Friday, October 11, 2019

Grand Ole Opry 10/11 & 10/12


The line-ups have been posted.

Friday October 11
1st show
7:00: Bill Anderson; John Conlee
7:30: Mark Willis; Connie Smith; Mike Snider
8:00: Margo Price; Dierks Bentley
8:30: Emmylou Harris; Chris Janson

2nd show
9:30: Bill Anderson; Chris Janson
10:00: Jeannie Seely; Bobby Osborne & The Rocky Top X-Press; John Conlee
10:30: Riders In The Sky; Margo Price
11:00: Mark Wills; Emmylou Harris

Saturday October 12
1st show
7:00: Opry Square Dancers; Bill Anderson; Jeannie Seely; Candi Carpenter
7:30: Margo Price; Toby Keith
8:00: Lady Antebellum; Hank Williams, Jr.
8:30: Dolly Parton

2nd show
9:30: Opry Square Dancers; Bill Anderson; Connie Smith
10:00: Candi Carpenter; Margo Price
10:30: Toby Keith; Lady Antebellum
11:00: Dolly Parton

Really a mix and match on both nights. Some of the veterans set for just one show, with a couple traditional segments and then two guest segments. While Dolly is scheduled for just the last segment on each of the Saturday night shows, it will be interesting to see what interaction she has the rest of the night. And what about a Friday night appearance?

Well, it is finally here, "Dolly Week" at the Grand Ole Opry as Dolly Parton will be celebrating her 50th anniversary as a member of the Grand Ole Opry. While the actual anniversary date was this past January, it took until October for Dolly and the Opry to agree on the date.

While the planning has been going on for a while, there was a big announcement earlier this week regarding Dolly, the Opry, and NBC. "Dolly Parton: 50 Years at the Grand Ole Opry" will air on November 26 from 9-11 p.m. This two hour special will include Dolly interacting and performing with many of the artists scheduled to appear on this weekend's Friday Night Opry and Saturday's Grand Ole Opry. While Dolly is only scheduled to perform on Saturday night, it would appear that she will also be making some type of appearance on Friday. The special will also include Dolly talking about the Opry and highlighting the Dolly backstage exhibit that is on display in Studio A behind the Opry House.

So, with all of that going on, there still is no official line-up listed for the shows this weekend. Here is what I have:

Scheduled to appear on both of the Friday night shows are Emmylou Harris, Margo Price, Chris Janson, Bill Anderson and Mark Wills. Additionally, Dierks Bentley is scheduled for the 1st show. Margo Price is also scheduled to appear on both shows Saturday night, where she will be joined by Lady Antebellum, Jeannie Seely, Toby Keith and Candi Carpenter. And in a real surprise, Hank Williams, Jr. is scheduled for the 1st show.

More acts will be announced and I am sure there will be some special unannounced surprises. Once the full line-up is posted, I will update.

And now, here is the posted Grand Ole Opry line-up from ten years ago, the second weekend in October 2009. It was also the weekend of the Opry's 84th birthday celebration.

Friday October 9
7:00: John Conlee (host); Jeannie Seely; Riders In The Sky; Ricky Skaggs
7:30: Jimmy Dickens (host); The Whites; Patty Loveless
8:00: Mike Snider (host); BJ Thomas; Josh Turner
8:30: Bill Anderson (host); Jack Greene; Jean Shepard; Montgomery Gentry.

Saturday October 10
1st show
7:00: Jimmy Dickens (host); The Whites; Kathy Mattea
7:30: Lorrie Morgan (host); Jan Howard; George Hamilton IV; Jean Shepard
8:00: Jeannie Seely (host); Jim Ed Brown; Joe Diffie; Opry Square Dancers
8:30: Bill Anderson (host); Mike Snider; Diamond Rio

2nd show
9:30: Jimmy Dickens (host); Lorrie Morgan; Bobby Osborne & The Rocky Top X-Press
10:00: Mike Snider (host); Ray Pillow; Kathy Mattea
10:30: Diamond Rio (host); Stu Phillips; Jean Shepard; Opry Square Dancers
11:00: Bill Anderson (host); Jim Ed Brown; Joe Diffie.

What was interesting is that both shows featured all Opry members with the exception of BJ Thomas on the Friday Night Opry, who was a former Opry member, and Kathy Mattea on Saturday night, who in my opinion, should be an Opry member.

Now from 25 years ago, Saturday October 8, 1994:

1st show
6:30: Jean Shepard (host); Bill Carlisle
6:45: Bill Anderson (host); Wilma Lee Cooper
7:00: Jim Ed Brown (host); Stonewall Jackson; Brother Oswald; The Whites
7:30: Holly Dunn (host); Mel McDaniel; Riders In The Sky
8:00: Porter Wagoner (host); Jeanne Pruett; Melissa Marshall; Jack Greene; Opry Square Dance Band; The Melvin Sloan Dancers
8:30: Hank Snow (host); Jim and Jesse; The Four Guys; Billy Walker; Mike Snider

2nd show
9:30: Porter Wagoner (host); Jeanne Pruett; Riders In The Sky; Holly Dunn
10:00: Bill Anderson (host); Osborne Brothers
10:15: Jean Shepard (host); Ray Pillow
10:30: Jim Ed Brown (host); The Whites
10:45: Jack Greene (host); Charlie Walker; Opry Square Dance Band; The Melvin Sloan Dancers
11:00: Hank Snow (host); Jeannie Seely; Billy Walker; Johnny Russell
11:30: Mike Snider (host); The Four Guys; Connie Smith

Finally, from 50 years ago, Saturday October 11, 1969:

1st show
6:30: Glaser Brothers (host); Del Wood; Connie Eaton
6:45: Stu Phillips (host); Linda Martel; Jack Barlow
7:00: Roy Acuff (host); Earl Scruggs Revue; Darrell McCall
7:30: Porter Wagoner (host); Charlie Walker; Dolly Parton; Crook Brothers; Buck Trent
8:00: Ernest Tubb (host); Skeeter Davis; Charley Pride; Billy Parker
8:30: Hank Snow (host); Fruit Jar Drinkers; Archie Campbell

2nd show
9:30: Glaser Brothers (host); Stu Phillips; Willis Brothers; Connie Eaton
10:00: Bobby Luman (host); Charlie Walker; Jack Barlow
10:15: Roy Acuff (host); Earl Scruggs Revue; Skeeter Davis
10:30: Porter Wagoner (host); Dolly Parton; Del Wood
10:45: Ernest Tubb (host); Margie Bowes; Crook Brothers
11:00: Hank Snow (host); Jimmy Newman; Darrell McCall; Fruit Jar Drinkers; Sam McGee
11:30: Del Reeves (host); Justin Tubb; Charley Pride

Looking back into a few other dates that occurred this weekend, on Saturday October 11, 1986, the Grand Ole Opry celebrated it's 61st birthday. Here is the running order from that night, 33 years ago:

1st show
6:30: Bonanza
Jim Ed Brown (host): Looking Back to See
Jeanne Pruett: Satin Sheets
Osborne Brothers: Once More
Jim Ed Brown: Send Me the Pillow You Dream On

