Update #2: Connie Smith is off the schedule on Friday night and Connie Smith has been added, while Jean Shepard has cancelled for Saturday night with Jan Howard added.
Update #1: Holly Williams has been added on Saturday night.
There Grand Ole Opry has posted the line ups for the 2 shows this weekend. Of interest is the fact that while the Friday Night Opry is at the Opry House, the Saturday Grand Ole Opry is at the Ryman Auditorium.
This week's line up is highlighted by the return of Opry member Mel Tillis, who will be at both shows this weekend. Appearing with Mel on Friday night will be Opry members Montgomery Gentry, while non-Opry member (and who should be an Opry member), Rhonda Vincent will also be on. This weekends newcomer who will be making his first Opry appearance will be Dustin Lynch.
Saturday night's show, in addition to Mel, will feature popular Opry guests Darryl Worley, Mark Wills and Exile.
Jimmy Dickens and Jean Shepard, both of whom cancelled out last Saturday night, are scheduled for this weekend. Jimmy is set for both shows, and in somewhat of a surprise, Jean is scheduled for Saturday night. While mentioning these two veteran performers, 2012 has been off to a rough start for a couple more of the Opry's veterans. Neither Stu Phillips, Stonewall Jackson or Jack Greene has made an Opry appearance since the first of the year. Stonewall is scheduled to be the host of the Midnight Jamboree next weekend. And speaking of the Ernest Tubb Midnight Jamboree, Ronnie Milsap is scheduled to be the host for this week's show, yet he is not scheduled for the Opry. I hope that is Ronnie's choice and not the Opry's.
Friday March 2
7:00: John Conlee (host); The Whites; Dustin Lynch
7:30: Jimmy Dickens (host); Jimmy C Newman; Rhonda Vincent
8:15: Bill Anderson (host); Jeannie Seely; Gloriana
8:45: Mel Tillis (host); Jesse McReynolds; Montgomery Gentry
Saturday March 3
7:00: Jimmy Dickens (host); Mike Snider; Holly Williams
7:30: Jeannie Seely (host); Jim Ed Brown; Darryl Worley
8:15: Mel Tillis (host); Jan Howard; Mark Wills; Opry Square Dancers
8:45: Bill Anderson (host); Bobby Osborne & Rocky Top X-Press; Exile
That is 12 artists on Friday night of whom 9 are Opry members, while 12 are scheduled for Saturday night of whom 8 are Opry members.
On a final note, recently I received an email from the Opry, and if you are on the Opry's email list, I am sure you received it also, an offer for $10 off Opry tickets to shows through April. (if I have the offer right). If you go on the Opry's website for upcoming shows, you will see now that they have listed a number of shows where the discounts do not apply. Of course, those shows feature stars such as Keith Urban, Vince Gill, Alison Krauss, Brad Paisley, Dierks Bentley, and other big named talent. I guess what the Opry is saying is that there are some shows that are not going to be very good and not worth full price, so we are going to offer you a discount to buy tickets to those shows!! Not so sure about that move.