The Grand Ole Opry has posted the schedule for the shows this weekend. There is 1 show on Friday night and 2 shows on Saturday night, along with the Tuesday Night Opry.
This weekend marks the return of Marty Stuart to the Opry stage. His last appearance was way back in July, which is not the norm for someone who has supported the Opry so strongly over the years. I know there was some speculation if there was an issue between Marty and the Opry's management, but there is nothing that I have heard of. Marty is scheduled to host on all 3 shows this weekend.
Joining Marty on Friday night will be Opry members Ricky Skaggs and Joe Diffie, along with Opry favorites Restless Heart. Also booked for the Friday night show are a couple of newcomers, Dustin Lynch and Mallary Hope.
Saturday night's show featured non-Opry members Exile, The Grascals and Frankie Ballard. Also appearing on Saturday night is Yuki Miyamae. Yes, I had to look her up and she is a female singer from Japan and from her YouTube video, I was not terribly impressed. Her website is written in Japanese, so I was unable to gain anything from that. And then you have The Dirt Drifters, who like Yuki, will be making their Opry debut.
Missing from the shows this weekend is Jimmy Dickens, who cancelled out of the Tuesday night Opry, while Jean Shepard and Jack Greene also are not scheduled.
Friday March 23
7:00: Ricky Skaggs (host); The Whites; Mallary Hope
7:30: Mike Snider (host); Jimmy C Newman; Joe Diffie
8:15: Bill Anderson (host); Bobby Osborne & The Rocky Top X-Press; Restless Heart
8:45: Marty Stuart (host); Dustin Lynch; Connie Smith
Saturday March 24
7:00: Mike Snider (host); Jimmy C Newman; Frankie Ballard
7:30: Jeannie Seely (host); Yuki Miyamae; The Dirt Drifters
8:00: Marty Stuart (host); Connie Smith; The Grascals; Opry Square Dancers
8:30: Bill Anderson (host); Jim Ed Brown; Exile
9:30: Jeannie Seely (host); The Whites; Frankie Ballard
10:00: Ray Pillow (host); Yuki Miyamae; The Dirt Drifters
10:30: Marty Stuart (host); Connie Smith; The Grascals; Opry Square Dancers
11:00: Bill Anderson (host); Jim Ed Brown; Exile
Yes, Ray Pillow is back on the Opry this weekend and is hosting a segment. That is a surprise to me as Jim Ed Brown is available and could have hosted a segment. Ray is usually the person they go to when there is no one else available in their ususal rotation of segment hosts.
All 3 shows this weekend have 12 artists booked, of whom 9 are Opry members on Friday night and 7 are Opry members on each show Saturday night. Also, Jim Ed Brown will be the host of this week's Ernest Tubb Midnight Jamboree.
Finally, here is the line up for the Tuesday Night Opry on March 27, and this show will be a sellout:
7:00: Jim Ed Brown
7:30: Steep Canyon Rangers; Connie Smith
8:15: Del McCoury Band; Dierks Bentley; Carrie Underwood
All but 1 are Opry members and it is nice to see Carrie back on the Opry.