Thursday, October 20, 2016

Grand Ole Opry 10/21 & 10/22

Before getting into the Grand Ole Opry line-ups for this week, I wanted to pass along birthday greetings to Louie Roberts, who turns 60 on Friday October 21. Many of you probably remember Louie, who was a regular performer on the Opry, usually appearing on segments hosted by Marty Robbins. Just to bring everyone up to date, beginning in 1978 he moved to Pigeon Forge, Tennessee, appearing on The Bonnie Lou and Buster Smokey Mountain Hayride Show, and then Adloff's Starlight Jamboree. Then in 1989, he went to Myrtle Beach, South Carolina and began working with Calvin Gilmore's Carolina Opry Shows, where he was until 2012, when he retired professionally from the business. Louie, who has been married for 35 years and has 3 children, is currently a worship leader at his church in White House, Tennessee, just north of Nashville. 

And I would be remiss if I didn't remind everyone that Louie is the son of the legendary Kayton Roberts. Happy Birthday Louie Roberts!!!

I also wanted to mention that Grand Ole Opry member Randy Travis made a special appearance on the Tuesday Night Opry this past week, where he was presented with his Opry membership award. Randy, who also made a guest appearance at the Nashville Palace on Saturday night, was in town for his formal induction into the Country Music Hall of Fame, which took place Sunday evening. 

As to the Grand Ole Opry line-up this weekend, if you had to pick which night to attend, Saturday would be the night. Making a guest appearance on the Opry will be Marie Osmond and John Schneider. Opry records are a little bit sketchy at times when it comes to guest appearances, so I can't confirm if this is Marie's first appearance or not. I know she had her big country hit, "Paper Roses" back in the early 1970's, and she enjoyed success as a duo with Dan Seals in the 80's. I scanned my records and on first glance, I didn't come up with a previous appearance by Marie. Someone might know otherwise. One act that I know is making their Opry debut, also on Saturday, are the Turnpike Troubadours. The Turnpike Troubadours are described as a American Red Dirt Group out of Oklahoma, who have released three studio albums in the past decade. They are appearing on the Opry as a part of their current tour. Joining them on Saturday will be "Nashville" star Clare Bowen, along with Mark O'Connor and his band. 

Mark O'Connor is also scheduled for the Friday Night Opry, where he will be joined by Jimmy Wayne, TG Sheppard, Chris Janson and Dan Layus. For Dan, this will also be his Grand Ole Opry debut, and he will be appearing on the Opry the same day that his new record, "Dangerous Things" is being released. As to Chris Janson, this will be another in a long string of guest appearances for Chris. 

As far as Opry members this weekend, there are only two scheduled for Friday night, Connie Smith and Mike Snider. Mike is back for both shows on Saturday, where he will be joined by Jeannie Seely, Bill Anderson and Ricky Skaggs. Connie is also back on Saturday, but just for the first show, and also scheduled for the early show is Jesse McReynolds, while The Whites and Bobby Osborne are set for the late show. 

Getting back to the Friday Night Opry, it is again very disappointing to see just 8 acts scheduled and only 2 Opry members. That might be OK for Tuesday or Wednesday, but it is unacceptable for a Friday night show. Not to take anything away from the artists who are scheduled to perform, as I know they will all do a great job, but would you pay $95 to see that line-up? You will after January 1st. But as more of the Opry's members pass away, or decline to appear, I am afraid that what we see scheduled for Friday night will become the new normal at the Opry. 

Friday October 21
7:00: Connie Smith; Shelly Skidmore
7:30: Mike Snider; Jimmy Wayne
8:15: TG Sheppard; Dan Layus
8:45: O'Connor Band w/Mark O'Connor; Chris Janson

Saturday October 22
1st show
7:00: Jeannie Seely (host); Clare Bowen; Mike Snider
7:30: Connie Smith (host); Turnpike Troubadours; Jesse McReynolds
8:00: Bill Anderson (host); O'Connor Band w/Mark O'Connor; Opry Square Dancers
8:30: Ricky Skaggs (host); Marie Osmond; John Schneider

2nd show
9:30: Jeannie Seely (host); Clare Bowen; Mike Snider
10:00: The Whites (host); Turnpike Troubadours; Bobby Osborne & The Rocky Top X-Press
10:30: Bill Anderson (host); O'Connor Band w/Mark O'Connor; Opry Square Dancers
11:00: Ricky Skaggs(host); Marie Osmond; John Schneider

And now, here is the posted Grand Ole Opry line-up from five years ago this weekend, October 21 & 22. 2011. The 8:00 segment of the 1st show on Saturday was televised on GAC, thus no host. 

Friday October 21
7:00: Jeannie Seely (host); Jimmy C Newman; Jim Ed Brown; Rebecca Lynn Howard
7:30: Jimmy Dickens (host); Bobby Osborne & The Rocky Top X-Press; Mandy Barnett
8:15: Riders In The Sky (host); The Whites; Mountain Heart
8:45: Mike Snider (host); Whitney Duncan; Ray Price

Saturday October 22
1st show
7:00: Jimmy Dickens (host); Mike Snider; Jeff & Sheri Easter
7:30: Bill Anderson (host); Connie Smith; Ronnie Milsap
8:00: Lauren Alaina; Edens Edge; Kellie Pickler; Martina McBride

2nd show
9:30: Jimmy Dickens (host); The Whites; Kellie Pickler
10:00: Mike Snider (host); Edens Edge; Ronnie Milsap
10:30: Bill Anderson (host); Jeannie Seely; Lauren Alaina; Opry Square Dancers
11:00: Riders In The Sky (host); Jesse McReynolds; Connie Smith; Jeff & Sheri Easter

Now from ten years ago, the weekend of October 20 & 21, 2006. This was also the weekend of the Opry's 81st birthday bash. 

Friday October 20
1st show
7:00: Jimmy Dickens (host); Jimmy C Newman; Charlie Walker; Heartland
7:30: Ricky Skaggs (host); Connie Smith; The Whites; Earl Scruggs
8:00: Mike Snider (host); John Conlee; Jean Shepard; Chris Young
8:30: Bill Anderson (host); Restless Heart; Charley Pride

2nd show
9:30: Ricky Skaggs (host); Connie Smith; The Whites; Earl Scruggs
10:00: Jimmy Dickens (host); Mike Snider; Heartland
10:30: John Conlee (host); Chris Young; Charley Pride
11:00: Bill Anderson (host); Jean Shepard; Restless Heart

Saturday October 21
6:30; Jean Shepard (host); Jimmy C Newman; The Whites
7:00: Jimmy Dickens (host); Trisha Yearwood; Travis Tritt; LeAnn Rimes; Charley Pride
8:00: Mike Snider (host); Stu Phillips; Jim Ed Brown w/Helen Cornelius; Opry Square Dancers
8:30: Hal Ketchum (host); Jack Greene; Del McCoury Band

2nd show
9:30: Jimmy Dickens (host); The Whites; Trisha Yearwood
10:00: Mike Snider (host); Jimmy C Newman; Travis Tritt
10:30: Jean Shepard (host); Jan Howard; LeAnn Rimes; Opry Square Dancers
11:00: Hal Ketchum (host); Charlie Louvin; Bobby Osborne & The Rocky Top X-Press
11:30: Jim Ed Brown (host) w/Helen Cornelius; Jack Greene; Del McCoury Band

Finally from 25 years ago, the weekend of October 18 & 19, 1991. The Friday Night Opry was the final night that Grant Turner announced the Opry as he passed away early the following morning. 

