Opry semi-regular Rebecca Lynn Howard has been added to the 1st segment on Saturday night. As of this moment, Jimmy Dickens is still on the schedule for Friday and Saturday night.
The Grand Ole Opry has posted the artist line ups for the shows this weekend. There is the usual one show on Friday night and again, one show on Saturday night.
Jimmy Dickens is scheduled for both shows. He missed last Saturday night and also missed the Tuesday Night Opry. Vince Gill is also scheduled for both nights, and I have to complement Vince as he has been making some regular Opry appearances as of late.
The Friday Night Opry will feature guest appearances by Sunny Sweeney, Jake Owen, Heidi Newfield and Lee Greenwood. It is always nice to see Lee on the Opry and he usually makes several appearances each year. Several years back, I heard Lee give a radio interview in which he said that he had been asked to become an Opry member at one time, but that he declined due to his heavy touring schedule. But he also said that Opry management told him that he was welcomed to do the Opry whenever he wanted.
Saturday night's show will feature Opry member Josh Turner. This will be only his 3rd appearance of the year and being one of the Opry's newest members, we need to see him more. Also on Saturday night will be Johnny Counterfit, who always does a fine job, and newcomer Sarah Jarosz. If you are not familiar with Sarah, she is a fairly new artist who just received a nomination from the Americana Music Associaton in the Instrumentalist Of The Year catagory.
Here is the line up for both shows:
Friday May 27
7:00: Jeannie Seely (host); Jim Ed Brown; Sunny Sweeney
7:30: Jimmy Dickens (host); Bobby Osborne & Rocky Top X-Press; Jake Owen
8:15: Riders In The Sky (host); Jack Greene; Heidi Newfield
8:45: Vince Gill (host); The Whites; Lee Greenwood
Saturday May 28
7:00: Jimmy Dickens (host); Jimmy C Newman; Rebecca Lynn Howard
7:30: Jim Ed Brown (host); Johnny Counterfit; Sarah Jarosz
8:15: Riders In The Sky (host); Jan Howard; Josh Turner; Opry Square Dancers
8:45: Vince Gill (host); Jean Shepard; Connie Smith
There is still a slot to fill on Saturday night in the first segment and in looking at the line up, I do not know what the back up plan would be if Jimmy Dickens cancels out.
Finally, Gary Bennett will be the host for this weeks Midnight Jamboree at the Ernest Tubb Record Shop.