The Grand Ole Opry has posted the line-up for the 2 shows this weekend. The line-ups are pretty solid, with the Friday Night Opry featuring Opry members Josh Turner and Craig Morgan. What is interesting for Friday is that Craig will be hosting a segment, which I believe is the 1st time that he has had the opportunity. Also appearing on Friday night will be non-members The Black Lillies, along with newcomer Chris Janson.
Saturday's Grand Ole Opry will feature guest artists The Grascals, who I believe would make good Opry members, Jenn Bostic, and country music veteran Collin Raye. Appearing on both nights again this weekend is Ricky Skaggs, who seems to have taken up temporary residence at the Opry as he continues his string of 2013 Opry appearances. Missing again this weekend is Jimmy Dickens, with nothing new to report regarding Jimmy.
Friday February 15
7:00: John Conlee (host); Chris Janson; Jean Shepard; Bobby Osborne & The Rocky Top X-Press
7:30: Jeannie Seely (host); George Hamilton IV; Josh Turner
8:15: Craig Morgan (host); Jim Ed Brown; Riders In The Sky
8:45: Ricky Skaggs (host); The Whites; The Black Lillies
Saturday February 16
7:00: John Conlee (host); Greg Bates: Jesse McReynolds
7:30: Riders In The Sky (host); Connie Smith; The Grascals
8:15: Bill Anderson (host); Jimmy C Newman; Jenn Bostic; Opry Square Dancers
8:45: Ricky Skaggs (host); The Whites; Collin Raye
Out of the 13 acts on Friday night, 11 are Opry members, while 8 of the 12 acts on Saturday night belong to the Opry. As an Opry fan, it is tough to see just one show on Saturday night and such few Opry members on the schedule. The Ernest Tubb Midnight Jamboree will feature George Hamilton IV this weekend.
This week's look back at Grand Ole Opry history takes us back to Saturday February 15, 1947, 66 years ago this weekend. This one obviously goes way, way back and Eddy Arnold was still a member of the Opry at this time. It was also the Opry anniversary of The Andrew Brothers, who joined the Opry on February 18, 1939. That show would have marked their 8th year as an Opry member.
February 15, 1947
Eddy Arnold: Just Because
Oklahoma Wranglers: Farther and Farther Apart
Rod Brasfield: Jokes
Uncle Dave Macon and Dorris: Bill Bailey
Eddy Arnold: Mother the Queen of My Heart
Jamup and Honey: Jokes
Zeke Clements: Am I Too Late
Lonzo and Oscar: Green Back Dollar
Crook Brothers: Sally Goodin
Eddy Arnold: What Is Live Without Love
8:30: Warren Paint & Color Co.
Paul Howard: I Can't Go On This Way
Lew Childre: Alabamy Bound
Bill Monroe: Blue Moon of Kentucky
Milton Estes: Good Old Mountain Dew
Clyde Moody: Shenandoah Waltz
Lew and Stringbean: The Martins and the Coys
Jimmy Salph: Writing Your Darling Through Tears
Possum Hunters: Stoney Point
Robert Lunn: Robert Lunn Blues
Jimmy Walker: No One Will Ever Know
Bill Monroe: True Life Blues
9:00: Royal Crown
Golden West Cowboys: Steel Guitar Rag
Fruit Jar Drinkers: Leather Britches
Cowboy Copas: Divorce Me C.O.D.
Texas Ruby: Dear Old Southern Home
Johnny and Jack: This World Can't Stand Long
Bradley Kincaid: Old Smokey
Annie Lou and Danny: Ragtime Cowboy Joe
Cowboy Copas: Tragic Romance
York Brothers: Rainbow at Midnight
Shorty Boyd: Flower of Texas
9:30: Prince Albert
Red Foley: Tennessee Central No.9
Oak Ridge Quarter: I'm In His Care
Duke of Paducah: Jokes
Curley Fox: Whoa Mule Whoa
Red Foley: Old Shep
Grandpa Jones: Gathering Flowers from the Hillside
Minnie Pearl: Jokes
Old Timers Quartet: Oh You Beautiful Doll
Red Foley: One Step More
Breakdown: Skip to My Lou
Chubby: Fire on the Mountain
Lester and Bill: No One Will Take You From Me
Quartet: Shining Path
Marie and Clyde: Railroad Boomer
Bill Monroe: Little Joe
Paul Howard: With Tears In My Eyes
Uncle Dave Macon and Dorris: In the Sweet Bye and Bye
Clyde Moody: Leaf of Love
Possom Hunters: Miss Sally
Zeke Clements: I'll Face the World with a Smile
10:30: Cherokee Mills
Texas Ruby: Foggy River
Bradley Kincaid: Swapping Song
Lazy Jim Day: To Be Selected
York Brothers: A Love That Ended Too Soon
Curley Fox: Black Mountain Rag
10:45: Southern Agriculture
Milton Estes: There's A Big Rock in the Road
Lew and Stringbean: John Henry
Johnny and Jack: To Be Selected
Crook Brothers: Will The Circle Be Unbroken
Milton Estes: Say You'll Be Mine
11:00: Eddy Arnold Songbook
Eddy Arnold: Chained to a Memory
Lily Belle: A Face I See at Evening
Lonzo and Oscar: Jole Blonde
Eddy Arnold: So Sure There's No Mistake
11:15: Ernest Tubb Songbook
Ernest Tubb: Two Wrongs Don't Make A Right
Dot and Smokey: Columbus Stockade Blues
Jimmy and Leon: You Gotta Pay the Fiddler
Ernest Tubb: Forth Worth Jail
Golden West Cowboys: Kentucky Waltz
Oklahoma Wranglers: El Rancho Grande
Gully Jumpers: Breakdown in D
Kirk McGee: Golden River
Golden West Cowboys: Nashville Blues
11:45: Michigan Bulb
Wally Fowler: Plowing in the New Ground
Jimmy Walker: Tear Stains on My Letter
Fruit Jar Drinkers: Rabbit Where is your Mommy
Andrews Brothers: Mother's Only Sleeping
Wally Fowler: I Got Faith
Fruit Jar Drinkers: Dixie-Home Sweet Home
A couple of Opry notes from this time period:
>There was no Roy Acuff on the Opry during this period as this was when he had "quit" the Opry and went on tour. Red Foley had replaced Roy as the host of the Prince Albert show.
>The Golden West Cowboys were headed by Pee Wee King, a future Hall of Fame member.
>Interesting that even then, Kirk McGee was scheduled in a later slot. Years later, he would complain about the Opry putting him on so late.
>The Oklahoma Wranglers was of course, the original name for the Willis Brothers, long-time Opry members.
>Interesting that Ernest Tubb was scheduled for only 1 later segment, of which he sponsored himself.
>Rod Brasfield and Minnie Pearl received just one slot.
>Nice to see such old-times as Uncle Dave Macon and Bradley Kincaid on the show.
A nice look back.