Update #2: More changes to the line up this week as Jimmy Dickens is out for Saturday night. Jim Ed Brown will slide into his spot for both shows and Bobby Osborne has been added to the 2nd show.
Update: Indeed, Steve Wariner is hosting on the 2nd show on Saturday night.
Before I post this weekends Grand Ole Opry line ups, I did want to mention and make note of the death of Country Music Hall of Fame member Ferlin Husky. Ferlin had been in declining health for a number of years. He often said that he was going to keep living until he was elected to the Hall of Fame, and at least he lived long enough to see that happen. Of course, it should have happened years ago. Prayers are extended to his family.
As far as the Grand Ole Opry this weekend, the Opry is back to 2 shows on Saturday night and will be through the month of April The Friday night's highlight will be Marty Stuart making a return to the Opry, along with legend Gene Watson. Joe Diffie and Mark Wills are also on the line up.
Saturday night will feature Charlie Daniels for both shows, along with Craig Morgan. Also appearing will be James Wesley, who has made a very good impression on his recent visits. And, Steve Wariner will be on, and he will also be making an appearance in the Opry gift shop before the show signing copies of his new CD.
The Ernest Tubb Midnight Jamboree will feature Bobby Osborne, who is celebrating 60 years in the music business, with a fine new CD, "Memories".
Friday March 18
7:00: John Conlee(host); The Whites; Joe Diffie
7:30: Jeannie Seely(host); Jan Howard; Mark Wills
8:15: Jean Shepard(host); Jesse McReynolds & The Virginia Boys; Gene Watson
8:45: Marty Stuart(host); Connie Smith; Eric Church
Saturday March 19
7:00: Jim Ed Brown(host); Connie Smith; James Wesley
7:30: Steve Wariner(host); Bobby Osborne & Rocky Top X-Press; The Whites
8:00: Jeannie Seely(host); Craig Morgan; Opry Square Dancers
8:30: Riders In The Sky(host); Jean Shepard; Charlie Daniels Band
9:30: Jim Ed Brown(host); Bobby Osborne & Rocky Top X-Press; James Wesley
10:00: Steve Wariner(host); Jack Greene; Connie Smith
10:30: Jeannie Seely(host); Stu Phillips; Craig Morgan; Opry Square Dancers
11:00: Riders In The Sky(host); Jean Shepard; Charlie Daniels Band
Tuesday Night Opry March 22
7:00: Jeannie Seely; Chuck Wicks
7:30: Elizabeth Cook; The Steeldrivers
8:15: John Conlee; Steel Magnolia
8:15: Jimmy Dickens; Chris Young
As far as the 2nd show on Saturday night, I called the Opry to see if it was a typo regarding Jeannie Seely hosting two segments on that show. All they had was the line up that was posted, but I also saw another line up that had Steve Wariner hosting in that spot. I will update as I get the information. If Steve is just doing the first show, which is possible since he is doing the gift shop appearance before the shows, there is Jim Ed Brown in the first segment that could host and Jean Shepard is available by moving her from her slot. I just hate to see two segments hosted by the same performer, but the Opry has done that in the past.