Thursday, July 21, 2011

Grand Ole Opry Line Up 7/22 & 7/23-Update #1

Update #1-Johnny Rivers has been added to the 2nd show on Saturday night. Since I know of no other Johnny Rivers, I assume this is the "legendary" Johnny Rivers. Nice addition to the show.

The hot summer in Nashville continues and the Grand Ole Opry has posted the line up for this weekends shows. Following the July schedule at the Opry, there is one show scheduled on Friday night and two shows scheduled for Saturday night. Regarding Saturday nights show, Loretta Lynn was originally scheduled to perform, but has cancelled out due to a heat related condition. She also cancelled a couple of shows this past weekend. She is scheduled to do the Opry next Saturday night.

Friday night looks like the stronger of the two nights. Larry Gatlin is almost becoming an Opry regular again, and will be hosting a segment on Friday. Also appearing will be Opry members Josh Turner and Diamond Rio. Saturday night will feature the return of Point Of Grace. This female gospel trio has made several Opry appearances this past year. Also on Saturday night will be bluegrass favorites The Grascals, along with Holly Williams and Monte Warden, who will be on both nights.

Friday July 22
7:00: Jim Ed Brown(host); Jimmy C Newman; Connie Smith; Matt Kennon
7:30: Jimmy Dickens(host); Jesse McReynolds; Diamond Rio
8:15: Larry Gatlin(host); Jeannie Seely; Monte Warden
8:45: John Conlee(host); Ray Pillow; Josh Turner

Saturday July 23
First Show
7:00: Jimmy Dickens(host); Jimmy C Newman; Holly Williams
7:30: Jim Ed Brown(host); Connie Smith; Monte Warden
8:00: Jeannie Seely(host); Jack Greene; The Grascals; Opry Square Dancers
8:30: John Conlee(host); The Whites; Point Of Grace

Second Show
9:30: Jimmy Dickens(host); Bobby Osborne & Rocky Top X-Press; Holly Williams
10:00: Jeannie Seely(host); Jack Greene; Johnny Rivers; Monte Warden
10:30: Jim Ed Brown(host); Jan Howard; The Grascals; Opry Square Dancers
11:00; John Conlee(host); The Whites; Point Of Grace

Here is the schedule for the Tuesday Night Opry, July 26:
7:00: Jim Ed Brown; Josh Thompson
7:30: Jimmy C Newman; Pam Tillis
8:15: Jean Shepard; Michael W. Smith
8:45: Jimmy Dickens; Ricky Skaggs

Finally, my friend Teea Goans will be hosting this weeks Ernest Tubb Midnight Jamboree. Teea of course, is the host of "Inside the Opry Circle", which will be on WSM between the Opry shows on Saturday night. She also has a great CD out, which I have in my collection and I highly recommend.


  1. Very nice Friday Night Opry last night. Each time I hear Larry Gatlin on and hosting a segment, I am really impressed with the job that he does. I am glad that he seems to be doing the Opry more often.

  2. I didn't get to hear the second hour, but Larry really seems to enjoy bantering with the audience and the announcer, in this case Eddie Stubbs. That's nice to see. The Potato thought he was introducing Bobby Osborne when it turned out to be Jesse McReynolds, and his voice was a bit scratchy, but he seemed to be doing well. I wonder when he's going on tour with the Oak Ridge Boys!

  3. Jimmy did not sound good at all on Friday night, and I have to tell you, he sounded a lot worse during the first show on Saturday. When he was singing his ballad, he forgot the words and lost his place in the song. Listening to it on the radio, I was worried for a couple of seconds until he started singing again. On the second show, he sounded a little better.