Sunday, February 19, 2017

Tuesday Night Opry 2/21

There is a very nice line-up for the Tuesday Night Opry this week:

7:00: Bill Anderson; Kristian Bush
7:30: Ricky Skaggs; Chris Janson
8:15: Steve Wariner; Henry Cho
8:45: RaeLynn; Justin Moore.

Very solid.

Thursday, February 16, 2017

Grand Ole Opry 2/17 & 2/18

The Grand Ole Opry has posted the line-ups for the two shows this weekend, the Friday Night Opry and Saturday's Grand Ole Opry. Both nights have pretty solid line-ups.

The Friday Night Opry will feature Grand Ole Opry members Jeannie Seely, Mike Snider, Riders In The Sky, Connie Smith, Bobby Osborne, The Whites, Ricky Skaggs, and one of my personal favorites, Del McCoury. Of those mentioned above, Mike, Riders, Connie, Ricky and Del will be back on Saturday night, joined by Bill Anderson and Jesse McReynolds. Overall, a nice collection of a number of the Opry's veteran members.

As to guest artists this weekend, both nights will feature Mark Wills. Mark has been making a number of Opry appearances for years, in fact, many more than most of the Opry's members. He will be joined by the duo Smithfield and the group Exile. Saturday night will feature a couple of stars of the "Nashville" television series on CMT, Sam Palladio and Charles Esten. Those two will be joined by Aaron Tippin and William Michael Morgan, a true country singer.

Currently, there are 11 acts listed for Friday night, with one more to be added. 8 of those are Opry members, with 12 acts scheduled for Saturday night, 7 of whom belong to the Opry.

Friday February 17
7:00: Jeannie Seely (host); Mark Wills; Mike Snider
7:30: Riders In The Sky (host); Smithfield; Del McCoury Band
8:15: Connie Smith (host); Bobby Osborne & The Rocky Top X-Press
8:45: Ricky Skaggs (host); The Whites; Exile

Saturday February 18
7:00: Connie Smith (host); Aaron Tippin; Mike Snider
7:30: Riders In The Sky (host); Sam Palladio; Del McCoury Band
8:15: Bill Anderson (host); Jesse McReynolds; Mark Wills; Opry Square Dancers
8:45: Ricky Skaggs (host); William Michael Morgan; Charles Esten

And now, here is the posted Grand Ole Opry schedule from 5 years ago, the weekend of February 17 & 18, 2012:

Friday February 17
7:00: Mike Snider (host); Jim Ed Brown; Sarah Darling
7:30: Jimmy Dickens (host); Riders In The Sky; Steve Wariner
8:15: Bill Anderson (host); Mark Wills; Craig Morgan
8:45: Ricky Skaggs (host); John Conlee; Diamond Rio

Now from 10 years ago, the weekend of February 16 & 17, 2007:

Friday February 16
8:00: Jeannie Seely (host); The Whites; Jack Greene; Mountain Heart
8:30: Jimmy Dickens (host); Connie Smith; Brad Paisley
9:00: Lorrie Morgan (host); Sammy Kershaw; Gene Watson
9:30: Jimmy C Newman (host); Stu Phillips; Bobby Osborne & The Rocky Top X-Press; Terri Clark

Saturday February 17
1st show
6:30: Jimmy Dickens (host); Jim Ed Brown; Jennifer Hanson
7:00: Jeannie Seely (host); Junior Brown; Mountain Heart
7:30: Jimmy C Newman (host); Jan Howard; Jesse McReynolds & The Virginia Boys; Brad Paisley
8:00: The Whites (host); Connie Smith; Andy Griggs; Opry Square Dancers
8:30: Lorrie Morgan (host); Cherryholmes; Sammy Kershaw

2nd show
9:30: Jimmy Dickens (host); The Whites; Jennifer Hanson
10:00: Lorrie Morgan (host); Mountain Heart; Sammy Kershaw
10:30: Jim Ed Brown (host); Charlie Louvin; Andy Griggs; Opry Square Dancers
11:00: Jeannie Seely (host); Connie Smith; Cherryholmes

Finally, it was Saturday February 18, 1995 that Charlie Douglas announced his final Grand Ole Opry show.

Charlie Douglas, whose real name was Doug China, began his radio career in 1953 at KLIC in Monroe, Louisiana. As with other disc jockeys of that era, Charlie moved around frequently and worked in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma; Asheville, North Carolina; Buffalo, New York; and in San Antonio, Dallas and Houston in Texas. Beginning in 1971, he achieved his biggest fame when he began his "Road Gang" overnight truckers show on WWL 870 in New Orleans. The show, which was on the air for 13 years, became a vital link for truckers to keep in touch with family and friends and enjoyed national success.

In 1984, Charlie was offered the opportunity to move to Nashville and work at WSM and to be an announcer on the Grand Ole Opry. He stayed at WSM and the Opry until 1995, when he retired from the radio business to work full time for CDX, a country music distribution business he established with Paul Lovelace in 1991. Charlie, who was elected to the Country Music DJ Hall of Fame in 1994, passed away at his home in Picayune, Mississippi on Thanksgiving Day 2011 at the age of 78.

Here is the line-up from Saturday February 18, 1995, the night Charlie Douglas retired from WSM and the Grand Ole Opry:

1st show
6:30: GHS Strings
Bill Monroe (host): I'm on My Way Back to the Old Home
Roy Drusky: The Waltz of the Angels
George Lindsay: Comedy
Bill Monroe: Bluegrass Breakdown

6:45: Country Music Hall of Fame
Mike Snider (host): Foggy Mountain Chimes
Bill Carlisle: Leave That Liar Alone
Mike Snider: Snuff Dipper/Foggy Mountain Breakdown

7:00: Shoney's
The Whites (host): San Antonio Rose
Jeannie Seely: One Step Away (From Coming Home)
Jim & Jesse: Air Mail Special
Jimmy C Newman: Allons of Lafayette
Ray Pillow: One Memory to Another
The Whites: Doing It By the Book/Keep on the Sunny Side

7:30: Standard Candy
Jimmy Dickens (host)
Stu Phillips: Blue Canadian Rockies
Hal Ketchum: Maybe You Could Stay Forever
Doug Stone: Faith In You; Faith In Me
Charlie Pride: Kiss An Angel Good Morning/Kaw-Liga
Jimmy Dickens Band: Steel Guitar Rag

8:00: Martha White
Porter Wagoner (host): Dooley
Charlie Louvin: Everytime You Leave
Charlie Walker: Pick Me Up On Your Way Down
Stacy Williams (?): Could I Have This Dance
Jean Shepard: I'm Tied Around Your Finger
Opry Square Dance Band/Melvin Sloan Dancers: Durango's Hornpipe
Porter Wagoner & Colene Walters: If Teardrops Were Pennies
Porter Wagoner: Freight Train Boogie

