Thursday, May 26, 2016

Grand Ole Opry 5/27 & 5/28

Welcome to Memorial Day weekend and what many consider the unofficial start of summer. Holiday weekends are traditionally a tough time at the Opry as many of the Opry's members are out on the road. But for this holiday weekend, the Opry has come up with a couple of pretty nice line-ups. 

Vince Gill leads the group of Opry members who will be appearing both Friday and Saturday night. He will be joined both nights by members Mike Snider, John Conlee, Connie Smith and Riders In The Sky. Joining that group on Friday will be Joe Diffie, who is also hosting a segment, and Bobby Osborne. Saturday night, Opry members The Whites and Jesse McReynolds are set to appear. 

As far as guest artists this weekend, Chris Janson will be making another appearance. Chris continues to excite Opry audiences with his passion and enthusiasm each time he appears. Veterans Restless Heart and John Berry are also scheduled, in addition to Striking Matches and Johnny Counterfit, who is someone that you never know what to expect. Saturday night will feature John Thompson, Craig Wayne Boyd, William Michael Morgan, The Grascals and The Secret Sisters. 

Friday May 27
7:00: John Conlee (host); Striking Matches; Mike Snider
7:30: Joe Diffie (host); Johnny Counterfit; Restless Heart
Intermission
8:15: Riders In The Sky (host); Bobby Osborne & The Rocky Top X-Press; John Berry
8:45: Vince Gill (host); Connie Smith; Chris Janson

Saturday May 28
7:00: Connie Smith (host); Josh Thompson; The Whites
7:30: John Conlee (host); Mike Snider: The Secret Sisters
Intermission
8:15: Riders In The Sky (host); Jesse McReynolds; Craig Wayne Boyd; Opry Square Dancers
8:45: Vince Gill (host); William Michael Morgan; The Grascals

That comes out to 12 acts for each show, of whom 7 are Opry members. 

And now, there is the posted Grand Ole Opry line-up from five years ago, the weekend of May 27 & 28, 2011:

Friday May 27
7:00: Jeannie Seely (host); Jim Ed Brown; Sunny Sweeney
7:30: Jimmy Dickens (host); Bobby Osborne & The Rocky Top X-Press; Jake Owen
Intermission
8:15: Riders In The Sky (host); Jack Greene; Heidi Newfield
8:45: Vince Gill (host); The Whites; Lee Greenwood

Saturday May 28
7:00: Jimmy Dickens (host); Jimmy C Newman
7:30: Jim Ed Brown (host); Johnny Counterfit; Sarah Jarosz
Intermission
8:15: Riders In The Sky (host); Jan Howard; Josh Turner; Opry Square Dancers
8:45: Vince Gill (host); Jean Shepard; Connie Smith

Now from ten years ago, the weekend of May 26 & 27, 2006:

Friday May 26
8:00: Porter Wagoner (host); Jimmy C Newman; Bobby Osborne & The Rocky Top X-Press; David Ball
8:30: Jimmy Dickens (host); Connie Smith; Charlie Walker; Ricky Skaggs
9:00: Bill Anderson (host); The Whites; Jean Shepard; Mandy Barnett
9:30: Marty Stuart (host); Earl Scruggs; John Conlee; Mel McDaniel

Saturday May 27
1st show
6:30: Jimmy Dickens (host); Connie Smith; Rhonda Vincent
7:00: Ricky Skaggs (host); Darryl Worley; Rockie Lynne; Chely Wright
8:00: Porter Wagoner (host); Jeannie Seely; Jimmy C Newman; Cherryholmes; Opry Square Dancers
8:30: Hal Ketchum (host); Jean Shepard; Jack Greene; The Whites; Mandy Barnett

2nd show
9:30: Jimmy Dickens (host); Connie Smith; Rhonda Vincent
10:00: Porter Wagoner (host); Jan Howard; Jesse McReynolds & The Virginia Boys; Rockie Lynne
10:30: Ricky Skaggs (host); The Whites; Darryl Worley; Opry Square Dancers
11:00: Hal Ketchum (host); Jean Shepard; Jack Greene; Chely Wright
11:30: Jeannie Seely (host); Cherryholmes; Charlie Louvin; Mandy Barnett

Finally, from fifteen years ago, May 25 & 26, 2001:

Friday May 25
7:30: Porter Wagoner (host); The Whites; Bill Carlisle; Mandy Barnett
8:00: Mike Snider (host); Charlie Walker; Matt King; Jack Greene
8:30: Jimmy Dickens (host); Stu Phillips; Billy Walker; Jim Ed Brown
9:00: Bill Anderson (host); Andy Griggs; George Lindsay
9:30: John Conlee (host); Del McCoury Band; Brad Paisley

Saturday May 26 
1st show
6:30: Jimmy C Newman (host); The Whites; Bill Carlisle; Craig Morgan; Osborne Brothers
7:00: Porter Wagoner (host); Jan Howard; Stonewall Jackson; Billy Walker; Matt King
7:30: Jim Ed Brown (host); George Lindsay; Lee Greenwood
8:00: Bill Anderson (host); Jeannie Seely; Mandy Barnett; Opry Square Dance Band; Melvin Sloan Dancers
8:30: Jimmy Dickens (host); Del Reeves; Jack Greene; Andy Griggs

2nd show
9:30: Porter Wagoner (host); The Whites; Osborne Brothers; Craig Morgan
10:00: Jimmy Dickens (host); Jan Howard; Del Reeves; Jack Greene
10:30: Jimmy C Newman (host); Charlie Louvin; Mandy Barnett; Opry Square Dance Band; Melvin Sloan Dancers
11:00: Jim Ed Brown (host); George Lindsay; Lee Greenwood
11:30: Jeannie Seely (host); Matt King; Ray Pillow; And Griggs

Looking back, here is the Grand Ole Opry line-up and running order from 44 years ago, Saturday May 27, 1972:

1st show
6:30: Mrs Grissoms
Justin Tubb (host): Lodi
Ernie Ashworth: Wanted Man
Jimmy Capps & Spider Wilson: Buckaroo
Justin Tubb: Traveling Singing Man

6:45: Rudy's
Billy Grammer (host): Gotta Travel On
Penny DeHaven: Down In the Boondocks
Charlie Moore: Leaving Detroit; Heading South
Billy Grammer: Whispering Hope

7:00: Luzianne
George Morgan (host): Easy Loving
Wilma Lee Cooper: You're Never Very Far From My Mind
Stringbean: Lonesome Road Blues
Joe & Rose Lee Maphis: Honey, Be My Honey Bee
George Morgan: To Get to You
Wilma Lee Cooper: I Couldn't Care Less
Stringbean: Hot Corn; Cold Corn
Joe Maphis: Under the Double Eagle

