Wednesday, June 10, 2009

Grand Ole Opry 6/12 & 6/13 And Other Special Shows

As mentioned previously, the CMA Music Festival is underway in Nashville. As always, the Opry has added extra shows for the huge amount of fans in Nashville. It started with 2 shows for last night's Tuesday Night Opry and continues tonight with Marty Stuart's Late Night Jam at the Ryman Auditorium. We wanted to recap the Opry related shows in Nashville for the remainder of the week, starting with Opry Country Classics for Thursday June 11th:
Larry Gatlin(This Week's Host)
Lynn Anderson
Janie Fricke
The Gatlin Brothers
Opry Square Dancers
Jeannie Seely
Ashton Shepherd
Emily West
Tanya Tucker(Spotlight Artist)
This Week's Theme: A Salute to the Women of Country Music

A very nice line-up for the Thursday night show.

Here is the line-up for the Friday Night Opry on June 12th:
7:00: Pam Tillis(host); Jimmy C. Newman; Riders In The Sky; Del McCoury Band
7:30: Jimmy Dickens(host); Jean Shepard; Diamond Rio
8:00: Bill Anderson(host); Mike Snider; Emerson Drive
8:30: Charley Pride(host); Stu Phillips; Bobby Osborne & The Rocky Top X-Press; Collin Raye

Here is the line-up for the Opry at the Ryman Fan Fair Matinee Saturday June 13th:
3:00: Jimmy C. Newman; Danielle Peck
3:30: Jeannie Seely; Buddy Jewell
4:00: The Whites; Pam Tillis
4:30: Jim Ed Brown; Larry Gatlin & The Gatlin Brothers

Here is the line-up for the Grand Ole Opry for Saturday June 13th:
First Show
7:00: Jimmy Dickens(host); The Whites; Mandy Barnett
7:30: Charley Pride(host); Connie Smith; Jim Ed Brown; Mike Snider
8:00: Mel Tillis(host); Charlie Louvin; Pam Tillis; Opry Square Dancers
8:30: Bill Anderson(host); Jean Shepard; Tracy Byrd

Second Show
9:30: Jimmy Dickens(host); Connie Smith; Mandy Barnett
10:00: Charley Pride(host); Jeannie Seely; George Hamilton IV; Mike Snider
10:30: Mel Tillis(host); Jesse McReynolds & The Virginia Boys; Pam Tillis; Opry Square Dancers
11:00: Bill Anderson(host); Ray Pillow; Jean Shepard; Tracy Byrd

A weekend of very good line-ups at the Opry. With the major stars playing the big concerts at the music fest, the Opry has given a line-up of both nights with a number of Country Music Hall of Fame members(hosting each segment on Saturday), and a number of veteran Opry members. These shows should draw very good crowds.

On Saturday night, at the Ernest Tubb Midnight Jamboree, the host will be Mel Tillis. The record shop should be at capacity for a rare appearance by Mel at the shop. Admission is always free.

On Sunday, the Grand Ole Opry is presenting Sunday Mornin' Country at the Grand Ole Opry house, at 2:30. Admission is only $15 and kids are free. The artists to appear, including a number of Opry members are:
Brenda Lee(host); The Whites; Linda Davis; Bill Anderson; Jean Shepard; The Fox Brothers; Charlie McCoy; George Hamilton IV; Point of Grace; Jason Crabbs; Margo Smith; Holly Watson; Cowboy Joe & The Babcocks; Stu Phillips; Nashville Edition; Casey Rivers; Melanie Walker; Dianne Sherrill; Beyond The Ashes and The Country Chorale. What a great line-up and more are to be announced. This is an annual concert on the Sunday of the Music Fest and should be well attended.

Finally, last but not least, R.O.P.E.(Reunion Of Professional Entertainers), is presenting their annual fan fair show on Thursday June 11th at the Al Menah Shriners Temple in Nashville, with 2 shows at 4 and at 7. Keith Bilbrey will be the M.C. The artists to appear are as follows:
Charlie McCoy; Jimmy C. Newman; Dickie Lee; Freddy Weller; Little David Wilkins; Tom Bresh; Jean Shepard; Tommy Cash; Jack Greene; Stonewall Jackson; Mark Chesnutt; Trey Hensley; Lane Brody; Darryl Singletary; June Stearns; Mike Siler; Bobby G. Rice; Johnny Moore; Billy Henson; and more to be announced.

What a great week to see some legends in Nashville. I hope all of these shows are well attended so that it will encourage more to be held like these.

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