Thursday, September 29, 2011

Grand Ole Opry 9/30 & 10/1

The big news at the Opry this week was that Rascal Flatts will be the Opry's newest members. That will happen next Saturday night, along with the Opry's Birthday Celebration, but in looking at this weekend, on Saturday night they go back to having 2 shows, which will continue through October. While the line ups are not terrible this weekend, I don't know if what they have for Saturday is worthy of 2 shows.

Saturday night's Grand Ole Opry will feature Sarah Darling and James Wesley returning to the Opry stage. Also country music veteran T.G. Shepard will be on, along with Laura Bell Bundy, whose Opry appearances always seem to be out on the edge. This week's Opry newcomer, making his first appearance on the Opry will be Jason Jones. He has a digital single out and is working on his first album.

The Friday Night Opry will feature the return of The McClymonts, who made their Opry debut several weeks back. Also, Josh Kelley and Exile will be on the show, along with Opry favorite Rebecca Lynn Howard.

Friday September 30
7:00: Mike Snider (host); Jimmy C Newman
7:30: Jimmy Dickens (host); Jesse McReynolds; The McClymonts
8:15: The Whites (host); Rebecca Lynn Howard; Josh Kelley
8:45: Jim Ed Brown (host); T.G. Shepard; Exile

Saturday October 1
First Show
7:00: Jimmy Dickens (host); Jimmy C Newman; Jason Jones
7:30: Jeannie Seely (host); Jack Greene; Sarah Darling
8:00: Jean Shepard (host); Bobby Osborne & Rocky Top X-Press; James Wesley; Opry Square Dancers
8:30: Jim Ed Brown (host); Laura Bell Bundy; T.G. Shepard

Second Show
9:30: Jimmy Dickens (host); The Whites; Jason Jones
10:00: Jeannie Seely; Grand Master Fiddle Champion; Sarah Darling
10:30: Jean Shepard (host); Bobby Osborne & Rocky Top X-Press; James Wesley; Opry Square Dancers
11:00: Jim Ed Brown (host); Laura Bell Bundy; T.G. Shepard

As I do each week, for those counting at home, on Friday night, there are currently 11 acts scheduled, with 1 more to add, of which only 6 are Opry members. My comment is that the Opry has 65+ members, and Pete Fisher could only round up 6?

On Saturday night, each show features 12 acts, of which 7 are Opry members for the 1st show and 6 are Opry members on the 2nd show. My same comment that I made regarding Friday night applies to Saturday night.

The big news at the Opry for this week's shows, is the Tuesday night Opry, where the line up is "loaded". (If there was ever a night for 2 shows, it would be Tuesday). Based on how the line up has been posted, I would say that the 2nd half of the show is being set up for a TV taping, to be shown later on GAC.

7:00: Craig Morgan; Josh Turner
7:30: Jimmy Dickens; Carrie Underwood
8:15: Randy Travis; John Anderson; Carrie Underwood
8:45: Josh Turner; Joe Stampley; Connie Smith; Gene Watson

That is 9 artists of whom 6 are Opry members and the other 3 are country music veterans.

In the coming weeks, there are some very strong shows coming to the Opry as they continue to celebrate their birthday the entire month of October.

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