Here is the Grand Ole Opry line-up for this weekend:
Friday August 21st:
7:00: Jeannie Seely(host); Jim Ed Brown; Del McCoury Band
7:30: Jimmy Dickens(host); Jimmy C. Newman; Crystal Gayle
8:00: Hal Ketchum(host); Stonewall Jackson; Jesse McReynolds & The Virginia Boys; The Whites
8:30: Mike Snider(host); Jean Shepard; Oak Ridge Boys
Saturday August 22nd:
7:00: Jimmy Dickens(host); Jimmy C. Newman; Del McCoury Band
7:30: Mike Snider(host); Jean Shepard; Jack Greene; Joey + Rory
8:00: Hal Ketchum(host); Jan Howard; The Whites; Opry Square Dancers
8:30: Riders In The Sky(host); Bobby Osborne & The Rocky Top X-Press; Exile
A couple of comments:
>This weekend features veteran artists on both shows, with the exception of Joey + Roey. A nice change instead of so many newcomers.
>The Oak Ridge Boys return for the Friday night Opry. During one of the winter Opry shows at the Ryman about 5 years ago, I was standing up in the balcony and Duane Allen of the Oak Ridge Boys was up there, just watching the Opry. I talked to him for a couple of moments, and I did ask the question whether or not the Oak Ridge Boys had ever been asked to become Opry members. He told me that it would be nice to be Opry members, but that they were too busy touring to devote the time necessary to be members.
>Crystal Gayle makes another Opry appearance. She has been appearing on the Opry a few times lately. Could she be the next veteran being considered for Opry membership? It seems like after they ask a newer artist to join, they try to balance it with an older artist. That would follow in the footsteps of Charlie Daniels, Mel Tillis and Del McCoury.
>Hal Ketchum is hosting on both shows this weekend. From a personal standpoint, I have really come to enjoy his appearances on the Opry.
>The Ernest Tubb Midnight Jamboree is hosted this week by Mandy Barnett. If you are looking for it at its usual location, don't go. The Jamboree will be live from the Wilson County Fair this weekend.
Here is the line-up for the Tuesday Night Opry, August 25th:
7:00: Jim Ed Brown; Aaron Tippin
7:30: Connie Smith; Gene Watson
8:00: Jimmy Dickens; Darius Rucker
8:30: Jesse McReynolds & The Virginia Boys; Craig Morgan