Here is the line-up for this weekend's Grand Ole Opry shows:
Friday June 19th:
7:00: Mike Snider(host); The Whites; Emily West
7:30: Jimmy Dickens(host); Jeannie Seely; Tracy Byrd
8:00: Marty Stuart(host); Jan Howard; George Hamilton IV; Connie Smith
8:30: Vince Gill(host); John Conlee; Alison Krauss
Saturday June 20th:
7:00: Jimmy Dickens(host); Jimmy C. Newman; Rhonda Vincent
7:30: Mike Snider(host); Hal Ketchum; Point Of Grace
8:00: John Conlee(host); Jesse McReynolds & The Virginia Boys; Jim Ed Brown; Sammy Johns; Opry Square Dancers
8:30: Vince Gill(host); Alison Kruass w/ The Whites
9:30: Jimmy Dickens(host); Jimmy C. Newman; Rhonda Vincent
10:00: Vince Gill(host); Mike Snider; Point Of Grace
10:30: John Conlee(host); Hal Ketchum; Sammy Johns; Opry Square Dancers
11:00: Jim Ed Brown(host); Alison Krauss w/The Whites
A couple of comments:
>Alison Krauss makes her 1st Opry appearance since 2007, doing all 3 shows. She is also scheduled for an appearance in July. I do notice that she is not with Union Station, but it would appear that the Whites are going to back her up on Saturday's show.
>Rhonda Vincent will be doing both shows on Saturday night. With Alison and Rhonda, you have 2 of the top female bluegrass entertainers on the same show.
>Vince Gill is on all 3 shows for the weekend.
Overall, I would call it a pretty good line-up. In addition, Rhonda Vincent will be hosting the Ernest Tubb Record Shop Midnight Jamboree after the Opry. That should be a great show, as she has hosted the Jamboree several times in the past and has always drawn a very good crowd.
On another note, GAC(Great American Country), has announced that they have pulled the Grand Ole Opry off of their regular schedule for the Summer and that the Opry will be returning with brand new shows in the fall. There have been no new Opry televised shows since the 1st of the year.
Finally, on the Tuesday Night Opry on June 23rd, Montgomery Gentry will be inducted as Opry members. I find it strange that they would do an induction on a Tuesday night show and not the main Saturday night Grand Ole Opry. It makes me wonder how important the Opry management or Montgomery Gentry view the tradition of the Saturday night show. I also checked my records, and the vast majority of Montgomery Gentry's appearances in the past year at the Opry have been on the Tuesday night show, with a Friday night appearance thrown in. I hope someone tells them that the Grand Ole Opry's flagship show is on Saturday night.