6:45: Rudy's
Charlie Walker (host): The Mean Woman with the Green Eyes
The Four Guys: The Grandest Lady of them All
Charlie Walker and Joe Edwards: Ida Red

7:00: Shoney's
Tom T. Hall (host): The Year that Clayton Delaney Died
David Houston: No One Will Ever Know/Blue Eyes Crying in the Rain
Hank Locklin: Danny Boy
Ed Bruce: The Streets of Laredo/You're the Best Break this Old Heart Ever Had
Tom T. Hall: Old Dogs, Children and Watermelon Wine

7:30: Standard Candy
Roy Acuff (host): Wabash Cannonball
The Whites: It Should've Been Easy
Connie Smith: Hold Me Back
Crook Brothers and The Melvin Sloan Dancers: Instrumental
Roy Acuff: Meeting in the Air

8:00: Martha White
Bill Monroe (host): Molly & Tenbrooks
Jack Greene: There Goes My Everything
Jean Shepard: Second Fiddle
Riders In The Sky: Teardrops in My Heart
Roy Drusky and Riders In The Sky: Cool Water
Bill Monroe: Lord, Protect My Soul

8:30: Music Valley Drive
Hank Snow (host): Forever +1; Forever +2
Lorrie Morgan: Do I Love You
Billy Walker: Am I Blue
Del Wood: 12th Street Rag
Stu Phillips: The Great El Tigrae
Hank Snow: Nevertheless/Nova Scotia

2nd show
9:30: Dollar General
Bill Monroe (host): Uncle Pen
The Four Guys: Fox on the Run
Jeannie Seely: All I Need to Know
Tom T. Hall: P.S., I Love You/I'm Not that Good at Goodbyes
Bill Monroe: Boat of Love

10:00: Little Debbie
Stonewall Jackson (host): Don't Be Angry
Jan Howard: You Don't Know Me
Bill Carlisle: Leave that Liar Alone
Stonewall Jackson: 'Ol Chuck of Coal

10:15: Sunbeam
Roy Acuff (host): Meeting in the Air
Charlie Louvin: I Can't Help It/Mansion on the Hill
Roy Thackerson: Orange Blossom Special/Ragtime Annie
Roy Acuff and Grand Ole Opry Cast: Happy Birthday Grand Ole Opry

10:30: Pet Milk
Jim Ed Brown (host): Everyday People
Ed Bruce: Nights are the Loneliest Part of the Day
Jim Ed Brown: The 3 Bells

10:45: Heil Quaker
Billy Walker (host): Word Games
The Whites: Blue Letters
Crook Brothers and The Melvin Sloan Dancers: Bill Cheatham
Billy Walker: You Gave Me a Mountain

11:00: Coca Cola
Hank Snow (host): Right or Wrong
Justin Tubb: Thanks Troubadour, Thanks
Hank Locklin: Please Help Me, I'm Falling
Connie Smith: Hold Me Back
David Houston: Living in a House Full of Love
Hank Snow: It Kinda Reminds Me of Me/Nova Scotia

11:30: Quincy's
Jack Greene (host): Midnight Tennessee Woman
Lorrie Morgan: Unchanged Melody
Roy Drusky: Mississippi
Riders In The Sky: How the Yodel was Born
Johnny Russell: No One Will Every Know

Finally, the Grand Ole Opry's 77th birthday bash took place on Saturday October 12, 2002 and included a surprised guest, Clint Black, who was not listed in the program for that night. It was truly a surprise when Bill Anderson brought him out.

1st show
6:30: Tennessee Pride
Jimmy Dickens (host): Out Behind the Barn
The Whites: Swing Down Chariot
Holly Dunn: Can't Stop Now
Steve Wariner: Where Did I Go Wrong/You Don't Have Very Far to Go
Jimmy Dickens: Mountain Dew

7:00: Opry Book/Standard Candy
Bill Anderson (host):
Clint Black: Are You Sure Waylon Done it This Way/Wondering
Bill Anderson: I Wonder if God Likes Country Music
Rebecca Lynn Howard: God's Country
Martina McBride: Where Would You Be/Harper Valley PTA
Ralph Stanley: I Have Been Blessed/The Girl From The Greenbriar Shore
Ralph Stanley Jr.: Ruby, Don't Take You Guns To Town
Ralph Stanley: Man of Constant Sorrow
Bill Anderson: The Corner of My Life
Grand Ole Opry Cast: Happy Birthday Grand Ole Opry

8:00: Martha White
Porter Wagoner (host): Why Don't You Haul Off & Love Me
Bill Carlisle: Too Old to Cut the Mustard
Connie Smith: Ain't Had no Lovin'
Osborne Brothers: Rocky Top
Opry Square Dance Band: Cherokee Shuffle
Porter Wagoner: Just Someone I Used to Know

8:30: Physicians Mutual
Jeannie Seely (host): Those Memories
Billy Walker: She Goes Walking Through My Mind
T. Bubba Bechtol: Comedy
Lorrie Morgan: I Didn't Know My Own Strength/I'm One of a Kind
Jeannie Seely: Don't Touch Me

2nd show
9:30: Opry Book
Jimmy Dickens (host): Take An Old Cold Tater
Jim Ed Brown: The 3 Bells
Osborne Brothers: Kentucky
Lorrie Morgan: Don't Stop in My World/Cry Me a River
Jimmy Dickens: I'd Rather Sleep in Peace Then Know You're Gone

10:00: Lincoln Mercury/Shoney's
Porter Wagoner (host): Ol' Slewfoot
Billy Walker: Jesus Walks In
Jack Greene: Statue of a Fool
Ralph Stanley: I Hear a Choo-Choo Coming/Katy Daley/Mountain Dew/Little Maggie
Wagonmasters: (?)

10:30: WSM Auditorium
Bill Anderson (host): Po Folks
Charlie Louvin: Will You Visit Me on Sundays
Martina McBride: I Have Been Blessed/Harper Valley PTA
Opry Square Dance Band: Rachel
Grand Ole Opry Cast: Happy Birthday Grand Ole Opry

11:00: Coca-Cola
Steve Wariner (host): Burning the Roadhouse Down
Holly Dunn: Can't Stop Now
T. Bubba Bechtol: Comedy
Rebecca Lynn Howard: God's Country/Forgive
Steve Wariner: You Don't Have Very Far to Go

Jeannie Seely (host): Hey Good Lookin'
Ernie Ashworth: Each Moment Spent with You
Ray Pillow: Dreams of a Dreamer
Connie Smith: How Great Thou Art
Jeannie Seely: Pride

There you have it for this week. As always, thanks for reading and commenting on the blog. And I hope everyone enjoys the Grand Ole Opry this weekend.

And congratulations to Dolly Parton. Hopefully this will not be the last that we see her on the Opry.

Monday, October 7, 2019

Mid-Week Shows & Opry Observations

Before getting to the mid-week line-ups, just a couple of observations from my week in Nashville and attending all of the Opry shows during the week, including the 94th Birthday Bash weekend. All of the shows were very, very good. The shows had a good flow to them and a great variety of artists.

There were a number of artists that I was very impressed with. Riders In The Sky were excellent on each of the six shows they were on, as was Bill Anderson. Po' Ramblin' Boys made their Opry debut on Tuesday night and did a nice job. They are a bluegrass group out of East Tennessee and impressed. I have always enjoyed David Ball. Dailey & Vincent were on Wednesday and Friday and they bring a lot of energy to the show. Mo Pitney and John Berry were also excellent.

