Wednesday, August 26, 2009

Grand Ole Opry Line-up August 28th & 29th

Here is this week's Grand Ole Opry line-ups:
Friday August 28th:
7:00: John Conlee(host); Jimmy C. Newman; Riders In The Sky; Cherryholmes
7:30: Jimmy Dickens(host); Bobby Osborne & The Rocky Top X-Press; Jamie O'Neal
8:00: Mike Snider(host); Stonewall Jackson; Jean Shepard; The Whites
8:30: Marty Stuart(host); Connie Smith; Ralph Stanley

Saturday August 29th:
7:00: Jimmy Dickens(host); Jim Ed Brown; Daryle Singletary
7:30: Riders In The Sky(host); Jack Greene; Jean Shepard; Ralph Stanley
8:00: Mike Snider(host); Jan Howard; Clay Walker; Opry Square Dancers
8:30: Marty Stuart(host); John Conlee; Connie Smith

>Daryle Singletary and Clay Walker are on the Saturday night show. At one time, both were among the hotest new stars in country music, but their careers fizzled out. Clay had the greater success of the 2. Daryle, by the way, will be hosting the Ernest Tubb Midnight Jamboree on Saturday night/Sunday morning.
>Nice to see Ralph Stanley back on the Opry this weekend. I remember when he was asked to become a member. It was on a Friday night and the next night it became official. No big build-up or special events. I know that Patty Loveless and Ricky Skaggs were involved with him becoming a member. I will be seeing Ralph next Sunday night, as he is doing a show up in my neck of the woods. It should be great.

Here is the line-up for the Tuesday Night Opry on September 1st:
7:00: Jeannie Seely; Del McCoury Band
7:30: John Conlee; Hal Ketchum
8:00: Jack Greene; The Bellamy Brothers with special guests The Bacon Brothers
8:30: Jimmy Dickens; Gretchen Wilson

A strong line-up for the Tuesday night show. Is it just me, but I don't hear much about Gretchen Wilson lately!!


  1. It's a fine lineup, and I am a great fan and admirer of Dr. Ralph. I wish Ricky and especially Patty would show up a bit more often, too.

    The guest appearances by Daryle Singletary and Clay Walker are fine, but you make a good point that neither has been setting the woods on fire. And that's my problem with what is happening at the Opry: are they going to draw better than, say, Charlie Louvin? Or some of the other members who don't get much time there? I have my doubts.

  2. I agree. I personally enjoy T. Graham Brown; T.G.Sheppard, Daryle Singletary, and the other "past their prime" artists that the Opry brings on, but you are right: they are not going to draw any more fans to the Opry. Maybe one per show would be nice, but so would seeing Charlie Louvin, Ray Pillow, and the others.

  3. I'd also add, I like Gretchen Wilson. But I have to wonder if she got a little too caught up in the "Muzik Mafia" silliness. That group seemed to me to think that being someone was more important than doing something.

  4. Gretchen got her high school diploma. That seems like something worth doing.

  5. I apologize for not mentioning and remembering that. She deserves a lot of credit for that. But let's face facts. Her career has been pretty quiet.