8:30: Kraft
Hank Snow (host): Gonna Find Me A Bluebird
Osborne Brothers: Midnight Flyer
Jack Greene: You Are My Treasure
Connie Smith: Did We Have to Come This Far to Say Goodbye
4 Guys: River of Dreams/Catfish John/
Hank Snow: Linda Lou

2nd show
9:30: Dollar General
Porter Wagoner (host): Company's Coming
Brother Oswald: Euneta
Stu Phillips: Wicked Greed
Charlie Walker: A Way to Free Myself
The Isaacs: I'm Gonna Move
Porter Wagoner: Y'All Come

10:00: Goody's
Bill Monroe (host): Sweetheart, You Done Me Wrong
Ray Pillow: That Ain't No Way to Treat My Heart
Bill Monroe: Bluegrass Stomp/Mule Skinner Blues

10:15: Sunbeam/Tennessee Pride
Jeannie Seely (host): Go Down Swinging
Osborne Brothers: Flying South
Jeannie Seely: Too Far Gone

10:30: Gruhn Guitars
Mike Snider (host): Bending the Strings/Born to Shop/What Have They Done to the Dominica Hen

10:45: Fairfield Communities
Jean Shepard (host): Wabash Cannonball
Jim & Jesse: Orange Blossom Special
Opry Square Dance Band/Melvin Sloan Dancers: Turkey in the Straw
Jean Shepard/Jim & Jesse: The Violet & A Rose

11:00: Coca-Cola
Hank Snow (host): Weary River
Charlie Louvin: In the Cross
Jack Greene: Oh, Lonesome Me
Connie Smith: I Can't Stop Loving You
4 Guys: It's All Right (To Have A Good Time)
Hank Snow: My First Night Alone

11:30: Cates Pickles
Jimmy C Newman (host): (?)
Charlie Pride: All I Have to Offer You is Me/Mountain of Love
Hal Ketchum: Every Little Word/No Easy Run
Jimmy C Newman: Jambalaya

Jimmy Dickens was scheduled to host the 7:30 TNN segment and the 10:45 segment on the 2nd show, however he had throat issues and could not sing.

On a final note: the announcer who replaced Charlie Douglas at WSM and the Opry? Eddie Stubbs.

Overall, things have been pretty quiet on the Opry front as we move through February. No news on any potential candidates to be the Opry's newest general manager. On another note, voting should be about finished up for this year's Country Music Hall of Fame class. The announcement usually comes sometime in March. I really haven't given much thought to the potential candidates for this year although the names being mentioned are likely the same as we have heard over the past several years. I will have more thoughts on the Hall of Fame coming up.

With that, I hope everyone has a great week and enjoys the Opry this weekend!!

Saturday, February 11, 2017

Tuesday Night Opry-February 14-Happy Valentine's Day

Starting Tuesday, the Opry is back with the Tuesday Night Opry. Seems like they begin the Tuesday series earlier and earlier each year. Anyways, here is the line-up:

7:00: Connie Smith; John Conlee
7:30: Del McCoury Band; Easton Corbin
8:15: Shelly Skidmore & Greg Bates; Lucie Silvas & John Osborne; Ricky Skaggs and Sharon White

With it being Valentine's Day, it is nice that the Opry is featuring some duets.

Thursday, February 9, 2017

Grand Ole Opry 2/10 & 2/11

The Grand Ole Opry has posted the line-ups for the 2 shows this weekend, and while the decision is still being made on who the next Opry general manager will be, the shows look very similar to what we have seen over the past several years. Whoever is doing the scheduling is keeping things as they were.

The Friday Night Opry will include Opry members Jeannie Seely and Bill Anderson (fresh off the Opry cruise), along with Mike Snider, The Whites, and the Opry's newest member Crystal Gayle. Nice to see Crystal immediately stepping up and scheduling appearances on the Opry. Jeannie, Mike and The Whites will also be appearing on Saturday night, with members Diamond Rio, Ray Pillow and Bobby Osborne.

Guest artists on Friday night include JT Hodges, Claire Lynch, Sunny Sweeney, former Statler Brother member Jimmy Fortune, Holly Williams, T Graham Brown and Aaron Watson. Jimmy Fortune will also be appearing on Saturday night, where he will be joined by Drew Baldridge, Vince's daughter Jenny Gill, Alyssa Bonagura, Frank Solivan & Dirty Kitchen, and making another guest appearance, Chris Janson.

For Frank Solivan and Dirty Kitchen, this will be their Grand Ole Opry debut. Frank Solivan is originally from Alaska before settling in the Washington, D.C. area. Solivan, who plays the mandolin, is joined by Mike Munford, the 2013 IBMA Banjo Player of the Year, Chris Luquette and Jeremy Middleton. Together, they were named the 2014 IBMA Instrumental Group of the Year.

Friday February 10
7:00: Jeannie Seely (host): JT Hodges; Claire Lynch
7:30: Mike Snider (host); Sunny Sweeney; Jimmy Fortune
8:15: Bill Anderson (host); Holly Williams; T Graham Brown
8:45: The Whites (host); Aaron Watson; Crystal Gayle

Saturday February 11
7:00: Jeannie Seely (host); Drew Baldridge; Bobby Osborne & The Rocky Top X-Press
7:30: Diamond Rio (host); Jimmy Fortune; Alyssa Bonagura
8:15: Mike Snider (host); Ray Pillow; Jenny Gill; Opry Square Dancers
8:45: The Whites (host); Frank Solivan & Dirty Kitchen; Chris Janson

And now, here is the posted Grand Ole Opry line-up from five years ago, the weekend of February 10 & 11, 2012:

Friday February 10
7:00: Mike Snider (host); Connie Smith; The Farm
7:30: Jim Ed Brown (host); Jesse McReynolds; Diamond Rio
8:15: Bill Anderson (host); Jean Shepard; Montgomery Gentry
8:45: Jeannie Seely (host); Josh Turner

Saturday February 11
7:00: Mike Snider (host); Jimmy C Newman; James Wesley
7:30: Jeannie Seely (host); The Whites; Diamond Rio
8:15: Jim Ed Brown (host); Jan Howard; Sunny Sweeney; Opry Square Dancers
8:45: John Conlee (host); Bobby Osborne & The Rocky Top X-Press; Craig Morgan

And from ten years ago, the weekend of February 9 & 10, 2007:

Friday February 9
8:00: Jeannie Seely (host); Jimmy C Newman; Rhonda Vincent
8:30: Jimmy Dickens (host); Bobby Osborne & The Rocky Top X-Press; Trent Tomlinson
9:00: John Conlee (host); Mike Snider; Joan Osborne
9:30: Diamond Rio (host); Connie Smith; The Grascals

Saturday February 10
1st show
6:30: Jimmy Dickens (host); Jimmy C Newman; Rebecca Lynn Howard
7:00: Steve Wariner (host); Billy Currington; Jake Owen; Joan Osborne
8:00: Mike Snider (host); Jan Howard; John Conlee; Opry Square Dancers
8:30: Jim Ed Brown (host); w/Helen Cornelius; Jack Greene; Jeannie Seely; Mandy Barnett

2nd show
9:30: Jimmy Dickens (host); Mike Snider; Billy Currington
10:00: Steve Wariner (host); Rebecca Lynn Howard; Joan Osborne
10:30: John Conlee (host); Jesse McReynolds & The Virginia Boys; Jake Owen; Opry Square Dancers
11:00: Jim Ed Brown (host); w/Helen Cornelius; Jack Greene; Mandy Barnett

Going back into Grand Ole Opry history, it was 50 years ago, Saturday February 11, 1967, that The 4 Guys made their first guest appearance on the Grand Ole Opry.