7:30: Standard Candy
Roy Acuff (host): Wabash Cannonball
Earl Scruggs Revue: Nashville Skyline Rag
Willis Brothers: I Still Do
Crook Brothers: Cotton Eyed Joe
Roy Acuff: Blue Eyes Crying In the Rain
Earl Scruggs Revue: The Banks of the Ohio
Willis Brothers: Buying Popcorn

8:00: Martha White
Hank Locklin (host): Please Help Me, I'm Falling
Grandpa Jones: Dooley
Connie Smith: You & Your Sweet Love
Del Wood: Gloryland March
Hank Locklin: Send Me the Pillow You Dream On
Grandpa Jones: The Valley of the Never Do No Good
Connie Smith: He Touched Me

8:30: Stephens
Ernest Tubb (host): Waiting For A Train
Stu Phillips: That's A Chance I'll Have to Take
4 Guys: Turn Your Radio On
Fruit Jar Drinkers: Walking In My Sleep
Wayne Hammond: To Get to You
Stu Phillips: Help Me Make It Through the Night
4 Guys: Shenandoah
Ernest Tubb: Say Something Nice to Sara

2nd show
9:30: Kellogg's
Justin Tubb (host): Looking Back to See
Willis Brothers: Cool Water
Wilma Lee Cooper: Satisfied
Stringbean: Train 45
Justin Tubb: Traveling Singing Man
Willis Brothers: Bob
Wilma Lee Cooper: The Birds Are Back
Stringbean: The Battle of New Orleans

10:00: Fender
George Morgan (host): Candy Kisses
Charlie Moore: Legend of the Rebel Soldier
Del Wood: Gloryland March
George Morgan: To Get to You

10:15: Union 76
Billy Grammer (host): Bonaparte's Retreat
Earl Scruggs Revue: Lonesome Road Blues/T For Texas
Billy Grammer: Just A Closer Walk With Thee

10:30: Trailblazer
Roy Acuff (host): Sunshine Special
Grandpa Jones: Living In A Coal Can
Howdy Forrester: Bill Cheatham
Roy Acuff: The Great Speckled Bird

10:45: Beech-Nut
Ernest Tubb (host): I'll Step Aside
Joe & Rose Lee Maphis: Run That By Me One More Time
Crook Brothers: Mississippi Sawyer
Ernest Tubb: Waltz Across Texas

11:00: Coca-Cola
Stu Phillips (host): Crystal Chandeliers
Penny DeHaven: Down In the Boondocks
Fruit Jar Drinkers: Katy Hill
Stu Phillips: Have I Told You Lately That I Love You/You Win Again/Release Me
Penny DeHaven: Crying In the Rain
Sam McGee: San Antonio Rose
Stu Phillips: A Castle; A Cabin

11:30: Elm Hill
Hank Locklin (host): Country Hall of Fame
Connie Smith: Just One Time
4 Guys: Cottonfields/Mariah/Turn Your Radio On
Hank Locklin: Jealous Heart
Connie Smith: Too Far From Calvary
Hank Locklin: Bouquet of Roses

There you have it. I hope everyone enjoys the Opry this weekend!!

Have a safe Memorial Day!!


Thursday, May 19, 2016

Grand Ole Opry 5/20 & 5/21

The Grand Ole Opry has announced the schedule for the four shows this weekend. Yes, that is correct as the Opry has scheduled two shows for Friday and Saturday night. The reason? An appearance this weekend by Grand Ole Opry member Carrie Underwood, who is scheduled for all four shows. 

I have written about Carrie Underwood and her commitment to the Opry before but it needs repeating. In today's world of the Opry, when a new member comes on, Pete Fisher asks for a commitment of 10 appearances each year. Carrie joined in 2008, and that year she made 9 appearances. Since then, her record is as follows: 2009-10; 2010-6; 2011 & 2012-8; 2013, 2014 and 2015-10. For 2016, these are her first 4 appearances and she has 2 more scheduled in June. That will put her up to 6. There is no doubt she will get close to the magic number of 10 again this year. This is from a person who had a baby last year and has been touring heavily. (in fact, she was in Cleveland last night). You compare her record with Keith Urban, who hasn't been on the Opry since 2014 and since he joined in 2012, has made just 10 total appearances, or Blake Shelton, who since 2012 has appeared just 7 times. The attendance for a few others, including Trisha Yearwood, who joined in 1999 is even worse. (and I didn't even include those who joined prior to Pete taking over when there was no commitment, which I think some of the artists took as no commitment). While I know that not everyone is a Carrie fan, I think we all appreciate that she does take time to do the Opry. 

As far as other Opry members this weekend, Mike Snider and Bill Anderson will also be on all 4 shows, while Friday night will include John Conlee, Riders In The Sky, Jesse McReynolds (1st show only) and Bobby Osborne (2nd show only). Saturday night, it will be Connie Smith and The Whites joining Mike, Bill and Carrie. 

The big name guest artist on Friday night is Toby Keith. Toby has appeared on the Opry before and I am sure he will be well received. Exile and Daryle Singletary will join Toby along with Charles Esten from the recently cancelled Nashville show. Speaking of Nashville, the word on the street is that it is going into world-wide syndication and that the show producers are shopping it around to another network, probably on cable. There is interest in the show if the costs can be brought down. 

Saturday night's guest artists include Exile, as they are appearing on all 4 weekend shows, bluegrass group Mountain Heart and Maren Morris, a young female country singer making her Opry debut. She currently tours with Keith Urban and is touring in support of new music. Finally, Dallas Wayne is making a guest Opry appearance. In addition to being a host on Sirius/XM satellite radio, Dallas is also a fine country music singer. It will be nice hearing him on the Opry. 

Friday May 20
1st show
7:00: John Conlee (host); Daryle Singletary; Jesse McReynolds
7:30: Mike Snider (host); Exile; Charles Esten
8:00: Bill Anderson (host); Toby Keith
8:30: Riders In The Sky (host); Carrie Underwood

2nd show
9:30: Mike Snider (host); Daryle Singletary; Bobby Osborne & The Rocky Top X-Press
10:00: John Conlee (host); Carrie Underwood
10:30: Bill Anderson (host); Exile; Charles Esten
11:00: Riders In The Sky (host); Toby Keith

Saturday May 21
1st show
7:00: Connie Smith (host); Mike Snider; Maren Morris
7:30: The Whites (host); Exile
8:00: Bill Anderson (host); Dallas Wayne; Mountain Heart; Opry Square Dancers
8:30: Carrie Underwood

2nd show
9:30: Connie Smith (host); Maren Morris
10:00: Mike Snider (host); Carrie Underwood
10:30: Bill Anderson (host); Dallas Wayne; Mountain Heart; Opry Square Dancers
11:00: The Whites (host); Exile

That comes out to 10 acts for each show on Friday night, with Jesse McReynolds and Bobby Osborne the only non-repeats. Of the 10, 6 are Opry members. On Saturday night, it is just 9 for each show, of whom 5 are Opry members. 

