Here is the line-up for this week's Grand Ole Opry shows:
Friday May 8
7:00: Riders In The Sky(host); Jimmy C. Newman; Kate & Kacey
7:30: Jim Ed Brown(host); Bobby Osborne & The Rocky Top X-Press
8:00: Jeannie Seely(host); Daryle Singletary; Mountain Heart
8:30: Mike Snider(host); Jean Shepard; Aaron Tippin
Saturday May 9
7:00: Jim Ed Brown(host) w/ Helen Cornelius; Jimmy C. Newman; James Otto
7:30: Jean Shepard(host); Jesse McReynolds & The Virginia Boys; Ernie Haase & Signature Sound
8:00: Mike Snider(host); Stonewall Jackson; Darryl Worley; Opry Square Dancers
8:30: Hal Ketchum(host); Jan Howard; Jack Greene
9:00: Reba McEntire
A couple of comments regarding the shows:
>It looks like a few of the regulars are out of town and on the road. I know that Bill Anderson is in Canada with a big tour. No Jimmy Dickens this weekend and Jeannie Seely only on Friday. Regarding the legends, nice to see Jean Shepard hosting a segment.
>They will add another artist on the Friday 7:30 show.
>Aaron Tippin makes another appearance. He has been appearing more and more on a regular basis. Also, Darryl Worley is back on for another appearance.
>I have no idea who Ernie Haase & Signature Sound is. Also, I have heard the name Kate & Kacey, just cannot picture them. Again, the use of unknown or little known artists.
>Reba McEntire, as advertised, gets her own segment. She has the full half hour, which normally would allow for 6 songs. However, it is being reported that she will sing 4 songs. Either she is going to do a lot of talking between songs, or perhaps, she will bring on a special guest or two. We will see.
Finally, Bobby Osborne is the host of this week's Ernest Tubb Midnight Jamboree at the record shop. It should be another good show and I am sure Bobby will be showcasing songs from his new CD.