Who says you have to stockpile a string of hit records and travel the nation's interstate system in a fleet of new silver-eagle buses to call yourself a success in the music business? There are many ways of looking at success, relative to your position on the highly scrutinized "Show-Biz" ladder. The 4 Guys chose to look at success as a journey rather than a destination.

Since their professional start on WWVA's "Jamboree U.S.A." in Wheeling, WV, "The Guys" had numerous successes. Most important of which was an invitation from the Grand Ole Opry to join its family of stars in Nashville, thereby becoming the first group in the history of that world famous show to be awarded regular membership without a list of "Hit Records." Fact is, The 4 Guys didn't even have a recording contract at the time. After joining the Opry on April 22, 1967, it wasn't long before "The Guys" became regulars in the main showrooms of the most prestigious hotels in Las Vegas, Reno & Lake Tahoe, Nevada, appearing on their own and with their long-time friend, Jimmy Dean. Their first major recording deal came later with Mercury Records, along with a two-year stint touring throughout the United States and Canada with Hank Williams, Jr.

Success continued to mount as "The Guys" were invited to play most of this country's major theme parks, including: Disneyland, Six Flags over Texas, and Opryland U.S.A., where they were featured in their own show four consecutive years. Countless state and county fairs have also added to their list of performance credits. They were certainly no strangers to television, appearing on many major network shows with the likes of Bob Hope, Dinah Shore, Willie Nelson, Dolly Parton & Merv Griffin. They also appeared in the east Tennessee mountains near Dollywood.

The 4 Guys said that their Opry membership was their most valued achievement. High on the list also, was their long-time association with The Charley Pride Show, which featured "The Guys: and a then up and coming singer named Ronnie Milsap. Whether it's success in a private enterprise, (The Guys owned and operated their highly popular Harmony House Theater-Restaurant in Nashville for nearly 10 years), or whether it's successful careers on the Stage, Radio & Television, "The Guys" by any measure, enjoyed a very successful journey. Though the group had evolved through several personnel changes over the years, the original members were Sam Wellington, Brent Burkett, Beryl Lyons and Richard Garrett. Sam & Brent, along with long-time members John Frost & Laddie Cain, have proven to be the most remembered and popular members of the group.

The so called "Big Record" never happened for them, however The 4 Guys enjoyed a great career both on and off the Opry stage. Their fame gave them millions of fans who enjoyed their harmony singing and the ability to sing different styles of music.

The last original member of the group was Sam Wellington, who retired on June 19, 1999, which ironically was the first Opry show managed by Pete Fisher. The new version of The 4 Guys continued on the Opry until April 2000 when they were fired as Opry members. The reason given was that there were no original members of the group that had joined the Opry in 1967 remaining. While there was public outcry over the decision, even Sam Wellington admitted in his autobiography that he should have retired the whole group when he left, thereby preserving their place in Opry history. Sam and The 4 Guys did make one final Opry appearance as guests on Friday June 6, 2008.

Here is the running order from Saturday February 11, 1967, the night The 4 Guys made their debut appearance on the Grand Ole Opry;

7:30: Luzianne
Jim Ed Brown (host): w/Maxine Brown: I Heard the Bluebird Sing
Bob Luman: Hardly Anymore
Dottie West: What's Come Over My Baby
Justin Tubb: But Wait; There's More
Pete Drake: I'm Just A Guitar (Everybody Picks on Me)
Jim Ed Brown: You Can Have Her
Bob Luman: Come On & Sing
Jim Ed & Maxine Brown: Looking Back to See

8:00: Martha White
Wilburn Brothers (host): Hurt Her Once for Me
Hank Locklin: Send Me the Pillow You Dream On
Ray Pillow: I Like that Sorta Thing
Del Wood: Down Yonder
Wilburn Brothers: Just To Be Where You Are
Crook Brothers: Old Hen Cackle
Billy "Crash" Craddock: There Ought a Be A Law
Hank Locklin: Hasta Luego
Wilburn Brothers: All We Have For You, Mom

8:30: Stephens
Billy Walker (host): Things
Bill Carlisle: What Kinda Deal is This
Bobby Bare: Shame On Me
Archie Campbell: The Cockfight
Billy Walker: Anything Your Heart Desires
Curly Fox: The Old Gray Mule
Bill Carlisle: The Great Snowman
Billy Walker: Cross the Brazos at Waco

9:00: Pet Milk
Charlie Louvin (host): I Don't Love You Anymore
Ernie Ashworth: At Ease Heart
Margie Bowes: There Goes My Everything
Bluegrass Country Kin: Black Mountain Rag
Charlie Louvin: I Don't Want it
Fruit Jar Drinkers: (?)
Harold Weakley: Almost Persuaded
Ernie Ashworth: Pass Me Not
Charlie Louvin: Off & On

9:30: Kellogg's
Hank Snow (host): Golden Rocket
Cousin Jody: I Miss Him So
Jimmy Dickens: A Country Music Lover
Carter Family: Bye; Bye
Hank Snow: A Legend In My Time
4 Guys: Shenandoah
Carter Family: Once Around the Brier Patch
Hank Snow: Hula Love

10:00: Schick
Jim Ed Brown (host) w/Maxine Brown: Where Does the Good Times Go
Dottie West: It's My Way to Survive
Jim Ed Brown: You Can Have Her
Dottie West: All the World Is Lonely Now

10:15: Pure
Bob Luman (host): Let's Think About Living
Wilburn Brothers: I'm Gonna Tie One on Tonight
Hank Locklin: Hasta Luego
Bob Luman: Hardly Anymore

10:30: Buckley's
Bobby Bare (host): I Saw the Light
Del Wood: Cajun Stripper
Ray Pillow: Two Minus One Leaves Blue
Bobby Bare: The Streets of Baltimore

10:45: Kent
Bill Carlisle (host): Shanghai Rooster
Justin Tubb: But Wait; There's More
Crook Brothers: Black Mountain Rag
Bill Carlisle: Doctor R.D.

