The Grand Ole Opry has posted the line up for the shows this weekend. There is one show on Friday night and one show on Saturday night, both nights at the Grand Ole Opry House.
Ronnie Milsap was originally scheduled for Friday and Saturday night, but has canceled out for both nights. Even with that, there is some talent on both shows. Friday night features Marty Stuart, The Gascals, Mel Tillis, Terry Clark and Diamond Rio. Saturday's show has Danny Gokey, The Secret Sisters and Aaron Tippin.
I did find it surprising that Ronnie Milsap was hosting the final segment on both shows. With Ronnie gone, Diamond Rio takes over on Friday night. I was surprised because Mel Tillis is on and he has been hosting segments on his last few appearances. Also, he is a Hall of Famer, and Opry management usually gives those folks seniority.
Finally, in looking at the booking of the line up since the first of the year, there seems to be several patterns taking place. First, Bobby Osborne and Jesse McReynolds each get one night, opposite of each other. Usually it rotates from week to week, who is on Friday and who is on Saturday. Jean Shepard, Jeannie Seely and The Whites now seem to be on only one show each weekend, joining Jimmy C. Newman, Jack Greene and Jan Howard. We will have to watch if that pattern continues.
Friday February 11
7:00: Marty Stuart(host); Connie Smith; The Grascals
7:30: Jimmy Dickens(host); Riders In The Sky; Mel Tillis
8:15: Bill Anderson(host); Mike Snider; Terry Clark
8:45: Diamond Rio(host); Stonewall Jackson; Jean Shepard; Bobby Osborne & The Rocky Top X-Press
Saturday February 12
7:00: Jimmy Dickens(host); The Whites; Terri Clark
7:30: Jeannie Seely(host); Jack Greene; Danny Gokey
8:15: Bill Anderson(host); Jimmy C. Newman; The Secret Sisters; Opry Square Dancers
8:45: Mike Snider(host); Jesse McReynolds & The Virginia Boys; Aaron Tippin