The Grand Ole Opry has posted the line-ups for the shows this weekend. There will be the usual Friday Night Opry and Saturday's Grand Ole Opry. I have to admit that after looking at the line-ups, they are certainly not the best that the Opry has had lately.
The Friday Night Opry will feature another artist from "Nashville", Chaley Rose, along with frequent Opry guests The Willis Clan and TG Sheppard. As far as Opry members, it is limited pretty much to several of the veteran artists.
Saturday's Grand Ole Opry will feature a few guests that have seen the Opry stage before, including Keith Anderson, Aubrey Peoples and Annie Moses Band. Nothing against Annie Moses Band, as they are talented, but unless they fill another act into that last segment, they are the only guest and I don't think they are good enough for that.
So far, Jeannie Seely is the only artist listed for the 1st segment on Saturday night. You have to think Jimmy Dickens is on stand-by for one of those slots, and I am sure the other slot will be filled by someone that has seen the Opry stage many times, as Pete seems to have his "go-to" list to use.
Friday June 13
7:00: John Conlee (host); Kalisa Ewing; Jean Shepard
7:30: Jeannie Seely (host); Jesse McReynolds
8:15: Riders In The Sky (host); Jan Howard; Jimmy C Newman; Chaley Rose
8:45: Connie Smith (host); TG Sheppard; The Willis Clan
Saturday June 14
7:00: Jeannie Seely (host);
7:30: Jim Ed Brown (host); Bobby Osborne & The Rocky Top X-Press; Keith Anderson
8:15: The Whites (host); George Hamilton IV; Aubrey Peoples; Opry Square Dancers
8:45: Riders In The Sky (host); Annie Moses Band
8 and 6 Opry members each night. Terrible!! The Ernest Tubb Midnight Jamboree is hosted this week by one of my favorites and former Opry guest, Suzy Bogguss. Personally, I would call her to see if she had an interest in the Opry on Saturday night. Based on what is scheduled, they could use her.
For comparison, here is the posted Grand Ole Opry line-up from this weekend 5 years ago, June 12 & 13, 2009:
Friday June 12
7:00: Pam Tillis (host); Jimmy C Newman; Riders In The Sky; Del McCoury Band
7:30: Jimmy Dickens (host); Jean Shepard
8:00: Bill Anderson (host); Mike Snider; Emerson Drive
8:30: Charley Pride (host); Stu Phillips; Bobby Osborne & The Rocky Top X-Press; Collin Raye
Saturday June 13
7:00: Jimmy Dickens (host); The Whites; Mandy Barnett
7:30: Charley Pride (host); Connie Smith; Jim Ed Brown; Mike Snider
8:00: Mel Tillis (host); Charlie Louvin; Pam Tillis; Opry Square Dancers
8:30: Bill Anderson (host); Jean Shepard; Tracy Byrd
9:30: Jimmy Dickens (host); Connie Smith; Mandy Barnett
10:00: Charley Pride (host); Jeannie Seely; George Hamilton IV; Mike Snider
10:30: Mel Tillis (host); Jesse McReynolds & The Virginia Boys; Pam Tillis; Opry Square Dancers
11:00: Bill Anderson (host); Ray Pillow; Jean Shepard; Tracy Byrd
And, here is the posted line-up from 10 years ago, the weekend of June 11 & 12, 2004. It should be noted that on Saturday's 1st show, Terri Clark was inducted as the newest member of the Grand Ole Opry. She became the 3rd Canadian to become an Opry member, following in the footsteps of Hank Snow and Stu Phillips
Friday June 11
7:30: Mike Snider (host); Connie Smith; Dale Watson
8:00: Jim Ed Brown (host); Charlie Walker; Little General Cloggers; T. Graham Brown
8:30: Jimmy Dickens (host); Mel McDaniel; Pam Tillis
9:00: Bill Anderson (host); Jan Howard; Jack Greene; Mark Wills
9:30: Brad Paisley (host); Jean Shepard; Osborne Brothers
Saturday June 12
6:30: Jimmy Dickens (host); Jeannie Seely; Osborne Brothers
7:00: Marty Stuart (host); Terri Clark; Mel Tillis; Billy Dean
8:00: Mike Snider (host); Jean Shepard; Billy Walker; Connie Smith; Opry Square Dancers
8:30: Bill Anderson (host); George Hamilton IV; Jimmy C Newman; Pam Tillis
9:30: Jimmy Dickens (host); Jim Ed Brown; Billy Dean
10:00: Pam Tillis (host); Jean Shepard; Mel Tillis
10:30: Marty Stuart (host); Hank Locklin; Connie Smith; Opry Square Dancers
11:00: Bill Anderson (host); George Hamilton IV; Jimmy C Newman; Terri Clark
11:30: Mike Snider (host); Billy Walker; Jack Greene; Julie Roberts
I think it is safe to say that these past line-up are a significant upgrade from what is scheduled for this weekend!!
