as a member of the Opry. She joined the show in November 1940 and was one of the Opry's most beloved members.

November 15, 1992: The Grand Ole Opry was inducted into the Museum of Broadcast Communication's Radio Hall of Fame.

November 23, 1992: Grand Ole Opry star and Country Music Hall of Fame member Roy Acuff passed away in Nashville, one month after his final Grand Ole Opry appearance. His influence on the Opry and country music in general cannot be understated. Thanks in large part to Acuff-Rose Publishing, Nashville established itself as the home base of country music and it gave country music songwriters and singers a place to publish and claim ownership of their material without going to New York. Roy was a member of the Opry for over 50 years. There are many who feel that his death was the first nail in the coffin that has led to the changes we have seen in the Opry over the past several decades.

November 28, 1992: Marty Stuart becomes a member of the Grand Ole Opry. This will be his 22nd year as an Opry member. Marty, along with Ricky Skaggs and Vince Gill, has done much to carry on the tradition of the Opry over the past several decades.

November 27, 1993: Joe Diffie joins the cast of the Grand Ole Opry. This will be Joe's 21st year as an Opry member.

November 30, 1993: Grand Ole Opry member David Houston passed away at the age of 57. David had one of the biggest hits in the history of country music, "Almost Persuaded." He joined the Opry in 1972 and continued as a member until his death.

November 30, 1995: Martina McBride became a member of the Grand Ole Opry during a CBS television special that celebrated the Opry's 70th anniversary. This will be her 19th year as an Opry member. Loretta Lynn, who was a big influence to Martina as she was learning the business, handled the induction of Martina. Regarding Martina, I love this story and I have repeated it before. Martina actually appeared on the Opry's 70th birthday show at the Opry House, just prior to becoming a member, and it was televised by TNN. Martina was the final performer on the televised segment before the cake was to come out. Martina sang two ballads that ran long, causing the Happy Birthday singing and the cake to be delayed until the next segment, which was not televised. There were many unhappy viewers at home waiting for the cake, and many unhappy Opry members who were looking forward to coming out on stage with the cake. Martina was really upset afterwards, believing that her mistake on the timing of her songs cost her any chance of becoming an Opry member, which was one of her dreams. She apologized to everyone she could fine that night and the following month, her dream came true.

November 23, 1996: Trace Adkins made his first appearance on the Grand Ole Opry. 7 years later, on August 23, 2003, he would become an Opry member. During this past month's 89th birthday celebration, Trace told the story that on his first night on the Opry, Grandpa Jones, who hosted the segment, forgot his name. Well, I checked and sure enough, Trace was right. He appeared on the 6:45 segment hosted by Grandpa.

November 8, 1997: Johnny Paycheck becomes a member of the Grand Ole Opry. For Johnny, this came pretty late in his life and after he spent time getting his personal life in order. Sad to say, but Johnny became ill several years after his induction and was unable to perform after that.

November 7, 1998: Jimmy Dickens is honored for 50 years of membership on the Grand Ole Opry. He originally joined the show in 1948, but left for several years, returning in 1975. Joining Jimmy on the Opry that night were Bill Anderson, Carl Smith, Waylon Jennings and Bobby Bare.

November 23, 2000: Dolly Parton and Vince Gill hosted a CBS television special celebrating the 75th anniversary of the Opry.

November 30, 2002: Tim McGraw made his first appearance on the Opry. Tim would appear several times over the next few years, but would never become an Opry member.

November 17, 2003: Grand Ole Opry member Don Gibson passed away in Nashville. Don was one of the great songwriters in the history of country music and was a member of the Country Music Hall of Fame. He originally joined the Opry on May 20, 1958, but was fired in 1964 for failing to meet the Opry's mandatory number of appearances. He rejoined the Opry a few years later, but even after that, his Opry appearances were few. HIs last Opry show was on March 16, 1996.