Friday October 18
1st show
6:30: Bill Anderson (host); Skeeter Davis; Jim & Jesse; Hank Locklin; Ray Pillow
7:00: Porter Wagoner (host); 4 Guys; Jean Shepard; Riders In The Sky; The Whites
7:30: Roy Acuff (host); Grandpa Jones; Connie Smith; Roy Clark
8:00: Bill Monroe (host); Jimmy Dickens; Jimmy C Newman; Osborne Brothers
8:30: Hank Snow (host); Jan Howard; George Hamilton IV; Bill Carlisle

2nd show
9:30: Porter Wagoner (host); Charlie Walker; Riders In The Sky; Jean Shepard; Stonewall Jackson
10:00: Roy Acuff (host); 4 Guys; Bill Anderson; Roy Clark
10:30: Bill Monroe (host); Jim & Jesse; The Whites; Desert Rose Band
11:00: Hank Snow (host); Osborne Brothers; Jimmy Dickens; Connie Smith
11:30: Grandpa Jones (host); Jan Howard; Bill Carlisle; George Hamilton IV; Jimmy C Newman

Saturday October 19
1st show
6:30: Porter Wagoner (host); Jan Howard
6:45: Grandpa Jones (host); Jim & Jesse; Bill Carlisle
7:00: Bill Monroe (host); Hank Locklin; Skeeter Davis; Charlie Walker; The Whites
7:30: Roy Clark (host); Billy Grammer; George Hamilton IV; Jean Shepard; Stonewall Jackson
8:00: Roy Acuff (host); Connie Smith; Bill Anderson; Opry Square Dance Band; Melvin Sloan Dancers
8:30: Hank Snow (host); Charlie Louvin; Osborne Brothers; Ray Pillow; Jimmy Dickens

2nd show
9:30: Porter Wagoner (host); Skeeter Davis; The Whites; Hank Locklin; Billy Grammer
10:00: Bill Anderson (host); Jim & Jesse
10:15: Roy Acuff (host); Roy Clark
10:30: Bill Monroe (host); Jean Shepard
10:45: Grandpa Jones (host); Charlie Walker; Opry Square Dance Band; Melvin Sloan Dancers
11:00: Hank Snow (host); Connie Smith; Ray Pillow; George Hamilton IV
11:30: Jimmy Dickens (host); Charlie Louvin; Bill Carlisle; Osborne Brothers

On Saturday October 21, 1967, the Grand Ole Opry celebrated its 42nd birthday and it was also the final night that The Browns performed as members of the Grand Ole Opry. Here is the running order from that night 49 years ago.

1st show
6:00: Vietti
Bill Anderson (host): Bright Lights and Country Music
Osborne Brothers: Roll Muddy River
Ernie Ashworth: Tender & True
Del Wood: Piano Roll Blues
Stu Phillips: Little Old Wine Drinker Me
Bill Anderson: I Get the Fever
Charlie Walker: Don't Squeeze My Sharmon
Jimmy Gately: Orange Blossom Special/She Wants to Be Like You

6:30: Mrs Grissoms
Bill Monroe (host): Uncle Pen
Willis Brothers: Bob
Cousin Jody: Mockingbird
Bill Monroe: Molly & Tenbrooks

6:45: Rudy's
Billy Walker (host): I Taught Her Everything She Knows
Stringbean: Gonna Make Myself A Name
Jim & Jesse: Ballad of Thunder Road
Billy Walker: Cattle Call

7:00: Luzianne
Porter Wagoner (host): Ol' Slewfoot
Hank Locklin: Country Hall of Fame
Bob Luman: Memphis
Minnie Pearl: Maple on the Hill
4 Guys: Walking in the Sunshine
Del Reeves: One Dime at a Time
Jeannie Seely: Don't Touch Me
Porter Wagoner: Cold Hard Facts of Life

7:30: Standard Candy
Roy Acuff (host): Ball Knob, Arkansas
Charlie Louvin: How Great Thou Art
Wilburn Brothers: Just to Be Where You Are
Loretta Lynn: What Kind of A Girl
Grandpa Jones: Old Dan Tucker
Bobby Lord: Shadows on the Wall
Bill Carlisle: Dr. R.D.
Ray Pillow: (?)
Roy Acuff: Cabin in Gloryland

8:00: Martha White
George Hamilton IV (host): Break My Mind
Jean Shepard: Happy Tracks
George Morgan: You're the Only Good Thing
The Browns: Looking Back to See/(?)/(?)/I Heard the Bluebird Sing/The Old Lamplighter/Scarlet Ribbons/The 3 Bells/Send Me the Pillow You Dream On
Crook Brothers: Cotton-Eyed Joe
Dottie West: Like A Fool
Jim Ed Brown: Pop A Top
George Hamilton IV: Truck Driving Man

8:30: Stephens
Ernest Tubb (host): Thanks A Lot
Wilma Lee & Stoney Cooper: Big Midnight Special
Tex Ritter: Just Beyond the Moon
Archie Campbell: The Cockfight
Glaser Brothers: Gone on the Other Hand
Skeeter Davis: The End of the World
Billy Grammer: Mabel
Margie Bowes: Bo Weevil

2nd show
9:30: Kellogg's
Hank Snow (host) I'm Moving On
Bill Monroe: You'll Find Her Name Written There
Bill Anderson: I Love You Drops
Marion Worth: A Woman Needs Love
Willis Brothers: Give Me 40 Acres
Grandpa Jones: Kitty Klyde
Del Wood: Waiting for the Robert E Lee
Norma Jean: Jackson Ain't A Very Happy Place
Fruit Jar Drinkers: Cacklin' Hen
Hank Snow: There's a Fool Such as I

10:00: Schick
Roy Acuff (host): Wabash Cannonball
Wilburn Brothers: Troubles Back in Town
Loretta Lynn: What Kind of A Girl
Stringbean: Gonna Make Myself a Name
Jim & Jesse: Diesel on My Tail
Roy Acuff: The Great Speckled Bird

10:15: Pure
Ernest Tubb (host) w/Loretta Lynn: Sweet Thang
Bobby Lord: Look What You're Doing to You
Charlie Louvin & Bobby Osborne: When I Stop Dreaming
Stu Phillips: Juanita Jones

10:30: Buckley's
Hank Snow (host): I've Been Everywhere
Skeeter Davis: What Does it Take
George Hamilton IV: Urge for Going
Jim Ed Brown: Bottle; Bottle
Hank Snow: (?)