Now what is interesting is that on Saturday night, Dallas Wayne is scheduled to be hosting the Ernest Tubb Midnight Jamboree. The website is still listing the taping of the jamboree at 10:00. With Dallas scheduled to appear on the 10:30 segment of the Opry, it will be interesting to see how he pulls that off. I am also a little surprised that the Opry didn't work with him more regarding the schedule. 

And now, here is the posted Grand Ole Opry line-up from five years ago, the weekend of May 20 & 21, 2011:

Friday May 20
7:00: Riders In The Sky (host); Jean Shepard; Rhonda Vincent
7:30: Jimmy Dickens (host); Jesse McReynolds; Mark Wills
Intermission
8:15: Bill Anderson (host); Jan Howard; Dierks Bentley
8:45: Vince Gill (host); Mike Snider; Patty Loveless

Saturday May 21
7:00: Jimmy Dickens (host); Jeannie Seely; James Wesley
7:30: Mike Snider (host); Jack Greene; Gene Watson
Intermission
8:15: Bill Anderson (host); Riders In The Sky; Bo Bice; Opry Square Dancers
8:45: Vince Gill (host); Bobby Osborne & The Rocky Top X-Press; Patty Loveless

Now from ten years ago, the weekend of May 19 & 20, 2006:

Friday May 19
8:00: Porter Wagoner (host); The Whites; Trent Willmon
8:30: John Conlee (host); Jack Greene; Wylie & The Wild West
9:00: Riders In The Sky (host); Jan Howard; Bobby Osborne & The Rocky Top X-Press; T. Graham Brown
9:30: Jimmy C Newman (host); Susan Haynes; Mountain Heart

Saturday May 20
1st show
6:30: Jeannie Seely (host); The Whites; Lane Turner
7:00: Pam Tillis (host); Catherine Britt; Del McCoury Band
7:30: John Conlee (host); Elizabeth Cook; Wylie & The Wild West
8:00: Porter Wagoner (host); Stu Phillips; T. Graham Brown; Opry Square Dancers
8:30: Riders In The Sky (host); Jesse McReynolds & The Virginia Boys; Andy Griggs

2nd show
9:30: Pam Tillis (host); The Whites; Catherine Britt
10:00: Porter Wagoner (host); Lane Turner; Del McCoury Band
10:30: Jeannie Seely (host); Elizabeth Cook; T. Graham Brown; Opry Square Dancers
11:00: John Conlee (host); Jesse McReynolds & The Virginia Boys; Wylie & The Wild West
11:30: Riders In The Sky (host); Ray Pillow; Charlie Nagatani; Andy Griggs

Finally, from fifteen years ago, the weekend of May 18 & 19, 2001:

Friday May 18
7:30: Porter Wagoner (host); Connie Smith; Bill Carlisle; The Whites
8:00: Jimmy Dickens (host); Jeanne Pruett; Billy Walker; Tammy Cochran
8:30: Jimmy C Newman (host); Stu Phillips; Hot Club of Cowtown; Mel McDaniel

9:00: Bill Anderson (host); Billy Yates; Ricky Skaggs
9:30: Riders In The Sky (host); Jack Greene; Mike Snider; Charley Pride

Saturday May 19
1st show
6:30: Riders In The Sky (host); Connie Smith; Bill Carlisle; Billy Yates
7:00: Porter Wagoner (host); Ray Pillow; The Whites; Elizabeth Cook; Mel McDaniel
7:30: Jimmy Dickens (host); Chalee Tennison; Mandy Barnett; Charley Pride
8:00: Mike Snider (host); Charlie Walker; Osborne Brothers; Sherrie Austin; Opry Square Dance Band; Melvin Sloan Dancers
8:30: Jimmy C Newman (host); Dean Miller; Cindy Moore; Kitty Wells

2nd show
9:30: Porter Wagoner (host); Connie Smith; Mel McDaniel
10:00: Jimmy Dickens (host); Ray Pillow; Billy Yates; Elizabeth Cook
10:30: Riders In The Sky (host); The Whites; Charlie Walker; Mandy Barnett; Opry Square Dance Band; Melvin Sloan Dancers
11:00: Jimmy C Newman (host); Charlie Louvin; Osborne Brothers; Charley Pride
11:30: Mike Snider (host); Sherrie Austin; Dean Miller; Chalee Tennison; Cindy Moore

For this week's look back into Grand Ole Opry history, let's go way, way back. 67 years back to be exact, to Saturday May 21, 1949. Remember during that year, the Opry was around for just 24 years. 

7:30: American Ace Coffee
Roy Acuff (host): Little Moses
Tommy Magness: Florida Blues
Dot & Smokey: I'll Never Let You Go
Jimmy Riddle: Wreck of The Old Ninety Seven
Roy Acuff: Brother Take Warning
Uncle Dave Macon & Dorris: Walking In My Sleep
Jug Band: Uncle Eph
Roy Acuff: Mother's Not Dead She's Only Sleeping
Joe Zinkas: She's My Curly Headed Baby
Oswald: You Are My Sunshine

8:00: Purina Show
Bill Monroe (host): Train 45
Mel & Stan: Jimmy Brown The News Boy
George Morgan: Are The Roses of Yesterday Still Blooming
Robert Lunn: Milk'em In The Morning
Blue Grass Quartet: I've Been Waiting
Uncle Dave Macon & Dorris: Take Me Back To Tulsa
Velma & Hal: Blue Eyes Crying in The Rain
George Morgan: Don't Make Sorry
Fruit Jar Drinkers: Mississippi Sawyer
Bill Monroe: Goodbye Old Pal

8:30: Prince Albert
Red Foley (host): Just Because
Bill Monroe: I Hear A Sweet Voice Calling
Rod Brasfield: Jokes
Red Foley: I Just Can't Keep From Crying
Fowler Quartet: Keep On The Firing Line
Bill Monroe: To Be Selected
Minnie Pearl: Jokes
Old Hickory Singers: Carry Me Back To Old Virginia
Red Foley: Old Shep
Square Dance: Wake Up Susan

9:00: Royal Crown Cola
Possum Hunters: Off To Charleston
Roy Acuff (host): Stay A Little Longer
Jamup & Honey: Jokes
Jimmy Riddle: St. Louis Blues
Jimmy Dickens: I'll Be Back A Sunday
Jug Band: Mountain Maw
Lonzo & Oscar: Tickle A Tom Cat's Tail
Rachel & Oswald: Little Darling
Roy Acuff: Shake Hands With Mother Again
Jimmy Dickens: Country Boy
Tommy Magness: Fire In The Mountain

9:30: Warren Paint
Lew Childre: I'm Saving Up Coupons
Ernest Tubb (host): I'm A Long Gone Daddy
String Beans: Rose of Old Kentucky
George Morgan: To Be Selected
Crook Brothers: Hop Light Ladies
Ernest Tubb: Have You Ever Been Lonely
Bradley Kincaid: Ain't We Crazy
George Morgan: To Be Selected
Don Davis: Bye Bye Blues
Ernest Tubb: Daisey Mae