November 15, 2005: The Grand Ole Opry returned to Carneige Hall in New York for a 3rd time to promote the Opry's 80th anniversary. The show included performances by Trace Adkins, Bill Anderson, Jimmy Dickens, Vince Gill, Alan Jackson, Alison Krauss, Martina McBride, Brad Paisley, Charley Pride, Ricky Skaggs and Trisha Yearwood. Wouldn't that have made for a great Opry show at the Opry House?

November 8, 2008: Actor Kevin Costner and his country & western band, Modern West, perform on the Opry for the first time.

November 14, 2009: For the first time, the Opry streams part of its show on MySpace. The show featured Carrie Underwood, Martina McBride, Jack Owen and Rodney Atkins. The show had numerous technical flaws and problems, but despite the issues, the Opry considered it a success.

Wednesday, October 29, 2014

Grand Ole Opry 10/31 & 11/1

The Grand Ole Opry has posted the line-ups for this week's Opry shows. This will be the final weekend at the Grand Ole Opry House for this year as starting next week, the Opry moves to the Ryman Auditorium for its annual winter run, which will last through January.

There is some interesting booking this weekend regarding a number of the Opry's guest artists who are scheduled. Scheduled both nights are frequent Opry guests Jimmy Wayne and The Willis Clan. Joining them on Friday night will be Elizabeth Cook and Jim Lauderdale, while Chris Janson and Collin Raye are set for Saturday night.

On the other hand, there are a couple of acts who will be making their Opry debut. On Friday night, Rayland Baxter is scheduled. Rayland is considered a Nashville roots artist and let's just say he is not traditional country. Saturday night will feature Opry newcomer, who is described as a modern Wanda Jackson.

As far as Opry members this weekend, Vince Gill is scheduled, as are Riders In The Sky, who have been touring for most of the month of October. Also set again for both shows this weekend is Mike Snider. You still have to wonder about Mike as he was missing for 9 months and now for the last month has not missed a weekend.

Friday October 31
7:00: John Conlee (host); Elizabeth Cook; Mike Snider
7:30: Jeannie Seely (host); Jim Lauderdale
Intermission
8:15: Riders In The Sky (host); Bobby Osborne & The Rocky Top X-Press; Jimmy Wayne
8:45: Vince Gill (host); Rayland Baxter; The Willis Clan

Saturday November 1
7:00: Jeannie Seely (host); Chris Janson; (Jimmy Dickens?)
7:30: John Conlee (host); Nikki Lane; Mike Snider
Intermission
8:15: Riders In The Sky (host); Jesse McReynolds; Jimmy Wayne; Opry Square Dancers
8:45: Connie Smith (host); Collin Raye; The Willis Clan

And now, here is the posted Grand Ole Opry line-up from 5 years ago, the weekend of October 30 & 31, 2009:

Friday October 30
7:00: Riders In The Sky (host); The Whites; Jean Shepard; Sunny Sweeney
7:30: Jimmy Dickens (host); Bobby Osborne & The Rocky Top X-Press; Doyle Dykes
8:00: Mike Snider (host); Jan Howard; Jim Ed Brown; David Nail
8:30: Vince Gill (host); Connie Smith; Keith Urban

Saturday October 31
7:00: Jimmy Dickens (host); Jimmy C Newman; Jim Lauderdale
7:30: Mike Snider (host); Jean Shepard; Jim Ed Brown; Restless Heart
8:00: Jeannie Seely (host); Jesse McReynolds & The Virginia Boys; Doyle Dykes
8:30: Riders In The Sky (host); Connie Smith; Blake Shelton

Interesting to see 2 future Opry members closing the show on Friday and Saturday.

