This week is the CMA Music Fest in Nashville, which is the event formally known as fan fair. Traditionally, this week has produced some of the Grand Ole Opry's strongest line-ups of the year as many of the stars are in town for the festival. In fact, in past years quite a few artists became Opry members during this week including Alan Jackson, Lorrie Morgan and Mel Tillis, to name a few.
This week, the Tuesday Night Opry will take place at the Municipal Auditorium in Nashville. This is an older arena that is better known for hosting the circus and wrestling shows, although the Opry has been here before. When they first announced that they were going to do the Tuesday Night Opry from the arena, I thought that it would be a pretty big show with lots of big names. While the big names are here, I am disappointed in the fact that there are only 7 artists scheduled. Even being a Tuesday night show, I just thought there would be more. Here is the line-up for the Tuesday Night Opry:
7:00: Bill Anderson; The Band Perry
7:30: Mandy Barnett; Josh Turner
8:15: Trisha Yearwood; Jimmy Dickens
8:45: Carrie Underwood
Yep, Carrie gets the whole half hour. I think that they have pretty well taken care of all the ticket problems and everyone should be happy with this show.
Opry Country Classics on Thursday night will take place from the Ryman Auditorium. Like the Tuesday Night Opry, it is a very good line-up of country music legends My only complaint is that there is only one Opry member on the line-up for this night. Here is the line-up:
Host: Larry Gatlin
Also Appearing: Lynn Anderson; The Gatlin Brothers; Neal McCoy; The Oak Ridge Boys; Opry Square Dancers; Gene Watson.