Loretta Lynn has cancelled her appearance on the Grand Ole Opry for Saturday night and has been replaced by Martina McBride.
Here is the Grand Ole Opry line-up for this weekend:
Friday May 1
7:00: Jeannie Seely(host); Jimmy C. Newman; Heidi Newfield
7:30: Jimmy Dickens(host); The Whites; Del McCoury Band
8:00: Mike Snider(host); Jean Shepard; Lee Greenwood
8:30: Marty Stuart(host); Jesse McReynolds & The Virginia Boys; Connie Smith
Not a bad line-up for the 2 hour show. Heidi Newfield makes another appearance. She appeared when I attended a show in February and received a good response from the audience. She does have a lot of energy and a fine voice. Marty Stuart continues with his string of appearances and Lee Greenwood makes another appearance at the Opry.
Saturday May 2
7:00: Jimmy Dickens(host); The Whites; Mandy Barnett
7:30: Marty Stuart(host); George Hamilton IV; Bobby Osborne & The Rocky Top X-Press; Connie Smith
8:00: Jim Ed Brown(host); Jean Shepard; Trace Adkins; Opry Square Dancers
8:30: Mike Snider(host); Jimmy C. Newman; Martina McBride
A very nice line-up for Saturday night as the Opry goes to just 1 show on Saturday for the next 4 weeks. Again, I know the move was made for financial reasons, and I somewhat understand 1 show on a Saturday in January and February, but I do not see a need for this in May, when crowds are generally good. My other opinion is that if they are doing just 1 show on a Saturday night, extend it by 30 minutes and give more artists a chance to appear. As far as Saturday night's show, I am suprised to see Jim Ed Brown hosting a segment over Trace Adkins. Usually Trace is a host when he appears. The highlight, of course, is Loretta Lynn making another Opry appearance. What fan would not have liked Loretta getting 30 minutes like Reba is getting. Again, just a very solid line-up and a good show to attend.
Finally, Mandy Barnett is the host of the Ernest Tubb Midnight Jamboree this Saturday night at midnight at the record shop. While she has never made it as a successful country music entertainer, she has an awesome voice and has made, in my opinion, a couple of nice albums. While her voice is fantastic, it just does not fit in with the style of country music that is being played today. It will be interesting to see what kind of a crowd they have for this show. The price is always right-free!!!