The Grand Ole Opry has posted the line-ups for this weekend's shows. There is one show on Friday night and one show on Saturday night, and both shows are at the Grand Ole Opry House, where the Opry will be until November. To be honest, I thought there would be a much stronger line up for this weekend, with the Opry heading back to the renovated Opry House.
On a personal note, I will be in Nashville this weekend, attending the Friday Night Opry and the Saturday night Grand Ole Opry. Also on Thursday night will be the 18th annual McReynolds Memorial Bluegrass Spectacular, which I will also be attending. That show will feature Jesse McReynolds & The Virginia Boys, Doyle Lawson & Quicksilver, The Tennessee Gentlemen and many, many more. Only $15 for this show, which could be the best bargain of the weekend.
Here are the Opry line-ups:
Friday February 4:
7:00: Mike Snider(host); Jean Shepard; Jimmy Wayne
7:30: Jimmy Dickens(host); Bobby Osborne & The Rocky Top X-Press; Collin Raye
8:15: Bill Anderson(host); Riders In The Sky; Joe Diffie
8:45: Vince Gill(host); The Willis Clan; Del McCoury Band
Saturday February 5
7:00: Jimmy Dickens(host); Jimmy C. Newman; James Wesley
7:30: Bill Anderson(host); The Whites; Del McCoury Band
8:00: Mike Snider(host); Jan Howard; Jimmy Wayne; Opry Square Dancers
8:30: Riders In The Sky(host); Jesse McReynolds & The Virginia Boys; Jack Greene; Mark Wills
One observation on first glance and that is the shortage of female singers on each show. Friday night features only Jean Shepard and Saturday night features only Jan Howard., although you could count the Whites. Usually there is more of a balance. I know that Jeannie Seely is on the Opry cruise and Connie Smith, I am guessing, is in England with the Marty Stuart tour. But, usually they will add a Mandy Barnett, Rebecca Lynn Howard, Elizabeth Cook or Holly Williams if the Opry veterans are not available.
I will have a full report when I return next week.