For the past several weeks, the Opry shows have been relatively weak, with very little star power. This weekend, there is some improvement, especially on Friday Night. That show will feature Opry member Dierks Bentley, who will be making his 1st appearance of 2011. Also on Friday will be Rhonda Vincent and Mark Wills.
Another Opry member who will be making her 1st appearance of the year will be Patty Loveless, who will be on both Friday and Saturday night. I will say that when Patty joined the Opry, I really thought she would be on the show much more than she is. Being a traditional country singer from Kentucky, I thought she understood what the Opry was about. Recently, she has moved more into bluegrass, but the Opry appearances have not increased. In 2010, she was only at the Opry one time, and had 3 appearances in 2009. For the past decade, the most she has been at the Opry has been 7 times, and that was in 2007 and 2000. We need to see her more.
Also appearing on Friday and Saturday night is an Opry member who does get it, and that is Vince Gill. This August, Vince will be celebrating 20 years as an Opry member. And Hall of Famer Bill Anderson will be joining Vince at the Opry on Friday and Saturday.
Friday May 20
7:00: Riders In The Sky (host); Jean Shepard; Rhonda Vincent
7:30 Jimmy Dickens (host); Jesse McReynolds; Mark Wills
8:15 Bill Anderson (host); Jan Howard; Dierks Bentley
8:45 Vince Gill (host); Mike Snider; Patty Loveless
Saturday May 21
7:00 Jimmy Dickens (host); Jeannie Seely; James Wesley
7:30 Mike Snider (host); Jack Greene; Gene Watson
8:15 Bill Anderson (host); Riders In The Sky; Bo Bice; Opry Square Dancers
8:45 Vince Gill (host); Bobby Osborne & Rocky Top X-Press; Patty Loveless
The host of the Ernest Tubb Midnight Jamboree will be Ben Hall.