My wife has been after me for a couple of years to see The Bacon Brothers, Michael and Kevin. On Wednesday night I finally saw them for the first time and thought they did a nice job. I would buy a ticket to see one of their shows.

As to the weekend, I thought everyone was good. It has been noted before, but Kathy Mattea would make an outstanding Opry member. I wouldn't be surprised if it happened one day, sooner rather than later. If I had one complaint it would be that she sang the same three songs on all four shows. I would have loved to have heard "Eighteen Wheels & A Dozen Roses" but it did not happen. It was nice to see John Conlee back on the Opry after being on the road for the past month or so. He posted that he has no other plans for the rest of the year other than the Opry. Also back was Mike Snider, who had been missing for a month. With his group, The Possum Touchers, they played those good old mountain tunes. And he added a little comedy also.

As to who was not there, Jesse McReynolds cancelled on Saturday night. He said he was still a little weak but hoped to be back this coming weekend. Opry members The Gatlin Brothers, Jeannie Seely, Connie Smith, Eddie Montgomery, The Whites, Bobby Osborne and Trace Adkins all were excellent.

The only guest artists to appear on the weekend shows, besides Kathy Mattea,  were Gene Watson and Clare Dunn. Gene did his usual great job while this was the first time I had seen Clare and I can see that she has a good future in country music. She formally worked in the Opry gift shop.

Not taking away anything from these artists, but I was less impressed with Lindsey Ell, Matt Stell and Zach Williams. I know Zach is big in the gospel music field, and he worked hard, but just didn't feel it from his songs.

The Opry House on Tuesday night was about 2/3 filled, while on Wednesday it was a little less than that. Opry Country Classics, which was an excellent show, was sold out. Friday's first show was about 2/3 filled while the 2nd show had pretty low attendance, around 1500. Saturday had almost a full house for both shows.

I did not mention Opry Country Classics, saving that for a special mention. That show was outstanding. Wade Hayes is a very good country singer. Louise Mandrell still has it at the age of 65 and was promoting a new album of classic hits. T.G. Sheppard has great audience interaction. Finally, there was Lorrie Morgan. I hope this doesn't come off the wrong way, but in the last couple of times I have seen Lorrie on the Opry, she has looked a little rough, and sounded off. That was not the case on Thursday night. She looked and sounded the best I have seen in years. Her voice was powerful as was her stage presence. She looked great, wearing her hair in a straight style. Glad to have seen her.

Among other items, I did visit the Dolly Parton dress exhibit. At $12 it was a deal. It is located back in Studio A and I am sure everyone has read about the exhibit. It was interesting to see the dresses on display, along with pictures or videos of her actually wearing the dress on the occasion she wore it. There was also a video of Dolly, as she talked about the various dresses and the Opry.

Against my principles, I did park in the pay lot. It is behind the Roy Acuff and Opry House, a very short walk. $8 each night if you buy the ticket in advance. Easy in and out but not very many people parking in the lot. When I left the 2nd show on Friday night, my car was one of three.

To those I saw and talked to this past weekend, I enjoyed the visit. It is always fun to connect with fellow Grand Ole Opry fans. Hopefully you are all back next year.

Finally, I am very excited with Dan Rogers in charge of the Opry. I think you are going to see some nice things taking place as he moves forward. I am anxious and can't wait. I believe that the Opry is in very good hands as it moves toward it's 100th birthday.

Now, here are the line-ups for the mid-week shows:

Tuesday October 8
7:00: John Conlee; Stephanie Quayle
7:30: Jeannie Seely; The Isaacs
8:15: Ashley Campbell; Suzy Bogguss
8:45: Dustin Lynch

Wednesday October 9
7:00: Riders In The Sky; Smithfield
7:30: The Whites; Stephanie Urbina Jones
8:15: Del McCoury Band; Don Schlitz
8:45: Sam Williams; Sara Evans

Opry Country Classics Thursday October 10
Host: Larry Gatlin
Also Appearing: The Gatlin Brothers, Emily West, Sierra Hull, Hannah Dasher, Shawn Camp & Lauren Mascitti

The Thursday show is supposed to be part of the Dolly Parton 50th anniversary weekend.

Monday, September 30, 2019

Grand Ole Opry 10/4 & 10/5

Welcome to the month of October and with it being the first weekend in October, the Grand Ole Opry will be celebrating it's 94th birthday. It should be a fun time and I will be in Nashville beginning tomorrow, through the rest of the week. I am sure that I will be seeing many old friends, readers of the blog, and some new folks. I'll be hanging around the Grand Ole Opry House and Plaza area, so if you see me, please say hi.

The Grand Ole Opry will be celebrating it's birthday with two shows Friday and Saturday night, along with the Saturday afternoon birthday concert featuring Terri Clark.

Not taking anything away from the Friday Night Opry, but Saturday will be the big day, as in addition to Terri Clark's concert, the Opry Birthday Bash Plaza Party will also be taking place. There will be live music on the outdoor stage, food trucks, games and much more, including Opry bingo and other games sponsored by a variety of organizations.

As to the entertainment on the outdoor stage, the scheduled performers include Carson Peters & Iron Mountain, Jessica Rose, Waterloo Revival, Hannah Dasher, Anna Vaus, Filmore and Davisson Brothers. The music begins with Carson at 10:30 a.m. and continues until the start of the 2nd Opry show.

While the line-ups have not been posted yet for the weekend shows, I can tell you who is listed as "scheduled to appear." For the Friday Night Opry, the names listed include Kathy Mattea, Gene Watson, Dailey & Vincent, Eddie Montgomery of Montgomery Gentry, and Larry Gatlin & The Gatlin Brothers.

The Gatlin Brothers and Kathy Mattea are also on the schedule for Saturday night, and they will be joined by Terri Clark, Lee Greenwood and Trace Adkins. If you are one of those who thinks that Trace has been doing a few of these birthday shows lately, you are right. In looking back at the most recent birthday weekends, Trace has appeared in 2018, 2015, 2014 and 2010. So he has a few of these weekends under his belt.

Obviously with only a few names listed for each of the weekend shows, there is still room for a few more. Hopefully, the line-ups will be filled out and we won't get short-changed on the number of artists appearing for the birthday weekend.

I'll update as I can.