10:45: Newport
Wilma Lee & Stoney Cooper (host): The Birds are Back
George Morgan: Misty Blue
Crook Brothers: Old Joe Clark
Margie Bowes: Overnight
Osborne Brothers: Roll Muddy River
Wilma Lee & Stoney Cooper: There's A Big Wheel

11:00: Coca-Cola
Porter Wagoner (host): Dooley
Tex Ritter: A Working Man's Prayer
Jean Shepard: I Don't See How I Can Make It
Fruit Jar Drinkers: Devil's Dream
Hank Locklin: Country Hall of Fame
Sam McGee: (?)
4 Guys: Ruby
Del Reeves: Chug-A-Lug
Porter Wagoner: Julie

11:30: Lava
Roy Drusky (host): White Lightening Express
Bill Carlisle: No Help Wanted
Glaser Brothers: Through the Eyes of Love
Marion Worth: Tennessee Waltz
Ernie Ashworth: My Love for You
Ray Pillow: Take Your Hands off My Heart
Charlie Walker: Don't Squeeze My Sharmon
Roy Drusky: Anymore/Strangers; Second Hand Rose

Now that is a birthday show for you!! The Opry that night started at 6:00 and as you would expect with so many artists on the schedule, it did not end on time. In fact, the second show did not end until after 1:00 am. 

As I mentioned, this was the final night that The Browns performed as members of the Grand Ole Opry. Jim Ed, Maxine, and Bonnie joined the Opry on August 12, 1963. Originally from Arkansas, Jim Ed and Maxine began appearing on local radio while still in high school. By the time Jim Ed was in college, they were appearing as regulars on the "Barnyard Frolic" on Little Rock radio station KLRA. In 1954, they had their first country hit, "Looking Back to See." The following year, younger sister Bonnie joined them and they became The Browns, scoring another Top 10 hit with "Here Today and Gone Tomorrow." The group signed with RCA in 1956 and quickly had two more hits, "I Take the Chance" and "I Heard the Bluebird Sing." 

After serving two years in the service, Jim Ed returned to join his sisters again and in 1959 they had their signature song and career hit, "The Three Bells." The song was No. 1 on the country charts for 10 weeks and on the pop charts for four weeks. They followed that up with "The Old Lamplighter" and "Scarlet Ribbons," both of which were also pop/country hits. 

By the mid-1960's, Bonnie and Maxine decided to retire in order to be with their families and raise their children, after which Jim Ed continued on with his solo career. Even though Bonnie and Maxine retired from active performing and recording, they would still appear on occasion with Jim Ed on the Opry and at other selected venues. In 2015, The Browns were elected to the Country Music Hall of Fame. Jim Ed passed away in 2015, while Bonnie died earlier this year. 

I hope everyone enjoys the Opry this weekend!!

Thursday, October 13, 2016

Grand Ole Opry 10/14 & 10/15

For those who are interested, Tom T Hall is having an estate sale in a few weeks as he is in the process of settling his estate and selling his long time home, Fox Hollow. Tom T is selling furniture, musical instruments and other memorabilia. If interested, there is information on various websites. And for those who might ask, Tom T is now considered retired and does no more personal appearances, and has not for several years. 

Now for the Opry:

Coming off the 91st Birthday Bash, the Grand Ole Opry has posted the line-ups for the three shows this weekend, as the Opry continues with two shows on Saturday night. There are some interesting names listed, one of which is Grand Ole Opry member Roy Clark, who is scheduled for both shows on Saturday. For Roy, these will be his 4th and 5th appearances of 2016, which is the most he has appeared on the Opry since 2010.

Other Opry members joining Roy on Saturday night include Trace Adkins, Bill Anderson, Ricky Skaggs and, for the first show, Jesse McReynolds. Also scheduled are Jeannie Seely, Mike Snider and John Conlee, each of whom are also scheduled for Friday night. Joining Jeannie, Mike and John on Friday will be Connie Smith, The Whites and Bobby Osborne. 

As far as guest artists, Friday night has Emily West, Flatt Lonesome, Mark Collie, Runaway Jane and Exile on the slate. Exile will return for both shows on Saturday night, joined by Ernie Haase & Signature Sound. For Runaway Jane, this will be the Opry debut for this female trio. 

Friday October 14
7:00: Jeannie Seely (host); Emily West; Mike Snider
7:30: The Whites (host); T Graham Brown; Flatt Lonesome
8:15: John Conlee (host); Bobby Osborne & The Rocky Top X-Press; Mark Collie
8:45: Connie Smith (host); Runaway Jane; Exile

Saturday October 15
1st show
7:00: Jeannie Seely (host); Ben & Sara; Mike Snider
7:30: John Conlee (host); Roy Clark; Exile
8:00: Ricky Skaggs (host); Ernie Haase & Signature Sound; Opry Square Dancers
8:30: Bill Anderson (host); Jesse McReynolds; Trace Adkins

2nd show
9:30: Jeannie Seely (host); Ben & Sara; Mike Snider
10:00: John Conlee (host); Roy Clark; Exile
10:30: Ricky Skaggs (host); Ernie Haase & Signature Sound; Opry Square Dancers
11:00:Trace Adkins

That comes out to 11 acts on Friday night, 6 of whom are Opry members. On Saturday night, 10 acts on the first show, with 8 Opry members, and 9 for the 2nd show, 7 of which are part of the cast. 

And now here is the posted Grand Ole Opry line-up from five years ago, the weekend of October 14 & 15, 2011:

Friday October 14
7:00: Jim Ed Brown (host); The Whites; Daryle Singletary
7:30: Jimmy Dickens (host); Bobby Osborne & The Rocky Top X-Press; Josh Turner
8:15: Mike Snider (host); Jack Greene; Mandy Barnett
8:45: Larry Gatlin & The Gatlin Brothers (host); The Black Lillies; Mark Wills

Saturday October 15
1st show
7:00: Jimmy Dickens (host); Jimmy C Newman; Joey+Rory
7:30: Mike Snider (host); Jim Ed Brown; Elizabeth Cook
8:00: Jean Shepard (host); Jesse McReynolds; The Secret Sisters; Opry Square Dancers
8:30: Bill Anderson (host); Jim Lauderdale; Oak Ridge Boys

2nd show
9:30: Jimmy Dickens (host); Jimmy C Newman; Joey+Rory
10:00: Mike Snider (host); Jim Ed Brown; Elizabeth Cook
10:30: Jean Shepard (host); Jan Howard; The Secret Sisters; Opry Square Dancers
11:00: Bill Anderson (host); Jim Lauderdale; Oak Ridge Boys

Now from ten years ago, the weekend of October 13 & 15, 2006:

Friday October 13
8:00: Mike Snider (host); Connie Smith; Jan Howard; Rebecca Lynn Howard
8:30: Jimmy Dickens (host); Jean Shepard; The Whites; Katrina Elam
9:00: John Conlee (host); Marty Raybon; Andy Griggs
9:30: Lorrie Morgan (host); Larry Sparks; Brad Paisley

Saturday October 14
1st show
6:30: Jimmy Dickens (host); The Whites
7:00: Vince Gill (host); Rodney Crowell; Jenny Gill; Guy Clark; Patty Loveless
8:00: John Conlee (host); Bobby Osborne & The Rocky Top X-Press; Opry Square Dancers
8:30: Steve Wariner (host); Jim Ed Brown; Jack Greene

