Thursday, November 5, 2009

Grand Ole Opry Line-Up 11/6 & 11/7-Updated

They added one of their old standbys: Rebecca Lynn Howard

Here is the line-up for this weekend's Grand Ole Opry show. The Opry begins its run at the Ryman Auditorium this week, where it will be through January. Also, the Opry goes back to 2 shows on Saturday night, for most of the rest of the year.

Friday November 6
7:00: Jean Shepard(host); The Whites; The Steeldrivers
7:30: Jimmy Dickens(host); Jesse McReynolds & The Virginia Boys; Bomshel
8:00: Bill Anderson(host); Jan Howard; Joey + Rory
8:30: Mike Snider(host); Connie Smith; Gene Watson

Saturday November 7
First Show
7:00: Jimmy Dickens(host); Jimmy C. Newman; the Isaacs
7:30: Mike Snider(host); The Whites; Jean Shepard; Sarah Buxton
8:00: Riders In The Sky(host); Ray Pillow; Rebecca Lynn Howard; Opry Square Dancers
8:30: Bill Anderson(host); Connie Smith; Gene Watson

Second Show
9:30: Jimmy Dickens(host); Jimmy C. Newman; The Isaacs
10:00: Mike Snider(host); Jean Shepard; Sarah Buxton
10:30: Riders In The Sky(host); Stu Phillips; Rebecca Lynn Howard; Opry Square Dancers
11:00: Bill Anderson(host); Connie Smith; Gene Watson

A couple of very similiar shows on Saturday night. I always liked it when they varied the line-up for both shows. I also enjoy having different hosts introduce different acts. Also, I do have to ask, who is Bomshel(on Friday's show). The name just does not ring a bell. And, still a slot to fill on both the Saturday night shows, 3rd segment.

Here is the line-up for the Tuesday Night Opry-November 10
(At the Ryman)
7:00; John Conlee; Point Of Grace
7:30: George Hamilton IV; Collin Raye
8:15: Jean Shepard
8:45: Jimmy Dickens; The Grascals


  1. It seems every week they have a head scratcher or two on the shows. I don't think acts like Bomshel and Sarah Buxton are going to sell any extra tickets(the Opry regs and Gene Watson are going to have drive tix sales this weekend) in what are subpar lineups for the weekend at $56 + but anyway, looked up info on Bomshel. They are a blonde-haired female duo on Curb, both look to be in their early to mid 20s. They have charted a single or two, highest peak 30. They have been recording for 3 or 4 years.

  2. I noticed the comment about varying the lineup. In the olden days, Hal Durham had work around Mr. Acuff doing the 7:30 and 10:15 segments, the Crook Brothers and a dance group at 7:30 and 10:45 despite Mr. Crook's repeated complaint that the people who liked his music had gone to bed by the time he did the second show, and Hank Snow at 8:30 and 11. So I noticed that, often, the 8:00 host would do the 10:45 if Marty Robbins was in, the 11:30 segment after Marty died. He would flip a few things around so it wasn't exactly the same.

    I also notice that Pete Fisher seems to be trying to save the biggest guest for the end of the final segment. Although I have no great affection for Mr. Fisher, I see the point.

  3. I see that point also as far as ending the show with a bigger name artist. I think it keeps some of the people there, as there are always those who want to leave early, which I never did understand. What I meant by varying the segments, it just seems like both Saturday shows are almost the same, with just a couple of differences when you have someone just doing the first show or just the second show. Saturday night, for example, the first and last segment are the exact same, and the second and third segment have just one change each. Also, I have noticed that in many cases, the entertainers, especially those not Opry members, are singing the same songs on both shows. I would just like to see more variety and a real reason to go see, or listen to both shows. I just hope it is not a case of Pete Fisher getting lazy in doing the line-ups for the shows.

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  5. This is not something I'm too uptight about, because I've got bigger gripes with some of the things that are going on with the Opry than this, but here is my two cents: Part of the reason for less varying of the segments is probably too, since there are so few artists on the shows anymore, there probably isn't as much of a need to make any adjustments to accomodate an artists whim or schedule as there was when they had 25-30 acts on a show. It does seem to be a fair way to schedule when they match the shows identically as all the artists end up committing exactly the same time for the entire evening this way.

  6. I wish someone would explain to some of the newer acts that the Opry is a radio show with many people listening at home and they should change the songs they sing on each show. I hate to see someone come on there and make the same comments and sing the same 2-3 songs on the 2nd show that they made/sang on the 1st show. I really miss the days when the Opry acts understood the Opry and what it was about.

  7. Mr. Acuff and Ernest Tubb used to say, "Dance with the one that brung you," so it would be understandable if someone always sang his or her monster hit. But I think it's also a difference in entertainment today--too many don't know HOW to entertain. They can only sing their song, and they don't seem to know too many songs!