The final weekend of July is upon us and with it, the Opry goes back to the schedule of only one show on Saturday night to go along with the one show on Friday night. Frankly, with the line ups that the Opry has had over the month of July, only one show on Saturday night is needed as attendance for the 2nd show has been pretty low.
This week's Opry will feature the return of Opry member Loretta Lynn, as she will be appearing on the Opry Saturday night. She will be joined guest artists Dailey & Vincent, James Otto and Mark Wills. The Friday Night Opry will feature Juice Netwon, along with Steve Holy and Bo Bice. Also appearing on both nights this weekend will be Ralph Stanley and all of his Clinch Mountain Boys.
Friday July 29
7:00: Riders In The Sky(host); George Hamilton IV; Bo Bice
7:30: Jimmy Dickens(host); Jesse McReynolds; Steve Holy
8:15: Jeannie Seely(host); Jack Greene; Juice Newton
8:45: Pam Tillis(host); Jean Shepard; The Whites; Ralph Stanley
Saturday July 30
7:00: Jimmy Dickens(host); Jimmy C Newman; James Otto
7:30: Jean Shepard(host); Jan Howard; The Whites; Dailey & Vincent
8:15: Jim Ed Brown(host); Ralph Stanley; Mark Wills
8:45: Riders In The Sky(host); Bobby Osborne & Rocky Top X-Press; Loretta Lynn
I will say that with only 1 show on Friday night and 1 show on Saturday night, and with the shows being only 2 hours long, it really cuts down on the slots for the Opry's veterans.
The next couple of weeks, the Opry has a couple of special events scheduled. On August 6, the Oak Ridge Boys will become the Opry's newest members. Nothing as been announced so far to indicate who will be handling the official induction, but there are a number of people who could do it.
On August 13, Vince Gill will be celebrating his 20th anniversary as an Opry member. The line up is loaded for that night.
Finally, Rex Allen, Jr. will be the host for this weeks Ernest Tubb Midnight Jamboree. He has been around the music business for a long time and it should be a great show.