Here is this week's Grand Ole Opry line-up:
Friday August 7th:
7:00: Jeannie Seely(host); Jimmy C. Newman; Darryl Worley
7:30: Jimmy Dickens(host); Jesse McReynolds & The Virginia Boys; Sunny Sweeney
8:00: Jim Ed Brown(host); w/Helen Cornelius; Stonewall Jackson; George Hamilton IV; Mark Wills
8:30: Charley Pride(host); Connie Smith; Jim Lauderdale
Saturday August 8th:
7:00: Jimmy Dickens(host); Jeannie Seely; David Nail
7:30: Hal Ketchum(host); Stonewall Jackson; Jack Greene; Jean Shepard
8:00: Bill Anderson(host); Jan Howard; Sunny Sweeney; Opry Square Dancers
8:30: Charley Pride(host); Jim Ed Brown; The Whites
Here is the line-up for the Tuesday Night Opry-August 11th:
7:00: The Whites; Love & Theft
7:30: Dailey & Vincent; Bucky Covington
8:00: Jean Shepard; Jason Michael Carroll
8:30: Jimmy Dickens; Keith Anderson
A couple of notes/comments:
>Darryl Worley returns to the Friday Night Opry. He has been making regular appearances of late and some believe that at some point he will become an Opry member.
>Bill Anderson was in the studio this week working on a new CD that he hopes to have released by the end of the year, along with a new book. He will be on the Opry for just limited shows in August and then hitting the road for some shows.
>Stonewall Jackson is on both the Friday and Saturday shows. Saturday, by the way, is just 1 show, as that will be the case for the month of August.
>The 84th Opry Birthday Celebration will be October 9th and 10th. Usually by this date, some of the artists that will be appearing has been announced, but so far only Larry Gatlin and Diamond Rio have been confirmed. Several of the artists you would expect to appear at what are usually star studded shows, will be on the road and not available for the birthday bash, including Vince Gill, Marty Stuart and Ricky Skaggs. Also, have you noticed that since the Opry has stopped being televised, that the number of "big-name" non-Opry stars guesting on the Opry has gone down? Do you think some of these artists were using the Opry just for the television exposure?