The following is the line-up for the Tuesday Night Opry on June 11th. Overall, it looks like another solid show with Rascal Flatts and Dailey & Vincent among the headliners.
7:00: Josh Thompson; Connie Smith
7:30: Dailey & Vincent; Diamond Rio
8:15: Riders In The Sky; Sara Haze
8:45: Rascal Flatts
Just a couple of Opry notes and thoughts:
The Opry had a great week last week with a number of sold-out shows along with some solid line-ups. I was able to listen off and on over the weekend. Friday Night Carrie Underwood was honored for 5 years of Opry membership. She received the big cake backstage prior to the shows, both of wish were sold-out. Saturday night, it was all Hall of Famers hosting. Roy Clark sounded a little rough and he has had voice issues over the past several years. But his guitar playing is still 1st rate and he is a fine host. Mel Tillis was fantastic all weekend. Like Roy, his voice started to falter a bit as the weekend went on, but he does such a fine job hosting. And Charley Pride will always be Charley Pride. What I mean by that is you will get a first rate performance and you never know what he will say when hosting. Overall, the weekend was a good mix of legends and Hall of Famers, established stars, the hot stars of today, along with several new faces. It is that kind of variety that keeps the Opry vibrant.
As far as upcoming shows, this upcoming weekend Patty Loveless will be celebrating 25 years as a member of the Grand Ole Opry. Joining her this weekend will be a couple of Hall of Fame members in Vince Gill and Loretta Lynn, along with a few others.
Carrie Underwood was committed to Opry shows on Friday and Saturday July 5th and 6th. In anticipation of what will probably be sold out shows and a high demand for tickets, the Opry has already scheduled 2 shows on each of those nights. While I wish there were 2 shows each night, I am glad that when the line-up and ticket demand is worth it, the Opry will schedule a 2nd. Joining her on those nights will be another of the hot acts in country music today. The Band Perry.
Another upcoming date, although nothing has been confirmed by the Opry, is the 50th anniversary of Opry member Jim Ed Brown. Of course, when Jim Ed joined the Opry it was as The Browns, with sisters Maxine and Bonnie. It looks like the date will be August 10, as Jim Ed is already booked to host the Ernest Tubb Midnight Jamboree that night. It would be very nice if the Opry was able to arrange for Maxine and Bonnie to join Jim Ed that night and make it very special. And it would also be nice if the Opry would mention it on their website under upcoming shows. While certainly not a draw in the sense of Carrie Underwood doing the Opry, it would still be nice to see the Opry build up this special event for someone who has been a regular performer at the Opry for the past 50 years. I mean, if the Opry can banner headline Carrie for 5 years, they should be able to step up to the plate for Jim Ed and 50 years.
Finally, the Opry's 88th birthday bash is set for the weekend of October 5th, with a show on Friday night, the birthday concert on Saturday afternoon and 2 shows on Saturday night. Steve Wariner is already set for the Saturday birthday concert and that should be a good draw. Nobody else has been announced as of yet, but hopefully the Opry will be able to line up some quality talent. Those of us who have attended the past several years have commented on the lack of Opry members coming out for the birthday bash, and the thin line-ups. They Opry usually will go with 2 or 3 big name superstars, and then thin it out for the others. Over the past couple of years we have had Jason Aldean, Taylor Swift, Ronnie Dunn, Kenny Rogers, Dolly Parton and the Opry induction of Rascal Flatts among others. Just my opinion, but the birthday bash does need some big names coming out, but they also need to have as many Opry members as possible scheduled for the shows.
Updates on all of these events will continue to come as the Opry announces them.