A couple of updates to the line up for this weekend. Doyle Lawson & Quicksilver along with Opry favorite guest artist Jimmy Wayne have been added for Saturday night. The updated line up is listed below.
The Grand Ole Opry has posted the line-ups for the shows this weekend. We are back to 1 show on Friday night and 1 show on Saturday night. The Friday Night Opry will feature Opry member Terri Clark, along with guest artists The Grascals, Canaan Smith and Darryl Worley, all of whom have made numerous Opry appearances.
The Grand Ole Opry on Saturday night will feature Kristen Kelly, another in the series of young talent that Pete Fisher has been bringing to the Opry. Elizabeth Cook will also be a guest on the Saturday show.
Friday May 4
7:00: Mike Snider (host); Connie Smith; Darryl Worley
7:30: George Hamilton IV (host); Jesse McReynolds; Canaan Smith
8:15: Bill Anderson (host); The Whites; Terri Clark
8:45: Jim Ed Brown (host); Jean Shepard; The Grascals
Saturday May 5
7:00: Mike Snider (host); Jimmy C Newman; Kristen Kelly
7:30: George Hamilton IV (host); The Whites; Doyle Lawson & Quicksilver
8:15: Jim Ed Brown (host); Bobby Osborne & The Rocky Top X-Presss; Elizabeth Cook; Opry Square Dancers
8:45: Bill Anderson (host); Connie Smith; Jimmy Wayne
I assume that they are going to fill the 2 spots that are empty. But to be honest, even with 2 additional artists, these are not very strong shows. I feel bad for those who have paid the top price for this weekend. Jimmy Dickens continues to be missing, although he is scheduled for the Tuesday Night Opry next week. Also, for those counting at home, Friday night there are 12 artists, of whom 9 are Opry members, and currently, there are 10 artists on Saturday night, of whom 8 are Opry members.
Tonight is the Opry Country Classics show and I wanted to mention it because the spotlight artist is Charlie Daniels, and among those scheduled are Ronny Robbins, the son of Marty Robbins, and Jim Glaser of Thompall and the Glaser Brothers, former Opry members. In additon to those, the show will also feature Jacob Lyda and Emily West, along with host Larry Gatlin.
The Tuesday Night Opry on May 8 will feature Opry member Alan Jackson. If he follows his normal pattern, this will be his 1 appearance for the year. He gets a half hour segment to himself and it will be filmed by GAC for their new Opry series. As far as GAC is concerned, at least they are doing the filming on a Tuesday night and not messing up the Saturday night show. Here is the line up for the Tuesday Night Opry:
7:00: Chris Young; Bill Anderson
7:30: Josh Thompson; Jimmy Dickens; Jimmy Wayne
8:15: Little Big Town; Thompson Square
8:45: Alan Jackson
A pretty good show, but they way they have Jimmy Dickens booked, it is almost as if they expect he will not make the show.
The Ernest Tubb Midnight Jamboree this week will feature a special show hosted by Glen Douglas Tubb and it will be the 65th anniversary for the Midnight Jamboree. Joining Glen will be his wife Dottie Snow Tubb, along with Leon Rhodes. And I am pretty sure there will be more.
On a final note, I am printing a couple of past Opry line-ups for everyone. The 1st one is from Saturday May 3, 1997, 15 years ago this weekend. This was the night that the Ernest Tubb Record Shop celebrated their 50th anniversary and I was in Nashville for the weekend. There were 2 shows on Saturday night.
6:30: Del Reeves (host); Jean Shepard
6:45: Grandpa Jones (host); Bill Carlisle
7:00: Mike Snider (host); Charlie Louvin; Billy Walker; Jeanne Pruett; The Whites
7:30: Porter Wagoner (host); Steve Wariner; Joe Diffie; Travis Tritt; Waylon Jennings
8:00: Bill Anderson (host); Jimmy C Newman; Oswald & Charlie; Connie Smith; Melvin Sloan Dancers/Opry Squaredance Band
8:30: Jimmy Dickens (host); Jack Greene; Justin Tubb; Loretta Lynn
9:30: Porter Wagoner (host); Steve Wariner; Joe Diffie; Travis Tritt; Waylon Jennings
10:00: Grandpa Jones (host); Loretta Lynn
10:15: Jimmy Dickens (host); The Whites
10:30: Bill Anderson (host); Jean Shepard
10:45: Mike Snider (host); Jeanne Pruett; Melvin Sloan Dancers/Opry Squaredance Band
11:00: The 4 Guys (host); George Hamilton IV; Jimmy C Newman; Del Reeves; Ray Pillow
11:30: Johnny Russell (host); Charlie Walker; Stu Phillips; Connie Smith
That comes out to 22 artists for each show. Of those, only Jean Shepard, Mike Snider, The Whites, Bill Anderson, Jimmy C Newman, George Hamilton IV and Connie Smith are on the shows this weekend.
Here is another line up. This one is from Saturday May 4, 1991, 21 years ago this weekend.
6:30: Jimmy Dickens (host); Wilma Lee Cooper
6:45: Grandpa Jones (host); Skeeter Davis; Bill Carlisle
7:00: Porter Wagoner (host); Jean Shepard; Billy Walker; Del Reeves; Jim & Jesse
7:30: Jack Greene (host); Ray Pillow; Shelley West; Travis Tritt
8:00: Roy Acuff (host); Connie Smith; Jimmy C Newman; Melvin Sloan Dancers/Opry Squaredance Band
8:30: Bill Anderson (host); 4 Guys; Jim Ed Brown; Charlie Louvin; The Whites
9:30: Porter Wagoner (host); George Hamilton IV; Jeannie Seely; Roy Drusky; Jan Howard
10:00: Grandpa Jones (host); Jean Shepard; Stonewall Jackson
10:15: Roy Acuff (host); Jim & Jesse
10:30: Bill Anderson (host); Del Reeves
10:45: Jimmy Dickens (host); Connie Smith; Melvin Sloan Dancers/Opry Squaredance Band
11:00: Jimmy C Newman (host); Justin Tubb; Charlie Walker; The Whites
11:30: Jim Ed Brown (host); Charlie Louvin; Bill Carlisle; 4 Guys
Hank Snow was scheduled for both shows but cancelled and Travis Tritt, who only did the 1st show, was not an Opry member at this time. As with the previous show I listed, there were 22 artists on each show. Of those, only Jean Shepard; Jesse McReynolds Connie Smith, Jimmy C Newman, Bill Anderson, Jim Ed Brown, The Whites and George Hamilton IV are scheduled this weekend.
It doesn't take much to see how far the Opry has fallen in the last decade.