Tuesday, April 14, 2009

Grand Ole Opry Line-up 2/12 & 2/13/1993

As we try to do every Tuesday, here is another classic Grand Ole Opry line-up:
Friday February 12, 1993:
7:30: Porter Wagoner(host); Jeanne Pruett; Charlie Walker; Mel McDaniel
8:00: Bill Anderson(host); Skeeter Davis; Stonewall Jackson; Jean Shepard
8:30: Bill Monore(host); Del Reeves; Connie Smith; Mike Snider
9:00: Hank Snow(host); Billy Walker; Jan Howard; The Whites
9:30: Grandpa Jones(host); The 4 Guys; The Carlisles; Ray Pillow; Holly Dunn
10:00: Jimmy C. Newman(host); Justin Tubb; Smoky Mountain Boys; Boxcar Willie
10:30: Jack Greene(host); Jeannie Seely; George Hamilton IV; Johnny Russell
11:05: Grand Ole Gospel Time/Rev. Jimmy Snow

A very solid Friday night line-up with 29 artists listed(and if you include the Smoky Mountain Boys, all were Opry members.) One of the things I really enjoyed about going to the Friday night shows in the winter was that they lasted 3 and a half hours. Now, the Friday show is down to 2 hours with an average of 15 acts per show. Times have changed. Also, after the Friday Opry you had Grand Ole Gospel. Depending on the program you look at, Rev. Snow either spells his name Jimmy or Jimmie. I remember that most of the Friday night Opry crowd would hang around for the start of Grand Ole Gospel, then slowly start to filter out. By the end of the show, the crowd would be down to about a quarter of what it was at the start.

Saturday February 13, 1993:
First Show
6:30: Boxcar Willie(host); Billy Walker
6:45: Grandpa Jones(host); Jean Shepard; Jim Ed Brown
7:00: Bill Monroe(host); Ray Pillow; Skeeter Davis; The 4 Guys; Mel McDaniel
7:30: Jack Greene(host & televised portion); Riders In The Sky; George Hamilton IV; Holly Dunn
8:00: Porter Wagoner(host); Jimmy C. Newman; Smoky Mountain Boys; Connie Smith; Opry Squaredance Band; The Stoney Mountain Cloggers
8:30: Hank Snow(host); The Whites; Roy Drusky; Jeanne Pruett; Mike Snider

Second Show:
9:30: Porter Wagoner(host); Jack Greene; Charlie Walker; Stonewall Jackson; Jan Howard
10:00: Grandpa Jones(host); Holly Dunn
10:15: Bill Monroe(host); Jim Ed Brown
10:30: Boxcar Willie(host); Jeannie Seely
10:45: The 4 Guys(host); The Carlisles; Opry Squaredance Band; The Stoney Mountain Cloggers
11:00: Hank Snow(host); The Whites; Justin Tubb; Riders In The Sky
11:30: Jimmy C. Newman(host); Roy Drusky; Connie Smith; Johnny Russell

Another solid line-up of just Grand Ole Opry members, even on the televised portion. This was also the period of time, and I remember from being at these winter shows, that toward the end of the first show they would announce that if you left, you could attend the 2nd show for free. You just had to wait outside until the ticket buyers were allowed in first and then you could sit in any empty seats. That was a bargin: 2 shows for the price of 1!!!

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