2nd show
9:30: Jimmy Dickens (host); The Whites
10:00: Vince Gill (host); Rodney Crowell; Jenny Gill; Guy Clark; Patty Loveless; Opry Square Dancers
11:00: Steve Wariner (host); John Conlee
11:30: Jim Ed Brown (host); Jack Greene

And from 25 years ago, Saturday October 12, 1991: 

1st show
6:30: Porter Wagoner (host); 4 Guys
6:45: Bill Monroe (host); Vic Willis Trio
7:00: Jack Greene (host); Skeeter Davis; The Whites
7:30: Jimmy Dickens (host); Roy Drusky; Jan Howard; Sweethearts of the Rodeo
8:00: Roy Acuff (host); Bill Carlisle; Opry Square Dance Band; Stoney Mountain Cloggers; Randy Travis
8:30: Hank Snow (host); Jim Ed Brown; Charlie Louvin; Connie Smith; Mike Snider

2nd show
9:30: Porter Wagoner (host); 4 Guys; Skeeter Davis; The Whites
10:00: Bill Monroe (host); Jack Greene
10:15: Roy Acuff (host); Jan Howard
10:30: Jimmy Dickens (host); Sweethearts of the Rodeo
10:45: Charlie Walker (host); Vic Willis Trio; Opry Square Dance Band; Stoney Mountain Cloggers
11:00: Hank Snow (host); Connie Smith; Justin Tubb; Randy Travis
11:30: Jim Ed Brown (host); Charlie Louvin; Bill Carlisle; Mike Snider

Looking back, it was 27 years ago, Saturday October 14, 1989, that Holly Dunn became a member of the Grand Ole Opry. 

Holly Dunn was born on August 22, 1957. Prior to coming to Nashville, she performed in a band called Freedom Folk Singers, which toured across the south. She attended Abilene Christian University and performed in a group there called The Hilltoppers. After graduating from college, Holly moved to Nashville, working as a demo singer and then as a songwriter for CBS Records and MTM Records. In 1985, MTM signed her to a recording contract. After several singles that only reached the bottom of the charts, in 1986 Holly had her first hit with "Daddy's Hands" which went to #7 on the country charts. Her following album, "Cornerstone" produced three Top 10 hits "Love Someone Like Me," "Only When I Love," and "Strangers Again." in 1989, after moving to Warner Bros. Records, she had her first number 1 hit "Are You Ever Gonna Love Me." Her only other #1 single was "You Really Had Me Going," released in 1990. 

After Warner Bros. Records released her greatest hits album in 1993, she left the label, signing with River North Records, however the two albums she released failed to produce any hits. In the late 1990's, she left Nashville, moved to Detroit and became the morning show co-host on WWWW radio. This was not her first experience behind a microphone as she had worked as a DJ during her college years. After returning to Nashville, she was a co-host on "Opry Backstage" on The Nashville Network in 2001-02.

In 2003, Holly announced her retirement from her musical career to devote full time to art, releasing a final album "Full Circle" in 2003. She relocated to Santa Fe, New Mexico. Shortly after leaving Nashville, the Opry terminated her membership. Holly currently is undergoing treatment for ovarian cancer. 

Here is the running order from Saturday October 14, 1989, the night that Holly Dunn became an Opry member. It was also the Opry's 64th birthday celebration. 

1st show
6:30: Mrs. Grissoms
Jimmy Dickens (host): May the Bird of Paradise Fly Up Your Nose
Skeeter Davis: The End of the World
Jimmy Dickens: When Your House is Not a Home

6:45: Rudy's
Stonewall Jackson (host): Me & You & A Dog Named Boo
Jeanne Pruett: Satin Sheets
Stonewall Jackson: Don't Be Angry

7:00: Shoney's
Bill Monroe (host): Gonna Have a Feast Tonight
Charlie Louvin: The Precious Jewel
Jan Howard: The One You Slip Around With
Charlie Walker: Pick Me Up on Your Way Down
Jean Shepard: I'm Just an Old Bridge That Keeps Burning
Bill Monroe: On the Old Kentucky Shore
Blake Williams: Bluegrass Breakdown

7:30: Standard Candy
Jack Greene (host): Statue of a Fool
The Whites: Pins & Needles/He Hasn't Lost His Touch
Holly Dunn: Daddy's Hands/There Goes My Heart Again
Jack Greene/Minnie Pearl and Opry Cast: Happy Birthday Grand Ole Opry
Jack Greene & Holly Dunn: Satisfied/I Saw the Light

8:00: Martha White
Roy Acuff (host): Wabash Cannonball
Connie Smith: The Keys in the Mailbox
Minnie Pearl: Comedy
Pee Wee King: Tennessee Waltz
Porter Wagoner: Ol' Slewfoot
Opry Square Dance Band/Stoney Mountain Cloggers: Arkansas Traveler
Roy Acuff: I Saw the Light

8:30: Music Valley Merchants
Hank Snow (host): The Call of the Wild
Grandpa Jones: Old Blue
Roy Drusky: More & More
Hank Locklin: Send Me the Pillow You Dream On
Jeannie Seely: Don't Touch Me
Hank Snow: These Hands

2nd show
9:30: Dollar General
Porter Wagoner (host): Country Music Has Gone to Town
Ray Pillow: Til the Best Comes Along
Charlie Louvin: The Precious Jewel
Jean Shepard: I'll Sail My Ship Alone
The Whites: Alabama Jubilee
Porter Wagoner: Green, Green Grass of Home/I Thought I Heard You Calling My Name

10:00: Little Debbie
Jimmy Dickens (host): Me & My Big Loud Mouth
Holly Dunn: There Goes My Heart Again
Jimmy Dickens: Shopping for Dresses

10:15: Sunbeam
Roy Acuff (host): Meeting in the Air
Bill Carlisle: Knothole
Roy Acuff & Opry Cast: Happy Birthday Grand Ole Opry

10:30: Pet Milk
Bill Monroe (host): Stay Away From Me; You're Causing Me Trouble
Skeeter Davis: My Last Date with You/Silver Threads & Golden Needles
Bill Monroe: Down This Lonesome Highway

10:45: B.C. Powder
Grandpa Jones (host): Darby's Ram
Charlie Walker: Does Ft. Worth Every Cross Your Mind
Opry Square Dance Band/Stoney Mountain Cloggers: Sugar in the Goard
Grandpa Jones: Gone Home

11:00: Coca-Cola
Hank Snow (host): That Heart Belongs to Me
Jan Howard: Rock Me Back to Little Rock/Evil on Your Mind
Pee Wee King: Slowpoke
Justin Tubb: Walking; Talking; Cryin'; Barely Beating Broken Heart
Hank Snow: I Almost Lost My Mind

11:30: Creamette
Jack Greene (host): Walking on New Grass
Roy Drusky: Take Good Care of Her
Hank Locklin: Please Help Me I'm Falling
Connie Smith: You've Got Me Right Where You Want Me/Sing, Sing, Sing
Jack Greene: Don't You Ever Get Tired of Hurting Me

I always enjoyed Holly on the Opry and was sorry to see her leave. And our thoughts and prayers continue with Holly for a full recovery. 