Now from 10 years ago, October 29 & 30, 2004:

Friday October 29
7:30: Porter Wagoner (host); Connie Smith; IIIrd Tyme Out
8:00: John Conlee (host); Stu Phillips; Osborne Brothers; Lane Turner
8:30: Jimmy C Newman (host); BR549; Rebecca Lynn Howard
9:00: Bill Anderson (host); Eddy Raven; Rhonda Vincent
9:30: Jean Shepard (host); Jesse McReynolds & The Virginia Boys; Restless Heart

Saturday October 30
1st show
6:30: Jean Shepard (host); The Whites; Jimmy C Newman
7:00: John Conlee (host); Carolyn Dawn Johnson; Jamie O'Neal; IIIrd Tyme Out; Crystal Gayle
8:00: Porter Wagoner (host); George Hamilton IV; Billy Walker; Rebecca Lynn Howard; Opry Square Dancers
8:30: Bill Anderson (host); Connie Smith; B.J. Thomas

2nd show
9:30: John Conlee (host); Osborne Brothers; Crystal Gayle
10:00: Porter Wagoner (host); Jan Howard; The Whites; Carolyn Dawn Johnson
10:30: Jean Shepard (host); Charlie Louvin; IIIrd Tyme Out; Opry Square Dancers
11:00: Bill Anderson (host); Connie Smith; Jamie O'Neal
11:30: George Hamilton IV (host); Billy Walker; Jeannie Seely; B.J. Thomas

For this week's feature line-ups, I have 2. The first is from Saturday November 2, 1963 which is the night that the Opry celebrated it's 38th birthday. (Interesting how the birthday date has moved around from year-to-year). As you would expect, it was a pretty solid show, especially in the era when Opry acts had to appear 26 Saturday nights through the year. Here is the Opry line-up from 51 years ago, November 2, 1963:

6:30: Rudy's
Jimmy Newman (host): The Mover
Kitty Wells: Heartaches For A Keepsake
Johnny Wright: O Baby Mine, I Get So Lonely
Stringbean: There Will Be Moonshine In Them Old Kentucky Hills
Bobby Lord: Out Behind the Barn
Curly Fox: The Old Gray Mule
Kitty Wells: I Gave My Wedding Dress Away
Jimmy Newman: D.J. For A Day

7:00: Delited
Porter Wagoner (host): I've Enjoyed As Much of This As I Can Stand
Roy Drusky: Peel Me A Nanner
Carl Butler: Don't Let Me Cross Over
Melba Montgomery: What's Bad For You Is Good For Me
Bill Carlisle: No Help Wanted
Billy Walker: The Morning Paper
George Hamilton IV: Abilene
Porter Wagoner: In The Shadow of the Wine

7:30: Kellogg's
George Morgan (host): Alright, I'll Sign the Papers
Marion Worth: (?)
Hank Locklin: Send Me the Pillow You Dream On
Willis Brothers: Private Lee
Bill Anderson: Still
Del Wood: Piano Roll Blues
Tex Ritter: Boll Weevil
Square Dancers: Soap Suds Over the Fence
George Morgan: One Dozen Roses

8:00: Martha White
Flatt & Scruggs (host): New York Town
Ferlin Husky: Gone
Loretta Lynn: Before I'm Over You
Archie Campbell: Comedy
Flatt & Scruggs: Mama Don't Allow It
Billy Grammer: (?)
Louvin Brothers: (?)
Crook Brothers: Lafayette
Flatt & Scruggs: Flint Hill Special

8:30: Stephens
Roy Acuff (host): Wabash Cannonball
Bill Monroe: John Henry
Ray Price: San Antonio Rose
Minnie Pearl: Comedy
Sonny James: Going Through the Motions
Lonzo & Oscar: There's A Hole In the Bottom of the Sea
Skeeter Davis: The End of the World
Oswald: Roll On, Buddy, Roll On
Roy Acuff: I'll Fly Away

9:00: Jefferson Island Salt
Ernest Tubb (host): Thanks A Lot
Wilburn Brothers: (?)
Johnny Cash: (?)
Stringbean: Pretty Polly
June Carter & The Carters: (?)
Fruit Jar Drinkers: Soldiers Joy
Margie Bowes: Our Things
Ernest Tubb: The Way You're Living

