Monday, December 6, 2010

Tuesday Night Opry 12/7 & Opry Notes

The Grand Ole Opry has announced the line-up for the Tuesday Night Opry on December 7th, at the Ryman Auditorium.

7:00: Jean Shepard; Restless Heart
7:30: Jack Greene; The Quebe Sisters
8:15: Bill Anderson; Julianne Hough
8:45: Jimmy Dickens; Lee Greenwood

Not a real bad line-up for the Tuesday show.

Now, just a couple of Opry notes involving Opry members:

Mel McDaniel is reporting on his facebook page that he has suffered a setback as his medication has been changed. Mel had set a date for himself to do a final tour and that is now in doubt. He does have some new merchandise for sale on his website and is saying that will be the final offerings from Mel.

Bill Anderson will be celebrating his 50th anniversary as an Opry member in July. It promises to be a big year for Bill and one of the big things that will be happening is Bear Records will be releasing a new box set late next year. It will be a total of a 5 CD set and will cover his recording career from 1958 to 1966. The set will also contain several unreleased numbers and songs that he wrote that became hits for others. If you have ever purchased a Bear Record box set before, you know that they always come with excellent books and photo collections, along with notes from the artist, which Bill said he would be doing for this one.

And, Alison Krauss will be getting back with Union Station for a new CD, coming out in February, on Rounder Records. The last Union Station CD was in April 2007, so Alison fans should be anticipating this release as she comes back to her bluegrass roots.

Good luck on both of these projects.


  1. Mel looked pretty unsteady at the return to the Opry building, but he was on his feet and all that, so I'm wonder just how bad he is right now? Any idea?

  2. What was posted on facebook said that Mel's doctors had changed his meds and for the past several days Mel has had a very hard time of it. Today looks better but still pretty weak. Lord willing and the creek don't rise, Mel will be able to perform again but it looks like it will not be on the original time frame of the first of the year.

    I hope for the best for Mel, but it just doesn't sound all the great right now. And, you are right Michael, he still looked pretty weak at the Opry, but I give him all the credit in the world on getting himself back enough to be able to walk out on to that stage.

  3. Well, I think back to Mr. Acuff's last night and how he had to be just about carried on stage, and Bill Monroe performing once a day after major surgery. And I think of Charlie Louvin. Those old birds are tough!

  4. And of course, Wilma Lee Cooper had a stroke during her performance and finished it before leaving the stage!!!!