11:00: Coca-Cola
Hank Snow (host): I'm Moving On
Billy Walker: Bare With Me A Little Longer
Margie Bowes: Enough to Make A Woman Lose Her Mind
Fruit Jar Drinkers: (?)
Hank Snow: Confused With the Blues
Sam McGee: Under the Double Eagle
Jimmy Dickens: You Destroyed Me
Billy Walker: A Million and One
Hank Snow: Man Behind the Gun

11:30: Lava
Marty Robbins (host): Running Gun
Charlie Louvin: See the Big Man Cry
Ernie Ashworth: Sad Face
Curly Fox: Won't You Come Home, Bill Bailey
Don Winters: Annie Lou
Cousin Jody: Run, Please, Run
Bluegrass Country Kin: Ol' Slewfoot
Marty Robbins: Devil Woman/The Shoe Goes On the Other Foot Tonight/Begging to You/El Paso

When the 4 Guys were fired, it was one of the first moves made by Pete Fisher after he became the Opry's general manager. There are many who feel that was the first of what was going to be a series of moves that would have resulted in other members of the cast being let go. However, after the public outcry and comments, those plans were obviously changed. There were terminations regarding the Opry Staff Band and several years later with Holly Dunn, but that was the extent of those moves. What did happen was that many of the Opry's senior members saw their appearance greatly decline and while many of those members complained about it, it did nothing to change those decisions.

There you have it for this week. I hope everyone enjoys the Opry and has a very nice weekend!!!!

Wednesday, February 1, 2017

Grand Ole Opry 2/3 & 2/4

As the Grand Ole Opry finishes up its winter run at the Ryman Auditorium on Friday night, if you are looking for Opry members at the Grand Ole Opry this weekend, it will be slim pickings as the Friday Night Opry will have just 5 members performing, while Saturday has just 4 members listed.

The big attraction at the Opry this weekend will be Opry members Little Big Town, scheduled for the Friday Night Opry. They will be joined by Opry members John Conlee, Mike Snider, The Whites and Bobby Osborne. Steve Wariner is the featured Opry member on Saturday night, joined by Jesse McReynolds, along with John Conlee and Mike Snider, holdovers from Friday night.

Guest artists this week on the Friday Night Opry include Mo Pitney, The Grascals, Mandy Barnett, Darryl Worley, Restless Heart, and making his Opry debut, Stephen Dorff. Saturday night's line-up includes Carly Pearce, TG Sheppard, Charlie Worsham, Runaway Jane, Eric Paslay, and making his Opry debut, Adam Craig.

Friday February 3
7:00: John Conlee (host); Mo Pitney; The Grascals
7:30: Mike Snider (host); Mandy Barnett; Darryl Worley
8:15: The Whites (host); Stephen Dorff; Bobby Osborne & The Rocky Top X-Press; Restless Heart
8:45: Little Big Town

Saturday February 4
7:00: John Conlee (host); Carly Pearce; Jesse McReynolds; Adam Craig; TG Sheppard
8:15: Mike Snider (host); Charlie Worsham; Opry Square Dancers
8:45: Steve Wariner (host); Runaway Jane; Eric Paslay

Really hate to see just 3 segments on the Saturday night show.

As mentioned, this will be the Opry debut for Stephen Dorff and Adam Craig. Stephen Dorff is an actor who is starring in the new movie "Wheeler." In the movie, he plays the part of a country music singer who moves from Texas to Nashville hoping to become a star. He has starred in a number of movies and to prepare for this role, he spent considerable time in Nashville, playing at various clubs and working with various singers. There is a country music connection with Stephen as he is the brother of songwriter Andrew Dorff, who passed away last year. Andrew had written a number of songs, including No. 1 hits for Blake Shelton, Martina McBride, Hunter Hayes and Kenny Chesney, among others.

The other Opry newcomer is Adam Craig. Adam is originally from Tenino, Washington and has been in Nashville since 2004, originally coming as a songwriter. He has written a number of songs including "Whiskey on my Breath," sung by Love and Theft. He is currently signed to Stoney Creek Records and has released is self-titled debut LP and his debut single "Reckon."

And now, here is the posted Grand Ole Opry line-up from 5 years ago, the weekend of February 3 & 4, 2012:

Friday February 3
7:00: Jim Ed Brown (host); Del McCoury Band; Edens Edge
7:30: Mike Snider (host); The Whites; Charley Pride
8:15: Bill Anderson (host); Bobby Osborne & The Rocky Top X-Press; Oak Ridge Boys
8:45: Steve Wariner (host); Keith Urban

Saturday February 4
7:00: Mike Snider (host); Jimmy C Newman; Rhonda Vincent
7:30: Charley Pride (host); The Whites; Little Big Town
8:15: Jim Ed Brown (host); Jesse McReynolds; Holly Williams; Opry Square Dancers
8:45: Bill Anderson (host); Gary Morris; Diamond Rio

Now from 10 years ago, the weekend of February 2 & 3, 2007:

Friday February 2
8:00: Jimmy Dickens (host); Jeannie Seely; George Hamilton IV; Del McCoury Band
8:30: Emmylou Harris (host); The Whites; John Starling & Carolina Star
9:00: Bill Anderson (host); Jimmy C Newman; Mike Snider; Joe Nichols
9:30: Vince Gill (host); Jesse McReynolds & The Virginia Boys; Jack Greene; Riders In The Sky

Saturday February 3
1st show
6:30: Jimmy Dickens (host); Jeannie Seely; Bobby Osborne & The Rocky Top X-Press; Aaron Tippin
7:00: Mike Snider (host); Jan Howard; Jim Ed Brown; Joe Nichols
7:30: Emmylou Harris (host); The Whites; John Starling & Carolina Star
8:00: Vince Gill (host); Jimmy C Newman; Connie Smith; Opry Square Dancers
8:30: Bill Anderson (host); Del McCoury Band; Asleep At The Wheel

2nd show
9:30: Jimmy Dickens (host); Mike Snider; Jim Ed Brown; Aaron Tippin
10:00: Emmylou Harris (host); The Whites; John Starling & Carolina Star
10:30: Vince Gill (host); Connie Smith; Joe Nichols; Opry Square Dancers
11:00: Bill Anderson (host); Del McCoury Band; Asleep At The Wheel

Finally, from 15 years ago, the weekend of February 1 & 2, 2002:

Friday February 1
7:30: Porter Wagoner (host); Connie Smith; Bill Carlisle; Del McCoury Band
8:00: Jeannie Seely (host); Del Reeves; Jimmy C Newman; The Derailers; Jack Greene
8:30: Jimmy Dickens (host); Jim & Jesse; Stonewall Jackson; Jim Ed Brown
9:00: Bill Anderson (host); Josh Turner; Diamond Rio
9:30: Riders In The Sky (host); Gail Davies; T.G. Sheppard; Clint Black

Saturday February 2
1st show
6:30: Jimmy Dickens (host); Connie Smith; Jim Ed Brown
7:00: Jeannie Seely (host); Steve Holy; The Derailers; Osborne Brothers; Mickey Gilley
8:00: Porter Wagoner (host); Bill Carlisle; Billy Walker; Jack Greene; Opry Square Dance Band; Melvin Sloan Dancers
8:30: Bill Anderson (host); Charlie Louvin; Elizabeth Cook; George Hamilton IV; John Conlee

