Update: Joe Diffie was a last minute cancellation for Friday night. Rebecca Lynn Howard replaced him.
I know that I have been posting lineups from Opry shows in years past, and more of that will be coming as the Opry continues through its birthday month, but now is the time to get back to the present as the Grand Ole Opry has posted the lineup for the shows this weekend. As with previous weeks in October, there is 1 show on Friday night and 2 shows on Saturday.
Saturday night's show will feature the annual "Opry Goes Pink" as the show remembers those who have suffered from breast cancer and helps create aweness. Martina McBride will throw the switch and the Opry barn will be pink in color for the night. Martina will be on the first show only on Saturday, while Opry member Ronnie Milsap will be appearing on both shows. In addition, American Idol performer Lauren Alaina will be guesting, along with Jeff & Sheri Easter. The last hour of the show will be televised on GAC.
The Friday Night Opry will feature former Opry member and Country Music Hall of Famer Ray Price, who will also be the spotlight artist on the Thursday night Opry Country Classics show. Also appearing on Friday night will be Opry member Joe Diffie, along with non-members Mountain Heart and Whitney Duncan.
Friday October 21
7:00 Jeannie Seely (host): Jimmy C Newman; Jim Ed Brown; Rebecca Lynn Howard
7:30 Jimmy Dickens (host): Bobby Osborne & The Rocky Top X-Press; Mandy Barnett
8:15 Riders In The Sky (host): The Whites; Mountain Heart
8:45 Mike Snider (host): Whitney Duncan; Ray Price
Saturday October 22
7:00 Jimmy Dickens (host); Mike Snider; Jeff & Sheri Easter
7:30 Bill Anderson (host); Connie Smith; Ronnie Milsap
8:00 Lauren Alaina; Edens Edge; Kellie Pickler; Martina McBride
9:30 Jimmy Dickens (host); The Whites; Kellie Pickler
10:00 Mike Snider (host); Edens Edge; Ronnie Milsap
10:30 Bill Anderson (host); Jeannie Seely; Lauren Alaina; Opry Square Dancers
11:00 Riders In The Sky (host); Jesse McReynolds; Connie Smith; Jeff & Sheri Easter
That comes to 13 artists on Friday night (wow, up from the usual 12), of whom 9 are Opry members. The 1st show on Saturday night is down to 10 artists, of whom only 6 are Opry members. The 2nd Saturday show is back up to 13 artists, with 9 Opry members. And, on the 1st show the square dancers only get the opening slot.
The Ernest Tubb Midnight Jamboree will feature Georgette Jones has the host. That should be a good show. Of course, she should be on the Opry that night, but no go.
Opry Country Classics on Thursday October 20 will have Ray Price as the spotlight artist. Here is that lineup:
Host: Bill Cody
Spotlight Artist: Ray Price
Also Appearing: Jim Ed Brown; Charlie McCoy; Chuck Mead; Jeannie C. Riley; The Whites; Holly Williams
And, finally, the line up for the Tuesday Night Opry, October 25th has been posted. That show will feature Keith Urban.
7:00 John Conlee; Kip Moore
7:30 Jimmy Dickens; Sunny Sweeney
8:15 Bill Anderson; Little Big Town
8:45 Keith Urban