The Grand Ole Opry has posted the line-ups for the 3 shows this weekend as they continue the winter run at the Ryman Auditorium. The shows this weekend will feature the Opry's newest members, Old Crow Medicine Show, who will be performing on all 3 shows. This will be their first appearance since becoming Opry members.
On Friday Night, Old Crow Medicine Show will be joined by a group of guest artists who are no strangers to the Opry's audience. Craig Campbell, Daryle Singletary and Chuck Wicks will be among those appearing, along with one of my personal favorites, Joey+Rory, who I have said would make good Opry members.
The Grand Ole Opry on Saturday night will also feature the Charlie Daniels Band, appearing on both shows. They will be joined the guest artists The Greencards and Greg Bates. And this week's Opry performance by a star from the "Nashville" show will be Jonathan Jackson. I personally do not watch the show, but I have read where the ratings are down. It will be interesting to see how long the city of Nashville and Ryman Hospitalities continue to pump money into it.
Friday November 15
7:00: Jeannie Seely (host); Craig Campbell; Jesse McReynolds
7:30: The Whites (host); Daryle Singletary; Joey+Rory
8:15: Riders In The Sky (host); Amber Carrington; Chuck Wicks
8:45: Jim Ed Brown (host); Jean Shepard; Old Crow Medicine Show
Saturday November 16
7:00: Jeannie Seely (host); Greg Bates; Jean Shepard; Jimmy C Newman
7:30: Riders In The Sky (host); The Greencards; Jonathan Jackson
8:00: Jim Ed Brown (host); Charlie Daniels Band; Opry Square Dancers
8:30: Connie Smith (host); Old Crow Medicine Show
9:30: Jeannie Seely (host); Greg Bates; Bobby Osborne & The Rocky Top X-Press
10:00: Riders In The Sky (host); The Greencards; Jonathan Jackson
10:30: Jim Ed Brown (host); Charlie Daniels Band; Opry Square Dancers
11:00: Connie Smith (host); Old Crow Medicine Show
7 Opry members on Friday Night, while we have 8 for the 1st show on Saturday with 7 on the 2nd show. The Whites and Connie Smith continue to be placed in the role of hosting segments. Both Connie and The Whites continue to get more comfortable in that role.
I was also noticing how the Opry has booked the veteran members this weekend. Jim Ed Brown and Jeannie Seely are on all 3 shows, hosting each night. Jean Shepard is on 2 of the 3 weekend shows, while Jimmy C Newman, Jesse McReynolds and Bobby Osborne each received 1 slot.
The Opry has also announced the line-up for the Tuesday Night Opry , which will also feature a Tuesday afternoon matinee. The big, big news is the return of Hal Ketchum to the Opry. He is scheduled for both shows and this will be his first Opry appearance since the one appearance he made in 2010. Hal has been battling some health issues and many of us wondered if he would ever come back. Also appearing on both shows will be Opry members Larry Gatlin and Diamond Rio.
Tuesday November 19
3:30: Larry Gatlin; Mandy Barnett
4:00: Jeannie Seely; Hal Ketchum
4:45: Joel Crouse; The Grascals
5:15: Jim Ed Brown; Diamond Rio
7:00: Larry Gatlin; Joel Crouse
7:30: The Grascals; Hal Ketchum
8:15: Mandy Barnett; Henry Cho
8:45: Dustin Lynch; Diamond Rio
For this week's look back into Grand Ole Opry history, I wanted to follow-up on the line-up that I posted last week that featured the final performance on the Opry by Stringbean. This week I want just offer a few comments from the show the week following his death, November 17, 1973. I know that last week on WSM they played what I think was the first hour of the 1st show, which began with a tribute from Bud Wendell. Tex Ritter hosted the 1st segment, which was appropriate considering that he had hosted the segment the previous week that featured Stringbean's final performance. During the 1st show, Roy Acuff hosted his segment but did not perform. He did sing on the 2nd show. As you would expect, Grandpa Jones did not appear. And finally, some of the song selections from that night reflected the sorrow that many of the Opry's members felt. It took the Opry a while to get over the Stringbean tragedy.
Enjoy the Opry this weekend!!