After the Opry induction of Keith Urban last weekend, things are back to normal at the Grand Ole Opry as they have posted their line-up for the 3 shows this weekend. Actually, they have posted their 2nd line-up for the weekend as after the first one went up, Jimmy Dickens cancelled out for all 3 shows this weekend, making for an immediate change.
The biggest was that on Saturday night for both shows, they turned the first segment into an hour, with Mike Snider hosting on both shows. I find that amazing that they either didn't have enough hosts available for 4 segments or enough artists to fill 4 segments, take your pick. My thought regarding the hosts is that on Saturday night, both The Whites and Diamond Rio are on both shows, and they are certainly capable of hosting a segment. As far as the other thought of not enough talent for 4 segments, there are only 11 artists scheduled for both shows, so there might be something to that one.
After pretty good line-ups last weekend, the shows this weekend are not as strong. The Friday Night Opry will feature Opry members Larry Gatlin & The Gatlin Brothers and Del McCoury, along with non-Opry members Will Hoge, Sarah Darling and John Michael Montgomery. In addition to those already mentioned, the Grand Ole Opry on Saturday night will feature non-members Tyler Farr, George Ducas and Chuck Mead & His Grassy Knoll Boys, who I will say are very entertaining. They have a new album out that is pretty good.
Friday April 27
7:00: John Conlee (host); Jesse McReynolds; Greg Bates
7:30: Ray Pillow (host); Sarah Darling; Del McCoury Band
8:15: Mike Snider (host); The Whites; John Michael Montgomery
8:45: Larry Gatlin & The Gatlin Brothers (host); Will Hoge; Connie Smith
Saturday April 28
7:00: Mike Snider (host); The Whites; Tyler Farr; George Ducas; Diamond Rio
8:00: Jean Shepard (host); Bobby Osborne & The Rocky Top X-Press; Sarah Darling; Opry Square Dancers
8:30: John Conlee (host); Mallary Hope; Chuck Mead & His Grassy Knoll Boys
9:30: Mike Snider (host); The Whites; Tyler Farr; George Ducas; Diamond Rio
10:30: Jean Shepard (host); Jan Howard; Sarah Darling; Opry Square Dancers
11:00: John Conlee (host); Mallary Hope; Chuck Mead & His Grassy Knoll Boys
For Friday night, that comes out to 12 acts of whom 8 are Opry members, while the 2 Saturday shows have 11 acts of whom 6 are Opry members. Only 6 Opry members on an Opry show!! That is shameful.
The Ernest Tubb Midnight Jamboree will be hosted by Bobby Osborne.
The Tuesday Night Opry on May 1 will feature the following line-up:
7:00: Jimmy C Newman; Dustin Lynch
7:30: Jimmy Dickens; Point Of Grace
8:15: Jean Shepard; Elizabeth Cook
8:45: John Conlee; Del McCoury Band