And now, here is the posted Grand Ole Opry line-up from 10 years ago, the first weekend in October 2009:

Friday October 2
1st show
7:00: Jimmy Dickens (host); Jo Dee Messina
7:30: Lorrie Morgan (host); Jean Shepard; Jim Ed Brown; Caitlin Lynn; Mike Snider
8:00: Bill Anderson (host); Connie Smith; Terri Clark
8:30: Jeannie Seely (host); Mindy Smith; Carrie Underwood

2nd show
9:30: Jimmy Dickens (host); Jo Dee Messina
10:00: Lorrie Morgan (host); Jean Shepard; The Whites; Caitlin Lynn; Mike Snider
10:30: Bill Anderson (host); Connie Smith; Terri Clark
11:00: Jeannie Seely (host); Mindy Smith; Carrie Underwood

Saturday October 3
1st show
7:00: Jimmy Dickens (host); Jimmy C Newman; Cherryholmes
7:30: Mike Snider (host); Jack Greene; Grand Master Fiddle Champion; Gene Watson
8:00: Jean Shepard (host); Jesse McReynolds & The Virginia Boys; Restless Heart; Opry Square Dancers
8:30: Hal Ketchum (host); Bobby Osborne & The Rocky Top X-Press; The Whites

2nd show
9:30: Jimmy Dickens (host); Jimmy C Newman; Cherryholmes
10:00: Mike Snider (host); Jack Greene; Grand Master Fiddle Champion; Gene Watson
10:30: Jean Shepard (host); Stonewall Jackson; Restless Heart; Opry Square Dancers
11:00: Hal Ketchum (host); Bobby Osborne & The Rocky Top X-Press; The Whites

Now from 25 years ago, Saturday October 1, 1994:

1st show
6:30: Jim Ed Brown (host); Bill Carlisle
6:45: Grandpa Jones (host); Jean Shepard
7:00: Jimmy Dickens (host); Jack Greene; Jan Howard; Brother Oswald; Jeanne Pruett
7:30: Bill Monroe (host); Ricky Skaggs; Vince Gill; Alison Krauss
8:00: Porter Wagoner (host); The Four Guys; Charlie Louvin; The Whites; Opry Square Dance Band; The Melvin Sloan Dancers
8:30: Hank Snow (host); Boy Howdy; Roy Drusky; Mike Snider

2nd show
9:30: Porter Wagoner (host); Ray Pillow; Jeanne Pruett; Boy Howdy
10:00: Grandpa Jones (host); Jean Shepard
10:15: Jimmy Dickens (host); George Hamilton IV; Opry Square Dance Band; The Melvin Sloan Dancers
10:30: Bill Monroe (host); Ricky Skaggs; Vince Gill; Alison Krauss
11:00: Hank Snow (host); Jeannie Seely; The Whites; Del Reeves; Mike Snider
11:30: Johnny Russell (host)

Finally, from 50 years ago, Saturday October 4, 1969:

1st show
6:30: Willis Brothers (host); Linda Martel; Bobby Lewis
6:45: Billy Grammer (host): Liz Anderson; Jay Lee Webb
7:00: Bobby Lord (host); Jeannie Seely; Del Wood; Billy Troy Trio
7:30: Roy Acuff (host); Johnny Carver; Bowes; Crook
8:00: Tex Ritter (host); Charlie Louvin; Marion Worth; Billy Ed Wheeler
8:30: Porter Wagoner (host); Osborne Brothers; Dolly Parton; Fruit Jar Drinkers; Buck Trent

2nd show
9:30: Bobby Lord (host); Willis Brothers; Jeannie Seely; Jay Lee Webb
10:00: Roy Acuff (host); Bobby Lewis; Jimmy Riddle
10:15: Billy Grammer (host); Liz Anderson Billy Troy Trio
10:30: Tex Ritter (host); Del Wood; Linda Martel; Margie Bowes; Crook Brothers
11:00: Porter Wagoner (host); Dolly Parton; Johnny Carver; Fruit Jar Drinkers; Sam McGee
11:30: Charlie Louvin (host); Marion Worth; Billy Ed Wheeler; Diane McCall

A name from that night that many may not recognize is Billy Troy.

Billy Troy, who is the son of Uncle Josh Graves, the legendary dobro player fro Lester Flatt and Earl Scruggs,  has achieved an extensive and exciting career in the entertainment industry. Billy spent every Friday and Saturday night of his youth standing backstage at The Grand Ole Opry watching his dad perform for record crowds. Feeling the excitement during each and every one of those performances molded Billy into the entertainer he is today.

As a young man, Billy stood in the coveted spot himself performing for Opry audiences and also had the honor of being introduced by Mr. Roy Acuff. The standing ovations and encores he received after those shows, stay with him as some of the most memorable times in his life as an entertainer. Billy penned a musical play documenting the times he spent backstage with his dad which was fittingly titled “Backstage Memories” and toured nationwide to sold out venues.

Billy’s success as a Nashville songwriter and music producer have garnered him several Grammy nominations plus a Grammy finalist nod for his performance and production work in the bluegrass and country music fields. Billy’s highly successful series of “Pickin’ On” productions for CMH Records include the CDs: Pickin’ On the Beatles, Pickin’ On the Eagles, Pickin’ On Disney, which is featured in the Lion King Show at Disney’s Animal Kingdom, as well as, “Pickin’ On Christmas."

Billy Troy is still actively performing.

Many of the Grand Ole Opry birthday weekends have taken place during the month of October, and one of those weekends took place 28 years ago when the Opry celebrated its 66th birthday. Here is the line-up and running order from that weekend, October 4 & 5, 1991:

Friday October 4
1st show
6:30: Bill Monroe (host); Skeeter Davis; Jim Ed Brown; Charlie Louvin; George Hamilton IV
7:00: Porter Wagoner (host); Jimmy C Newman; Wilma Lee Cooper; Bill Carlisle; Del Reeves
7:30: Roy Acuff (host); Grandpa Jones; Connie Smith; Jim and Jesse
8:00: Bill Anderson (host); The Four Guys; Jeannie Seely
8:30: Hank Snow (host); The Whites; Mike Snider

2nd show
9:30: Porter Wagoner (host); Hank Locklin; Ray Pillow; Jimmy C Newman; Diamond Rio
10:00: Roy Acuff (host); Grandpa Jones; Jim Ed Brown; Skeeter Davis
10:30: Bill Monroe (host); The Four Guys; George Hamilton IV; Charlie Louvin; Connie Smith
11:00: Hank Snow (host); Justin Tubb; Del Reeves; Mike Snider; David Houston
11:30: Bill Anderson (host); The Whites; Jim and Jesse; Johnny Russell

Saturday October 5
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's 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 and Jesse: When I Dream About the Southland
The Whites: Doing it By the Book
Bill Anderson: Still/Southern Fried
Opry Square Dance Band and The Melvin Sloan Dancers: Sugar in the Goard
Grandpa Jones: Gooseberry Pie

8:30: Opryland
Hank Snow (host): Address Unknown
The Four 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 Key's 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 and The 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
The Four Guys: We're Only Here for a Little White
Jim and 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

There you have it for another Grand Ole Opry birthday weekend. For those who will be attending this weekend, I hope to see you and for those who cannot, I hope you listen.

As always, thanks for reading and commenting.

Sunday, September 29, 2019

Mid-Week Opry Shows 10/1; 10/2 and 10/3

Here is what I currently have for the upcoming mid-week Opry shows:

Tuesday October 1
7:00: Riders In The Sky; Jamie O'Neal
7:30: Bill Anderson; Matt Stell
8:15: David Ball; Carly Pearce
8:45: Po' Ramblin' Boys; Charles Esten

This will be the Opry debut for the Po' Ramblin' Boys

At a time when most people feel constantly distracted by technology and barraged by the news, authenticity and straightforward honesty are paramount. There’s something about the music of The Po’ Ramblin’ Boys that cuts right through the noise of the world and speaks plainly to the soul. Formed in the Smoky Mountains, The Po’ Ramblin’ Boys are at once exactly what you would expect and not at all what you would expect from a tattooed East Tennessee Bluegrass outfit. No strangers to hard work, the boys are as much at home riding in their 1965 GM Tour bus as they are crawling underneath to fix it when it needs maintenance. But they take pride in being ambassadors of their genre, and the group has brought their music from rural bluegrass festival stages to the rock clubs of Europe, with stunning results. “I think to a certain extent everyone is just craving music that they can feel, and any music that feels real will reach any audience” says CJ Lewandowski, the groups founder, “We want to put bluegrass right where it’s least expected”.

