Thursday, October 27, 2016

Grand Ole Opry 10/28 & 10/29

The Grand Ole Opry has posted the line-ups for the three shows this weekend, which will be the final Grand Ole Opry shows at the Grand Ole Opry House for this year. Tuesday night the Opry begins the annual winter run at the Ryman Auditorium. And unlike last Friday night, the line-ups this weekend shows a full slate of artists for all three shows. 

Highlighting both nights will be Grand Ole Opry members Old Crow Medicine Show, who will be closing out each of the shows. They will be joined each night by Grand Ole Opry members Riders In The Sky, Mike Snider and Connie Smith. Joining that group on Friday night will be Pam Tillis, Jesse McReynolds, The Whites and Lorrie Morgan, while on Saturday night it will be Jeannie Seely and Bill Anderson joining Riders, Mike, Connie and Old Crow for both shows, while Bobby Osborne is scheduled for the late show. That comes out to 8 Opry members on Friday and 6 for the first show on Saturday, with 7 scheduled for the 2nd show. 

As far as guest artists this weekend, there are a couple of artists who will be making their Grand Ole Opry debut. Brent Cobb will be making his first Opry appearance on Friday night, while Luke Combs will be debuting on Saturday night. Brent Cobb is from Ellaville, Georgia and released his first EP in 2012. He is also a songwriter, having written songs for a number of country music artists. His musical style is considered traditional country and bluegrass. He will be appearing on the Opry in support of his new CD "Shine On Rainy Day" which has been released on Elektra Records. His CD and songwriting has been compared to Tom T Hall, Kris Kristofferson and Merle Haggard. As far as Luke Combs, he is a newcomer to the Nashville scene and records for River House Records. His first single, "Hurricane" was originally released last summer, but has been re-released on Columbia Records, a division of Sony Music Nashville. Originally from North Carolina, Luke has so far released three extended play CD's. 

As to the rest of the Friday night line-up, it will include frequent Opry guests Carly Pearce, Love and Theft, along with John Berry. Saturday night's show also will include Craig Campbell, LOCASH, and Lucie Silvas, along with her husband John Osborne, who is part of the Brothers Osborne.  

Friday October 28
7:00: Riders In The Sky (host); Carly Pearce; Mike Snider
7:30: Pam Tillis (host); Jesse McReynolds; The Whites; Love and Theft
8:15: Lorrie Morgan (host); John Berry; Brent Cobb
8:45: Connie Smith (host); Old Crow Medicine Show

Saturday October 29
1st show
7:00: Connie Smith (host); Craig Campbell; Mike Snider
7:30: Riders In The Sky (host); Luke Combs; LOCASH
8:00: Jeannie Seely (host); Lucie Silvas & John Osborne; Opry Square Dancers
8:30: Bill Anderson (host); Old Crow Medicine Show

2nd show
9:30: Connie Smith (host); Craig Campbell; Mike Snider
10:00: Riders In The Sky (host); Luke Combs; LOCASH
10:30: Jeannie Seely (host); Bobby Osborne & The Rocky Top X-Press; Lucie Silvas & John Osborne; Opry Square Dancers
11:00: Bill Anderson (host); Old Crow Medicine Show

Overall, a couple of pretty good nights. It is great to see Pam Tillis returning to the Opry, along with Lorrie Morgan, and both will be hosting segments. A good way to finish out the month of October. And with Halloween this weekend, I would imagine a few of the Opry stars will be dressing up. 

And now, here is the posted Grand Ole Opry line-up from five years ago, the weekend of October 28 & 29, 2011: 

Friday October 28
7:00: Jeannie Seely (host); Jesse McReynolds; Daryle Singletary
7:30: Jimmy Dickens (host); Jimmy C Newman; Mandy Barnett
8:15: Mike Snider (host); Jack Greene; Mark Wills
8:45: John Conlee (host); Bobby Osborne & The Rocky Top X-Press; Diamond Rio

Saturday October 29
1st show
7:00: Jimmy Dickens (host); The Whites; The Grascals
7:30: Mike Snider (host); Lee Greenwood; Clint Black
8:00: John Conlee (host); Connie Smith; Gretchen Wilson; Opry Square Dancers
8:30: Jeannie Seely (host); Charlie Daniels Band