To finish up for this week, I wanted to recognize that it was 50 years ago Saturday, October 15, 1966 that Del Reeves became a member of the Grand Ole Opry. 

Franklin Delano Reeves was born in Sparta, North Carolina and was the youngest of 11 children. By the age of 12, Del was playing a regular gig on a local Saturday radio show. He attended Appalachian State College in Boone, North Carolina, then served four years in the Air Force. While stationed at Travis Air Force Base he began writing songs, singing on country music television shows, and recording with Capital Records. After leaving the military, he stayed in California where he developed a strong reputation as a singer-songwriter-performer with songs recorded by Carl Smith and Roy Drusky. Friend and fellow songwriter Hank Cochran talked Del into moving to Nashville, which he did in 1962. 

In 1965, United Artists released "Girl on the Billboard" which went to No. 1, sold a million copies and earned Del the nickname of The Doodle-Oo-Doo-Doo Kid. That same year, "The Belles of Southern Bell" was a Top 5 hit, and in 1966 "Women Do Funny Things to Me" went into the Top 10. Opry membership took place the same year and on the night of his induction, which was handled by Porter Wagoner, Del, whose parents were in the audience, burst into tears and could only sing the chorus and the end of his song. 

In addition to having had more than 25 songs on the country charts, Del also hosted his own television show, "Del Reeves Country Carnival," and appeared in a number of movies. By the late 1970's, Del's hit making days were over and he would spend the next several decades touring and appearing on the Grand Ole Opry. Suffering from emphysema, Del made his last Opry appearance in August 2002, and passed away on January 1, 2007 at the age of 74. 

To remember Del Reeves, here is the Grand Ole Opry running order from Saturday October 15, 1966, the night Del Reeves became a member of the Grand Ole Opry: 

7:30: Luzianne
Jimmy Newman (host): Back Pocket Money
Willis Brothers: A 6 ft 2 by 4
Bob Luman: Come on and Sing
Jean Shepard: If Teardrops were Silver
Jimmy Newman: Cry, Cry, Darling
Del Wood: Melinda
Ernest Ashworth: Pushed In a Corner
Willis Brothers: Big Daddy's Alabammy Bound
Jimmy Newman: Bring Your Heart Home

8:00: Martha White
Flatt & Scruggs (host): Wonder If You're Lonesome, Too
Tex Ritter: High Noon
Bill Anderson: I Get the Fever
Stringbean: Hot Corn; Cold Corn
Flatt & Scruggs: Houston
Crook Brothers: 8th of January
Billy Grammer: The Real Thing
Flatt & Scruggs: Mama, You've Been on My Mind
Earl Scruggs: Lonesome Road Blues

8:30: Stephens
Porter Wagoner (host): 'Ol Slewfoot
George Morgan: Almost
George Hamilton IV: Early Morning Rain
Archie Campbell: Most Richly Blessed
Porter Wagoner: Green, Green Grass of Home
Del Reeves: Girl on the Billboard
Jeannie Seely: It's Only Love
Mac McGaha & Buck Trent: Turkey in the Straw

9:00: Pet Milk
Ernest Tubb (host): Driving Nails in My Coffin
Bill Monroe: The Walls of Time
Wilburn Brothers: Hurt Her Once for Me
Marion Worth: More Than You'll Ever Get
Ernest Tubb: Another Story
Fruit Jar Drinkers: Nubbing Ridge
Jack Greene: There Goes My Everything
Ernest Tubb: Slipping Around

9:30: Kellogg's
Bobby Lord (host): Cash on the Barrel Head
Willis Brothers: Diamonds on Your Hands
Ray Pillow: Volkswagen
Dottie West: Here Comes My Baby
Bobby Lord: Losers Like Me
Del Wood: Cajun Stripper
Cousin Jody: On Top of Old Smokey
Bobby Lord: That's All Right

10:00: Schick
Bill Anderson (host): I Love You Drops
George Hamilton IV: Truck Driving Man
Stringbean: 20 cent Cotton and 90 cent Meat
Bob Luman: Memphis

10:15: Pure
Porter Wagoner (host): Dooley
Jimmy Newman: A Fallen Star
Ernest Ashworth: At Ease Heart
Leon Butler: He'll Have to Go
Porter Wagoner: Howdy Neighbor Howdy

10:30: Harvey's
Flatt & Scruggs (host): Petticoat Junction
Jean Shepard: Second Fiddle
George Morgan: You're the Only Good Thing
Flatt & Scruggs: Ballad of Jed Clampett

10:45: Newport
Ernest Tubb (host): Thanks A Lot
Dottie West: Let Me Talk to You
Ray Pillow: I'd Fight the World
Crook Brothers: Greenback Dollar
Ernest Tubb: I'll Step Aside

11:00: Coca-Cola
Bill Monroe (host): Uncle Pen
Tex Ritter: I Dreamed of A Hillbilly Heaven
Wilburn Brothers: It's Another World
Fruit Jar Drinkers: Walking in My Sleep
Bill Monroe: Live & Let Live
Jeannie Seely: Don't Touch Me
Sam McGee: Steel Guitar Rag
Bill Monroe: A Used to Be

11:30: Lava
Marty Robbins (host): Ribbon of Darkness
Marion Worth: Every Since My Baby Went Away
Charlie Louvin: See the Big Man Cry
Billy Grammer: The Real Thing
Marty Robbins: The Shoe Goes on the Other Foot Tonight
Del Reeves: Belles of Southern Bell
Cousin Jody: Mocking Bird
Marty Robbins: Devil Woman/Bouquet of Roses/I Could Never Be Ashamed of You/Take These Chains from My Heart/Lovesick Blues/El Paso

There you have it. I hope all of you enjoyed the memories and look back and I hope everyone enjoys the Opry this week. 

Monday, October 10, 2016

Grand Ole Opry Birthday Weekend-Recap

This past weekend was spent in Nashville attending the Grand Ole Opry's 91st Birthday Bash. Overall, it was a nice weekend and in my personal opinion, the shows were pretty good. The three Opry shows at the Grand Ole Opry House were sold-out and the Opry Country Classics show at the Ryman Auditorium was about 2/3 filled.

