The Grand Ole Opry has posted this weekend's line-ups. Once again, as has been the recent pattern, there is one show on Friday night and one show on Saturday night, both at the Ryman Auditorium. The Tuesday Night Opry is also scheduled there.
Jimmy Dickens is again listed for all shows this week. He has cancelled out the past several weekends, so hopefully he is feeling better and will be able to make it. Just the fact that he has been listed the past few weeks and then has cancelled leads me to believe that it is nothing serious. But, looking at the schedule, it looks like that they have a back-up plan on Friday night if he cannot make it, as they could slide Jim Ed Brown to a later segmend and he could host. On Saturday night, Mel Tillis looks like the option for the first segment if Jimmy cannot make it, with the Opry adding someone else.
Friday July 16:
7:00: Marty Stuart(host); Jim Ed Brown; Jan Howard; Rebecca Lynn Howard
7:30: Jimmy Dickens(host); Jimmy C. Newman; Mark Wills
8:15: Jeannie Seely(host); Jack Greene; Jesse McReynolds & The Virginia Boys
8:45: Mel Tillis(host); Riders In The Sky; Kenyon Lockry
Saturday July 17:
7:00: Jimmy Dickens(host); Rebecca Lynn Howard; Mel Tillis
7:30: Bill Anderson(host); Connie Smith; Point Of Grace
8:15: Jeannie Seely(host); Stonewall Jackson; Lee Brice; Opry Square Dancers
8:45: Riders In The Sky(host); Jim Ed Brown; Rodney Crowell
Tuesday Night Opry July 20:
7:00: Bill Anderson ; The Band Perry
7:30: Easton Corbin; Marty Stuart
8:15: Darryl Worley; Jimmy Dickens
8:45: Dierks Bentley & Friends featuring Sam Bush, Sonya Isaacs, Del McCoury & Marty Stuart
Bill Anderson is the host for the Ernest Tubb Midnight Jamboree, that is now taped at 10:00pm at the record shop, for broadcast the following Saturday night at midnight.
One final comment:
Charlie Louvin was on the Opry last Saturday night. He was allowed to sing one song. Considering that there were only 3 people on that half hour segment, and the fact that he will be undergoing cancer surgery, there is no excuse for not allowing Charlie to sing 2 songs. As serious as the surgery is, and while we don't want to think it, that may have been Charlie's last Opry appearance, at the very least for a while. He has been a member of the Opry for over 50 years and should have been allowed more.