 Lewandowski was working at Ole Smoky Moonshine Distillery in Sevierville, TN when the band first formed. The distillery employed musicians to play for visitors seven days a week, and Lewandowski, who primarily plays Mandolin and sings, was occasionally hired to fill in when the entertainment didn’t show. Eventually, the distillery approached him about forming a band for a full time slot, so he reached out to long time music friends Jereme Brown, who plays banjo for the group, and Josh Rinkel, who plays guitar.  Also joining the group would be bassist Jasper Lorentzen. The four friends played multiple times a week for a year and half, honing their band sound, meanwhile word was spreading about their music.

The Po’ Ramblin’ Boys passion for bluegrass is as clear as it is contagious. With a heavy touring schedule across the United States and Europe and recently signed record deal with the esteemed Rounder Records, the Boys are well on their way to becoming the quintessential bluegrass band of their generation. Despite all of their recent success, they maintain a humble perspective. “Bluegrass has left such a mark on us that we feel like we owe something back to the music”, says Lewandowski. “We want to do something for the music to show our appreciation… There’s no telling what could have happened to us, what we would have become if we hadn’t found this music. It’s gotten us through a lot, the good and the bad. When I think about all of the damn medications that I didn’t have to take because I had music to turn to. We didn’t have to go to the doctor and pay for something to make us feel better, because we had this music, so we really want to honor it by bringing it out of the shadows and onto new stages and wider audiences. Because we know that if we can bring Bluegrass to new folks, those folks will come with us and support the bluegrass community.”

While the running order has not been posted for the Wednesday Night Opry on October 2, the list of performers scheduled to appear has been posted.

Scheduled to appear are Riders In The Sky, Zach Williams, Lindsay Ell, The Bacon Brothers, Dailey & Vincent, John Berry, Mandy Barnett and Mo Pitney

As far as Opry Country Classics on Thursday October 3, Larry Gatlin will be the host and Lorrie Morgan the Spotlight Artist. Also scheduled are The Gatlin Brothers, Louise Mandrell and Wade Hayes.

Thursday, September 26, 2019

Grand Ole Opry 9/27 & 9/28

I am sure the people who run the Grand Ole Opry are pretty happy this weekend as both of the shows are sold out. On the other hand, those attending cannot be particuarly happy with the line-ups. Sad to see just three Grand Ole Opry members (and one former member) on the schedule for Friday night and only two listed for Saturday. While I know a lot of the members are out on the road, I would think they could have done better for those attending.

The Grand Ole Opry members who are scheduled to appear on the Friday Night Opry are Joe Diffie, The Whites, and Dailey & Vincent, while former member Doug Kershaw is also scheduled. The two members listed for Saturday's Grand Ole Opry are Connie Smith and Bobby Osborne.

Guesting on Friday night will be Tegan Marie, The Isaacs, William Michael Morgan and Hannah Dasher. Guesting on Saturday night will be Craig Campbell, Linda Davis, Darryl Worley, Brad Upton, Kalie Shorr and Hall of Fame member Don Schlitz.

I did want to give mention to Doug Kershaw, who along with his brother Rusty, joined the Grand Ole Opry in 1957.

Doug Kershaw, along with Jimmy C Newman, is one of a handful of Cajun musicians who enjoyed success in mainstream country music. Doug, who was born in 1936, began his career as a child, performing with his mother, Mama Rita, a fiddler, guitarist and singer. In 1948 he formed the Continental Playboys with brothers Russell Lee (Rusty) and Nelson (Pee Wee), eventually getting on local radio in Louisiana. Rusty and Doug then began performing as a duo and as Rusty & Doug, they recorded a number of country songs for Feature Records before making their way to Nashville, where they signed with Hickory Records.

Performing in the close vocal harmony style popularized by the Everly Brothers, Rusty & Doug's career began to take off. In 1955 they appeared on the Louisiana Hayride before moving to the WWVA Jamboree in Wheeling. In September 1957, their song "Love Me to Pieces" hit #14 on the charts, while "Hey Sheryl" went to #22. Later that year, the became members of the Grand Ole Opry. In 1958, both were drafted into the military and their careers went on hold.

After returning from the military, Rusty & Doug returned to the studio and recorded Cajun-flavored songs, including "Louisiana Man" which went to #10 on the charts and "Diggy Liggy Lo," which went to #14. In 1964 the brothers split and Doug went on to fame as the "Cajun Hippie," whose outrageous stage antics and driving performance made him a favorite of the musical counter'culture during the 1970s. Now into his 80s, Doug still tours and still performs as he will be doing on the Friday Night Opry this weekend.

Friday September 27
7:00: Joe Diffie; Tegan Marie
7:30: The Whites; The Isaacs
8:15: William Michael Morgan; Hannah Dasher
8:45: Doug Kershaw; Dailey & Vincent

Saturday September 28
7:00: Connie Smith; Craig Campbell
7:30: Linda Davis; Darryl Worley
8:15: Bobby Osborne & The Rocky Top X-Press; Brad Upton; Opry Square Dancers
8:45: Kalie Shorr; Don Schlitz

Hannah Dasher will be making her Opry debut on Friday night.

A Nashville transplant by way of Coastal Georgia with a dream and a six string, Hannah recently celebrated her first songwriting cut on Brad Paisley's new Love and War album. The track entitled, "Go To Bed Early”, also features Hannah on background vocals. Hannah is currently writing for Sony/ATV Nashville and Two Black Dogs Publishing, a new company formed by Jaren Johnston (multi-platinum hit songwriter, rock’n'roll guitar slinger, and frontman of the Cadillac Three). Over the last year, Dasher and Johnston have been working on her debut record, Heavy. With influences ranging from Dolly and Aretha to Eric Church and Tom Petty, some compare Hannah Dasher's sound to "Hot Chicken with Honey.”

“Hannah Dasher has a voice and personality I feel the country format desperately needs,” said Johnston. “Her ‘Dolly Parton on cocaine’ vibe puts her in a league of her own. She is a rock star plain and simple.”