10:00: Wallrite
Bill (host) & Don: White House Blues
Shenandoah Trio: Steel Guitar Blues
Mel & Stan: God's River of Blessing
Blue Grass Quartet: Remember The Cross
Bill Monroe: When The Cactus Are In Bloom

10:15: Gaylark: 
Roy Acuff (host): Cindy
Uncle Dave Macon & Dorris & Kirk: Listen To The Mocking Bird
Roy Acuff: Poem
Bill & Gang: Turn Your Radio On
Tommy Magness: Kicking Mule

10:30: Royal Flour
Milton Estes (host): Red Rosey Cheeks and Big Brown Eyes
Jimmy Dickens: I Wish I Had A Nickle
Jimmy Selph: Don't Rob Another Mans Castle
Milton Estes: When God Dips His Love In My Heart

10:45: Dr. Le Gear
Lew Childre (host): Hog Calling Blues
Bradley Kincaid: Old Smokey
String Beans: Big Ball In Town
Lew & String: Maggie
Mark McGarr: China Boy

11:00:
George Morgan (host): I Love None But You
Velma: Tomorrow Is Just Another Day
Gully Jumpers: New Five Cents
George Morgan: Ages and Ages Ago
Hal Smith: Mountain Rag

11:15
Ernest Tubb (host): I'll Get Along Somehow
Butter Ball: Where The Old Red River Flows
Drake Brothers: Columbus Stockade
Ernest Tubb: There Is No Room In MY Heart For The Blues

11:30: 
Jimmy Dickens (host): I'm Fading Fast With The Time
Lonzo & Oscar: Boll Weevil
Crook Brothers: Sally Goodin
Jimmy Dickens: Pennies For Papa
Zeb Turner: Get and Get

11:45
Wally Fowler (host): Lead Me To The Rock
Robert Lunn: Snake Bite Blues
Fruit Jar Drinkers: Lonesome Road Blues
Wally Fowler: You Must Come In At The Door
Fruit Jar Drinkers: Fishers Hornpipe

Note: The spellings are as they were listed in the program and yes, there were no sponsors listed for any of the segments after 11:00.

I hope everyone enjoys the Opry this weekend!!!























Thursday, May 12, 2016

Grand Ole Opry 5/13 & 5/14

The Grand Ole Opry has posted the line-ups for the two shows this weekend. Both nights have pretty nice line-ups with some interesting names scheduled. As far as Opry members this weekend, both nights will feature Riders In The Sky, Mike Snider, John Conlee and Jeannie Seely. They will be joined by Connie Smith and Jesse McReynolds on Friday night, while Bobby Osborne, Bill Anderson and Steve Wariner are set for Saturday. In fact, Bill and Steve will anchor the final segment. 

As far as guest artists this weekend, the Friday Night Opry has some really good artists listed. First, Jamey Johnson is scheduled to close out the show. Jamey has made several Opry appearances over the past six months and personally, I would like it if Jamey ever became an Opry member. He is well respected and liked and he is an outstanding country singer. Charlie Nagatani is also scheduled. Charlie has been around for a long time and is celebrating his 80th birthday this year. He has made appearances on the Opry since 1985 and although he lives in Japan, he continues to make regular trips to Nashville and the Opry. Also scheduled for Friday night is the O'Connor Family Band featuring Mark O'Connor. Mark is one of the great fiddlers in the business and for years he kind of moved away from country and bluegrass music. He has resurfaced recently with an Opry appearance and it is nice to see him back. Also scheduled is Craig Campbell, Mo Pitney and Gary Mule Deer, who you can count on for some comedy relief. 

While not as strong of a group as is being featured on Friday night, Saturday's guests include Chris Lane, Holly Williams, Tristan McIntosh and Sierra Hull. Tristan was featured on season 15 of American Idol and is from Nashville. She is just 16 and will be making her 2nd Opry appearance. Her first one was a walk-on with Darius Rucker, so this will be her first solo shot. For Holly Williams, this continues a string of recent Opry appearances and it is nice to see Sierra Hull back on the Opry. 

Friday May 13
7:00: Connie Smith (host); Craig Campbell; Mike Snider
7:30: Riders In The Sky (host); Jesse McReynolds; Mo Pitney
Intermission
8:15: John Conlee (host); Gary Mule Deer; O'Connor Family Band featuring Mark O'Connor
8:45: Jeannie Seely (host); Charlie Nagatani; Jamey Johnson

Saturday May 14
7:00: Jeannie Seely (host); Chris Lane; Holly Williams
7:30: John Conlee (host); Mike Snider; Tristan McIntosh
Intermission
8:15: Riders In The Sky (host); Bobby Osborne & The Rocky Top X-Press; Sierra Hull; Opry Square Dancers
8:45: Bill Anderson (host); Steve Wariner

That comes out to 12 acts on the Friday Night Opry, of whom 6 are Opry members, and 11 acts on Saturday night, with 7 of those Opry members. 

And now, here is the posted Grand Ole Opry line-up from five years ago, the weekend of May 13 & 14, 2011:

Friday May 13
7:00: Jeannie Seely (host); Jesse McReynolds; The Derailers
7:30: Jimmy Dickens (host); Jimmy C Newman; Old Crow Medicine Show
Intermission
8:15: Bill Anderson (host); Bobby Osborne & The Rocky Top X-Press
8:45: Jim Ed Brown (host); Troy Olsen; Dailey & Vincent

Saturday May 14
7:00: Jimmy Dickens (host); Jim Ed Brown; Del McCoury Band
7:30: Riders In The Sky (host); The Whites; The Bowling Family
Intermission
8:15: Mike Snider (host); Jack Greene; Joey+Rory; Opry Square Dancers
8:45: Bill Anderson (host); The Charlie Daniels Band

Now from ten years ago, the weekend of May 12 & 13, 2006:

Friday May 12
8:00: Porter Wagoner (host); Connie Smith; Jim Ed Brown; Mark Wills
8:30: Jimmy Dickens (host); The Whites; Pinmonkey
9:00: Bill Anderson (host); Riders In The Sky; Jean Shepard; Ricky Skaggs
9:30: Lorrie Morgan (host); Jack Greene; John Conlee; Rhonda Vincent

Saturday May 13
1st show
6:30: Jimmy Dickens (host); Connie Smith; Jimmy C Newman; Keni Thomas
7:00: Jeannie Seely (host); The Whites; Jesse McReynolds & The Virginia Boys; Pinmonkey
7:30: Riders In The Sky (host); Jan Howard; Jim Ed Brown; The Wreckers
8:00: Porter Wagoner (host); Billy Walker; Jean Shepard; Buddy Jewell; Opry Square Dancers
8:30: Bill Anderson (host); Eddy Raven; Ricky Skaggs

2nd show
9:30: Jimmy Dickens (host); Connie Smith; Jimmy C Newman; Keni Thomas
10:00: Porter Wagoner (host); The Whites; Eddy Raven; Pinmonkey
10:30: Jeannie Seely (host); Bobby Osborne & The Rocky Top X-Press; The Wreckers; Opry Square Dancers
11:00: Bill Anderson (host); Jean Shepard; Jack Greene; Ricky Skaggs
11:30: Riders In The Sky (host); Charlie Louvin; Billy Walker; Buddy Jewell

Finally, from fifteen years ago, the weekend of May 11 & 12, 2001. The first show on Saturday night featured a very rare Opry performance by former Opry member Don Williams.

