Here are the line-ups for this week's shows at the Grand Ole Opry. Looking at the Friday Night Opry and the Grand Ole Opry on Saturday night, all 3 shows have pretty good line-ups. There are also some Opry members on this weekend's shows that we haven't seen much at the Opry recently, including Pam Tillis, Trace Adkins and Vince Gill.
Friday March 19
7:00: Marty Stuart(host); John Conlee; Riders In The Sky; Bobby Osborne & The Rocky Top X-Press
7:30: Jimmy Dickens(host); Jimmy C. Newman; Ricky Skaggs
8:15: Pam Tillis(host); Jan Howard; Jim Ed Brown; Mike Snider
8:45: Vince Gill(host); Jaron & The Long Road To Love; Gene Watson
Saturday March 20
7:00: Jimmy Dickens(host); Jimmy C. Newman; Easton Corbin
7:30: Pam Tillis(host); Jesse McReynolds & The Virginia Boys; John Conlee
8:00: Ricky Skaggs(host); Ray Pillow; The Whites; Opry Square Dancers
8:30: Mike Snider(host); Jeannie Seely; Jack Greene; Trace Adkins
9:30: Jimmy Dickens(host); Jim Ed Brown; Easton Corbin
10:00: Pam Tillis(host); John Conlee; Mike Snider
10:30: Ricky Skaggs(host); Stu Phillips; The Whites; Opry Square Dancers
11:00: Vince Gill(host); Jeannie Seely; Trace Adkins
It is nice to see some variety in who is hosting segments. Personally, I think when Pam Tillis is hosting she does a very nice job introducing the acts and keeping the segment moving. It is also nice that they have a good mix of artists on all 3 shows, with some up and coming new talent, some veteran Opry artists, some stars and even some legends, which makes me say that it is nice to see Ray Pillow and Stu Phillips on this weekend. Meanwhile, the Opry is still having an intermission on Fridy night, but nothing during the Saturday night shows. I guess on Saturday management feels that the fans can walk to the concession stands during those show!!!
Here is the line-up for the Tuesday Night Opry, March 23
7:00: Jimmy Dickens; Connie Smith
7:30: Jack Greene; Trace Adkins
8:15: Joey + Rory; Luke Bryan; Gloriana
(This last segment is 1 hour).
That's right, only 7 artists on the Tuesday Night Opry. And, that is not all. The last hour of the Tuesday Night Opry is being taped by GAC for a special that will air on Thursday April 1st at 10:00pm. Trace Adkins will host this show and during the taping, the winners in the fan-voted Top New Artist categories at the ACM Awards will receive their trophies. Luke Bryan will receive the Top New Solo Artist award, Gloriana will get the Top New Vocal Group award and Joey + Rory will receive the Top New Duo award. So instead of getting a full Tuesday Night Opry, the fans will basically be getting a one-hour Opry and then a one-hour television taping of an awards show. Maybe I am old-fashioned, but the Opry should be the Opry and about the Opry. And, the taping doesn't even involve any Opry artists!!!! Of course, I hope management doesn't go off and do something stupid like asking one of these newcomers to be an Opry member during this special. That would take the cake!!!
Finally, here is the line-up for this seasons first Opry Country Classics on Thursday March 23:
This show will be "A Salute to the Statler Brothers" and starts at 7:00.
Host: Larry Gatlin
Artists: Daily & Vincent; Jimmy Fortune; The Gatlin Brothers; Eric Heatherly; Jan Howard; Charlie Louvin; Opry Square Dancers; Wilson Fairchild.
A pretty good line-up. It would be great if any of the original Statler Brothers would come in and make a special appearance. But, if the show follows its usual pattern, the artists they are honoring, if still alive, will not be there. At least everyone who is on the show has some connection to the Brothers.
Enjoy the shows this week.