2nd show
9:30: Jimmy Dickens (host); Connie Smith; Jim Ed Brown
10:00: Porter Wagoner (host); Billy Walker; Osborne Brothers
10:30: John Conlee (host); Jan Howard; Jim & Jesse: Jack Greene; Opry Square Dance Band; Melvin Sloan Dancers
11:00: Bill Anderson (host); Steve Holy; Mickey Gilley
11:30: George Hamilton IV (host); Elizabeth Cook; Del Reeves; The Derailers

To finish it off for this week, let's go back 38 years to Saturday February 3, 1979:

1st show
6:00: Vietti
Jim Ed Brown (host): Pop A Top
Skeeter Davis: The End of the World
Jimmy Dickens: May the Bird of Paradise Fly Up Your Nose
Charlie Louvin: Will You Visit Me on Sundays
Justin Tubb: What's Wrong with the Way that We're Doing It Now
Helen Cornelius: To Daddy
Jim Ed Brown & Helen Cornelius: If the World Ran Out of Love Tonight

6:30: Mrs. Grissoms
Charlie Walker (host): Release Me
Wilma Lee Cooper: Bucket to the South
Lonzo & Oscar: Cryin' Holy Unto the Lord
Charlie Walker: Pick Me Up on Your Way Down

6:45: Rudy's
Bill Monroe (host): Mule Skinner Blues
Jean Shepard: Slippin' Away
Ernie Ashworth: You Can't Pick A Rose in December
Bill Monroe: Big Mun

7:00: Shoney's
Porter Wagoner (host): Ol Slewfoot
Barbara Mandrell: Sleeping Single in A Double Bed/His Eye Is on the Sparrow
Billy Grammer: Papa & Mama
Ray Pillow: Texas
Del Wood: My Country
Willis Brothers: Bob
Porter Wagoner: Cold Hard Facts of Life/Carroll County Accident/Green, Green Grass of Home/On A Highway Headed South

7:30: Standard Candy
Roy Acuff (host): Wabash Cannonball/Tennessee Central No. 9/Sunshine Special
Jimmy C Newman: Happy Cajun
Stonewall Jackson: Why I'm Walkin'
Osborne Brothers: Rocky Top
Crook Brothers/Stoney Mountain Cloggers: Katy Hill
Roy Acuff: Jesus Will Outshine Them All

8:00: Martha White
Ernest Tubb (host): Answer The Phone
Grandpa Jones: Gone Home
4 Guys: We Make Beautiful Music Together
Billy Walker: Lawyers
Connie Smith: Once A Day
Bill Carlisle: Have a Drink on Me
Ernest Tubb: Waltz Across Texas

8:30: Stephen's
Hank Snow (host): Golden Rocket
Jeanne Pruett: Satin Sheets
Wilburn Brothers: Arkansas
Stu Phillips: Thank God She's Mine
Fruit Jar Drinkers: Nubbing Ridge

2nd show
9:30: Kellogg's
Ernest Tubb (host): Thanks A Lot
Jean Shepard: I Just Want to Sing My Song
Jim Ed Brown & Helen Cornelius: You Don't Bring Me Flowers
Skeeter Davis: I'll Fly Away
Jimmy Dickens: John Henry
Charlie Walker: Pick Me Up on Your Way Down
Lonzo & Oscar: Divorce No. 2
Wilma Lee Cooper: Coming Down from God

10:00: Fender
Porter Wagoner (host): Tennessee Saturday Night
Barbara Mandrell: If Loving You Is Wrong
Charlie Louvin: My Baby's Gone
Willis Brothers: Truck Stop
Porter Wagoner: I'm Gonna Act Right

10:15: Union 76
Roy Acuff (host): Sunshine Special
Connie Smith: Amazing Grace
Ernie Ashworth: I Can't Help It
Justin Tubb: What's Wrong with the Way that We're Doing It Now
Roy Acuff: When My Blue Moon Turns to Gold Again

10:30: Trailblazer
Grandpa Jones (host): Eight More Miles to Louisville
Stonewall Jackson: My Favorite Sin
Billy Grammer: Faded Love
Del Wood: Keep on the Firing Line

10:45: Beech-Nut
Bill Monroe (host): My Sweet Blue Eyed Darling
Billy Walker: You Gave Me a Mountain
Osborne Brothers: Beneath Still Waters
Crook Brothers/Stoney Mountain Cloggers: Mississippi Sawyer

11:00: Coca-Cola
Hank Snow (host): There's A Fool Such As I
4 Guys: Hello Walls/Big Bad John/Wings of A Dove
Jimmy C Newman: River Road
Fruit Jar Drinkers: Hollow Poplar
Ray Pillow: Gone At Last
Kirk McGee: Blue Night
Hank Snow: Geisha Girl

11:30: Acme
Wilburn Brothers (host): Country Honey
Jeanne Pruett: Hold to My Unchanging Love/Love Me/You Don't Need to Move a Mountain/A Poor Man's Woman/Satin Sheets
Stu Phillips: Crystal Chandeliers
Bill Carlisle: No Help Wanted
Wilburn Brothers: Because He Lives

I think it is safe to say that was an impressive night at the Opry. Not too many Opry members were missing. Anyways, it is always nice to look back and remember.

That covers it for this week. I hope everyone has a nice weekend and enjoy the Opry!!

Sunday, January 29, 2017

February Opry Highlights

Welcome to February, or as we say here in Ohio, the dead of winter!! As usual, here are the important or historical events that have taken place at the Grand Ole Opry, or in regards to members of the Opry, during the month of February:

February 9, 1914: Grand Ole Opry legend Ernest Tubb was born in Crisp, Texas. Ernest came to the Opry in the early 1940s and immediately became of the Opry's most important and influential members. He was known fro helping new artists and that list includes Hank Snow, Patsy Cline, Loretta Lynn, Jack Greene and Cal Smith, among many others. In 1947 he opened the first Ernest Tubb Record Shop and shortly after started the Midnight Jamboree. Ernest was one of the first members to be elected to the Country Music Hall of Fame and he was a proud supporter of country music and those who came from the state of Texas. Ernest remained an Opry member until his death in 1984, after a period of declining health.

February 18, 1914: Early Grand Ole Opry member Frank Kuczynski was born. Perhaps that name does not ring a bell but his stage name does: Pee Wee King. Pee Wee, along with his Golden West Cowboys, became a member of the Grand Ole Opry in 1937 and was one of the first professional entertainers to join the cast. Many people forget that Pee Wee came before Roy Acuff. He left the Opry after World War II and moved to Louisville, Kentucky to work in television and eventually his show was broadcast in Chicago, Cincinnati and Cleveland, in addition to Louisville. He always said he would have stayed in Nashville and at the Opry if WSM had branched into television, which they would do later. While leaving the Opry as a member, Pee Wee was a frequent guest. Elected to the Country Music Hall of Fame in 1974, Pee Wee passed away in 2000 at the age of 86.

