Wednesday, October 19, 2011

Grand Ole Opry Schedule 10/21 & 10/22--Updated

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

1st show:
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

2nd show
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


  1. hey fayfare jimmy dickens will not travel outside of nashville anymore he will still perform at the opry but not doing any road shows anymore

  2. Joey+Rory posted a picture on their facebook earlier this week from the latest Country Family Reunion taping and it looked like Jean Shepard might have been in a wheelchair. Hopefully it is only something temporary.

  3. Hate to see a whole hour of the Grand Ole Opry with only one Opry member. I wouldn't even call that a Grand Ole Opry show. I think they forgot that the Opry is a radio show with an actual cast. That's what I liked about the TNN Opry Live... They merely aired a snapshot of a live radio show taking place. There's something magical about witnessing live radio unfold on television like they presented it. Even the small details like hearing the radio advertisements bleed over to the television broadcast as they were cutting away to their own commercials. PBS also did a good job presenting the Opry on tv back in the 70's. If it weren't for the barn backdrop, I wouldn't even know what I was watching

  4. You are so right about TNN and the old days of television. I have said it before but when the Opry is on GAC and you are in the Opry House for the show, it seems like it is 2 separate shows that are not connected. The 1st hour, which seems like the Opry, then a break, and then the 2nd hour, which seems like nothing more than a "made for television event." Of course, that is what it is.

  5. While I will not talk about specific health problems of Opry members on the blog, I can tell you that Jean Shepard hosted her segment on the Opry last weekend while seated on a stool. She sounded great.