Remember when October used to be called "Country Music Month"? The CMA Awards show took place, the DJ convention and the Opry's birthday celebration, the Hall of Fame announcements. I can remember all of the local DJ's up here in Ohio going to Nashville for the week, doing live remotes and interviews with all the country stars. Now it is all a distant memory. There is no more "Country Music Month", the CMA show is in November, there is no DJ convention, the Opry's birthday bash has seen better days, and the Hall of Fame announcement comes in March.
If you get a chance to see the video "The Nashville Sound", it was filmed during the DJ convention in 1969. A great piece with some very nice Opry performances at the Ryman by Earl Scruggs, Tex Ritter, Roy Acuff, Johnny Cash, Charley Pride, Porter & Dolly, Jeannie C Riley, Loretta Lynn, Bill Monroe, Lester Flatt and others. That is my recommendation for the night.
As far as this week's mid-week Opry shows, here is what we have for the Tuesday Night Opry on October 1:
7:00: Rachel Farley; Larry Gatlin
7:30: Jason Crabb; John Jorgenson Bluegrass Band
8:15: Connie Smith; Striking Matches
8:45: Marty Stuart; Vince Gill
Opry Country Classics returns for it's October run and will feature Lorrie Morgan as the Spotlight Artist. Joining Lorrie will be Rebecca Lynn Howard, Chris Janson, Riders In The Sky and TG Sheppard, along with Bill Cody as the host. I will be there for that show as it is the start of the Opry's 88th birthday weekend.
Finally, has anybody else noticed that Bill Cody is doing more and more Opry announcing, in addition to Eddie Stubbs and Mike Terry?
No complaints as he does a nice job.