Thursday, May 10, 2012

Grand Ole Opry 5/11 & 5/12

The Grand Ole Opry has posted their line-up for the 3 shows this weekend. There is 1 show on Friday night and 2 shows on Saturday night. The big attraction this weekend is the return of Carrie Underwood and Brad Paisley to the Opry stage, as they both will be performing on Saturday night. In addition to those 2 stars, American Idol contestant Scotty McCreery will be on, along with John, Johnathan & Nathan McEuen.

The Friday Night Opry will feature Opry members Joe Diffie, Del McCoury, Diamond Rio and Charlie Daniels. In addition, Jimmy Dickens is scheduled for all 3 shows this weekend. After missing the past several weeks, he did make it back for the Tuesday Night Opry and appears ready to go for this weekend. His voice sounded much better and he looked fine.

Friday May 11
7:00: Jeannie Seely (host); The Whites; Joe Diffie
7:30: Jimmy Dickens (host); George Hamilton IV; Del McCoury Band
8:15: Bill Anderson (host); Jan Howard; Jimmy C Newman; Diamond Rio
8:45: Mike Snider (host); Country Current; Charlie Daniels Band

That comes out to 13 artists on Friday night, with 12 of those being Opry members.

Saturday May 12
1st show
7:00: Opry Square Dancers; Jimmy Dickens (host); Kristen Kelly
7:30: Mike Snider (host); John, Johnathan & Nathan McEuen; Scotty McCreery
8:00: Bill Anderson (host); Carrie Underwood
8:30: Jim Ed Brown (host); Love and Theft; Brad Paisley

2nd show
9:30: Opry Square Dancers; Jimmy Dickens (host); Brad Paisley
10:00: Jeannie Seely (host); Bobby Osborne & Rocky Top X-Press; Carrie Underwood
10:30: Bill Anderson (host); John, Jonathan & Nathan McEuen; Kristen Kelly
11:00: Jim Ed Brown (host); Love and Theft; Scotty McCreery

For Saturday night, that comes out to 10 artists on show 1 and 11 on the 2nd show, with just 6 Opry members on the 1show show and 7 on the 2nd show. The one thing that I notice is that when the Opry has several big names on a weekend show, they tend to reduce the number of acts on the show, with the basic reason that they are allowing the big names to sing an extra song to satisfy those who came to the show.

Overall, 3 very good shows this weekend and all worth the ticket price.

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