February 1, 1917: Mary Jane Dezurik was born in Royalton, Minnesota. Along with her sister Carolyn, these former Opry members were known as the Cackle Sisters. They came to the Opry in the 1940s, staying for only a short period of time, eventually moving to Cincinnati. Mary Jane passed away in 1981.

February 25, 1927: Ralph Stanley was born in the Clinch Mountains of Virginia. This bluegrass legend joined the Grand Ole Opry in January 2000. Ralph passed away in 2016.

February 1, 1928: Harry Stone joined WSM radio as a staff announcer. Harry would eventually become the general manager of WSM and become responsible for the Opry. While in that position, he would often clash with Opry founder George D. Hay over the direction of the show. While Judge Hay wanted to keep the rural flavor of the show, Harry saw the value of the show to the National Life & Insurance Company, the owners of WSM, and felt that the show should move into a more professional direction. It was during Harry's time that the Opry moved away from local, amateur talent and began bringing in professional and paid entertainers. Harry remained with WSM until 1950, when he left to pursue new opportunities.

February 17, 1931: Uncle Jimmy Thompson, the first artist to perform on what is now called the Grand Ole Opry passed away. Uncle Jimmy was a part of the Barn Dance until 1927.

February 25, 1932: Faron Young was born in Shreveport, Louisiana. In 1951 Faron joined the Louisiana Hayride, where he stayed until 1954. He then moved to Nashville, becoming a member of the Grand Ole Opry. Faron remained an Opry member until he was fired in December 1964 for failing to meet the required number of annual appearances. While he never rejoined the show, Faron would come back and make occasional guest appearances.

February 2, 1935: The Missouri Mountaineers made their first appearance on the Grand Ole Opry. Alcyone Bate described the Mountaineers, who were founded by Jack Shook, as a "sort of Sons of Pioneers group." They stayed with the Opry until 1939.

February 5, 1938: Roy Acuff and his Crazy Tennesseans made their second appearance on the Grand Ole Opry. His first appearance had taken place several months earlier and was not considered a success. This time around, Roy performed "The Great Speckled Bird" and WSM was overwhelmed with an avalanche of mail. As a result, Roy was asked to become an Opry regular, or member, and it became official on February 19. Along with Pee Wee King, Ernest Tubb, Bill Monroe and Eddy Arnold, Roy would help lead the shift of the Opry's focus to professional singers rather than the instrumental groups that had been the main focus of the show. The week after he joined, Harry Stone suggested to Roy that the name of his group be changed and since Roy was from the Knoxville area, he went with Smoky Mountain Boys. Except for a brief year in the 1940s, Roy would remain with the Opry until his death in November 1992.

February 18, 1939: The Andrew Brothers became members of the Grand Ole Opry. They were brought to the Opry specifically to replace the Delmore Brothers, who had left the show. While I have never heard The Andrew Brothers, I have heard that they were fine harmony singers.

February 13, 1943: Ernest Tubb became an official member of the Grand Ole Opry.

February 21, 1948: Jimmy Dickens made his first guest appearance on the Opry. He performed "John Henry" and "I Dreamed of An Old Love Affair." Several months later, Jimmy would become a member of the Opry.

February 2, 1949: Future Grand Ole Opry member Hank Snow met current Opry member Ernest Tubb for the first time. The meeting led to the efforts by Ernest to get Hank on the Opry, which finally took place in January 1950.

February 26, 1949: Rose Maddox and her brothers made their debut on the Grand Ole Opry. Rose and the group would later become Opry members, however their stay at the Opry was very short. There are several different versions as to why they left.

February 18, 1950: One of the Opry's early competitors, the WSB Barn Dance, based in Atlanta, Georgia, took place for the final time. The show, which started on November 16, 1940, was a very popular regional show.

February 23, 1952: Del Wood made her debut on the Grand Ole Opry. She came to the Opry after "Down Yonder" her famous instrumental single, sold over a million copies the previous year. When Del accepted the invitation to perform on the Opry, she turned down a two week engagement to play with Bob Crosby and his orchestra. Del became an Opry member the following year and would remain an Opry member until her death in October 1989.

February 7, 1953: Marty Robbins made his debut on the Grand Ole Opry. He performed two numbers, "Ain't You Ashamed" and "Good Night Cincinnati, Good Mornin' Tennessee." Marty's debut was a success and he would shortly after become an Opry member.

February 26, 1955: The Louvin Brothers, Charlie and Ira, became members of the Grand Ole Opry. Some consider them the greatest brother duo in the history of country music. Ira passed away on June 20, 1965 from injuries in an automobile accident that also took the life of his wife and another couple. Charlie would remain a member of the Opry, and have a successful solo career, until his death in January 2011. (As a note, some publications list February 10 as the date the Louvin Brothers joined the Opry).

February 19, 1957: Webb Pierce resigned as a member of the Opry. Webb's time at the Opry was fairly short as he quickly realized the amount of money he was losing by having to be in Nashville every Saturday night.

February 23, 1957: Porter Wagoner became a member of the Grand Ole Opry. It is safe to say that Porter was one of the Opry's most popular and colorful members and in his later years, was considered the face of the Opry. Porter had made his first guest appearance in 1956 and would later say, "The first night I appeared on the Opry, I came off the stage and went back to the dressing room area, and I met Roy Acuff in the hallway there. And he came up to me and he said, 'Porter, I was awful glad that you're becoming a part of the Grand Ole Opry. We need more of your kind of people here,'" The night of his first appearance, he was introduced by Carl Smith, who would later became close friends with Porter. Porter remained an Opry member until his death in October 2007, shortly after celebrating 50 years as an Opry member.

February 27, 1959: Billy Grammer joined the cast of the Grand Ole Opry. Famous for "Gotta Travel On" Billy was also a fine guitar player and maker. Billy was a member for 52 years, passing away in August 2011.

February 6, 1960: George Hamilton IV became a member of the Grand Ole Opry. George, who passed away in September 2014, was an Opry member for 54 years.

February 23, 1963: Patsy Cline made her final appearance on the Grand Ole Opry. Less than two weeks later, she would die in a plane crash that also took the lives of Opry members Cowboy Copas and Hawkshaw Hawkins, along with Randy Hughes.

February 11, 1967: The Four Guys made their first appearance on the Grand Ole Opry. As the story has been told many times, they were brought back for several encores. Even the the group never had a hit record, they were such a success with their stage presence that they were asked to become Opry members, were they remained until fired in April 2000.

February 22, 1969: Lester Flatt & Earl Scruggs made their final appearance together on the Opry. The duo had joined the Opry in 1955, however creative differences caused the two to go their separate ways. While they broke up several months later, each remained as individual members of the Opry.

February 6, 1971: The Grand Ole Opry began performing two Saturday night Opry shows on a regular basis. Prior to that date, the Saturday show ran 7:30 to midnight, although on special occasions the Opry would break it up into two shows, depending on artist and audience demand.