9:30: Pet Milk
Hank Snow (host): Ninety Miles An Hour Down A Dead End Street
The Browns: The Three Bells
Faron Young: Yellow Bandana
Jean Shepard: (?)
Porter Wagoner: Your Old Love Letters
Leroy Van Dyke: Happy to Be Unhappy
Wilma Lee & Stoney Cooper: There's A Big Wheel
Stonewall Jackson: B.J. the D.J.
Hank Snow: Blue Roses

10:00: Gates Rubber
Billy Grammer (host): (?)
Bobby Lord: Life Can Have Meaning
Curly Fox: T. Model and A Train
Billy Walker: Heart, Be Careful
Billy Grammer: (?)

10:15: Luzianne
Roy Acuff (host): The Great Speckled Bird
Del Wood: Columbus Stockade Blues
Jimmy Newman: D.J. For a Day
Roy Acuff: Wreck on the Highway
Howdy Forrester & Jimmy Riddle: Apple Blossoms

10:30: Harvey's
Ferlin Husky (host): Wings Of A Dove
Louvin Brothers: (?)
Tex Ritter: (?)
Simon Crum: (?)

10:45: Ford
Faron Young (host): (?)
George Morgan: You're the Only Good Thing
Bill Anderson: Eight By Ten
Crook Brothers: Black Mountain Rag
Faron Young: (?)

11:00: Coca-Cola
Hank Snow (host): I've Been Everywhere
Skeeter Davis: Something Precious
Roy Drusky: Second Hand Rose
The Browns: Oh, No
Lonzo & Oscar: Hand Holding
Wilma Lee & Stoney Cooper: Gloryland March
Sam & Kirk McGee: Let's Meet By the Old Oaken Bucket
Fruit Jar Drinkers: Love Somebody
Hank Snow: There's A Fool Such As I

11:30: SSS Tonic
Marty Robbins (host): Devil Woman
Bill Monroe: Blue Moon of Kentucky
Hank Locklin: Flying South
Wilburn Brothers: (?)
Stonewall Jackson: Wild, Wild Wind
Margie Bowes: Judge Not
Sonny James: The Minute You're Gone
Marty Robbins: Don't Worry

Wow!! That is what I call one of a kind Opry show. Yes, it did start at 6:00 (the Opry normally started at 7:30) and it was one show until midnight-6 hours long!!

26 of the acts did 2 spots (If I count right),while Kitty Wells, Johnny Wright, Carl Butler, George Hamilton IV, Marion Worth, Willis Brothers, Flatt & Scruggs; Loretta Lynn, Archie Campbell, Ray Price, Minnie Pearl, Ernest Tubb, The Carters, Jean Shepard, Leroy Van Dyke and Marty Robbins did just 1. That come to 16, for a total of 42 acts. Add on Kirk & Sam McGee, The Crook Brothers and the Fruit Jar Drinkers, and it is pretty loaded up. Oh, I forgot Tex Ritter, who at this point was not an Opry member yet, and Johnny Cash, who by this time had given up his Opry membership, and what a show!! Need I say that it was just a bit better than this year's birthday bash?

For the final line-up for this week, I have Saturday October 31, 1992. This was the final show that Roy Acuff appeared on the posted Opry line-up. While he was on the schedule, Roy did not appear on the Opry this night. His final Saturday night was 2 weeks prior, during the Opry's birthday show. Friday October 23 was his final Opry appearance. While he was scheduled for Saturday October 24, but did not appear as he was taking a nap and his family made the decision not to wake him. He tried to give it a go the following weekend, but he could not as by the time Saturday night came, he was a patient in Baptist Hospital. He was never again listed on the Opry schedule.

