Here is the Grand Ole Opry line-up for this weekend:
Friday July 3rd:
7:00: Riders In the Sky(host); Jimmy C. Newman; Jesse McReynolds & The Virginia Boys; Holly Williams
7:30: Jimmy Dickens(host); Jean Shepard; The Grascals
8:00: Mike Snider(host); The Vanderbilt Kennedy Music Camp Performers; Jan Howard; Jack Greene
8:30: Ricky Skaggs(host); Stonewall Jackson; John Conlee; Connie Smith
Saturday July 4th:
7:00: Jimmy Dickens(host); Jeannie Seely; Christy Sutherland
7:30: Riders In The Sky(host); George Hamilton IV; The Grascals
8:00: Mike Snider(host); Stonewall Jackson; Chris Young; Opry Square Dancers
8:30: John Conlee; Bobby Osborne & The Rocky Top X-Press; Mandy Barnett; Jim Ed Brown with The Browns
A couple of notes:
>Holly Williams will be making her Grand Ole Opry debut on the Friday Night Opry, in support of her new CD.
>With the July 4th holiday on Saturday, the Opry goes to just 1 show at 7:00. If past tradition holds, Mandy Barnett will lead off the show with the National Anthem.
>The Browns make a rare appearance at the Opry this weekend. The appearances become more special as age catches up with them. They have been performing together for more than 50 years. Also, they will be hosting the Ernest Tubb Midnight Jamboree at the Ernest Tubb Record Shop.
>The only performers doing both the Friday and Saturday Opry shows are Riders In The Sky; Jimmy Dickens; Mike Snider; Stonewall Jackson; and John Conlee. Nice to see Stonewall doing both nights.
>On Friday night, The Vanderbilt Kennedy Music Camp Performers will be entertaining. This has become an annual tradition at the Opry and a real treat. I was at the Opry one year when they performed and it was a great group of kids. I know at the time, they would take groups of them back stage during the show. I do not know if they still do that with the perfomers or not.