No Jimmy Dickens tonight. Eddie Stubbs said he was not feeling well and decided to stay home tonight. Jean Shepard took over the hosting duties for that segment.
A couple of additions to this weeks line up. Emily West has been added to Friday night during the first segment and Mandy Barnett was added to the 2nd segment on Saturday night. The only thing that bothers me with Mandy being added on is that Ray Pillow and Jack Greene each get cut down to just once song each, while on the previous line up, they would have gotten two songs.
Before starting this post, my heart goes out to those in Tennessee, Alabama, Georgia and the other southern states that suffered greatly in the storms yesterday. The lost of life and damage is just terrible. The past year has been rough on many of those areas and it just seems to keep coming. Thoughts and prayers go out to my friends in the south.
As far as the Grand Ole Opry this weekend, as I was hoping, Ray Pillow is on the schedule for Saturday night. It was on April 30, 1966 that Ray became a member of the Opry and this will be his 45th anniversary as an Opry member. I do hope that there is some recognition for this great accomplishment.
Also this weekend, Opry members Montgomery Gentry will be at the Opry on Friday night, along with Marty Stuart. At this point of time, the only non-Opry member on the line up for Friday night is John Michael Montgomery.
Saturday night's line up is not the strongest of recent weeks, but Restless Heart, Carter's Chord and Troy Olsen are guesting on that show. There is only one show on Saturday night.
Friday April 29
7:00: Riders In The Sky (host); Jeannie Seely; Emily West
7:30: Jean Shepard (host); Jimmy C. Newman; John Michael Montgomery
8:15: Marty Stuart (host); Bobby Osborne & Rocky Top X-Press; Connie Smith
8:45: Mike Snider (host); Jean Shepard; Montgomery Gentry
Saturday April 30
7:00: Jimmy Dickens (host); Connie Smith; Troy Olsen
7:30: Jeannie Seely (host); Ray Pillow; Jack Greene; Mandy Barnett
8:15: Mike Snider (host); Jan Howard; Carter's Chord; Opry Square Dancers
8:45: Jean Shepard (host); Jesse McReynolds & The Virginia Boys; Restless Heart