Closing out the month of September, here is the posted Grand Ole Opry line-up from ten years ago, the final weekend of September 2009:

Friday September 25
7:00: Mike Snider (host); Jimmy C Newman
7:30: Jimmy Dickens (host); Jan Howard; Joey+Rory
8:00: Jim Ed Brown (host); Jack Greene; Steep Canyon Rangers
8:30: Pam Tillis (host); Stonewall Jackson; Jesse McReynolds & The Virginia Boys; The Whites

Saturday September 26
7:00: Jimmy Dickens (host); Jimmy C Newman
7:30: Jeannie Seely (host); Jim Ed Brown; Orleans
8:00: Pam Tillis (host); Charlie Louvin; The Whites; Opry Square Dancers
8:30: Mike Snider (host); Jack Greene; Craig Morgan

Now from 25 years ago, Saturday September 24, 1994:

1st show
6:30: Grandpa Jones (host); Bill Carlisle
6:45: Jim Ed Brown (host); Skeeter Davis
7:00: Porter Wagoner (host); Stonewall Jackson; Charlie Louvin; George Hamilton IV; Jan Howard
7:30: Billy Walker (host); Jeanne Pruett; Osborne Brothers; Skip Ewing
8:00: Bill Anderson (host); The Four Guys; Roy Drusky; Mike Snider; Opry Square Dance Band; The Melvin Sloan Dancers
8:30: Hank Snow (host); The Whites; Jean Shepard; Hank Locklin; Jeannie Seely

2nd show
9:30: Porter Wagoner (host); Jeanne Pruett; Brother Oswald; Jim Ed Brown; George Hamilton IV
10:00: Grandpa Jones (host); Charlie Louvin; Osborne Brothers
10:15: Bill Anderson (host); Skip Ewing
10:30: Jean Shepard (host); Roy Drusky
10:45: Billy Walker (host); Stonewall Jackson; Opry Square Dance Band; The Melvin Sloan Dancers
11:00: Hank Snow (host); Hank Locklin; Jan Howard; The Four Guys
11:30: Mike Snider (host); Jeannie Seely; The Whites

Finally, from 50 years ago, Saturday September 27, 1969:

1st show
6:30: Wilma Lee and Stoney Cooper (host); Del Wood; Duke of Paducah
6:45: Charlie Walker (host); The Four Guys; Peggy Little
7:00: Charlie Louvin (host); Jim and Jesse; Diana Trask; Louie Roberts
7:30: Billy Grammer (host); Jeannie Seely; Earl Scruggs Revue; Crook Brothers; The Tennessee Travelers
8:00: Roy Acuff (host); Margie Bowes; Johnny and Jonie Mosby; Brother Oswald; Jimmy C Newman; Jimmy Riddle
8:30: Stu Phillips (host); Skeeter Davis; Willis Brothers; Fruit Jar Drinkers

2nd show
9:30: Charlie Walker (host); Wilma Lee and Stoney Cooper; Jeannie Seely; Johnny and Jonie Mosby
10:00: Charlie Louvin (host); The Four Guys; Diane McCall
10:15: Jim and Jesse (host); Del Wood; Peggy Little
10:30: Stu Phillips (host); Duke of Paducah; Diana Trask
10:45: Roy Acuff (host); Earl Scruggs Revue; Crook Brothers; The Tennessee Travelers
11:00: Bill Anderson (host); Billy Grammer; Margie Bowes; Fruit Jar Drinkers; Sam and Kirk McGee
11:30: Jimmy C Newman (host); Don Winters; Louie Roberts

To finish up this week, let's go back again to the year 1974 and the first year at the Grand Ole Opry House and September 28. Here is the running order from that night 45 years ago:

1st show
6:30: Mrs. Grissoms
Willis Brothers (host): Big Daddy
Jerry Clower: A Rat Killing
Willis Brothers: For the Good Times

6:45: Rudy's
Bill Monroe (host): Out in the Cold World
Wilma Lee and Stoney Cooper: Did You Think to Pray
Del Wood: Keep on the Firing Line
Bill Monroe: Poor White Folks

7:00: Rudy's
Billy Grammer (host): Detroit City
Connie Smith: Louisiana Man
Jim Mundy: The River's Too Wide
Billy Grammer: Bonaparte's Retreat
Connie Smith: How Great Thou Art
Jim Mundy: She's No Ordinary Woman
Billy Grammer: Under the Double Eagle

7:30: Standard Candy
Roy Acuff (host): Cottonfields/Night Train to Memphis
Jeanne Pruett: Welcome to the Sunshine Sweet Baby Jane
Mark Dalton: Cracker Jack
Crook Brothers: Soldier's Joy
Roy Acuff: The Great Speckled Bird
Jeanne Pruett: Satin Sheets

8:00: Martha White
Grandpa Jones (host): The Baptism of Jesse Taylor
Bill Carlisle: Little Liza Jane
Marion Worth: You're the Reason I'm Living
Grandpa Jones: I Don't Love Nobody
Bill Carlisle: I've Waited Too Long
Marion Worth: Delta Dawn
Grandpa Jones: Nashville on My Mind

8:30: Stephen's
Stonewall Jackson (host): Me & You & A Dog Named Boo
Stu Phillips: There Must be Another Way to Say Goodbye
Karen Wheeler: You're Smothering Me
Fruit Jar Drinkers: Nubbing Ridge
Stonewall Jackson: Don't Be Angry
Stu Phillips: Love You All Over Again
Karen Wheeler: Born to Love & Satisfy
Stonewall Jackson: Washed My Hands in Muddy Water

2nd show
9:30: Kellogg's
Bill Monroe (host): Careless Love
Willis Brothers: Cool Water
Jeanne Pruett: Satin Sheets
Del Wood: Beer Barrel Polka
Bill Monroe: I Want to Go with You
Jeanne Pruett: Hold to My Unchanging Love/Love Me/You Don't Need to Move a Mountain
Del Wood: There's a Big Wheel

10:00: Fender
Jerry Clower (host): (?)
Wilma Lee and Stoney Cooper: This Old House
Stoney Cooper: Black Mountain Rag
Jerry Clower: A New Bull

10:15: Union 76
Roy Acuff (host): Wabash Cannonball
Mark Dalton: Cracker Jack
Roy Acuff: I Saw the Light

10:30: Trailblazer
Grandpa Jones (host): Freedom Lives in a Country Song
Connie Smith: I Never Knew (What That Song Meant Before)
Bill Carlisle: Have a Drink on Me
Grandpa and Ramona Jones: Fallen Leaves

10:45: Beech-Nut
Billy Grammer (host): Bonaparte's Retreat
Jim Mundy: The River's Too Wide
Crook Brothers: Gray Eagle
Billy Grammer: Somewhere My Love

11:00: Coca-Cola
Stu Phillips (host): Pride
Karen Wheeler: You're Smothering Me
Fruit Jar Drinkers: Soldier's Joy
Karen Wheeler: Born to Love & Satisfy
Sam McGee: Alabama Jubilee
Stu Phillips: Cottonfields/Detroit City/Catfish John

11:30: Elm Hill
Stonewall Jackson (host): Me & You & A Dog Named Boo
Marion Worth: Sleeping at the Foot of the Bed/You're the Reason I'm Living
Ronnie Robbins: If You Love Me, Let Me Know/Baby, Let the Music Play
Stonewall Jackson: Why I'm Walking/Washed My Hands in Muddy Water/Waterloo

A couple of names from that night, beginning with Jim Mundy. Jim recorded for ABC Records between 1973 and 1976 and had some chart success. His best song was "The River's Too Wide," which was released in 1973 and went as high as #13 on the country charts. That song, along with "Come Home" received awards from the American Society of Composers, Authors, and Publishers. Jim also recorded commercial tunes for Pillsbury, Union 76, Coca-Cola and Miller Brewing Company. His final chart success was in 1979.

