Tuesday, April 7, 2015

Grand Ole Opry 4/10 & 4/11

Usually I start off with the sentence that the Grand Ole Opry has posted the line-ups for the shows this weekend and then I list the line-ups. However this week, I am taking some vacation time and I think for the first time since I started the blog, I probably will be unable to post the line-ups since I am not sure I will have computer access. Hopefully everyone will understand that even an Opry fan needs a week off!!

Anyways, what I can tell you is that based on the Opry website, the Friday Night Opry will include an appearance by Opry members Marty Stuart, John Conlee and Joe Diffie, with guest appearances by Mark Wills and Darryl Worley. Mark will also be signing copies of his new CD at the Opry shop downtown during the afternoon, while John Conlee will be signing at the Opry after the show.

Saturday's Grand Ole Opry will feature Opry members Charlie Daniels and Craig Morgan. It is nice to see Charlie at the Opry on a Saturday night as most of his recent appearances seem to be taking place on the Tuesday night show. Guest artists listed include Striking Matches and Kristian Bush, along with a return appearance by Mark Wills. This time it will be Kristian doing the signing as he will be at the downtown shop during the afternoon and signing at the Opry after the show on Saturday.

Hopefully the rest of the line-ups for the two nights are filled out with some good entertainment.

On another note, the news continues to change regarding the Ernest Tubb Record Shop and the Midnight Jamboree. Originally set to resume on Saturday May 2, the website is now listing June 6 as the new date. I think one of the things that needs to happen before it gets back on the air, at least on WSM, is that they need to clear up how the ETRS is going to get caught up on the payments they owe WSM. Obviously with WSM pulling the show off the air due to non-payment, it is not going to get back on unless that is settled. And while rumors have been out there that the show could resume back downtown at the Broadway shop, there has still been no mention of a location, if and when it does come back. This will be something to watch over the next several weeks.

While I don't have this week's line-ups to post, I do have others and now, here is the posted Grand Ole Opry line-up from five years ago this weekend, April 11 & 12, 2010:

Friday April 9
7:00: Jeannie Seely (host); Jimmy C Newman; The Infamous Stringdusters
7:30: Jimmy Dickens (host); Jesse McReynolds; Ashton Shepherd
8:15: John Conlee (host); Jean Shepard; George Hamilton IV; T. Graham Brown
8:45: Mike Snider (host); Jack Greene; Gene Watson

Saturday April 10
1st show
7:00: Jimmy Dickens (host); Jimmy C Newman; Emerson Drive
7:30: Mike Snider (host); Jeannie Seely; Jack Greene; Jerrod Niemann
8:00: Ricky Skaggs (host); Jean Shepard; The Whites; Opry Square Dancers
8:30: Steve Wariner (host); John Conlee; Connie Smith; Mandy Barnett

2nd show
9:30: Jimmy Dickens (host); Emerson Drive; Mandy Barnett
10:00: Mike Snider (host); Jean Shepard; Jerrod Niemann
10:30: Ricky Skaggs (host); Jan Howard; The Whites; Opry Square Dancers
11:00: Vince Gill (host); John Conlee; Connie Smith

And from ten years ago, the weekend of April 8 & 9, 2005:

Friday April 8
7:30: Porter Wagoner (host); The Whites; Keith Anderson
8:00: Jean Shepard (host); Jack Greene; T. Graham Brown
8:30: Jim Ed Brown (host); Charlie Louvin; Billy Walker; Rebecca Lynn Howard
9:00: Bill Anderson (host); Connie Smith; Craig Morgan
9:30: Riders In The Sky (host); Shelly Fairchild; Doyle Lawson & Quicksilver

Saturday April 9
1st show
6:30: Bill Anderson (host); Jimmy C Newman; The Whites
7:00: Vince Gill (host); Joe Nichols; Rebecca Lynn Howard; Loretta Lynn
8:00: Porter Wagoner (host); Osborne Brothers; Jean Shepard; Malibu Storm; Opry Square Dancers
8:30: Jim Ed Brown (host); Mel McDaniel; Jeannie Seely; Craig Morgan