First up for the weekend was the Classics show on Thursday. Larry Gatlin was the host and Connie Smith was the spotlight artist. Others who performed included William Michael Morgan, The Gatlin Brothers, Rhonda Vincent and Gene Watson. The show was excellent. If you have not had the opportunity to see or her William Michael Morgan, you would be impressed. He currently has the #1 song on the country music charts and his voice and sound is real country. I have seen him now several times at the Opry and have come away impressed each time. In addition to performing on the show, he signed copies of his new CD after the show, drawing an impressive crowd. Rhonda Vincent performed with the Opry Staff Band and stuck to country music. As always with Rhonda, she looked and sounded impressive. And what can you say about Gene Watson? In honor of Larry Gatlin, he performed "Help Me" which was written by Larry and did a great job. Gene and Rhonda also did a duet. Connie Smith, as the spotlight artist, was also excellent. Before the show, I had the chance to meet Connie at the Ernest Tubb Record Shop, where she was meeting fans. There were a few people there to visit with Connie and she was signing pictures and copies of her CD. Finally on the show, The Gatlin Brothers did three of their hits, "Broken Lady," "All The Gold In California," and "Houston." And for those who know the format of the show, Larry followed the script and did an excellent job hosting. He does great interplay with the audience and the artists that he introduces. Sometimes he goes into a little bit of overdrive, but he does keep the two hour show moving along.

Next up was the Friday Night Opry. Opry members who hosted segments were Connie Smith, Mike Snider, The Whites and Ricky Skaggs. The only other Opry member on the line-up was Jesse McReynolds. Connie hosted the first segment and was late getting to the show, so the first act up was Jackie Lee. He did two songs, then Connie was introduced and brought on Joe Diffie. Joe sounded good and after he finished up, Connie did several songs. Mike Snider followed, hosting the next segment and he kept it to his string band music. Not much in the way of humor other than is usual about not clapping during his song. He brought on Carly Pearce and Bryan White. Carly is "ok" in my opinion, nothing special. She worked hard for the crowd. Bryan White was impressive, especially given the fact that his father had died on Wednesday night in a car accident. Nothing was said about it and Bryan seemed emotionally under control. He smiled and interacted a bit with the audience.

After the intermission, The Whites were up next, introducing Jesse McReynolds and Chuck Wicks. Jesse did two numbers, which is always a treat as most of his Opry appearances sees him limited to just one number. Chuck Wicks, who is one of the hosts of America's Morning Show, is funny and seemed to really enjoy himself on the Opry. He did a lot of interplay while being introduced by Cheryl White. Closing out the show was Ricky Skaggs, who kept it country for the first song and finished it up with bluegrass on his final number. Ashley Monroe did an excellent job with "In The Garden," which she has done before at the Opry, and Lee Brice closed out the show. Lee just came off a big tour and gave the band the night off. It was just Lee and his guitar. Lee's voice was a little hoarse, but that allowed his voice to have a nice earthy tone while singing two new ballads. Overall it was a nice night that concluded with the singing of Happy Birthday and the first batch of balloons being dropped. All of the artists who performed came back out on stage and sang. Finally, the only non-advertised guest being "Nashville" star Charles Esten, who just stood at the announcers stand, promoting the television show with Eddie Stubbs.

Saturday night was the big birthday night and featured Grand Ole Opry member Brad Paisley. Hosting segments on both shows were Connie Smith, The Whites and Riders In The Sky. The additional segment on each of the shows featured only Brad Paisley, with Mike Snider and Bobby Osborne as the only other Opry members scheduled. Bill Cody was the announcer for this show. The first show started with Connie Smith, who made it on time, hosting. The next act originally scheduled was The Secret Sisters, but instead it was Carly Pearce. The Secret Sisters didn't make it on time for their slot. From what I heard, but not confirmed, is that they were originally scheduled for the third segment of the show, but were changed on Friday to the first segment. Whether they got that information or not, the result was that they were not there. Carly was out performing in the Opry Plaza as part of the birthday entertainment. The Opry went out and brought her in, where she changed clothes and was immediately out on stage singing two songs. After she finished, it was back outside for another set in the plaza. Mike Snider was the third act on the segment and did one long instrumental number. The second segment was hosted by The Whites, and they introduced Bobby Osborne & The Rocky Top X-Press and Mo Pitney. Bobby did two numbers, including "Rocky Top." Mo Pitney, who also appeared in the Opry Plaza, did several songs and was appearing in support of his new CD. Mo is true country, and almost too country for country radio. He is a great young talent who has appeared on the Opry numerous times and I really like him. With two shows, there was no intermission, so it was immediately into the third segment with The Riders In The Sky, minus Ranger Doug, hosting. The Nitty Gritty Dirt Band and the Opry Square Dances were their guests. For the Nitty Gritty Dirt Band, they are out on tour and have been for over 50 years with basically the same original line-up. They did "Mr. Bojangles" and "Fishing In The Dark" with the audience singing along. This was my first time seeing them and as you would expect with such a legendary act, they delivered. The Opry Square Dancers were joined by Buck White who can still kick it. Finally, the final segment was Brad Paisley. He was outstanding, playing up to the crowd, posing for pictures on the edge of the stage and having a great time. Brad had his full band and he concluded his set with "Will the Circle be Unbroken," joined by the Nitty Gritty Dirt Band. There were two other highlights in Brad's segment. First, Brad talked about being an Opry member and how it was the most important achievement in his career. They then showed the video from the night Bill Anderson, Jeannie Seely and Jimmy Dickens asked Brad to become an Opry member. The other highlight was when Brad performed his new single "Today." A video was played as he sang that included highlights of past and current Opry members, with some of the current members being shown from the night they were asked to become Opry members, or from earlier in their careers. There were so many artists pictured that it was hard to remember all of them but the ones I saw included Roy Acuff, Minnie Pearl, Porter Wagoner, Dolly Parton, George Jones, Johnny Cash, June Carter, The Carter Family, Bobby Lord, Jack Greene, Connie Smith, Rod Brasfield, Jimmy Dickens, Loretta Lynn, Trace Adkins, Little Big Town, Oak Ridge Boys, Blake Shelton, Vince Gill, Amy Grant and so many others. When finished, he received a standing ovation. The show concluded with the birthday cake and the singing of Happy Birthday, joined by those performing from that night.

The second show was very much like the first with just a couple of exceptions. Eddie Stubbs replaced Bill Cody as the announcer and the first segment featured Connie and Mike Snider, with The Secret Sisters making it for this show. Brad Paisley did the 2nd segment, and recreated much of what he did on the first show. The Whites, Mo Pitney and the square dancers followed, with Riders In The Sky and Nitty Gritty Dirt Band finishing up the night. For the third time, the cake was rolled out, but this time it was just the Riders, Nitty Gritty Dirt Band and Connie Smith joining the singing.