Another name from that night was Mark Dalton. The only information I could find on Mark was that he was a guest on Mel Tillis' television show, which was on the air in 1974. Other than that, not much info could be found.

That takes care of it for this week. Next week is the Grand Ole Opry's 94th birthday bash. It should be a fun weekend with a lot of activities planned. As usual, I will be there for it all.

As always, thanks for reading and commenting and I hope everyone enjoys the Grand Ole Opry this weekend.

Monday, September 23, 2019

Mid-Week Opry 9/24; 9/25 & 9/26

Here are the line-ups for the upcoming mid-week shows:

Tuesday September 24
7:00: Connie Smith; Hailey Whitters
7:30: Henry Cho; Dailey & Vincent
8:15: Craig Morgan; Sawyer Brown; Dustin Lynch

A very solid Tuesday night show. Dustin Lynch, who last week celebrated his one year anniversary as a member of the Grand Ole Opry, continues his support of the show. And I am sure Craig Morgan will be singing his new single, 'The Father, My Son and The Holy Ghost" which has been receiving some great reviews. A big thanks should also go to Blake Shelton who has been promoting this very emotional song.

Wednesday September 25
7:00: Riders In The Sky; Jameson Rodgers
7:30: Jeannie Seely; The SteelDrivers
8:15: T.G. Sheppard; Chonda Pierce
8:45: Charlie Daniels Band

The Wednesday night show will be the Opry debut for Jamison Rodgers.

Raised in Batesville, Mississippi, singer-songwriter Jameson Rodgers brings together electrified rock & roll and Country songwriting on his new self-titled EP, released in January of 2018, with songs featured on Spotify’s New Boots and Wild Country playlists as well as Sirius XM’s On The Horizon. In 2018, Rodgers also received the AIMP Nashville Rising Artist-Writer of the Year nomination for the third annual AIMP (Association of Independent Music Publishers) Nashville Awards.

The former college baseball player, who landed a publishing deal with Combustion Music in 2014, scored his first songwriting cuts with Florida Georgia Lines “Wish You Were On It” and “Talk You Out Of It” in addition to co-writing Chris Lane’s new single “I Don’t Know About You.” His debut EP, released in 2016, features the streaming hit “Midnight Daydream.” In addition to opening shows for Sam Hunt and Old Dominion, Rodgers has been selling out clubs throughout the south and Midwest this year. He is currently on the Luke Combs Beer Never Broke My Heart Tour that kicked off in January.

Finally, the mid-week shows finish with Opry Country Classics on Thursday night.

Thursday September 26
Host: Larry Gatlin
Spotlight Artist: The Gatlin Brothers
Also Appearing: The Whites, Abby Anderson, Frankie Ballad, Wilson Fairchild

Thursday, September 19, 2019

Grand Ole Opry 9/20 & 9/21

After watching the first four chapters of Ken Burns' "Country Music" most of what I have read has been very positive and personally, I am very pleased. There have been a few comments nick picking the series, especially comments regarding who was left out or received very little mention. But I don't think anyone can complain as to the amount of research that Ken has put into the shows and the amount of archival material that he has presented. I am anxious to see the final four shows which begin on Sunday.

Now to this week's Grand Ole Opry shows. In looking at the schedule, it is nice to see both Connie Smith, who is scheduled to appear on Friday night, and Jesse McReynolds, scheduled for Saturday night, both on the list for this week. Both cancelled out last Saturday night.

Joining Connie Smith on the Friday Night Opry will be members The Whites, Bobby Osborne, Oak Ridge Boys, Riders In The Sky and Old Crow Medicine Show, the last two groups also scheduled to appear on Saturday night. Joining Riders, Old Crow and Jesse on Saturday night will be Jeannie Seely, Dailey & Vincent and Bill Anderson.

Guesting both nights will be Jeanne Robertson. Joining Jeanne on Friday night will be Lauren Jenkins, Austin Jenckes and Wade Hayes. Saturday night, along with Jeanne, will be Charles Esten, Hall of Fame member Charlie McCoy, and making her Grand Ole Opry debut, Tenille Arts.

Friday September 20
7:00: Riders In The Sky (host); Lauren Jenkins; The Whites
7:30: Connie Smith (host); Austin Jenckes; Bobby Osborne & The Rocky Top X-Press
8:15: Old Crow Medicine Show (host); Wade Hayes
8:45: Oak Ridge Boys (host); Jeanne Robertson

Saturday September 21
7:00: Jeannie Seely (host); Tenille Arts; Jesse McReynolds
7:30: Bill Anderson (host); Jeanne Robertson; Dailey & Vincent
8:15: Riders In The Sky (host); Charles Esten; Opry Square Dancers
8:45: Old Crow Medicine Show (host); Charlie McCoy

I notice that both the Friday Night Opry and Saturday's Grand Ole Opry are top heavy with the majority of the artists scheduled appearing during the first half of the show.

As mentioned, Saturday will be the Grand Ole Opry debut for Tenille Arts.

Born and raised in the small Canadian prairie town of Weyburn, Saskatchewan, her dream of performing took root at the tender age of eight. A neighbor overheard her singing a Shania Twain song in her back yard and encouraged her mom to help her pursue music.

After years of honing her craft and touring across Canada, Tenille began making the long trip to Nashville to advance her songwriting skills. Her determination and talent led to steadily increasing successes, as she earned a publishing deal in Nashville. Her 2016 self-titled debut EP peak at #1 on the iTunes Canada Top Country Album Chart and crack the Top 100 on the U.S. iTunes Country Album Chart.

Arts released her full-length album Rebel Child in October 2017, having written 10 of the 11 songs. It debuted at #2 on the iTunes Canada Top Country Album Chart, #12 on the AllGenres Chart and reached #17 in the United States. Tenille caught the attention of entertainment site, who named her one of their 2018 Artists to Watch.

Tenille’s hauntingly mysterious song “Cold Feet” help grow her fan base with a popular music video that reached #1 on the CMT 12 Pack Countdown. The song also received much critical acclaim including a feature by Tom Roland in Billboard Country – rare for an independent release.

She made her national television debut on January 29, 2018 performing her original song “Moment of Weakness” for millions of viewers on the hit ABC show The Bachelor. The song debuted in the Top 20 on the iTunes U.S. Top Country Songs Chart. Six weeks later, Tenille’s accomplishments were rewarded in a huge way, as she signed a recording deal with Reviver Records – home to David Lee Murphy and Michael Tyler.

Immediately after signing her deal, Reviver released her “I Hate This” single. The groundbreaking music video was partially shot in a set that could rotate 360 degrees. As the cameras rolled, so did the set...and Tenille. The clip premiered on CMT and continues to receive airplay nationwide.

In May of 2018, Tenille took home all five of the Saskatchewan Country Music Association Awards for which she was nominated. Her name was called time after time, as she was honored with “Female Artist of the Year,” “Songwriter of the Year,” “Album or EP of the Year” for Rebel Child, “Video of the Year” for “Cold Feet” and “Single of the Year” for “What He’s Into.”

As fall approached, The Bachelor producers invited Tenille to Los Angeles to film her second appearance singing an original song on the show. The episode is set to air January 21, 2019.