Friday May 11
7:30: Porter Wagoner (host); Jack Greene; Bill Carlisle; Trick Pony
8:00: Riders In The Sky (host); Jeanne Pruett; Osborne Brothers; Jim Ed Brown; The Clark Family Experience
8:30: Jimmy Dickens (host); Del Reeves; George Hamilton IV; Rhonda Vincent
9:00: Bill Anderson (host); Charlie Walker; T Bubba Bechtol; Sherrie Austin
9:30: Marty Stuart (host); Elizabeth Cook; Mike Snider; Gene Watson

Saturday May 12
1st show
6:30: Riders In The Sky (host); The Whites; Bill Carlisle; Mandy Barnett; The Clark Family Experience
7:00: Porter Wagoner (host); Jim Ed Brown; George Hamilton IV; Del McCoury Band
7:30: Jeannie Seely (host); Rhonda Vincent; Billy Walker; Don Williams
8:00: Bill Anderson (host); Charlie Louvin; Jimmy C Newman; Mike Snider; Opry Square Dance Band; Melvin Sloan Dancers
8:30: Jimmy Dickens (host); T Bubba Bechtol; Chad Brock; Hal Bynum

2nd show
9:30: Porter Wagoner (host); Riders In The Sky; The Whites; Mandy Barnett
10:00: Jimmy Dickens (host); Jeanne Pruett; Billy Walker; Rhonda Vincent
10:30: Jeannie Seely (host); Jimmy C Newman; Del McCoury Band; Opry Square Dance Band; Melvin Sloan Dancers
11:00: Jim Ed Brown (host); Stonewall Jackson; Del Reeves; Chad Brock
11:30: Mike Snider (host); Ray Pillow; T Bubba Bechtol; The Clark Family Experience; Hal Bynum

There are a couple of line-ups that I wanted to highlight this weekend. It was 49 years ago this weekend, May 13, 1967 that Merle Haggard made his debut on the Grand Ole Opry. Merle would appear a few times over the years, making his final Opry appearance in October 2015, just six months prior to his recent passing. Here is the Opry running order from the night of Merle Haggard's Opry debut: 

7:30: Cordite
Billy Walker (host): Oh, Lonesome Me
Bill Carlisle: Rusty Old Halo
Bob Luman: You Can Take the Boy From the Country
Margie Bowes: Making Believe
Billy Walker: Anything Your Heart Desires
Ernie Ashworth: At Ease, Heart
Bill Carlisle: What Kind of Deal is This
Margie Bowes: There'll Be No Teardrops Tonight
Billy Walker: Del Rio

8:00: Martha White
Flatt & Scruggs (host): Nine Pound Hammer
Charlie Louvin: Here Comes Someone's Heartache
George Hamilton IV: Urge for Going
Crook Brothers: Arkansas Traveler
Flatt & Scruggs: Nashville Cats
Ray Pillow: Six Days on the Road
Merle Haggard: The Bottle Let Me Down
Charlie Louvin: On the Other Hand

8:30: Stephens
Roy Acuff (host): Please Come Back, Little Pal
Wilma Lee & Stoney Cooper: You're Never Very Far From My Mind
Wilburn Brothers: Hurt Her Once for Me
Loretta Lynn: You Ain't Woman Enough
Roy Acuff: Waltz of the Wind
Tommy Hunter: Fill Up My Cup of Disgrace
Wilma Lee & Stoney Cooper: It Started Again
Wilburn Brothers: Roarin' Again
Howdy Forrester: Instrumental 
Roy Acuff: Cabin In Gloryland

9:00: Luzianne
Porter Wagoner (host): Ol' Slewfoot
Bobby Lord: Look What You're Doing To You
The Browns: I'd Just Be Fool Enough
Minnie Pearl: You Are My Sunshine
Porter Wagoner: Cold Hard Facts of Life
Norma Jean: Conscience, Keep An Eye On Me Tonight
Fruit Jar Drinkers: Devil's Dream

9:30: Kellogg's
Hank Snow (host): Rumba Boogie
Jimmy C Newman: Louisiana Saturday Night
Marion Worth: Walk Thru This World
George Morgan: I Couldn't See
Hank Snow: (?)
Cousin Jody: On Top of Old Smokey
Jimmy C Newman: Cry, Cry Darling
Hank Snow: Down at the Pawn Shop

10:00: Schick
Flatt & Scruggs (host): It Was Only the Wind
Charlie Louvin: God Bless Her, Cause She's My Mother
Margie Bowes: Enough To Make A Woman Lose Her Mind
George Morgan IV: Early Morning Rain

10:15: Pure
Roy Acuff (host): Meeting in the Air
Bill Carlisle, Jr: Just to Satisfy You
Ray Pillow: Tow Minus One Leaves Blue
Roy Acuff: The Great Speckled Bird
Howdy Forrester: Instrumental

10:30: Buckley's
Wilburn Brothers (host): The Shoe Goes on the Other Foot Tonight
Loretta Lynn: If You're Not Gone Too Long
Loretta Lynn & Teddy Wilburn: Sweet Thang
Ernie Ashworth: Sad Face

10:45: Kent
Wilma Lee & Stoney Cooper (host): The Birds Are Back to Sing
Bob Luman: Let's Think About Living
Crook Brothers: Lafayette
Wilma Lee & Stoney Cooper: Each Season Changes You

11:00: Coca-Cola
Hank Snow (host): Conscience, I'm Guilty
Bobby Lord: Life Can Have Meaning
Jim Ed Brown: Pop A Top
Fruit Jar Drinkers: Lost Indian
Hank Snow: The Runt
Sam McGee: Nine Pound Hammer
Tommy Hunter: In A Way
Jim Ed Brown: You Can Have Her
Hank Snow:(?)

11:30: Lava
Jimmy C Newman (host): Tennessee Saturday Night
Marion Worth: Apartment #9
Merle Haggard: Days of Wine & Roses; Swinging Doors
Jimmy C Newman: Jambalaya
Marion Ward: Loose Talk
Cousin Jody: Wabash Cannonball
Jimmy C Newman: Dropping Out of Sight

Many Opry fans wonder why Gene Watson has never become a member of the Grand Ole Opry. I can't answer that question but what I can tell you is that it was 44 years ago this weekend, Saturday May 13, 1972, that Gene Watson made his Opry debut. 

