They have updated this weekend's Grand Ole Opry line-ups. Del McCoury has cancelled out for all 3 shows this weekend, with Dale Ann Bradley added in their place. Also, Matt Kennon has been added for Friday night to fill the empty slow in the 7:30 slot and Jamie O'Neal was added to fill the slot available in the 8:15 segment. The line-up listed below has been updated.
The Grand Ole Opry has announced its line-ups for this weekend's shows. I originally had tickets for this weekend's shows and was planning to go down to Nashville for the shows. But, after the line-ups were announced, I called the Opry ticket office and had my tickets changed to a later date. (It's always a good thing to know a few folks at the Opry ticket office in order to make last minute changes). To be honest, the Friday night line-up is pretty weak, and at $54.00 per ticket, I want to see more than 11 acts. While the Saturday night line-up is better with Charlie Daniels and John Anderson, it is still not particuarly strong. Originally, Marty Stuart was to be on this weekend, and he is not, and there was some thought that Vince Gill might be on, but that didn't take place.
I don't want to beat a dead horse, but this continues to be an issue at the Opry. The line-ups have got to get stronger, especially at the ticket prices that are being charged. At this point, it really doesn't matter if they are Opry members or not, there has to be some established stars there.
Last weeks shows were pretty good and did have some great artists, such as Trace Adkins, Vince Gill, Pam Tillis, John Conlee, Marty Stuart and Ricky Skaggs. But, that has to be sustained each week. Let's all hope that they can improve upon things. Oh, and in talking to the ticket office this morning, if I had wanted another ticket for Saturday night's first show, I could have had the middle section, Row A. Not good if prime tickets like that are available 3 days before the show.
Now, here are this weekend's line-ups:
Friday March 26
7:00: Jeannie Seely(host); The Whites; Dale Ann Bradley
7:30: Jimmy Dickens(host); Jesse McReynolds & The Virginia Boys; Matt Kennon
8:15: Riders In The Sky(host); Jan Howard; Jimmy C. Newman; Jamie O'Neal
8:45: Mike Snider(host); Jack Greene; The Quebe Sisters Band
Saturday March 27
7:00: Jimmy Dickens(host); Jimmy C. Newman; John Anderson
7:30: Mike Snider(host); The Whites; Jordyn Shellhart
8:00: Jeannie Seely(host); Connie Smith; Dale Ann Bradley; Opry Square Dancers
8:30: Jim Ed Brown(host); Jean Shepard; Bar D Wranglers; Charlie Daniels Band
9:30: Jimmy Dickens(host); Bobby Osborne & The Rocky Top X-Press; John Anderson
10:00: Mike Snider(host); Jordyn Shellhart; Charlie Daniels Band
10:30: Jim Ed Brown(host); Jack Greene; Alison Brown; Opry Square Dancers
11:00: Jean Shepard(host); Connie Smith; Dale Ann Bradley