Wednesday, April 23, 2014

Grand Ole Opry 4/25 & 4/26

The Grand Ole Opry has announced the line-ups for the shows this weekend and the big news is that there are no artists scheduled from "Nashville" and nobody making their Opry debut this weekend!!!! What we do have are a couple of shows that feature a few of the Opry's more popular members, along with a number of artists who appear quite frequently on the Opry.

Both shows this weekend will feature Opry members Larry Gatlin, Riders In The Sky and Connie Smith. I have said previously that it has been nice seeing Larry at the Opry on what is almost a regular basis. He is popular and seems to really enjoy being there. Joining them on Friday night will be frequent Opry guests Sarah Darling, who according to her will be making her 57th Opry appearance, and The Grascals. Also appearing will be Moe Bandy, who does not play at the Opry very often but always receives a great reception.

Saturday's Grand Ole Opry, in addition to Larry, Connie and the Riders, will feature Opry member Vince Gill. And there are more frequent guests scheduled Saturday including Chuck Mead and his group, and Chris Janson.

Friday April 25
7:00: Jeannie Seely (host); Austin Webb; Jim Ed Brown
7:30: Riders In The Sky (host); Sarah Darling; Bobby Osborne & The Rocky Top X-Press
8:15: Connie Smith (host); JT Hodges; Moe Bandy
8:45: Larry Gatlin (host); The Grascals; Sturgill Simpson

Saturday April 26
7:00: Jeannie Seely (host); Katie Armiger; The Whites
7:30: Riders In the Sky (host); Jimmy C Newman; Jean Shepard; Keith Anderson
8:15: Larry Gatlin (host); Jan Howard; Chuck Mead & His Grassy Knoll Boys; Opry Square Dancers
8:45: Vince Gill (host); Chris Janson; Connie Smith

Continuing what is becoming a regular feature are the Opry line-ups from 5 and 10 years ago this weekend:

The weekend of April 25 & 26, 2009 (5 years ago)

Friday April 25
7:00: Bill Anderson (host); The Whites; Emily West
7:30: Jimmy Dickens (host); Jimmy C Newman; Cherryholmes
8:00: Lorrie Morgan (host); Jean Shepard; Jack Greene
8:30: Marty Stuart (host); Mike Snider; Connie Smith

Saturday April 26
1st show
7:00: Jimmy Dickens (host); Jim Ed Brown; Sunny Sweeney
7:30: Mike Snider (host); Jean Shepard; Jimmy C Newman; Jennifer Hanson
8:00: Marty Stuart (host); Bobby Osborne & The Rocky Top X-Press; Connie Smith; Opry Square Dancers
8:30: Bill Anderson (host); Jeannie Seely; Raul Malo

2nd show
9:30: Jimmy Dickens (host); The Whites; Sunny Sweeney
10:00: Mike Snider (host); Jean Shepard; Jim Ed Brown; Jennifer Hanson
10:30: Marty Stuart (host); Stonewall Jackson; Connie Smith; Opry Square Dancers
11:00: Bill Anderson (host); Jeannie Seely; Raul Malo

The weekend of April 23 & 23, 2004 (10 years ago)

Friday April 23
7:30: Porter Wagoner (host); The Whites; Jim Ed Brown; Jeannie Seely; III Tyme Out
8:00: Ricky Skaggs (host); John Conlee; Bubba Bechtol; Steve Wariner
8:30: Jimmy Dickens (host); Jan Howard; Jesse McReynolds & The Virginia Boys; Mark Wills
9:00: Bill Anderson (host); Osborne Brothers; Calvin Gilmore; Lorrie Morgan
9:30: George Hamilton IV (host); The Moody Brothers; Jack Greene; Mike Snider; Billy Currington

Saturday April 24
1st show
6:30: Jimmy Dickens (host); The Whites; Jeannie Seely; Ricky Skaggs
7:00: Steve Wariner (host); Billy Walker; Jesse McReynolds & The Virginia Boys; John Conlee
7:30: Lorrie Morgan (host); Jim Ed Brown; Jimmy C Newman; Bubba Bechtol
8:00: Porter Wagoner (host); Mike Snider; Mark Wills; Opry Square Dancers
8:30: Bill Anderson (host); Alecia Nugent; Riders In The Sky; Terri Clark

2nd show
9:30: Ricky Skaggs (host); John Conlee; The Whites
10:00: Porter Wagoner (host); Jimmy C Newman; George Hamilton IV; The Moody Brothers; Lorrie Morgan
10:30: Steve Wariner (host); Billy Walker; Osborne Brothers; Bubba Bechtol; Opry Square Dancers
11:00: Bill Anderson (host); Mike Snider; Terri Clark
11:30: Riders In The Sky (host); Alecia Nugent; Jack Greene; Mark Wills

Finally, here is the line-up for the Tuesday Night Opry, April 29:

7:00: Pam Tillis; Dailey & Vincent
7:30: Bill Anderson; Phil Vassar
8:15: Ashley Monroe; Craig Morgan
8:45: Martina McBride

Enjoy the Opry this weekend!!!


  1. From ANONYMOUS PA: Still a lot of names I do not recognize for this weekend's Opry. Although not "Opry" news, it was sad to learn about Kevin Sharp this week; he was one of the good ones, gone way too soon. We saw him at a music festival a number of years ago and he had a great show. He had some very noteworthy songs that will stand the test of time - maybe not the top of the list, but nevertheless, good decent, understandable music. Do you know if he ever played the Opry?

  2. Friday night's last half hour should be great.
    Sturgill Simpson is a fantastic talent, who has absolutely refused to do anything but country music that we will all enjoy.