The Grand Ole Opry has posted the line-ups for the shows this weekend. I was interested to see if Jimmy Dickens would be on the schedule for this weekend after his surprise appearance on Friday night, but he is not listed. I would imagine any future Jimmy Dickens appearances would probably depend on how he feels, or how his voice is, on the day of the shows.
In looking at the names listed for the shows on Friday and Saturday night, my first reaction is that there is not a lot of "star" power this weekend. On Friday night there is the Opry debut of Erin Enderlin, who is a very talented songwriter and performer who does a lot of dates in the Nashville area. Also appearing will be Opry regulars Jim Lauderdale, Striking Matches and Jimmy Wayne. When I say Opry regulars, in this case, they are not Opry members but seem to be on the show more than a majority of the members.
Saturday night will feature the return of Joe Mullins & The Radio Ramblers. This will be their 2nd Opry appearance after they really rocked the house during their first appearance. They are a very talented bluegrass group out of Ohio. Also appearing will be Deana Carter, who I am sure many will remember for her late 1990's hits. (hard to believe she is now 47!!). Joining them will be Chris Janson, Sara Haze and James Otto, all making repeat Opry appearances.
On the hosting side of things, Ray Pillow will be hosting segments on both Friday and Saturday night, along with The Whites and Jim Ed Brown. And Connie Smith gets an opportunity to host a segment on Saturday night.
Friday September 6:
7:00: Jim Ed Brown (host); James Wesley; Jean Shepard; Jesse McReynolds
7:30: Ray Pillow (host); Mandy Barnett
8:15: Bill Anderson (host); Jim Lauderdale; Erin Enderlin
8:45: The Whites (host); Striking Matches; Jimmy Wayne
Saturday September 7:
7:00: Jim Ed Brown (host); James Otto; Joe Mullins & The Radio Ramblers
7:30: Ray Pillow (host); Sara Haze
8:15: Connie Smith (host); Jimmy C Newman; Chris Janson; Opry Square Dancers
8:45: The Whites (host); Bobby Osborne & The Rocky Top X-Press; Deana Carter
There is an empty slot on the 7:30 segment each night. Perhaps there is a chance Jimmy Dickens might make a walk-on, or they have someone else lined up.
For this week's look back into Opry history, I have an Opry line-up from Saturday September 5, 1964 (49 years ago this week). Lots of great names on this show.
Faron Young (host); Jean Shepard; Stonewall Jackson; Osborne Brothers; Del Wood; Cousin Jody
8:00: Martha White
Flatt & Scruggs (host); George Hamilton IV; Carter Family; Billy Walker; Crook Brothers; Ernie Ashworth
Roy Acuff (host); Hank Locklin; Loretta Lynn; Bill Carlisle; Marion Worth
9:00: Pet Milk
Ernest Tubb (host); Wilburn Brothers; Bill Anderson; The Browns; Margie Bowes; Fruit Jar Drinkers
Hank Snow (host); Bill Monroe; Charlie Louvin; Willis Brothers; Skeeter Davis; Glaser Brothers; Stringbean
Hank Locklin (host); Del Wood; Ernie Ashworth; Cousin Jody
10:15: SSS Tonic
Roy Acuff (host); June Stearn; Curly Fox
Flatt & Scruggs (host); Billy Walker; Stonewall Jackson
Ernest Tubb (host); Loretta Lynn; Bill Carlisle; Crook Brothers
Hank Snow (host); Skeeter Davis; Charlie Louvin; Glaser Brothers; Marion Worth; Bill Anderson; Sam & Kirk McGee
Marty Robbins (host); Wilburn Brothers; Bill Monroe; Margie Bowes; Stringbean
I also wanted to post the line-up from Saturday September 9, 1989 (24 years ago this weekend), which was the final Opry appearance for the "Queen of the 88's, Del Wood. This great honky-tonk piano player joined the Opry in 1953 and would remain an Opry member until she passed away in October 1989. Who can forget "Down Yonder", which she did practically each week. She sold over a million copies of this song and well the records are not complete, she might have been the first female country solo artist to sell a million copies of any single. Here is the line-up from her final Opry show.
Stonewall Jackson (host); Jeannie Seely
Bill Anderson (host); Stu Phillips
Porter Wagoner (host); Del Reeves; Ray Pillow; Dottie West
7:30: Standard Candy
4 Guys (host); Del Wood; Jean Shepard; Charley Pride
8:00: Martha White
Roy Acuff (host); Connie Smith; Jimmy C Newman; Opry Square Dance Band/Melvin Sloan Dancers
8:30: Music Valley
Hank Snow (host); Skeeter Davis; Charlie Louvin; Ernie Ashworth; Bill Carlisle
9:30: Dollar General
Porter Wagoner (host); Wilma Lee Cooper; Stu Phillips; Dottie West; Ray Pillow
10:00: Little Debbie
Bill Anderson (host); Jeannie Seely
Roy Acuff (host); Charley Pride
10:30: Pet Milk
Del Reeves (host); Jean Shepard
10:45: B.C. Powder
Jimmy C Newman (host); Connie Smith; Opry Square Dance Band/Melvin Sloan Dancers
Hank Snow (host); Skeeter Davis; Charlie Walker; Justin Tubb
4 Guys (host); Ernie Ashworth; Bill Carlisle; Charlie Louvin
There you have it for this week. Rumors are always flying around and I have one for you (nothing official so don't go and buy tickets, just what a little bird told me and I might be totally wrong), but could we see Kenny Rogers and Dolly Parton at the birthday bash?? Just a thought.
Enjoy the Opry shows this week!!!