Changes to the announced line-up for this weekend are already taking place. On Friday night, Mark Wills has cancelled and replaced by Ricky Skaggs. Nothing wrong with that. Also on Friday, Mike Snider and Bill Anderson have switched spots. The updated line-up is listed below:
This weekend, the Grand Ole Opry celebrates its 84th birthday with 3 star-filled shows, along with Opry Country Classics on Thursday night and Larry Gatlin & The Gatlin Brothers in a big birthday concert on Saturday afternoon. The Opry's official anniversary date is November 28, but for a number of years(as long as I can remember), the Opry has celebrated in October(usually the 2nd or 3rd weekend). I will be in Nashville this weekend, attending all the shows and when I return next week, I will offer a full review of what I saw and heard. Now for the line-ups:
Opry Country Classics-Thursday October 8
This week, Songs That Made The Grand Ole Opry Famous
Host: Storme Warren
Also Appearing: Mandy Barnett; Jack Greene; George Hamilton IV; Jan Howard; Hal Ketchum; Jim Lauderdale; Del McCoury Band; Opry Square Dancers; Jeannie Seely; Sunny Sweeney.
A real solid line-up of talent for this show. No spotlight artist and I am sure that the various entertainers will be singing lots of songs from the earlier days of the Opry and songs that were made famous by many of the now-departed Opry Hall of Famers. This show will be at the Ryman Auditorium instead of the Grand Ole Opry house.
Friday Night Opry-October 9
7:00: John Conlee(host); Jeannie Seely; Riders In The Sky; Ricky Skaggs
7:30: Jimmy Dickens(host); The Whites; Patty Loveless
8:00: Mike Snider(host); BJ Thomas; Josh Turner
8:30: Bill Anderson(host); Jack Greene; Jean Shepard; Montgomery Gentry
Grand Ole Opry-Saturday October 10
7:00: Jimmy Dickens(host); The Whites; Kathy Mattea
7:30: Lorrie Morgan(host); Jan Howard; George Hamilton IV; Jean Shepard
8:00: Jeannie Seely(host); Jim Ed Brown; Joe Diffie; Opry Square Dancers
8:30: Bill Anderson(host); Mike Snider; Diamond Rio
9:30: Jimmy Dickens(host); Lorrie Morgan; Bobby Osborne & The Rocky Top X-Press
10:00: Mike Snider(host); Ray Pillow; Kathy Mattea
10:30: Diamond Rio(host); Stu Phillips; Jean Shepard; Opry Square Dancers
11:00: Bill Anderson(host); Jim Ed Brown; Joe Diffie
Again, real solid line-ups for both the Friday Night Opry and the Saturday Grand Ole Opry shows. The Ernest Tubb Midnight Jamboree will be hosted by James Hand, who is a Texas honky-tonk singer, featured on Willie's Place on Sirius/XM radio. He will be joined by Heather Myles, another Texas singer, who I have heard many times and does a very nice job. Neither of these are Nashville based, or Nashville known artists, so it will be interesting to see what kind of a crowd they draw.