I know I have not posted much regarding the Tuesday Night Opry shows or Opry Country Classics, but the line-ups that are posted for this week caught my eye and I thought I would post and offer a few comments.
Tuesday Night Opry, April 28
7:00: Bill Anderson; Love And Theft
7:30: Gretchen Peters; Dailey & Vincent
8:15: Jana Kramer; Larry Gatlin & The Gatlin Brothers
8:45: Pam Tillis; Brad Paisley; Tomi Fujiyama
Tomi Fujiyama is considered "Japan's First Lady of Country Music.." She started her career in country music in the late 1950s and in Japan she has released 21 singles and 7 albums. She first appeared on the Grand Ole Opry in 1964, being introduced at that time by Bill Anderson. In the 1970s, she retired from performing to raise her family, however by the late 1980s, she was back recording and performing and 1997, she returned to Nashville and appeared on the Ernest Tubb Midnight Jamboree. Over the course of her career, she has made many trips to Nashville to record and to work with American country music artists. In other words, she is no stranger to the Grand Ole Opry.
It is very nice to see Brad Paisley making another Opry appearance. In the past several years, it seems that it takes a special occasion to get Brad to the Opry, so it is nice to see him stopping by on what appears to be a regular Tuesday night show. Other Opry members include Bill Anderson, Pam Tillis and another appearance by Larry and The Gatlin Brothers. Love And Theft, Dailey & Vincent, Gretchen Peters and Jana Kramer have all appeared on the Opry numerous times.
Opry Country Classics, Thursday April 30:
Host: Larry Gatlin
Spotlight Artist: Loretta Lynn
Mo Pitney, Ray Pillow, Rhonda Vincent
A solid line-up for this week's show. Anytime you can get Loretta Lynn to the Opry, you know it will be a great night. And nice to see Ray Pillow doing the classics show. Add Rhonda Vincent, the queen of bluegrass, and Mo Pitney, one of the bright young talents in the business, and you have the makings of a great evening.