Thursday, April 12, 2012

Grand Ole Opry 4/13 & 4/14

The Grand Ole Opry has posted the schedules for the shows this weekend. There will be one show on Friday night and two shows on Saturday night. I am headed down to the Opry this weekend and will be at the shows, so as usual, I will offer my observations when I get back on Monday.

As far as this weekend's shows, Opry member Ricky Skaggs will be featured on all 3 shows this weekend. He will be joined on both nights by Opry members Bill Anderson, Jimmy Dickens, Jeannie Seely, Connie Smith and The Whites, while non-Opry members Gary Morris Hunter Hayes will join them.

The Friday Night Opry will feature the Opry debut of Jana Kramer, the latest in a long line of new artists who have been making their initial Opry appearances, while Friday's show will also feature Thompson Square. Saturday's Grand Ole Opry will feature Opry member Craig Morgan and guest artists Lonestar and Suzy Bogguss.

Friday April 13
7:00: Jeannie Seely (host); Connie Smith; Jana Kramer
7:30: Jimmy Dickens (host); Jesse McReynolds; Hunter Hayes
8:15: Bill Anderson (host); Bobby Osborne & The Rocky Top X-Press; Thompson Square
8:45: Ricky Skaggs (host); The Whites; Gary Morris

Saturday April 14
1st show
7:00: Jimmy Dickens (host); Jimmy C Newman; Lonestar
7:30: Jeannie Seely (host); Gary Morris; Hunter Hayes
8:00: Ricky Skaggs (host); The Whites; Suzy Bogguss; Opry Square Dancers
8:30: Bill Anderson (host); Connie Smith; Craig Morgan

2nd show
9:30: Jimmy Dickens (host); Jimmy C Newman; Lonestar
10:00: Jeannie Seely (host); Gary Morris; Craig Morgan
10:30: Ricky Skaggs (host); The Whites; Hunter Hayes; Opry Square Dancers
11:00: Bill Anderson (host); Connie Smith; Suzy Bogguss

That comes out to 12 artists for each of the 3 show, with 8 Opry members on each show.

The Ernest Tubb Midnight Jamboree will be hosted by Riders In The Sky.

The Opry has also posted the line-up for the Tuesday Night Opry, which will feature Martina McBride.

7:00: Jim Ed Brown; Josh Abbott Band
7:30: Jimmy Dickens; Aaron Tippin
8:15: Bill Anderson; Diamond Rio
8:45: Martina McBride


  1. The illogic in not having the Midnight Jamboree hosts on the Opry is stunning.

  2. Just noticed on the Ernest Tubb website that the Riders in the Sky are NOT hosting this week. That's disappointing, as my wife and I were planning on driving up to see the Jamboree (as I've never gotten to see them in person besides at the Opry). They are one of my favorite Opry groups.

  3. Thanks Robert. Must have been a last minute thing as I see no host announced yet, that they are looking.

  4. I'm with Michael.

  5. Bobby G. Rice is going to host the Ernest Tubb Midnight Jamboree tonight. We shall see, but I know there are people who were hoping to see Riders In The Sky.

    Back in the day, there was always cross-promotion between Ernest Tubb Records and the Opry. Of course, most of the hosts of the Midnight Jamboree, if not Ernest or Justin Tubb, were Opry members, especially Charlie Louvin, who I believe hosted the show more than anyone else other the the Tubbs. But, those days are long past.

    Anyways, a pretty good Opry show last night. More to come.


  6. Why with only 3 artists on a segment, does the newest hall of fame member, Connie Smith, only get to sing one song?

  7. Linda, I agree. And, she was not the only legend to get cut to one song. Jimmy C Newman also did only 1 on each show and on Friday night, Jesse McReynolds and Bobby Osborne each only got 1 song.

    I know during the first show on Saturday, they were running way long on time, and in fact Suzy Bogguss was also cut to 1 song.

    I will have some more observations on my weekend in Nashville in an upcoming post.

    1. Can't wait. Let us know if anything popped up about the night the 'Opry wasn't "live from Nashville."