This weekend, the Grand Ole Opry returns to one show on Saturday night after having two Saturday night shows the past several weeks. Then, next week, they return to two shows on Saturday. I know it is the night before Easter, but usually that is one night that draws good crowds to both shows.
Here are the line-ups:
Friday April 2
7:00: John Conlee(host); Bobby Osborne & The Rocky Top X-Press; Lee Brice
7:30: Riders In The Sky(host); Jean Shepard; Del McCoury Band
8:15: Mike Snider(host); Jan Howard; Jack Greene; Holly Williams
8:45: Vince Gill(host); The Whites; The Time Jumpers
Saturday April 3
7:00: John Conlee(host); Jimmy C. Newman; Lee Brice
7:30: Mike Snider(host); Jean Shepard; Restless Heart
8:00: Riders In The Sky(host)l Stonewall Jackson; Holly Williams; Opry Square Dancers
8:30: Vince Gill(host); The Whites; Connie Smith
The Opry website does not list an intermission for Saturday night, but I am sure with one show there will be one. Also, they have Charlie Daniels listed for Saturday night, but that is a misprint. And, a few of the Opry regulars are missing. Jimmy Dickens is actually doing a personal appearance on Saturday night at the Wheeling Jamboree with Jim Ed Brown and Jeannie Seely. Bill Anderson is touring in Canada.
Also on the Opry website, you will notice that they have updated their artists scheduled to appear for upcoming shows. They have added a boat load of names, but they names are mostly of the Opry regulars that usually appear most weekends. Unfortunately, most of the big name artists continue to be missing in action. But, we do have appearances by Vince Gill, Lorrie Morgan, Joe Diffie and Ricky Skaggs to continue to look forward to. Let's hope for more.
Next weekend, I am planning to be in Nashville on Saturday for both shows.