Gene Watson is one of the great voices in country music and he has had an outstanding career. Born October 11, 1943, he has had 6 #1 records, 23 Top 10 hits and over 75 singles that have hit the charts. His most famous songs include "Love in the Hot Afternoon," "Paper Rosie," Fourteen Carat Mind," and what is probably his signature song, "Farewell Party," which is also the name of his backup band. In 2002 Gene became a member of the Texas Country Music Hall of Fame." He is still very active in both touring and recording and if you get the chance to see him live, do so. He is outstanding. 

Here is the Grand Ole Opry running order from May 13, 1972, the night Gene Watson first appeared on the Opry stage. 

1st show
6:30: Mrs Grissoms
Billy Walker (host): Things
Bill Carlisle: No Help Wanted
Billy Walker: Gone Our Endless Love/Charlie's Shoes

6:45: Rudy's
Ray Pillow (host): Cinderella
Ernie Ashworth: Wanted Man
Del Wood: Down Yonder
Ray Pillow: She's Doing it to Be Again

7:00: Luzianne
Bill Monroe (host): It's Mighty Dark for Me to Travel
Wilma Lee Cooper: I Don't Care if Tomorrow Never Comes
Louie Roberts: Old Time Religion
Bill Monroe: Kentucky Mandolin
Wilma Lee Cooper: Precious Memories
Louie Roberts: Release Me
Bill Monroe: John Henry

7:30: Standard Candy
Roy Drusky (host): Long, Long Texas Road
Willis Brothers: Cool Water
Stringbean: Ruby
Crook Brothers: Chicken Reel
Roy Drusky: I Love the Way That You've Been Loving Me
Willis Brothers: Bob
Stringbean: Battle of New Orleans
Jerry Whitehurst: Java
Roy Drusky: Red, Red Wine

8:00: Martha White
Roy Acuff (host): Wabash Cannonball
Jean Shepard: Virginia
Onie Wheeler: Mother Prays Loud in Her Sleep
Howdy Forrester: Instrumental
Jean Shepard: Happy Tracks
Roy Acuff: Carry Me Back to the Mountains/Cabin in Gloryland

8:30: Stephens
Wilburn Brothers (host): Roll, Muddy River
Barbara Mandrell: Show Me
4 Guys: Turn Your Radio On
Fruit Jar Drinkers: Walking in My Sleep 
Wilburn Brothers: Metals for Mothers
Barbara Mandrell: I Know My Lord Will Lead Me Home
4 Guys: Let There Be Peace

2nd show
9:30: Kellogg's
Billy Walker (host): Cross the Brazos at Waco
Willis Brothers: Ghost Riders in the Sky
Del Wood: Gloryland March
Billy Walker: Gone Our Endless Love
Skeeter Willis: Maiden's Prayer
Del Wood: Standing Room Only
Billy Walker: Charlie's Shoes/Heartaches by the Number

10:00: Fender
Ray Pillow (host): Heart Over Mind
Wilma Lee Cooper: Leroy the Cripple Boy
Ray Pillow: She's Doing It to Me Again
Wilma Lee Cooper: The Birds Are Back

10:15: Union 76
Bill Monroe (host): Little Joe
Louie Roberts: Old Time Religion
Bill Monroe: Blue Moon of Kentucky

10:30: Trailblazer
Roy Drusky (host): Alone With You
Stringbean: Roll on Buddy
Harold Weakley: Where No One Stands Alone
Roy Drusky: Don't It Make You Want to Go Home/Strangers

10:45: Beech-Nut
Roy Acuff (host): Ball Knob, Arkansas
Jean Shepard: Virginia
Crook Brothers: Soldier's Joy
Roy Acuff: The Great Speckled Bird

11:00: Coca-Cola
Stu Phillips (host): Help Me Make It Through the Night
4 Guys: Cottonfields/Maria
Fruit Jar Drinkers: Hickory Leaf
Stu Phillips: I'd Rather Be Sorry
4 Guys: Turn Your Radio On
Sam McGee: John Henry
Stu Phillips: Me & Bobby McGee

11:30: Elm Hill
Wilburn Brothers (host): It Looks Like the Sun's Gonna Shine
Bill Carlisle: Same Old Tale That the Crow Told Me
Barbara Mandrell: Tonight My Baby's Coming Home
Gene Watson: Danny Boy/I Can't Help It
Wilburn Brothers: Arkansas
Bill Carlisle: I'm Moving
Barbara Mandrell: Show Me
Wilburn Brothers: All We Have For You Mom

I assume there is a Midnight Jamboree this weekend, but in checking the website this morning, there is still no host listed or any show information. Finally, next weekend will be a big one at the Opry with two shows on both Friday and Saturday night, featuring Opry member Carrie Underwood. Also set to appear is Dallas Wayne, of XM/Sirius radio fame, who is not a bad country singer himself. 

Until then, enjoy the Opry this weekend!!















Tuesday, May 10, 2016

Tuesday Night Opry 5/10 & Opry Country Classics 5/12

I have not posted much lately regarding the mid-week Opry shows and I really should. When looking at the past Tuesday Night Opry line-ups, and the ones scheduled for the future, there are really some good quality line-ups, in many cases much better then the Friday or Saturday shows. This Tuesday is no exception as Rascal Flatts is scheduled for a return visit, along with Opry members Montgomery Gentry and Craig Morgan. 

Tuesday May 10
7:00: Montgomery Gentry; David Nail
7:30: Jeannie Seely; Craig Morgan
Intermission
8:15: Mandy Barnett; Dustin Lynch
8:45: Rascal Flatts

Opry Country Classics continues the spring run at the Ryman Auditorium on Thursday night with Larry Gatlin as the host and Dailey & Vincent as the spotlight artists. Additional performers include Jeff Bates, T. Graham Brown, The Gatlin Brothers and Holly Williams. 

Enjoy!

Thursday, May 5, 2016

Grand Ole Opry 5/6 & 5/7

The Grand Ole Opry has posted the line-ups for the two shows this weekend and the most interesting name listed is Shenandoah, who are scheduled for both nights. This award winning group had a nice run of hits in the 1980s and 1990s, which included the #1 hits "The Church on Cumberland Road," "Sunday in the South," "Two Dozen Roses," "Next to You, Next to Me," and "If Bubba Can Dance." All of these songs are easily recognized by every country music fan. For Shenandoah, this will be their first Grand Ole Opry appearance in 25 years, and included in the line-up this weekend is Marty Raybon, who has rejoined the group. 