February 11, 1972: Grand Ole Gospel Time, hosted by the Reverend Jimmie Snow, made its debut after the Friday Night Opry. The show would continue for the next 23 years and feature many of the Opry's members, along with other guests including Johnny and June Carter Cash and Dennis Weaver. While the hour long show took place after the Friday Night Opry, it was not aired on WSM until Sunday morning.

February 23, 1974: Former Grand Ole Opry member DeFord Bailey returned to the show for the first time since he was fired by Opry founder George D. Hay in 1941. DeFord appeared at the personal invitation of Roy Acuff and Minnie Pearl, who for years had been trying to convince DeFord to return to the Opry. Before passing away, DeFord would make several more appearances, most often on the Opry's annual reunion shows.

February 8, 1975: After an absence of 18 years, Jimmy Dickens rejoined the cast as a member of the Opry. He was introduced that night by Hank Snow, who noted how much Jimmy had been missed at the Opry and how good it was to have him back. As you might expect, Jimmy sang "Family Reunion." Unlike the first time he joined in 1948, this time Jimmy stayed, until passing away in January 2015.

February 6, 1975: Ronnie Milsap became a member of the Grand Ole Opry. This will be Ronnie's 41st year as an Opry member.

February 7, 1981: John Conlee became a member of the Grand Ole Opry. This will be John's 36th year as an Opry member. As an Opry member, John has been very popular and well received. After he first appeared on the Opry, he was quoted as saying, "I made sure to stand on the circle from the stage of the old Ryman. That circle has been so important to me because so many big stars had stood on that wooden flooring."

February 21, 1981: Just two weeks after John Conlee joined the cast, Boxcar Willie became a member of the Grand Ole Opry. Boxcar became a country music star late in life, thanks to his hobo character and his late night television commercials promoting his train album. Boxcar had first appeared on the Opry in June 1980 after being discovered in England by Wesley Rose, who brought Boxcar to the attention of Roy Acuff. Lecil Travis Martin passed away in April 1999.

February 20, 1988: The Grand Ole Opry honored Roy Acuff for 50 years of Opry membership. TNN devoted an entire hour long segment to Roy that featured Loretta Lynn and Minnie Pearl. On an additional note, on the same night that Roy Acuff celebrated his 50th Opry anniversary, Porter Wagoner and Dolly Parton reunited at the Opry for the first time in 14 years.

February 24, 1991: Webb Pierce passed away in Nashville. Webb came to Nashville in 1952 from the Louisiana Hayride and quickly made his first Grand Ole Opry appearance on the Prince Albert portion of the show. When he joined the cast in 1953 he was considered the replacement for Hank Williams. In the 1950s, Webb was one of the biggest acts in country music and because of his heavy touring, he only stayed at the Opry for a couple of years. Webb was also a very successful business man and was involved with one of the first publishing companies in Nashville. In 2001, a decade after his death, Webb was finally elected to the Country Music Hall of Fame.

February 29, 1992: Travis Tritt became a member of the Grand Ole Opry. This will be his 25th year as an Opry member, Although Travis has not appeared on the Opry since 2007, he is currently scheduled to appear later this month in celebration of his 25th year as an Opry member.

February 18, 1995: WSM and Grand Ole Opry announcer Charlie Douglas announced the Grand Ole Opry for the final time. Charlie retired from WSM after coming to the station in 1984.

February 21, 1998: The Grand Ole Opry honored long-time member Grandpa Jones, who passed away earlier in the week from complications of a stroke suffered after an Opry performance. At the show that night, Bill Carlisle, Vince Gill, Ramona Jones and Grandpa's children led the cast in singing "Fallen Leaves," one of the great songs that Grandpa wrote.

February 17, 2001: Brad Paisley became a member of the Grand Ole Opry. This will be Brad's 16th year as an Opry member. On the night that Brad joined the cast, he wore the bright yellow jacket that Buck Owens wore on the cover of the 1966 "Live at Carnegie Hall" album.

February 24, 2001: While performing on the first show that evening, Grand Ole Opry member Wilma Lee Cooper suffered a stroke which would end her performing career. Wilma Lee did return to the Opry several times after the stroke, once to be honored for 50 years as a member of the Opry, and then when the Grand Ole Opry House reopened after the flood in September 2010.

February 16, 2002: Marty Stuart, Travis Tritt and Hank Williams, Jr. performed together on the Opry in tribute to Waylon Jennings, who had recently passed away. Porter Wagoner was the host of the segment and the four performers  spent an hour on stage singing various Waylon songs and telling Waylon stories.

February 18, 2003: Grand Ole Opry member Johnny Paycheck passed away following a long illness. Johnny joined the Opry in November 1997, at the urging of Johnny Russell. However, within a few years, declining health forced Johnny into retirement. At the time of his death. Johnny was in such poor financial shape that George Jones paid for a cemetery plot in which Johnny was buried.

February 4, 2005: Bluegrass group The Grascals made their debut on the Grand Ole Opry. While never becoming Opry members, they group continues to make guest appearances.

February 26, 2005: Opry member Charlie Louvin was honored for 50 years of Opry membership. He appeared on both Opry shows that night in addition to hosting the Ernest Tubb Midnight Jamboree.

February 16, 2008: Former Grand Ole Opry member Bobby Lord passed away in Florida at the age of 74. Bobby was a popular Opry member who joined the cast in the mid 1960s, leaving in the mid-1970s. At the time, he left Nashville and moved to Florida and got involved in real estate.

February 27, 2009: Opry member Billy Grammer was honored for 50 years of Opry membership. On the same night that Billy was recognized, Jimmy Dickens returned to the Opry after an absence of six weeks following brain surgery.

February 26, 2015: The Grand Ole Opry House was added to the National Register of Historic Places.

There you have it for this month.

Wednesday, January 25, 2017

Grand Ole Opry 1/27 & 1/28

The Grand Ole Opry has released the line-ups for the two shows this weekend, the Friday Night Opry and Saturday's Grand Ole Opry. Both shows have solid line-ups.

Opry members scheduled for both nights include John Conlee, Mike Snider and The Whites. That group will be joined on Friday night by Jeannie Seely, Terri Clark, Ricky Skaggs, Craig Morgan and Jesse McReynolds, while on Saturday night, the three will be joined by Connie Smith, Bobby Osborne and Riders In The Sky.

As to guest artists this weekend, Friday's list has Sarah Darling, Granger Smith, Ned LeDoux and Trent Harmon on it, while on Saturday night, the scheduled artists include Ray Scott, Ashley Campbell, John Schneider, Shenandoah, Lindsay Ell and Charles Esten.

