The Grand Ole Opry has posted the line ups for this weekends shows. As per the April schedule until Easter weekend, there is one show on Friday night and two shows on Saturday night.
The Friday Night Opry will feature an appearance by Opry member Trace Adkins, who will be appearing with The West Point Glee Club. I am sure it will be a special night for them. Also on Friday night, country legend T. Graham Brown will be on. I can tell you from seeing T. Graham on the Opry several times, he always produces a very enthusiastic reaction from the crowd and puts a lot of energy into his songs.
Saturday night will feature Opry member Joe Diffie, along with guests Elizabeth Cook and Doyle Lawson & Quicksilver. Also appearing on Saturday night will be Mandy Barnett, who will be back playing Patsy Cline in the play, "Always Patsy Cline" at the Ryman for a limited run. I would expect more Opry appearances from Mandy as Gaylord works to cross promote the show. Several years back I did see the play with Mandy in the lead role and she does an outstanding job. I highly recommend it.
Here are the line ups for this weekend:
Friday Night Opry April 8
7:00: John Conlee(host); Riders In The Sky; Eden's Edge
7:30: Jimmy Dickens(host); Bobby Osborne & Rocky Top X-Press; Exile
8:15: Bill Anderson(host); Connie Smith; T. Graham Brown
8:45: Trace Adkins(host); featuring The West Point Glee Club
Saturday April 9
7:00: Jimmy Dickens(host); Jimmy C. Newman; Elizabeth Cook
7:30: John Conlee(host); The Whites; Doyle Lawson & Quicksilver
8:00: Jim Ed Brown(host); Stonewall Jackson; Joey+Rory; Opry Square Dancers
8:30: Bill Anderson(host); Mandy Barnett; Joe Diffie
9:30: Jimmy Dickens(host); Jimmy C. Newman; Elizabeth Cook
10:00: John Conlee(host); The Whites; Doyle Lawson & Quicksilver
10:30: Jim Ed Brown(host); Jesse McReynolds & The Virginia Boys; Joey+Rory; Opry Square Dancers
11:00: Bill Anderson(host); Mandy Barnett; Joe Diffie
If both Saturday shows look the same, that is because they are with the exception of Stonewall Jackson on the first show and Jesse McReynolds on the 2nd show. And the running order for both shows is the same. I am not a big fan of running two identical shows as I like to see a little variety between the two. Also, for Stonewall, this will be just his 2nd Opry appearance of the year. And, he will have a busy night as he will be the host for the Ernest Tubb Midnight Jamboree.
You will also note that Jimmy Dickens is scheduled for all 3 shows this weekend. He did make the Tuesday Night Opry this week and he sounded pretty good. He did make mention that he had been missing from the Opry for the past several weeks and that he had been in and out of Vanderbilt Hospital. Glad that Jimmy is doing better.
On a final note, and a sad one, they have scheduled a memorial service for Mel McDaniel. It will be held on Wednesday April 13 from 2-4pm at the Grand Ole Opry House. It will be open to the public.