Among other items of note:

  • There was a comment or two regarding the previous weekend when Dan Rogers did the tribute to Jean Shepard, instead of Steve Buchanan or Pete Fisher. Some felt it was a sign of some tension between the Opry management and Jean, but apparently that was not the case. From what I heard, both Steve and Pete had the weekend off and were not at the Opry. And speaking of Dan, he seems to be doing more things at the Opry and he did a very nice job reading the tribute. 
  • The Opry has put the 2017 tickets on sale and for those who are thinking of going to the Opry next year, it is going to cost more money. For the tier 1 seating, the price is now $95, just over $99 including handling fees. That is a $20 increase in pricing. The rest of the tickets also increased, although the other increases were pretty small. with just a dollar or two increase on several of the sections. 
  • Security is now a big issue at the Opry. To enter the Opry Plaza area on show nights, you now have to pass through security, which included going through scanners, purses and bags being checked and pockets being emptied. While some may object, it really is a reflection of the world that we live in today and anything that makes it safer for the artists and fans, I am all for. The process was very quick as they had plenty of scanners and entry points. Also, there were numerous security guards on the grounds and in the building. 
  • Margie Bowes was backstage on Saturday night and Connie Smith introduced her during her segment on the second show. Margie was an Opry member from the late 1950's until the 1970's. Margie has battled some health issues over the years, so it was nice to see her at the Opry. Also at the Opry on Saturday was Melvin Sloan. No, he didn't dance. 
  • Some people have asked about Stonewall Jackson and the fact that the first Saturday in November will be Stonewall's 60th anniversary of when he first joined the Opry (yes, he did leave for a few years), and if the Opry was going to do anything special. I did not hear anything, but considering the past issues between Stonewall and the Opry management, I don't know if anything will take place. It would be nice if the differences could be put to rest and Stonewall came out. He is scheduled to due the Midnight Jamboree that weekend. 
Finally, I spent a little bit of time at Hank Snow's former home, the Rainbow Ranch. The house is now under the ownership of relatives of Hank and a lot of work is being done to renovate the home and property. It was a very interesting visit to see what all has been done to the house and the interior of the home. Hopefully their dream comes true and visitors to Nashville, and fans of Hank, will be able to one day stay in the house. Good luck and I will continue to keep everyone posted. 

While some may complain about the direction that the Opry has been going in, it is still a great show. Yes, it has changed, some for the better, some not so. And while all of us which that more of the legends and Opry veterans would appear, many have chosen to go in a different direction. And many have retired from performing. Let's appreciate the Opry members, and guests, who do come out to support the show. While the number of artists for the birthday show was small in number, the shows were excellent and it was a great 91st birthday celebration for the Opry. 

Wednesday, October 5, 2016

Grand Ole Opry 10/7 & 10/8-91st Birthday Weekend

It's that time of year as this weekend the Grand Ole Opry will be celebrating their 91st birthday. The actual date is the end of November, however years ago the Opry began having an annual Country Music Disc Jockey Convention and as part of the festivities, the Opry began celebrating it's birthday. While the DJ convention no longer takes place, the Opry continues to celebrate, though not on the scale that they did years ago. As usual, I will be headed to Nashville later today for the weekend. 

While the line-ups have not been posted as of yet, there are a few names that I can pass along: 

For the Thursday night Opry Country Classics Show, Larry Gatlin will be the host and the spotlight artist is Connie Smith. Among those scheduled to perform on The Gatlin Brothers, William Michael Morgan, Rhonda Vincent and Gene Watson. This might be the best show of the weekend!!

The Friday Night Opry, with one show, has Opry members Ricky Skaggs, Joe Diffie, Connie Smith and Mike Snider, along with guest artists Lee Brice, Bryan White, Ashley Monroe and Chuck Wicks. And still more to be announced. 

The Grand Ole Opry on Saturday night has two shows, with Opry member Brad Paisley headlining both shows. Opry members joining him, so far, include Connie Smith, Mike Snider and Riders In The Sky, along with guests Mo Pitney and The Secret Sisters. 

There will also be the Opry Plaza party all day Saturday, with Crystal Gayle doing the Saturday afternoon birthday concert. Others performing in the plaza include Carson Peters and Iron Mountain, Janelle Arthur and Ben & Sara. Somehow, as it has been in the past, one or two of these acts many end up doing the Opry on Saturday night. 

Hopefully it is a good weekend and next week I will pass along any information I have received, including the news of the big price hikes for Opry tickets in 2017.

And now, here is the posted Grand Ole Opry line-up from five years ago, the weekend of October 7 & 8. 2011. It was the Opry's 86th birthday weekend and on Saturday night, Rascal Flatts became the newest members of the Grand Ole Opry. 

Friday October 7
7:00: Mike Snider (host); Jim Ed Brown; Jason Michael Carroll
7:30: Jimmy Dickens (host); Jimmy C Newman; Crystal Bowersox
8:15: Charley Pride (host); Jack Greene; Mandy Barnett
8:45: Ricky Skaggs (host); Connie Smith; The Whites

Saturday October 8
1st show
7:00: Jimmy Dickens (host); Jimmy C Newman; Chuck Mead & His Grassy Knoll Boys
7:30: Jeannie Seely (host); The Whites; Charley Pride
8:00: Craig Morgan; Ronnie Dunn; Rascal Flatts

2nd show
9:30: Jimmy Dickens (host); George Hamilton IV: Ronnie Dunn; Vince Gill
10:00: Charley Pride (host); Bobby Osborne & The Rocky Top X-Press; Chuck Mead & His Grassy Knoll Boys
10:30: Jim Ed Brown (host); Jan Howard; Craig Morgan; Opry Square Dancers
11:00: Jeannie Seely (host); Rascal Flatts

Following the previous year's 85th birthday weekend which featured Roy Clark, Taylor Swift and Dolly Parton among others, the 1st show on Saturday night was perhaps one of the worst birthday shows ever. Just 9 acts and televised portion featured just three, one of whom was Ronnie Dunn and the other being Rascal Flatts, who became new members. Unfortunately, this birthday weekend was the start of a trend for the birthday weekends that has continued. 

Now from ten years ago, the weekend of October 6 & 7, 2006:

Friday October 6
8:00: The Whites (host); Jack Greene
8:30: Jimmy Dickens (host); Mel McDaniel
9:00: Jean Shepard (host); T.G. Sheppard; Raul Malo
9:30: Jimmy C Newman (host); Bobby Osborne & The Rocky Top X-Press; Chely Wright

Saturday October 7
1st show
6:30: Jimmy Dickens (host); Connie Smith; Jimmy C Newman
7:00: Dierks Bentley; Chris Young; Raul Malo; Loretta Lynn
8:00: Jean Shepard (host); Jack Greene; T.G. Sheppard; Opry Square Dancers
8:30: The Whites (host); Mel McDaniel; Daryle Singletary

2nd show
9:30: Jimmy Dickens (host); Connie Smith; Loretta Lynn
10:00: Jimmy C Newman (host); Stu Phillips; Bobby Osborne & The Rocky Top X-Press; Chris Young
10:30: The Whites (host); Jack Greene; Raul Malo; Opry Square Dancers
11:00: Jean Shepard (host); T.G. Sheppard; Dierks Bentley
11:30: Ray Pillow (host); Mel McDaniel; Daryle Singletary

And from 25 years ago, Saturday October 5, 1991. This was night of the Grand Ole Opry's 66th birthday show: 

1st show
6:30: Bonanza
Bill Monroe (host): I'm Going Back to Old Kentucky
Skeeter Davis: The End of the World
Bill Monroe: Dark As the Night; Blue As the Day

6:45: Country Music Hall of Fame
Charlie Walker (host): Right or Wrong
George Hamilton IV: Till I Can Gain Control Again
Hank Locklin: Send Me the Pillow You Dream On
Charlie Walker: Drinking Champagne

