Wednesday, October 22, 2014

Grand Ole Opry 10/24 & 10/25

The Grand Ole Opry has posted the line-ups for the upcoming weekend shows. The Opry continues at the Grand Ole Opry House with the Friday Night Opry and Saturday's Grand Ole Opry.

The Friday Night Opry will feature a pair of Opry members singing selections from their new CD and signing copies in the Opry Gift Shop. That would be the husband and wife team of Ricky Skaggs and Sharon White. They have recorded previously, but this will be the first time they have done an entire album together. Joining the pair on Friday night will be guest artists Mallary Hope, John Jorgenson Bluegrass Band, Will Hoge, JT Hodges and Striking Matches. All have done the Opry previously. And it is nice to see Ray Pillow returning to host a segment.

Striking Matches will also stay over for the Grand Ole Opry on Saturday night, where they will be joined by popular and frequent Opry guest The Willis Clan. Also appearing will be guest artists TG Sheppard, Elizabeth Cook and a person who a lot of folks are excited about, Sturgill Simpson.

Friday October 24
7:00: Jeannie Seely (host); Mallary Hope; Jesse McReynolds
7:30: Ray Pillow (host); John Jorgenson Bluegrass Band; Will Hoge
8:15: Mike Snider (host); JT Hodges; Striking Matches
8:45: John Conlee (host); Ricky Skaggs & Sharon White

Saturday October 25
7:00: Jeannie Seely (host); Elizabeth Cook; (Jimmy Dickens?)
7:30: Mike Snider (host); TG Sheppard; Striking Matches
8:15: The Whites (host); Jean Shepard; Sturgill Simpson; Opry Square Dancers
8:45: Bill Anderson (host); Bobby Osborne & The Rocky Top X-Press; The Willis Clan

Interesting to see Mike Snider down again for both shows this weekend. That makes 3 in a row after being gone for 10 months. Interesting!! And did everyone notice that last weekend Jimmy Dickens made it for both the Friday and Saturday night shows? Nice to see.

And now, here is the posted Grand Ole Opry line-up from 5 years ago, the weekend of October 23 & 24, 2009:

Friday October 23
7:00: Jean Shepard (host); Jimmy C Newman; Ashton Shepherd
7:30: Jimmy Dickens (host); Jesse McReynolds & The Virginia Boys; Emily West
8:00: Mike Snider (host); Jan Howard; Keith Anderson
8:30: Ricky Skaggs (host); Riders In The Sky; The Whites

Saturday October 24
1st show
7:00: Jimmy Dickens (host); Jimmy C Newman; Mallary Hope
7:30: Mike Snider (host); The Whites; Montgomery Gentry
8:00: Jim Ed Brown (host); Trace Adkins; Opry Square Dancers
8:30: Jean Shepard (host); Jack Greene; Oak Ridge Boys

2nd show
9:30: Jimmy Dickens (host); Bobby Osborne & The Rocky Top X-Press; Mallary Hope
10:00: Mike Snider (host); The Whites; Montgomery Gentry
10:30: Jean Shepard (host); Trace Adkins; Opry Square Dancers
11:00: Jim Ed Brown (host); Jack Greene; Oak Ridge Boys

From 10 years ago this weekend, October 22 & 23, 2004:

Friday October 22
7:30: Porter Wagoner (host); The Whites; Jimmy C Newman; IIIrd Tyme Out
8:00: Riders In The Sky (host); Osborne Brothers; Catherine Britt
8:30: Jimmy Dickens (host); Connie Smith; Jesse McReynolds & The Virginia Boys; Charley Pride
9:00: Bill Anderson (host); Bobby Hebb; Jeff Bates
9:30: Jim Ed Brown (host); Mel McDaniel; Del McCoury Band

Saturday October 23
1st show
6:30: Jimmy Dickens (host); Jimmy C Newman; The Whites
7:00: Jeannie Seely (host); Joe Diffie; Mark Chesnutt; Chely Wright; Del McCoury Band
8:00: Porter Wagoner (host); Billy Walker; Riders In The Sky; SHeDAISY; Opry Square Dancers
8:30: Bill Anderson (host); Connie Smith; Charley Pride

2nd show
9:30: Jimmy Dickens (host); The Whites; Chely Wright
10:00: Porter Wagoner (host); Billy Walker; Del McCoury Band; Joe Diffie
10:30: Jim Ed Brown (host); Osborne Brothers; Charley Pride; Opry Square Dancers
11:00: Bill Anderson (host); Connie Smith; Mark Chesnutt
11:30: Riders In The Sky (host); Ray Pillow; SHeDAISY

Finally, on Tuesday October 28, the Opry will have it's annual "Opry Goes Pink" show to promote breast cancer awareness. The show will begin with the switch being pulled to change the Opry backdrop to pink for the evening. The line-up is as follows:

7:00: Terry Clark; Danielle Bradbery; Rascal Flatts
8:15: The Isaacs; Montgomery Gentry
8:45: Will Chase; Sara Evans

Enjoy the Opry this weekend!!!


  1. Maybe the Opry decided to make it more worthwhile $$$ for Mike to make the trip to Nashville. The sad fact is with the loss of IV & Jimmy C plus Jim Ed out and Dickens no longer able to host there are just not many veterans left to host. No surprise why we're seeing more Ray Pillow & Jan actually got to perform twice in a weekend. Sure wasn't because of the managements charity. They've boxed themselves into a corner. Why did the WLS Barn Dance, Hayride etc fold: they put off their core fans in favor of the new then the new didn't support them.

  2. Tonight's Saturday show is outstanding!
    I wish I didn't have a Church event keeping me in town tonight. I would have LOVED attending this show. The 'Opry still has excellent shows from time to time.
    It may just be me, but it seems like they're spending more time singing/performing tonight and less time killing time.
    LOVE Sturgill Simpson and his energy. Willis Clan soon to bring 'er to a close with more youthful energy.