While not Grand Ole Opry related, I wanted to mention the great country music programs that are being shown on RFD-TV. This network has moved so far forward from where it was even last year. There are new episodes of The Ralph Emery Show and Crook and Chase, along with Larry's Country Diner and the Country's Family Reunion shows. Not only do they show the new episode, but they also repeat them at various times during the week.
I have said it before, I would hope that if the Grand Ole Opry is looking for a new television home, that Gaylord management and the management from RFD could sit down and talk, and perhaps work out a deal.
I received their weekly program guide yesterday, and I just wanted to mention some of the country music shows on the schedule:
Sunday nights feature Hee Haw, this week from 1971 and staring Charley Pride, Amanda Blake and Mickey Mantle.
The new Ralph Emery show is on Monday nights and this week it features Lorrie Morgan. They replay the show later in the week.
Larry's Country Diner is on Tuesday night and this week's guest is T. Graham Brown. Also on Tuesday is the Gaither Gospel Hour and this week it features gospel favorites from the Grand Ole Opry. and after that show is Crook and Chase. These are also new shows that mix in classic clips from their older shows. This week, it is an Elvis tribute, along with Ray Walker and Minnie.
On Saturday nights, you have the Marty Stuart show, which is just great. Each show features Marty, Connie Smith, LeRoy Troy and a special guest. This week it is John Prine. Following his show is Midwest Country, an hour long variety show that always features a classic country music star. This week it is Stonewall Jackson.
Then you have The Porter Wagoner Show on Friday and Sunday, featuring either Dolly Parton or Norma Jean, along with Speck Rhodes and Buck Trent. The Wilburn Brothers Show, featuring either Loretta Lynn or a very young Patty Ramey(later Loveless), depending on the year, is on several times during the week, along with Pop Goes the Country, with Ralph Emery as the host. The Penny Gilley show is another half hour variety show, this week featuring Ronnie Milsap.
Country's Family Reunion is on each Friday night and is featuring new shows with a galaxy of classic country music stars and Grand Ole Opry perfomers. They also show many of the older shows with the stars that have passed away.
In the mornings is a show called Heart to Heart from years ago, and this week, they have shows featuring Dolly Parton, Keith Whitley and Mel Tillis. Reno's Old Time Music Festival is also on weekdays and this week will have classic performances from Tom T. Hall and the Dillards.
And, coming soon to the schedule is the classic Bill Anderson show.
Again, I mention RFD-TV, because they do a good job with classic country music. Many of us know that sometimes the real country is hard to find and this gives us a good place to watch it. Of course for those who are farmers or from farming families, you have numerous farming shows and also rodeo and western shows, including Cowboy Church. RFD also has a great web-site to check out all of their programming.