7:00: Shoney's
Porter Wagoner (host): Funky Grass Band
Wilma Lee Cooper: Ghost Train
Bill Carlisle: Leave That Liar Alone
Roy Drusky: The Last Farewell
Osborne Brothers: Kentucky

7:30: Standard Candy
Roy Acuff (host): Wabash Cannonball
Connie Smith: You've Got Me Right Where You Want Me
Jim Ed Brown: Just for Old Time Sake
Vince Gill: Little Liza Jane/When I Call Your Name
Grand Ole Opry Cast: Happy Birthday Grand Ole Opry
Roy Acuff: I Saw the Light

8:00: Martha White
Grandpa Jones (host): Apple Jack
Jim & Jesse: When I Dream About the Southland
The Whites: Doing it By the Book
Bill Anderson: Still/Southern Fried
Opry Square Dance Band/Melvin Sloan Dancers: Sugar In the Goard
Grandpa Jones: Gooseberry Pie

8:30: Opryland
Hank Snow (host): Address Unknown
4 Guys: Way Down Deep
Del Reeves: A Dozen Pair of Boots
Mike Snider: Old Joe Clark/Foggy Mountain Breakdown
Jeannie Seely: When He Leaves You
Hank Snow: I'm Glad I Got to See You Once Again

2nd show
9:30: Dollar General
Porter Wagoner (host): You Gotta Have A License
Osborne Brothers: Tennessee Hound Dog
Ray Pillow: The Days When You Were Still In Love With Me
Vince Gill: Look at Us/Crying Holy Unto the Lord/When I Call Your Name
Porter Wagoner: Big Wind

10:00: Little Debbie
Grandpa Jones (host): Kitty Clyde
Skeeter Davis: The End of the World
Roy Drusky: Mississippi
Grandpa Jones: Tritzem Yodel

10:15: Tennessee Pride/Sunbeam
Roy Acuff (host): Low & Lonely
Connie Smith: The Keys in the Mailbox/Satisfied
Grand Ole Opry Cast: Happy Birthday Grand Ole Opry
Roy Acuff: I Saw the Light

10:30: Pet Milk
Del Reeves (host): Two Dollars in the Jukebox/A Dime At a Time/Looking at the World Through A Windshield
David Houston: I'll Take You Home Again, Kathleen
Del Reeves: Lay A Little Lovin' On Me

10:45: B.C. Powder
Bill Monroe (host): Mary Jane, Won't You Be Mine
Charlie Walker: Drinking Champagne
Opry Square Dance Band/Melvin Sloan Dancers: Bill Cheatham
Bill Monroe: Wicked Path of Sin

11:00: Coca-Cola
Hank Snow (host): White Silver Sands
Bill Carlisle: Knothole
Jim Ed Brown: The 3 Bells
4 Guys: We're Only Here for A Little While
Jim & Jesse: The Flower in the Desert
Hank Snow: That Lucky Old Sun

11:30: Creamette
Bill Anderson (host): Don't She Look Good
The Whites: Love Is A Rose
Jeannie Seely: I'll Be Around When It's Over
Mike Snider: Foggy Mountain Breakdown/Putting on the Dog
Bill Anderson: Deck of Cards

For the featured line-up this week, let's go back to Saturday October 7, 1989 when country music legend Buck Owens made a rare appearance on the Grand Ole Opry. You could say that Opry fans got a real treat that night as not only was Buck featured, but a young Garth Brooks was also on the Opry schedule. 

1st show
6:30: Bonanza
Jimmy C Newman (host): Don't Say; Don't Say
Jeanne Pruett: Satin Sheets
Jimmy C Newman: Diggy Liggy Lo
Bessyl Duhon: Texa Cajun

6:45: Rudy's
Jim Ed Brown (host): Southern Loving
The Browns: Here Today & Gone Tomorrow/The 3 Bells

7:00: Shoney's
Porter Wagoner (host): Dooley
Jean Shepard: I Thought of You/It Wasn't God Who Made Honky-Tonk Angels/You Win Again/A Dear John Letter
Jim & Jesse: When I Dream About the Southland
Ray Pillow: Bubbles in My Beer
Skeeter Davis: The End of the World
Porter Wagoner: Wake Up Jacob

7:30: Standard Candy
Jimmy Dickens (host): I'm Little But I'm Loud
Garth Brooks: If Tomorrow Never Comes
Jeannie Seely: One Bad Old Memory
Buck Owens: Act Naturally/The Streets of Bakersfield
Jimmy Dickens: My Eyes Are Jealous/Sleeping at the Foot of the Bed

8:00: Martha White
Roy Acuff (host): Wabash Cannonball
Connie Smith: Then & Only Then/Louisiana Man
Osborne Brothers: Rocky Top/Rank Strangers/Kentucky
David Houston: Almost Persuaded
Opry Square Dance Band/Melvin Sloan Dancers: Sally Goodin

8:30: Music Valley Merchants
Hank Snow (host): Send Me the Pillow You Dream On
Roy Drusky: You Always Hurt the One You Love
Bill Carlisle: Too Old to Cut the Mustard
Jan Howard; The One You Slip Around With
Charlie Louvin: Til the End
Hank Snow: Among My Souvenirs

2nd show
9:30: Dollar General
Porter Wagoner (host): On a Highway Headed South
Buck Owens: I'm Gonna Have Love One More Time/Tiger by the Tail/Together Again/Act Naturally 
Jean Shepard: Second Fiddle
Stonewall Jackson: Old Chuck of Coal
Porter Wagoner: Sugar Foot Rag

10:00: Little Debbie
Jim Ed Brown (host): Pop A Top
Dottie West: Here Comes My Baby
Jim Ed Brown: Morning

10:15: Sunbeam
Roy Acuff (host): Just A Friend
Jim & Jesse: I'm Happy Everyday I Live/Paradise

10:30: Pet Milk
Jimmy Dickens (host): John Henry
Garth Brooks: If Tomorrow Never Comes/We Bury the Hatchet But Leave the Handle Sticking Out
Jimmy Dickens: Take Me As I Am, or Let Me Go

10:45: B.C. Powder
Osborne Brothers (host): Georgia Mules & Country Boys
Charlie Walker: Does Ft. Worth Ever Cross Your Mind
Opry Square Dance Band/Melvin Sloan Dancers: Golden Slippers
Steve Thomas: Sally Goodin

11:00: Coca-Cola
Hank Snow (host): Vanishing Breed
Connie Smith: You've Got Me Right Where You Want Me
Ray Pillow: Stranger Things Have Happened
Justin Tubb: Lonesome 7-7203
Roy Drusky: There'll Never Be Anyone Else But You For Me
Hank Snow: Ol' Shep

11:30: Creamette
Johnny Russell: Got No Reason Now for Going Home
Bill Carlisle: Same Old Tale That the Crow Told Me
Charlie Louvin: Will You Visit Me on Sundays
David Houston: Livin' In A House Full of Love
Jan Howard: Wind Beneath my Winds
Johnny Russell: No One Will Ever Know

What a great night for the Opry and I hope everyone enjoys the Opry this weekend. 

Happy Birthday Grand Ole Opry!!!!