Rolling Stone named Tenille one of their “10 New Country Artists You Need To Know” in September, calling her “An edgy, Fearless-era Taylor Swift with crystalline vocals; ideal for hopeless romantics who are fire signs.” The feature went on to say: “‘I Hate This’ addresses the helplessness that comes with any broken relationship, with Arts’ voice drifting and lilting over a Dobro riff.”

And the answer to her most commonly asked question is yes, Arts is her real last name!

And now, here is the posted Grand Ole Opry line-up from ten years ago, the 3rd weekend in September 2009:

Friday September 18
7:00: John Conlee (host); Jean Shepard; George Hamilton IV; The Flatlanders
7:30: Jimmy Dickens (host); Jimmy C Newman; Jim Ed Brown; John Anderson
8:00: Bill Anderson (host); Stonewall Jackson; Riders In The Sky; Suzy Bogguss
8:30: Vince Gill (host); Jan Howard; Bobby Osborne & The Rocky Top X-Press; The Whites

Saturday September 19
7:00: Jimmy Dickens (host); Connie Smith; Buddy Jewell
7:30: Jeannie Seely (host); Jack Greene; Jim Ed Brown; The Lovell Sisters
8:00: Riders In The Sky (host); Ray Pillow; Josh Thompson; Opry Square Dancers
8:30: John Conlee (host); Jean Shepard; The Whites; Raul Malo

Now from 25 years ago, Saturday September 17, 1994:

1st show
6:30: Grandpa Jones (host); Wilma Lee Cooper; Brother Oswald
6:45: Jim Ed Brown (host); Bill Carlisle; Jeanne Pruett
7:00: Jack Greene (host); Stonewall Jackson; The Whites; Lorrie Morgan
7:30: Porter Wagoner (host); Johnny Russell; Brenda Lee
8:00: Bill Anderson (host); The Four Guys; Ray Pillow; Opry Square Dance Band; The Melvin Sloan Dancers
8:30: Hank Snow (host); Jimmy C Newman; Jean Shepard; Charlie Walker

2nd show
9:30: Porter Wagoner (host); Jeanne Pruett; Stonewall Jackson; Brenda Lee
10:00: Grandpa Jones (host); Lorrie Morgan
10:15: Bill Anderson (host); The Whites
10:30: Jim Ed Brown (host); Jean Shepard
10:45: Jeannie Seely (host); Ray Pillow; Opry Square Dance Band; The Melvin Sloan Dancers
11:00: Hank Snow (host); Jimmy C Newman; Charlie Walker
11:30: Jack Greene (host); The Four Guys; Johnny Russell; Johnny Tillotson

It was an interesting night at the Grand Ole Opry 50 years ago, as on Saturday September 20, 1969, Bobby Bare rejoined the Grand Ole Opry. Bobby originally joined the cast in the early 1960s, then left. He came back in 1969 and stayed until 1974 when he left again. Bobby then had his Opry membership reinstated in 2018.

Here is the running order from that night 50 years ago, Saturday September 20, 1969 when Bobby rejoined the Opry:

1st show
6:30: Mrs Grissoms
Jack Greene (host); Your Love Takes Care of Me
Stringbean: Mountain Dew
Jack Greene: The Key that Fits Her Door
Stringbean: Battle of New Orleans

6:45: Rudy's
Osborne Brothers (host): Tennessee Hound Dog
The Four Guys: Games People Play
Doug Kershaw: Diggy Liggy Lo
Osborne Brothers: Rocky Top

7:00: Luzianne
Archie Campbell (host): Make Friends
Willis Brothers: Give Me 40 Acres
Stu Phillips: Little Tin God
Archie Campbell: Comedy
Jean Shepard: Seven Lonely Days
Del Wood: Pony Boy
Willis Brothers: Buying Popcorn
Stu Phillips: The Wild Side of Life
Jean Shepard: I Thought of You/It Wasn't God Who Made Honky Tonk Angels

7:30: Standard Candy
George Morgan (host): Like a Bird
Skeeter Davis: Silver Threads and Golden Needles
Grandpa Jones: Are You From Dixie
George Morgan: You Gave Me a Mountain
Crook Brothers: Ida Red
Skeeter Davis: The End of the World
Grandpa Jones: Give My Love to Nell

8:00: Martha White
Lester Flatt (host): Shady Grove
Jim Ed Brown: Free Born Man
Bobby Bare: Margie's at the Lincoln Park Inn
Victor Jordan: Home Sweet Home
Lester Flatt: Folsom Prison Blues
Jim Ed Brown: The Three Bells
Bobby Bare: Detroit City
Lester Flatt: Ballad of Jed Clampett

8:30: Stephens
Ernest Tubb (host): Two Glasses Joe
Marion Worth: Sleepin' at the Foot of the Bed
Earl Scruggs: Shuckin' the Corn
Jim and Jesse: I'm Hoping that You're Hoping
Ernest Tubb: Dear Judge
Fruit Jar Drinkers: Gray Eagle
Marion Worth: Don't Worry
Randy and Gary Scruggs: If I Were a Carpenter
Billy Parker: Sing Me a Sad Song

2nd show
9:30: Kellogg's
Jack Greene (host): Walking on New Grass
Willis Brothers: Alcohol & #2 Diesel Don't Mix
Osborne Brothers: Tennessee Hound Dog
Del Wood: Ballin' the Jack
Jack Greene: The Key that Fits Her Door
Willis Brothers: Bob
Osborne Brothers: Making Plans
Jack Greene: Statue of a Fool

10:00: Fender
Stu Phillips (host): Little Tin God
The Four Guys: Put a Little Love in Your Heart
Marion Worth: You Ain't Women Enough
Stu Phillips: Crystal Chandeliers

10:15: Pure
George Morgan (host): Candy Kisses
Jean Shepard: A Real Good Woman
Stringbean: Lonesome Road Blues
George Morgan: Really Don't Want to Know

10:30: Trailblazer
Lester Flatt (host): Little Maggie
Grandpa Jones: Banjo Sam
Skeeter Davis: Going Down the Road Feeling Bad
Lester Flatt: Before I Met You

10:45: Kent
Ernest Tubb (host): In the Jailhouse Now
Earl Scruggs: Foggy Mountain Breakdown
Crook Brothers: Sally Goodin
Ernest Tubb: Just a Drink Away

11:00: Coca-Cola
Archie Campbell (host): Scarlet Ribbons
Bobby Bare: The Streets of Baltimore
Fruit Jar Drinkers: Dance all Night
Archie Campbell: The Cockfight
Bobby Bare: Margie's at the Lincoln Park Inn
Sam McGee: Faded Love

11:30: Lava
Jim Ed Brown (host): Looking Back to See
Doug Kershaw: Louisiana Man
Jim and Jesse: When I Stop Dreaming
Jim Ed Brown: Love of the Common People
Doug Kershaw: Battle of New Orleans
Jim and Jesse: Johnny B Goode
Jim Ed Brown: The Old Lamplighter/The Three Bells/Pop a Top

I have heard that Bobby Bare has been feeling better lately and hopefully he continues to improve.

There you have it for this week. As always, thanks for reading and commenting and I hope everyone enjoys the Grand Ole Opry this weekend.