Scheduled for Saturday, and making their Grand Ole Opry debut is Smithfield. Trey Smith and Jennifer Fiedler are the members of Smithfield and they are appearing in support of their debut EP "Good Ol Days." Besides Shenandoah, they will be joined by Logan Brill, Darryl Worley, Dailey & Vincent, Lauren Alaina, and making another Opry appearance, Marty Brown. Friday's guest, in addition to Shenandoah, include Craig Wayne Boyd, Amanda Shires, Aaron Tippin, Striking Matches and Flatt Lonesome. 

As far as Opry members this weekend, John Conlee, Mike Snider and Connie Smith are scheduled for both nights, and are hosting segments each night. 50 year Opry members Ray Pillow and Bobby Osborne will be joining them on Friday night, while Riders In The Sky and Jesse McReynolds are set for Saturday night. 

Friday May 6
7:00: John Conlee (host); Craig Wayne Boyd
7:30: Mike Snider (host); Amanda Shires; Aaron Tippin
Intermission
8:15: Ray Pillow (host); Bobby Osborne & The Rocky Top X-Press; Striking Matches
8:45: Connie Smith (host); Shenandoah; Flatt Lonesome

Saturday May 7
7:00: John Conlee (host); Logan Brill; Darryl Worley
7:30: Mike Snider (host); Marty Brown; Shenandoah
Intermission
8:15: Riders In The Sky (host); Jesse McReynolds; Smithfield; Opry Square Dancers
8:45: Connie Smith (host); Dailey & Vincent; Lauren Alaina

That comes out to 11 acts of Friday night, with one more to be added and 12 acts on Saturday. As far as Opry members, 5 each night. 

And now, here is the posted Grand Ole Opry line-up from five years ago this weekend, May 6 & 7, 2011:

Friday May 6
7:00: John Conlee (host); The Whites; John Anderson
7:30: Jimmy Dickens (host); Jesse McReynolds; Neal McCoy
Intermission
8:15: Riders In The Sky (host); Del McCoury Band
8:45: Bill Anderson (host); George Hamilton IV; Lee Brice

Saturday May 7
7:00: Jimmy Dickens (host); Jimmy C Newman; Holly Williams
7:30: Jean Shepard (host); Jan Howard; Jack Greene; Del McCoury Band
Intermission
8:15: Larry Gatlin & The Gatlin Brothers (host); Stu Phillips; LoCash Cowboys; Opry Square Dancers
8:45: Bill Anderson (host); The Whites; Bobby Osborne & The Rocky Top X-Press; Aaron Tippin

Now from ten years ago, the weekend of May 5 & 6, 2006:

Friday May 5
8:00: Porter Wagoner (host); The Whites; Jesse McReynolds & The Virginia Boys; T. Graham Brown
8:30: Jimmy Dickens (host); Connie Smith; Hot Apple Pie
9:00: Bill Anderson (host); Jean Shepard; Jimmy C Newman; Rhonda Vincent
9:30: Mike Snider (host); Jan Howard; Jim Ed Brown; Marty Stuart

Saturday May 6
1st show
6:30: Jimmy Dickens (host); The Whites; Connie Smith; Julie Roberts
7:00: Trace Adkins (host); Joe Nichols; Jake Owen; Oak Ridge Boys
8:00: Porter Wagoner (host); Billy Walker; Jean Shepard; Daniel O'Donnell; Opry Square Dancers
8:30: Bill Anderson (host); Jeannie Seely; Vince Gill

2nd show
9:30: Jimmy Dickens (host); The Whites; Julie Roberts
10:00: Porter Wagoner (host); Charlie Walker; Connie Smith; Trace Adkins
10:30: Vince Gill (host); Jean Shepard; Daniel O'Donnell; Opry Square Dancers
11:00: Bill Anderson (host); Jake Owen; Oak Ridge Boys
11:30: Jeannie Seely (host); Billy Walker; Joe Nichols

Finally, from fifteen years ago, the weekend of May 4 & 5, 2001:

Friday May 4
7:30: Porter Wagoner (host); The Whites; Bill Carlisle; Mandy Barnett
8:00: Jeannie Seely (host); Jim & Jesse; Del Reeves; Mark Wills
8:30: Jimmy Dickens (host); Stu Phillips; Charlie Walker; Mike Snider
9:00: Jean Shepard (host); Nashville Bluegrass Band; Jack Greene
9:30: Jimmy C Newman (host); Ray Pillow; Johnny Hiland; T.G. Sheppard

Saturday May 5
1st show
6:30: Jean Shepard (host); Billy Walker; Bill Carlisle; The Whites
7:00: Porter Wagoner (host); Jeannie Seely; Blake Shelton
7:30: Bill Anderson (host); Tracy Byrd; Steve Wariner
8:00: John Conlee (host); Nashville Bluegrass Band; Del Reeves; Opry Square Dance Band; Melvin Sloan Dancers
8:30: Jimmy Dickens (host); George Hamilton IV; The Kingsmen Quartet

2nd show
9:30: Porter Wagoner (host); Jean Shepard; Tracy Byrd
10:00: Jimmy Dickens (host); The Whites; Steve Wariner
10:30: Jeannie Seely (host); Billy Walker; John Conlee; Opry Square Dance Band; Melvin Sloan Dancers
11:00: Bill Anderson (host); Mike Snider; Stonewall Jackson; Blake Shelton
11:30: George Hamilton IV (host); Ray Pillow; Nashville Bluegrass Band; The Kingsmen Quartet

For this week's look back at past Grand Ole Opry line-ups, I am going to post the line-up from Saturday May 6, 1972. On this particular night, former Grand Ole Opry members Carl and Pearl Butler made a guest appearance. 

Though Carl and Pearl Butler made their reputations during the heyday of the smooth Nashville sound, their music was anything bu smooth. Clad in flashy Western outfits, they sang hard-edged traditional music with decidedly unpolished harmonies. 

Carl Roberts Butler began singing as a boy, and after working on radio in Knoxville and Raleigh, North Carolina, went on to Nashville in 1948. He recorded for Capital Records, where he had little success but wrote two country favorites: "Crying My Heart Out Over You" (a hit for both Flatt and Scruggs and Ricky Skaggs), and "If Teardrops Were Pennies: (a hit for Carl Smith). He signed with Columbia and had his first solo hit, "Honky-Tonkitis," in 1961. His wife Pearl sang harmony with him on the ballad, "Don't Let Me Cross Over." Its success, remaining Number One eleven weeks on the Billboard charts in 1962, made it clear they'd found a niche as a duo. That same year they joined the Opry and had other hits for Columbia, the biggest being "Too Late to Try Again" and "I'm Hanging Up the Phone" (1964). They continued recording for Columbia through the late 60's, appearing in the B-movie, "Second Fiddle to a Steel Guitar." They recorded for Chart Records, for their own Pedaca label and for CMH. Butler did some performing after Pearl's death in 1988, but basically retired from the business, his own death coming in 1992. 