Friday January 27
7:00: John Conlee (host); Sarah Darling; Mike Snider
7:30: Jeannie Seely (host); Granger Smith; Terri Clark
8:15: Ricky Skaggs (host); The Whites; Ned LeDoux;
8:45: Craig Morgan (host); Jesse McReynolds; Trent Harmon

Saturday January 28
7:00: John Conlee (host); Ray Scott; Mike Snider
7:30: The Whites (host); Ashley Campbell; John Schneider
8:15: Connie Smith (host); Bobby Osborne & The Rocky Top X-Press; Shenandoah; Opry Square Dancers
8:45: Riders In The Sky (host); Lindsay Ell; Charles Esten

12 artists for each show, with 8 Opry members on Friday and 6 on Saturday.

For Ned LeDoux, this will be his Opry debut. Ned started out as the drummer for his famous father, Chris LeDoux. After his father passed away in 2005, Ned continued to tour with his father's band. Eventually, he began singing, concentrating on some of his dad's songs including "Rodeo Man." In July 2015, Ned came to Nashville with the intention of finishing some songs that is dad had started and in the process he connected with Mac McAnally. Mac became Ned's producer and has worked on the last two studio albums that Ned has released. For the past year, Ned has been touring and opening for Toby Keith, Chris Janson and Randy Houser.

And now, here is the posted Grand Ole Opry line-up from 5 years ago, the weekend of January 27 & 28, 2012:

Friday January 27
7:00: John Conlee (host); Jimmy C Newman; Del McCoury Band
7:30: Jimmy Dickens (host); Jesse McReynolds; Craig Morgan
8:15: Bill Anderson (host); Bobby Osborne & The Rocky Top X-Press; Casey James
8:45: Mike Snider (host); Ray Pillow; Diamond Rio

Saturday January 28
7:00: Jimmy Dickens (host); John Conlee; Love and Theft
7:30: Riders In The Sky (host); Jim Ed Brown; Connie Smith; Del McCoury Band
8:15: Ricky Skaggs (host); The Whites; John Anderson; Opry Square Dancers
8:45: Bill Anderson (host); Mike Snider; Diamond Rio

Now from 10 years ago, the weekend of January 26 & 27, 2007:

Friday January 26
8:00: Jeannie Seely (host); The Whites; Jimmy Wayne
8:30: John Conlee (host); Jan Howard; Jack Greene; Del McCoury Band
9:00: Charley Pride (host); Danielle Peck; Ralph Stanley
9:30: George Hamilton IV (host); Bobby Osborne & The Rocky Top X-Press; Darryl Worley

Saturday January 27
1st show
6:30: John Conlee (host); The Whites; Ralph Stanley
7:00: Dierks Bentley; Montgomery Gentry; Rodney Atkins; Josh Turner
8:00: Jeannie Seely (host); Jimmy C Newman; Del McCoury Band; Opry Square Dancers
8:30: Charley Pride (host); Jack Greene; Dale Watson

2nd show
9:30: John Conlee (host); Jesse McReynolds & The Virginia Boys; Rodney Atkins
10:00: Jimmy C Newman (host); The Whites; Ralph Stanley
10:30: Charley Pride (host); George Hamilton IV; Dale Watson; Opry Square Dancers
11:00: Jeannie Seely (host); Del McCoury Band; Dierks Bentley

Finally, looking back 50 years to Saturday January 28, 1967:

7:30: Luzianne
Bill Anderson (host); Ride; Ride; Ride
Skeeter Davis: You Add Fuel to the Flame
George Hamilton IV: The Urge for Going
Del Wood: Down at Papa Joe's
Bill Anderson: Still
Jim Ed Brown: Regular on My Mind
Skeeter Davis: Going Down the Road Feeling Bad
Bill Anderson: Get While the Getting's Good

8:00: Martha White
Billy Walker (host): A Million & One
Charlie Louvin: Off & On
Justin Tubb: But Wait; There's More
Osborne Brothers: The Kind of Woman I Got
Crook Brothers: Black Mountain Rag
Bill Walker: Bear With Me A Little Longer
Stringbean: Train 45
Margie Bowes: Enough to Make A Woman Lose Her Mind
Billy Walker: Cattle Call

8:30: Stephens
Bobby Lord (host): Room in the Corner of the House
Bill Carlisle: Same Ol' Tale That the Crow Told Me
Bob Luman: Hardly Anymore
Archie Campbell: Comedy
Bobby Lord: Fall Away
Jean Shepard: Heart, We Did All That We Could
Bobby Bare: The Streets of Baltimore
Grandpa Jones: Stop That Ticklin' Me

9:00: Pet Milk
Roy Acuff (host): Just A Friend
Bill Monroe: The Pretty Fair Maiden
Billy Grammer: The Real Thing
Lonzo & Oscar: Funny Way of Living In This Crazy Mixed Up World
Roy Acuff: The Great Speckled Bird
Dottie West: What's Come Over My Baby
Fruit Jar Drinkers: (?)
Roy Acuff: Glory's Coming; It Won't Be Long

9:30: Kellogg's
Hank Snow (host): Hula Love
Willis Brothers: Bob
Marion Worth: There Goes My Everything
Curly Fox: Casey Railroad Blues
Hank Snow: I've Cried A Mile
Willis Brothers: Give Me 40 Acres
Hank Snow: The Count Down

10:00: Schick
Bill Anderson (host): I Get the Fever
George Hamilton IV: Truck Driving Man
Margie Bowes: There'll Be No Teardrops Tonight
Stringbean: Nine Pound Hammer
Bill Anderson: I Love You Drops

10:15: Pure
Jim Ed Brown (host): A Taste of Heaven
Bill Carlisle: Dr. R.D.
Skeeter Davis: The End of the World
Jim Ed Brown: You Can Have Her

10:30: Buckley's
Jean Shepard (host): Many Happy Hangovers to You
Charlie Louvin: He Can Be Found
Del Wood: Cajun Stripper
Grandpa Jones: Old Rattler Left Us Years Ago
Jean Shepard: It's A Man

10:45: Kent
Roy Acuff (host): Meeting in the Air
Billy Walker: Cross the Brazos at Waco
Osborne Brothers: The Kind of Woman I Got
Crook Brothers: Eighth of January

11:00: Coca-Cola
Hank Snow (host): I've Been Everywhere
Bill Monroe: Panhandle Country
Justin Tubb: As Long As There's A Sunday
Fruit Jar Drinkers: Bill Cheatham
Hank Snow: There's A Fool Such as I
Dottie West: Here Comes My Baby
Bobby Bare: Detroit City
Sam McGee: Blackberry Blossom
Hank Snow: I'm Moving On

11:30: Lava
Billy Grammer (host): Gotta Travel On
Lonzo & Oscar: We're Gathering the Hang of it Now
Bob Luman: Memphis
Marion Worth: Touch My Heart
Billy Grammer: The Real Thing
Connie Smith: Walk Thru This World
Curly Fox: Lost John
Bob Luman: Hardly Anymore
Billy Grammer: Under the Double Eagle

There you have it for this week. I hope everyone has a great weekend, and enjoy the Opry!!!!