The Grand Ole Opry has posted the schedule for this weekend's shows. The highlight this weekend will be the return of Opry member Dolly Parton to the Opry stage. Dolly, who is usually good for 1 or 2 appearances each year, will be making her first appearance of 2011 on Saturday night. Joining her will be Country Music Hall of Fame member Charlie McCoy and the Nitty Gritty Dirt Band. For the "youngsters" among the Opry's fans, Holly Willams and Bradley Gaskin will be featured.
The Friday Night Opry will feature frequent Opry visitors Jimmy Wayne, Mark Wills and Point Of Grace. All of these non-members have performed many times at the Opry over the past year. It seems that every weekend the Opry is featuring a newcomer and this week's candidate is Katie Armiger, who will also be on the Friday show. So far in her career, she has released 3 albums, of which only 1 has made the charts. She has also charted 2 singles.
Finally, as of Thursday evening, Jimmy Dickens is scheduled to be back this weekend. He missed last weekend's shows, along with the Tuesday Night Opry.
Friday September 23
7:00: John Conlee (host); The Whites; Jimmy Wayne
7:30: Jimmy Dickens (host); George Hamilton IV; Katie Armiger
8:15: Jean Shepard (host); Bobby Osborne & The Rocky Top X-Press; Point Of Grace
8:45: Mike Snider (host); Jim Ed Brown; Mark Wills
Saturday September 24
7:00: Jeannie Seely (host); Connie Smith; Bradley Gaskin
7:30: Jimmy Dickens (host); Jimmy C Newman; Nitty Gritty Dirt Band
8:15: Jean Shepard (host); Charlie McCoy; Holly Williams; Opry Square Dancers
8:45: Jim Ed Brown (host); Jesse McReynolds; Dolly Parton
For those keeping track at home, both the Friday and Saturday shows have 12 acts each, with 8 Opry members scheduled each night.
Finally, here is the line up for the Tuesday Night Opry, September 27:
7:00: The Whites; Brett Eldredge
7:30: Jimmy Dickens; Terri Clark
8:15: Larry Gatlin; Charlie Daniels Band
8:45: Rascal Flatts
A pretty good show for a Tuesday night.