2nd show
9:30: Jim Ed Brown (host); The Whites; Jimmy C Newman; Loretta Lynn
10:00: Porter Wagoner (host); Jan Howard; Jack Greene; Rebecca Lynn Howard
10:30: Vince Gill (host); Jean Shepard; Craig Morgan; Opry Square Dancers
11:00: Bill Anderson (host); Osborne Brothers; Joe Nichols
11:30: Jeannie Seely (host); Mel McDaniel; Malibu Storm

Finally, from 33 years ago this weekend, April 9 & 10, 1982:

Friday April 9
7:30: Bill Monroe (host); Jeannie Seely; Stonewall Jackson
8:00: Billy Walker (host); Skeeter Davis; Ernie Ashworth
8:30: Roy Acuff (host); Connie Smith; Four Guys
9:00: Jimmy Dickens (host); Billy Grammer; Wilma Lee Cooper
9:30: Del Reeves (host); Charlie Louvin; Bill Carlisle; Justin Tubb
10:00: Charlie Walker (host); David Houston; Riders In The Sky
10:30: Jerry Clower (host); Stu Phillips; Vic Willis Trio

Saturday April 10
1st show
6:30: Billy Walker (host); Connie Smith
6:45: David Houston (host); Jeannie Seely; Ernie Ashworth
7:00: Grandpa Jones (host); Skeeter Davis; Billy Grammer; Wilma Lee Cooper; Bill Carlisle
7:30: Ernest Tubb (host); Charlie Louvin; Stu Phillips; Stonewall Jackson; Crook Brothers; Stoney Mountain Cloggers
8:00: Roy Acuff (host); Minnie Pearl; Don Gibson
8:30: Hank Snow (host); Jeanne Pruett; Four Guys; Justin Tubb; Reba McEntire; Fruit Jar Drinkers

2nd show
9:30: Ernest Tubb (host); Four Guys; Jean Shepard; Billy Walker; Skeeter Davis
10:00: Grandpa Jones (host); Connie Smith; David Houston
10:15: Charlie Walker (host); Jeannie Seely
10:30: Roy Acuff (host); Vic Willis Trio
10:45: Stonewall Jackson (host); Wilma Lee Cooper; Crook Brothers; Stoney Mountain Cloggers
11:00: Hank Snow (host); Jeanne Pruett; Fruit Jar Drinkers; Justin Tubb; Kirk McGee
11:30: Charlie Louvin (host); Reba McEntire; Bill Carlisle

I hope everyone enjoys the Opry this weekend. I probably will not be in an area where I will be able to listen so I am sure my fellow Opry fans will let me know if anything takes place that I need to know. Have a great week and thanks again for letting me take a little time off. I'll be back next week.


  1. May your time off be wonderful! We'll miss you.

  2. Time off?
    How dare you!

    Seriously, if anybody has earned some time off, it's you.
    Have a good time.

  3. Due to his dad's passing yesterday, Marty Stuart will not appear on tonight's Friday Night Opry. Connie Smith will host the half hour Marty was supposed to. Mr. Stuart turned 83 on Sunday (Easter) & was in very poor health. My condolences to the entire Stuart family - Ms. Hilda, Marty & Jennifer - my thoughts & prayers are with all of you at this very difficult time.


    1. I had no idea his birthday was on Sunday. Marty's father's health was one of the reasons why I was hoping Marty would be inducted into the hall of fame this year. R.I.P.


  4. Looks like the Ernest Tubb Record Shop website is down. Hope it is just an Internet problem.

  5. I hope its an internet problem too.

    However, if the store is far behind on payments to WSM, then they probably dont have the money to keep their site running now.

    I went to the Ernest Tubb record shop in Pigeon Forge last week, and there was only 1 customer besides myself inside. They had a very low inventory because they werent selling a lot of music, and the music they had was way overpriced. Its sad how badly the chain is doing, after formerly launching the successful recording careers of so many legends.