Here is the running order of the Opry from 22 years ago, Saturday October 31, 1992:

1st show
6:30: GHS Strings
Bill Anderson (host): Son of the South
Jeanne Pruett: Satin Sheets
Bill Anderson: Po' Folks

6:45: Country Music Hall of Fame
Bill Monroe (host): Mule Skinner Blues
Jim Ed Brown: Scarlet Ribbons
Ray Pillow: That Ain't No Way to Treat My Heart
Bill Monroe: I've Found A Hiding Place

7:00: Shoney's
Porter Wagoner (host): On A Highway Headed South
Connie Smith: I've Never Once Stop Loving You
Charlie Louvin: Must You Throw Dirt In My Face
Jimmy Dickens: May the Bird of Paradise Fly Up Your Nose
Osborne Brothers: Rank Strangers

7:30: Standard Candy
Jimmy C Newman (host): La Cajun Band
Riders In The Sky: Ghost Heard in the Sky
Johnny Russell: Red Neck, White Socks and Blue Ribbon Beer
Alison Krauss: (?)/I'll Never Stand In Your Way
Jimmy C Newman: Texa-Cajun/Jambalaya

8:00: Martha White
Grandpa Jones (host): Banjo Sam
Jerry Ford: The Cottage in the Country
Oswald: The End of the World
George Hamilton IV: Abilene
Roy Drusky: Always
Opry Square Dance Band/Melvin Sloan Dancers: Liberty
Grandpa Jones: It's Raining Here This Morning

8:30: Kraft
Hank Snow (host): Between Fire and Water
Del Reeves: Two Dollars in the Jukebox/A Dime At A Time/Looking At the World Through A Windshield
The Whites: I Just Steal Away and Pray
4 Guys: Big River
Jack Greene: Every Since My Baby Went Away
Hank Snow: Mary Ann Regrets

2nd show
9:30: Dollar General
Porter Wagoner (host): Ol' Slewfoot
Skeeter Davis: I Ain't Never
Roy Drusky: Take Good Care of Her
Billy Walker: Behind Closed Doors
Alison Krauss: (?)/ Clinch Mountain Backstep
Porter Wagoner: Big Wind

10:00: Little Debbie
Bill Monroe (host): Kentucky Mandolin
Mike Snider: (?)
Bill Monroe: Tall Pines

10:15: Sunbeam/Tennessee Pride
Stonewall Jackson (host): Don't Be Angry
George Hamilton IV: I Saw the Light/I'll Fly Away
Stonewall Jackson: Muddy Water

10:30: Pet, Inc.
Grandpa Jones (host): Kitty Klyde
Charlie Louvin & Charlie Whitstein: When I Stop Dreaming
Bill Carlisle: No Help Wanted
Grandpa Jones: Dear Old Sunny South By the Sea

10:45: B.C. Powder
Bill Anderson (host): How Married Are You Mary Ann
Jeannie Seely: Why Doesn't He Just Leave Me Alone
Opry Square Dance Band/Melvin Sloan Dancers: Sally Goodin
Bill Anderson: Golden Guitar

11:00: Coca-Cola
Hank Snow (host): Big Wheels A'Turnin' Going Somewhere
Charlie Walker: Right or Wrong
Justin Tubb: Travelin' Singing Man
Osborne Brothers: Nobody's Darling But Mine
Riders In The Sky: The Honey Baby Song
Hank Snow: These Things Shall Pass

11:30: Creamettes
Jack Greene (host): Try A Little Kindness
Jean Shepard: I Don't See How I Can Make It With You Gone
Jim Ed Brown: The 3 Bells
The Whites: San Antonio Rose
Johnny Russell: No One Will Ever Know
Jack Greene: All The Time

Roy Acuff was scheduled to host the 8:00 and 10:15 Opry segments that night. This was also the final show that Pet sponsored the 10:30 segment with Randy Travis Enterprises taking over the following week.

Finally, here is the line-up for the Tuesday Night Opry, November 4:

7:00: Riders In The Sky; Casey James
7:30: The Black Lillies; Darius Rucker
Intermission
8:15: Connie Smith; Kristian Bush
8:45: Rhonda Vincent; Mo Pitney

Enjoy the Opry this weekend!!!