Finally, it was on Saturday June 17, 1967 that Stu Phillips became a member of the Grand Ole Opry. This will mark Stu's 47th year as an Opry member and although he rarely appears on the show, he has been over the years, a very solid member of the Opry.
Stu was born on January 19, 1933 in Montreal, Quebec, Canada. He grew up in Calgary, Alberta, which is an area of country music and as a youngster he was able to listen to the Grand Ole Opry. At an early age, he formed his own band and was featured on various Canadian radio and television programs. In 1965, he moved to Nashville and signed with RCA Records. His recording career was not very successful as he had only 13 singles that made it on the charts, the best of which was "Juanita Jones", which went to #13 in 1967. He was much more successful in Canada, Asia, the Middle East and Africa, where he had several gold records.
In 1993, Stu was inducted into the Canadian Country Music Hall of Fame and during the July 4th weekend in 1998, he and his wife, Aldona, became American citizens, taking the oath on the stage of the Opry.
The are 2 interesting facts about Stu. The first is that he is a minister in the Episcopal Church, receiving his divinity degree from the University of the South, and secondly, he owns the Long Hollow Winery in Goodlettsville.
From the night of June 17, 1967, here is the running order from what would be the 2nd half of the show, on the night that Stu Phillips became a member of the Grand Ole Opry.
Charlie Louvin (host): See the Big Man Cry
Willis Brothers: Somebody Knows My Dog
Bob Luman: Why Don't You Leave Me Alone
Fruit Jar Drinkers: Katy Hill
Charlie Louvin: How Great Thou Art
Bobby Lord: Life Can Have Meaning
Charlie Louvin: Off and On
Billy Grammer (host): Wabash Cannonball
Del Wood: Under the Double Eagle
Stringbean: The Big 'Un Got Away
Billy Grammer: Detroit City
Justin Tubb (host): You Nearly Lose Your Mind
Osborne Brothers: Roll, Muddy River
Cousin Jody: On Top of Old Smokey
Justin Tubb: As Long As There's A Sunday
The Browns (host): Where Does the Good Times Go
Stu Phillips: (?)
The Browns: All of Me Belongs to You
Roy Acuff (host): Wabash Cannonball
Wilma Lee & Stoney Cooper: The Birds Are Back to Sing
Crook Brothers: Black Mountain Rag
Roy Acuff: The Great Speckled Bird
Bob Luman (host): Let's Think About Living
Marion Worth: Your Good Girls Gonna Go Bad
Fruit Jar Drinkers: Fire on the Mountain
Duke of Paducah: Four Leaf Clover
Bob Luman: Memphis
Sam McGee: Amos Johnson Rag
Marion Worth: He Thinks I Still Care
Bob Luman: You Can Take the Boy From the Country
Marty Robbins (host): No Tears Milady
Ernie Ashworth: At Ease, Heart
Wilma Burgess: There Goes My Everything
Don Winters: Chime Bells
Marty Robbins: Tonight Carmen
Ernie Ashworth: Talk Back Trembling Lips
Marty Robbins: Don't Worry/Begging to You/Bouquet of Roses/I Could Never Be Ashamed of You/You Know How Talk Gets Around/Lovesick Blues/El Paso
Congratulations to Terri Clark for 10 years of Opry membership and Stu Phillips for 47 years.
Enjoy the Opry this weekend!!