Here is the line-up for this week's mid-week Opry shows.
Tuesday August 6:
7:00: Sarah Darling; John Conlee
7:30: Frankie Ballard; Exile
8:15: Jeannie Seely; Striking Matches
8:45: Aaron Tippin; Justin Moore
Wednesday August 7:
7:00: Chris Janson; The Whites
7:30: Rhonda Vincent; Larry Gatlin
8:15: Bill Anderson; Keith Anderson
8:45: Jana Kramer; Del McCoury Band
Just a quick word on Larry Gatlin. This past week, he and The Gatlin Brothers played the Ohio State Fair with Crystal Gayle and the Oak Ridge Boys. Originally George Jones was scheduled for the date but since George passed away, the Fair had to make a switch and I thought they came up with a good show.
I was not there, but a friend of mine was and forwarded to me the review of the show that was printed in the Columbus Dispatch newspaper and to put it kindly, the reviews on Larry Gatlin and Crystal Gayle were not good.
The arena was about half full, which in itself is bad. Larry Gatlin and his brothers opened the show and apparently the crowd, or this reviewer specifically, did not know Larry's songs except for "Houston" and "All The Gold In California." The words bland and countrypolitian were used and Larry even made a comment on the less than enthusiastic reaction from the crowd. Crystal Gayle was next and the reviewer complained that she did not sing enough of her #1 hits, instead singing "cover" material from others. He did say the Oak Ridge Boys were fine.
It just gets to me when these great legends such as Larry Gatlin and Crystal Gayle not only step in to pick up dates so that those at the fair get a good show, but then get no respect from the crowds or those writing about the show. I have seen both Larry and Crystal give live shows and they are good. Their voices are still fine and I have not seen any true country fans go away unhappy. It just gets to me, that is all.