2nd show
9:30: Jimmy Dickens (host); Jimmy C Newman; The Grascals
10:00: The Whites (host); Lee Greenwood; Clint Black
10:30: John Conlee (host); Connie Smith; Gretchen Wilson; Opry Square Dancers
11:00: Jeannie Seely (host); Charlie Daniels Band

Now from ten years ago, the weekend of October 27 & 28, 2006. The 7:00 segment on Saturday night was televised by GAC, thus no host 

Friday October 27
8:00: Jeannie Seely (host); Riders In The Sky; Trent Willmon
8:30: Mike Snider (host); The Whites; Carolina Rain
9:00: Bill Anderson (host); Jan Howard; Del McCoury Band
9:30: John Conlee (host); Bobby Osborne & The Rocky Top X-Press; Kellie Pickler

Saturday October 28
1st show
6:30: Bill Anderson (host); The Whites; Jimmy C Newman
7:00: Carolyn Dawn Johnson; Blaine Larsen; Suzy Bogguss; Lorrie Morgan; Randy Owen
8:00: Riders In The Sky (host); George Hamilton IV; Del McCoury Band; Opry Square Dancers
8:30: Mike Snider (host); James Hand; Rodney Atkins

2nd show
9:30: Bill Anderson (host); Mike Snider; Carolyn Dawn Johnson
10:00: Lorrie Morgan (host); Jimmy C Newman; The Whites; Del McCoury Band
10:30: Jeannie Seely (host); Jesse McReynolds & The Virginia Boys; Randy Owen; Opry Square Dancers
11:00: George Hamilton IV (host); James Hand; Ray Pillow; Blaine Larsen
11:30: Riders In The Sky (host); Bobby Osborne & The Rocky Top X-Press; Rodney Atkins

Finally, from 25 years ago, the weekend of October 25 & 26, 1991:

Friday October 25
1st show
6:30: Grandpa Jones (host); Billy Walker; Riders In The Sky; Mike Snider
7:00: Tom T Hall (host); Skeeter Davis; Jim & Jesse; Garth Brooks
7:30: Roy Acuff (host); Jim Ed Brown; Jan Howard; Bill Carlisle
8:00: Bill Monroe (host); Jack Greene; Del Reeves; The Whites
8:30: Hank Snow (host); Stonewall Jackson; Jeannie Seely; Charlie Walker

2nd show
9:30: Tom T Hall (host); Ray Pillow; Jim & Jesse
10:00: Roy Acuff (host); Grandpa Jones; Garth Brooks
10:30: Bill Monroe (host); Del Reeves; Billy Walker; Mike Snider
11:00: Hank Snow (host); Jeannie Seely; The Whites; Jim Ed Brown; Bill Carlisle
11:30: Jack Greene (host); Riders In The Sky; Jan Howard; Johnny Russell

Saturday October 26
1st show
6:30: Bill Monroe (host); Del Reeves
6:45: Grandpa Jones (host); Jeannie Seely; The Whites
7:00: Porter Wagoner (host); Jim Ed Brown; Skeeter Davis; 4 Guys; Billy Walker
7:30: Bill Anderson (host); Alison Krauss; Garth Brooks
8:00: Roy Acuff (host); Jimmy C Newman; Johnny Russell; Jean Shepard; Opry Square Dance Band; Stoney Mountain Cloggers
8:30: Hank Snow (host); Jimmy Dickens; Roy Drusky; Jack Greene; Jim & Jesse

2nd show
9:30: Porter Wagoner (host); The Whites; Jim Ed Brown; Garth Brooks
10:00: Bill Monroe (host); Jean Shepard
10:15: Roy Acuff (host); Alison Krauss
10:30: Grandpa Jones (host); Jan Howard; Charlie Walker
10:45: Bill Anderson (host); Ray Pillow; Opry Square Dance Band; Stoney Mountain Cloggers
11:00: Hank Snow (host); Jim & Jesse; Justin Tubb; 4 Guys; Jimmy C Newman
11:30: Jimmy Dickens (host); Roy Drusky; Jack Greene; Johnny Russell

Looking back, it was on Saturday October 28, 1989 that Grand Ole Opry member, and legend, Bill Monroe was honored as an Opry member for 50 years. Bill originally came to the Opry in October 1939 and brought bluegrass music with him. I don't think anyone can argue that Bill is one of the giants in the history of the Opry. 

