First, sorry for the lack of updates for the past couple of days. I was enjoying a couple of vacation days, and the "real boss" at the house does not allow me to open my laptop while I am enjoying time off!! Anyways, it has been pretty quiet around the Opry as summer moves forward. Just really nothing going on special. In the next couple of days, I will be posting the July highlights and also a post that I have been working on regarding the age of some of the Opry's members and what the future might hold.
Looking at this weekend's shows, there is the usual 1 show on Friday night and 1 show on Saturday night. And compared what we have seen some weeks, these shows look pretty good. Friday night will feature Marty Stuart, Ricky Skaggs, The Isaacs, Darius Rucker and Rodney Atkins among others.
On Saturday night, Opry members Steve Wariner and Joe Diffie will be joined by Jimmy Wayne and Troy Olsen, along with the North American Irish Dance Champions. With these dancers being placed in the spot where the Opry Square Dancers are usually at, it means that we will only have the regular dancers on for the opening spot.
Here are the line ups:
Friday July 1
7:00 Mike Snider(host); Jesse McReynolds; the JaneDear girls
7:30 Jimmy Dickens(host); The Isaacs; Rodney Atkins
8:15 Bill Anderson(host); Connie Smith; The Whites; Ricky Skaggs
8:45 Marty Stuart(host); Darius Rucker; ACM Lifting Lives Music Campers
Saturday July 2
7:00 Opry Square Dancers; Jimmy Dickens(host); Jeannie Seely; Troy Olsen
7:30 Mike Snider(host); Jim Ed Brown; Jimmy C Newman; Jimmy Wayne
8:15 Steve Wariner(host); Jack Greene; Riders In The Sky; North American Irish Dance Champions
8:45 Bill Anderson(host); Bobby Osborne & Rocky Top X-Press; Joe Diffie
The host of this week's Ernest Tubb Midnight Jamboree will be Stonewall Jackson. Great to see that Stonewall will be hosting, but I also notice that Stonewall will not be on the Opry. In fact, so far this year, he has only made 2 Opry appearances, the last coming on April 9. We need for Stonewall to be able to get back to the Opry stage.
Finally, here is the line up for the Tuesday Night Opry on July 5:
7:00 The Whites; Josh Thompson
7:30 Bobby Osborne & Rocky Top X-Press; Exile
8:15 Bill Anderson; Mandy Barnett
8:45 Jimmy Dickens; Marty Stuart
Again, not a bad show.