The Grand Ole Opry has posted this weekend's line-ups and there have already been changes. In the original line-up, Jimmy Dickens was scheduled for both Friday and Saturday night and he is now off the schedule. That is two weekends in a row. Additionally, Charlie Louvin has cancelled for Friday night.
Following the recent pattern for the Opry, there is one show on Friday night and one show on Saturday night, both at the Ryman Auditorium. Among the featured artists this weekend, Emmylou Harris is scheduled for both nights and Wynonna is scheduled for Saturday night. Kathy Mattea is set for Friday night, as she continues her string of recent Opry appearances.
Mandy Barnett is scheduled for Saturday night and this has become an Opry tradition in recent years: having Mandy scheduled on the Saturday night show on the July 4th weekend. Usually, she will start the show with the National Anthem and possibly sing, "God Bless America."
Here are the line-ups:
Friday July 2
7:00: John Conlee(host); Riders In The Sky; Emily West
7:30: Mike Snider(host); Jean Shepard; Kathy Mattea
8:15: Bill Anderson(host); Jeannie Seely; ACM Lifting Lives Music Campers
8:45: Emmylou Harris(host); Jim Ed Brown; The Whites
Saturday July 3
7:00: Mike Snider(host); Jimmy C. Newman; Mandy Barnett
7:30: John Conlee(host); Jeannie Seely; Thom Bresh
8:15: Emmylou Harris(host); George Hamilton IV; Jesse McReynolds & The Virginia Boys; Opry Square Dancers
8:45: Bill Anderson(host); Jan Howard; Wynonna
Finally, the host of the Ernest Tubb Midnight Jamboree will be George Hamilton IV. As a reminder, the show will be taped lived at the record shop at 10:00pm and will be broadcast on tape next Saturday night at midnight. This week at midnight on WSM, the Ernest Tubb Midnight Jamboree will be a rebroadcast of an archive show that was hosted by Ernest Tubb. It should be a great trip back in memory lane.