Here is the running order from 27 years ago, the night that Bill Monroe celebrated his 50th anniversary as a member of the Grand Ole Opry: 

1st show
6:30: Mrs. Grissoms
Jim Ed Brown (host): Southern Loving
Jeannie Seely: I'll Be Around When It's Over
Jim Ed Brown: The Old Lamplighter

6:45: Rudy's
Jack Greene (host): Walking on New Grass
Jeanne Pruett: I Ought a Feel Guilty
Jack Greene: There Goes My Everything/Statue of a Fool

7:00: Shoney's
Jimmy Dickens (host): Me & My Big Loud Mouth
Charlie Louvin: Stormy Horizons
Ray Pillow: Congratulations
Connie Smith: Walkin After Midnight
New Coon Creek Girls: Night Train to Memphis
Jimmy Dickens: I Love Lucy Brown/Sleepin at the Foot of the Bed

7:30: Standard Candy
Bill Monroe (host): Mule Skinner Blues
Emmylou Harris & Bill Monroe: Kentucky Waltz/My Rose of Kentucky
Larry Cordle: Kentucky King
Bill Monroe & Emmylou Harris: Blue Moon of Kentucky
Bill Monroe: Rawhide

8:00: Martha White
Roy Acuff (host): Wabash Cannonball
Jean Shepard: Are You Teasing Me/I'll Sail My Ship Alone
Roy Drusky: New Lips/One Day at a Time
Bill Carlisle: Oh, What A Party
Opry Square Dance Band/Stoney Mountain Cloggers: Dance All Night
Roy Acuff: I'll Fly Away

8:30: Music Valley
Hank Snow (host): A Vanishing Breed
Billy Grammer: Gotta Travel On
Charlie Walker: Pick Me Up On Your Way Down
Dottie West: Are You Happy Baby/Together Again
Hank Snow: I'm Glad I Got to See You Once Again

2nd show
9:30: Dollar General
Jim Ed Brown (host): Pop A Top
Jeannie Seely: Tell Me Again
Ray Pillow: Lucky Me
Jeanne Pruett: Satin Sheets
Charlie Louvin: My Baby's Gone
Jim Ed Brown: The 3 Bells

10:00: Little Debbie
Jack Greene (host): Until My Dreams Come True
Jan Howard: Slow Burning Memory
Jack Greene: The Last Letter

10:15: Sunbeam
Roy Acuff (host): Sunshine Special
Jimmy Dickens: Take An Old Cold Tater/Out Behind the Barn
Roy Acuff: I Saw the Light

10:30: Pet Milk
Billy Walker (host): Down to My Last Cigarette
Connie Smith: Amazing Grace
Billy Walker: Behind Closed Doors/Charlie's Shoes

10:45: B.C. Powder
Bill Monroe (host): Its' Mighty Dark for Me to Travel
Jean Shepard: So Used to Loving You
Opry Square Dance Band/Stoney Mountain Cloggers: Sugar in the Goard
Bill Monroe: Sugar Loaf Mountain

11:00: Coca-Cola
Hank Snow (host): Why Do You Punish Me
Justin Tubb: Walking, Talking, Crying, Barely Beating Broken Heart
New Coon Creek Girls: How Many Biscuits Can You Eat
Dottie West: Here Comes My Baby
Dottie West & T. Tolliver: Everytime 2 Fools Collide
Hank Snow: The Party of the Second Part

11:30: Creamette
Charlie Walker (host):Does Ft. Worth Ever Cross Your Mind
Billy Grammer: Somebody Loves You
Roy Drusky: What About You
Bill Carlisle: Hand Me Down My Walking Cane
Charlie Walker: Cindy

What I found interesting on that night was that considering Bill Monroe was the "Father of Bluegrass" and such an influence on so many others, that only Emmylou Harris and Larry Cordle took part on the televised tribute to Bill. I would have expected to see a few more that night. Also, Larry Cordle's "Kentucky King" performance from that night is on YouTube. And it includes a great introduction by Grant Turner, who was the master of ceremonies for the televised portion. 

I hope everyone enjoys the Opry this weekend!!

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