A couple of changes in the line-up. Connie Smith has been added for Friday and Saturday night. Jimmy C. Newman added for Friday night. Bobby Osborne has cancelled.
The Grand Ole Opry has announced line-ups for this weekend's shows. The highlight for many Opry fans will be the Saturday appearance of Loretta Lynn. The long time Opry member has made infrequent appearances in recent years, so this weekend will be a treat for her fans. Also appearing this weekend will be Charlie Daniels, Pam Tillis, Joe Diffie and Marty Stuart.
Here are the line-ups:
Friday April 23
7:00: Pam Tillis(host); John Conlee; The Whites
7:30: Jimmy Dickens(host); Jeannie Seely; The Steeldrivers
8:15: Marty Stuart(host); Jimmy C. Newman; Jack Greene; Connie Smith
8:45: Bill Anderson(host); Stonewall Jackson; Charlie Daniels Band
Saturday April 24
7:00: John Conlee(host); The Whites: Jason & The Long Road To Love
7:30: George Hamilton IV(host); Jimmy C. Newman; Connie Smith; Point Of Grace
8:00: Jeannie Seely(host); Jesse McReynolds & The Virginia Boys; Joe Diffie; Opry Square Dancers
8:30: Mike Snider(host); Jack Greene; Loretta Lynn
9:30: John Conlee(host); The Whites; Loretta Lynn
10:00: Mike Snider(host); Jimmy C. Newman; Jason & The Long Road To Love
10:30: George Hamilton IV(host); Jan Howard; Point Of Grace; Opry Square Dancers
11:00: Jeannie Seely(host); Jesse McReynolds & The Virginia Boys; Joe Diffie
With many of the Opry's usual segment hosts out of town this weekend, George Hamilton gets the opportunity to hosts two segments on Saturday night. Also, Jesse McReynolds and Jimmy C. Newman are doing both shows on Saturday and The Whites are appearing on all three shows over the weekend. And, there are still slots to fill for this weekend.
Finally, just a note on Gaylord and the Opry. We have commented before on what appears to be lower attendance at the Opry shows. Over the past several days, Gaylord has released their 2009 annual report and have scheduled their shareholders meeting. Getting a look at the report and trying to get a feel for how the Opry is doing is a little bit hard, as Gaylord includes the Opry in the category called "Opry and Attractions", which includes items other than the Opry. I can tell you that "Opry and Attractions" income and revenue are down for the 3rd consecutive year, which is not good news if you like the Opry. At some point, you would have to think that this would have to turn around, or as Gaylord moves more into the hotel and convention business, they could be looking to sell the Opry to create more revenue to expand their hotel holdings.
Many of us have thought that maybe the Opry would be better off if someone other than Gaylord Entertainment were the owners of the Opry, but you can never tell. As Opry fans, let us hope that good decisions are made about the future of the show.