On Tuesday Night September 28, the Grand Ole Opry will return to the Grand Ole Opry House for the first time since the great Nashville flood in the spring. The show will be a 3 hour spectacular that will start at 7:00. From 8-10, the show will be televised on Great American Country (GAC). Currently 17 artists are listed for the televised portion of the show. Obviously, when you consider the commercials, the various replays they will give to the flood, probably some interviews and then with Gaylord Entertainment officials and every politician in the State of Tennessee there, it will be very hard to get all of those artists on.
My guess is that you will see several duets or grouping of artists with similar interests. An example might be Ricky Skaggs with Del McCoury, or Connie Smith with Marty Stuart. And, I would not be suprised if there were several unannounced artists who appear. And considering the state of Jimmy Dicken's voice, I would be very suprised if he sang anything on the show.
The opening hour consists of veteran Opry members, so at least they left room among all of the superstars for those. But, there are still lots of Opry members missing that I know would be available for the show. I am talking about folks such as Jack Greene, Jan Howard, Stonewall Jackson, Jimmy C. Newman....people who are at the Opry almost every weekend. Hopefully some will make an appearance.
No matter how you look at it, it is the best Opry line-up since the 75th anniversary show and it should be a great show. It is sold-out and tickets are going on ebay for up to $300.00 for a prime seat. And as I said before, keep an eye on Blake Shelton. I would not be suprised if something happened involving him that night.
Now for the line-up:
7:00: Bill Anderson; Jeannie Seely; Jim Ed Brown
7:30: John Conlee; Jean Shepard; Riders In The Sky; Diamond Rio
8:00: Trace Adkins; Jason Aldean; Dierks Bentley, Charlie Daniels Band; Jimmy Dickens; Martina McBride; Del McCoury; Montomery Gentry; Lorrie Morgan; Brad Paisley; Blake Shelton; Ricky Skaggs; Connie Smith; Marty Stuart; Josh Turner; Keith Urban; Steve Wariner.
You will note that those appearing on the last hour are listed in alphabetical order so there is no telling in what order they will appear. Based on the past several months, it would not suprise me to see the televised portion open with either Marty Stuart or Brad Paisley, with Jimmy Dickens thrown into the mix. Brad has been pretty visable at the Opry lately, since the flood.
All in all, it should be a great evening and I for one will be glad that the Opry is back at the Opry House. It just hasn't felt right the past several months with the Opry moving around town.