Carl and Pearl Butler were also instrumental in Dolly Parton's career. As she explained, "Carl and Pearl Butler, who used to perform on the Opry. They were friends of mine and we had worked on the same show in east Tennessee, the 'Cas Walker Show. So they brought me down to Nashville. They had been working real hard at pushing me along. Along with my uncle Bill Owens, who had an old car with a caved-in side, we'd keep coming back and forth to Nashville, trying to get something going. He believed I was going to be a star, and I was fool enough to believe him." Thanks to the efforts of Carl and Pearl, and a push from Jimmy C Newman, who gave up his spot one Friday night, Dolly would eventually make her Opry debut. And she never forgot her friends Carl and Pearl, and later in their lives, she provided a helping hand to them. 

Here is the line-up from 46 years ago, Saturday May 6, 1972, one of Carl and Pearl Butler's final guest appearances on the Opry. 

1st show
6:30: Mrs. Grissoms
Willis Brothers (host): Detour
Peggy Little: My God is Real
Skeeter Willis: Faded Love

6:45: Rudy's
Justin Tubb (host): Looking Back to See
Carl & Pearl Butler: Temptation Keeps Twisting Her Arms
Murry Kellum: Joy to the World
Justin Tubb: Big Fool of the Year

7:00: Luzianne
Stu Phillips (host): That's A Chance I'll Have to Take
Jeanne Pruett: Love Me
Urel Albert: C & W meets R & B
Stu Phillips: Have I Told You Lately That I Love You/You Win Again/Release Me
Country Johnny Mathis: Smile, God Loves You
Jeanne Pruett: Hold To My Unchanging Love
Urel Albert: Wreck on the Highway/I'm Moving On/Wayward Wind/Eight More Miles to Louisville
Stu Phillips: I'd Rather Be Sorry

7:30: Standard Candy
Jimmy C Newman (host): Jambalaya
Earl Scruggs Revue: Foggy Mountain Breakdown
Bob Luman: When You Say Love
Crook Brothers: Instrumental
Jimmy C Newman: Cry, Cry Darling
Earl Scruggs Revue: Lonesome & A Long Way From Home
Bob Luman: It Takes You
Jimmy C Newman: Boo Dan/Alligator Man

8:00: Martha White
Bobby Lord (host): Hawkeye
Skeeter Davis: Sad Situation
Duke of Paducah: The Best Things In Life Are Free
Bobby Lord: Fall Away
Skeeter Davis: Take Me Home Country Roads
Bobby Lord: Y'All Come

8:30: Stephens
4 Guys (host): Cottonfields/Mariah
Ernie Ashworth: I'm Walking the Dog
Johnny Carver: I Start Thinking About You
Fruit Jar Drinkers: Bill Cheatham
4 Guys: Let There Be Peace
Ernie Ashworth: Wanted Man
4 Guys: Turn Your Radio On

2nd show
9:30: Kellogg's
Willis Brothers (host): Give Me 40 Acres
Peggy Little: My God Is Real
Carl & Pearl Butler: Sundown In Nashville
Murry Kellum: Leon, Take it Away
Willis Brothers: Tumbling Tumbleweeds
Peggy Little: Little Golden Band
Carl & Pearl Butler: Don't Let Me Cross Over

10:00: Fender
Jimmy C Newman (host): Diggy Liggy Lo
Earl Scruggs Revue: Nashville Skyline Rag
Urel Albert: C & W Meets R & B
Jimmy C Newman: Louisiana Dirty Rice

10:15: Union 76
Justin Tubb (host): Lodi
Jeanne Pruett: Love Me
Justin Tubb: As Long As There's A Sunday

10:30: Trailblazer
Stu Phillips (host): Me & Bobby McGee
Country Johnny Mathis: Smile, God Loves You
Stu Phillips: For the Good Times

10:45: Beech-Nut
Bob Luman (host): When You Say Love
Crook Brothers: Ida Red
Bob Luman: Honky Tonk Man/It Takes You

11:00: Coca-Cola
Bobby Lord (host): Wake Me Up Early In The Morning
Skeeter Davis: Rocky Top
Duke of Paducah: The Best Things in Life Are Free
Fruit Jar Drinkers: (?)
Bobby Lord: Just A Closer Walk With Thee
Skeeter Davis: Sad Situation
Sam McGee: Farewell Blues/Alabama Jubilee/Just Because
Bobby Lord: Live Your Life Out Loud

11:30: Elm Hill
4 Guys (host): Cottonfields/Mariah
Johnny Carver: Your Lily White Hands
4 Guys: Shenandoah
Johnny Carver: How Can You Mend A Broken Heart
Opry Staff Band: Buckaroo
4 Guys: Turn Your Radio On

Wow, for that era, that was a pretty thin line-up at the Opry with most of the Opry's heavy hitters gone. When you add it all up, just 10 Opry members on the first show and 9 on the second, not including Sam McGee, the Crook Brothers and the Fruit Jar Drinkers. While Carl & Pearl Butler and the Duke of Paducah were on that night, both had given up their Opry membership by that point. 

There are a couple of interesting names appearing that night that some might night recognize, those being Murry Kellum, Urel Albert and yes, there was someone called the Country Johnny Mathis. 

Murry Kellum was was a singer, songwriter and guitarist from Jackson, Mississippi. He was born in 1942 and passed away on September 30, 1990, at the age of 47, dying in a plane crash in Gallatin, Tennessee. His first big hit was in 1963 with "Long Tall Texan." In 1970, he wrote and recorded "The Ballad of Archie Who" which was based on Ole Miss quarterback Archie Manning. Murry co-wrote "If Your Gonna Play in Texas, (You Gotta Have a Fiddle in the Band," that became a #1 hit for Alabama. He was also involved with cars and with drag racing. At the time of his death, he was considered a well loved country music singer. 

Urel Albert was born in 1928 and came out of Missouri. It is written that he was one of the original members of Porter Wagoner's group. After going to Nashville, he had his first solo success in 1968 with a song he wrote, "Saturday Night in Nashville." He was well known for his imitations of country music stars and on the Opry this particular night, he imitated Roy Acuff, Hank Snow, Tex Ritter and Grandpa Jones during his performance on the first show. Although he continued to perform and travel around the country, he really had no further success in the music business, eventually retiring. In 1989 he was inducted into the Missouri Country Music Hall of Fame. Urel passed away in 1992. 

As far as the Country Johnny Mathis, he was a singer and songwriter who had a 60-plus year career in country music and wrote over 400 songs. His first success came in 1949 when he signed with the StarTalent Label, and he would later record for Chess, Columbia and Mercury. In 1953 as part of the duo Jimmy and Johnny, he had a Top 10 hit with "If You Don't Somebody Else Will." His top solo record was "Please Talk to My Heart" which went to #15 on the charts. From 1951 to 1960 he was part of the Louisiana Hayride. Born in 1930 he passed away in 2011. And for those who ask, yes, Johnny Mathis was his real name. 

Enjoy the Opry this weekend!!!