Wednesday, January 25, 2017

Grand Ole Opry 1/27 & 1/28

The Grand Ole Opry has released the line-ups for the two shows this weekend, the Friday Night Opry and Saturday's Grand Ole Opry. Both shows have solid line-ups.

Opry members scheduled for both nights include John Conlee, Mike Snider and The Whites. That group will be joined on Friday night by Jeannie Seely, Terri Clark, Ricky Skaggs, Craig Morgan and Jesse McReynolds, while on Saturday night, the three will be joined by Connie Smith, Bobby Osborne and Riders In The Sky.

As to guest artists this weekend, Friday's list has Sarah Darling, Granger Smith, Ned LeDoux and Trent Harmon on it, while on Saturday night, the scheduled artists include Ray Scott, Ashley Campbell, John Schneider, Shenandoah, Lindsay Ell and Charles Esten.

Friday January 27
7:00: John Conlee (host); Sarah Darling; Mike Snider
7:30: Jeannie Seely (host); Granger Smith; Terri Clark
8:15: Ricky Skaggs (host); The Whites; Ned LeDoux;
8:45: Craig Morgan (host); Jesse McReynolds; Trent Harmon

Saturday January 28
7:00: John Conlee (host); Ray Scott; Mike Snider
7:30: The Whites (host); Ashley Campbell; John Schneider
8:15: Connie Smith (host); Bobby Osborne & The Rocky Top X-Press; Shenandoah; Opry Square Dancers
8:45: Riders In The Sky (host); Lindsay Ell; Charles Esten

12 artists for each show, with 8 Opry members on Friday and 6 on Saturday.

For Ned LeDoux, this will be his Opry debut. Ned started out as the drummer for his famous father, Chris LeDoux. After his father passed away in 2005, Ned continued to tour with his father's band. Eventually, he began singing, concentrating on some of his dad's songs including "Rodeo Man." In July 2015, Ned came to Nashville with the intention of finishing some songs that is dad had started and in the process he connected with Mac McAnally. Mac became Ned's producer and has worked on the last two studio albums that Ned has released. For the past year, Ned has been touring and opening for Toby Keith, Chris Janson and Randy Houser.

And now, here is the posted Grand Ole Opry line-up from 5 years ago, the weekend of January 27 & 28, 2012:

Friday January 27
7:00: John Conlee (host); Jimmy C Newman; Del McCoury Band
7:30: Jimmy Dickens (host); Jesse McReynolds; Craig Morgan
8:15: Bill Anderson (host); Bobby Osborne & The Rocky Top X-Press; Casey James
8:45: Mike Snider (host); Ray Pillow; Diamond Rio

Saturday January 28
7:00: Jimmy Dickens (host); John Conlee; Love and Theft
7:30: Riders In The Sky (host); Jim Ed Brown; Connie Smith; Del McCoury Band
8:15: Ricky Skaggs (host); The Whites; John Anderson; Opry Square Dancers
8:45: Bill Anderson (host); Mike Snider; Diamond Rio

Now from 10 years ago, the weekend of January 26 & 27, 2007:

Friday January 26
8:00: Jeannie Seely (host); The Whites; Jimmy Wayne
8:30: John Conlee (host); Jan Howard; Jack Greene; Del McCoury Band
9:00: Charley Pride (host); Danielle Peck; Ralph Stanley
9:30: George Hamilton IV (host); Bobby Osborne & The Rocky Top X-Press; Darryl Worley

Saturday January 27
1st show
6:30: John Conlee (host); The Whites; Ralph Stanley
7:00: Dierks Bentley; Montgomery Gentry; Rodney Atkins; Josh Turner
8:00: Jeannie Seely (host); Jimmy C Newman; Del McCoury Band; Opry Square Dancers
8:30: Charley Pride (host); Jack Greene; Dale Watson

2nd show
9:30: John Conlee (host); Jesse McReynolds & The Virginia Boys; Rodney Atkins
10:00: Jimmy C Newman (host); The Whites; Ralph Stanley
10:30: Charley Pride (host); George Hamilton IV; Dale Watson; Opry Square Dancers
11:00: Jeannie Seely (host); Del McCoury Band; Dierks Bentley

Finally, looking back 50 years to Saturday January 28, 1967:

7:30: Luzianne
Bill Anderson (host); Ride; Ride; Ride
Skeeter Davis: You Add Fuel to the Flame
George Hamilton IV: The Urge for Going
Del Wood: Down at Papa Joe's
Bill Anderson: Still
Jim Ed Brown: Regular on My Mind
Skeeter Davis: Going Down the Road Feeling Bad
Bill Anderson: Get While the Getting's Good

8:00: Martha White
Billy Walker (host): A Million & One
Charlie Louvin: Off & On
Justin Tubb: But Wait; There's More
Osborne Brothers: The Kind of Woman I Got
Crook Brothers: Black Mountain Rag
Bill Walker: Bear With Me A Little Longer
Stringbean: Train 45
Margie Bowes: Enough to Make A Woman Lose Her Mind
Billy Walker: Cattle Call

8:30: Stephens
Bobby Lord (host): Room in the Corner of the House
Bill Carlisle: Same Ol' Tale That the Crow Told Me
Bob Luman: Hardly Anymore
Archie Campbell: Comedy
Bobby Lord: Fall Away
Jean Shepard: Heart, We Did All That We Could
Bobby Bare: The Streets of Baltimore
Grandpa Jones: Stop That Ticklin' Me

9:00: Pet Milk
Roy Acuff (host): Just A Friend
Bill Monroe: The Pretty Fair Maiden
Billy Grammer: The Real Thing
Lonzo & Oscar: Funny Way of Living In This Crazy Mixed Up World
Roy Acuff: The Great Speckled Bird
Dottie West: What's Come Over My Baby
Fruit Jar Drinkers: (?)
Roy Acuff: Glory's Coming; It Won't Be Long

9:30: Kellogg's
Hank Snow (host): Hula Love
Willis Brothers: Bob
Marion Worth: There Goes My Everything
Curly Fox: Casey Railroad Blues
Hank Snow: I've Cried A Mile
Willis Brothers: Give Me 40 Acres
Hank Snow: The Count Down

10:00: Schick
Bill Anderson (host): I Get the Fever
George Hamilton IV: Truck Driving Man
Margie Bowes: There'll Be No Teardrops Tonight
Stringbean: Nine Pound Hammer
Bill Anderson: I Love You Drops

10:15: Pure
Jim Ed Brown (host): A Taste of Heaven
Bill Carlisle: Dr. R.D.
Skeeter Davis: The End of the World
Jim Ed Brown: You Can Have Her

10:30: Buckley's
Jean Shepard (host): Many Happy Hangovers to You
Charlie Louvin: He Can Be Found
Del Wood: Cajun Stripper
Grandpa Jones: Old Rattler Left Us Years Ago
Jean Shepard: It's A Man

10:45: Kent
Roy Acuff (host): Meeting in the Air
Billy Walker: Cross the Brazos at Waco
Osborne Brothers: The Kind of Woman I Got
Crook Brothers: Eighth of January

11:00: Coca-Cola
Hank Snow (host): I've Been Everywhere
Bill Monroe: Panhandle Country
Justin Tubb: As Long As There's A Sunday
Fruit Jar Drinkers: Bill Cheatham
Hank Snow: There's A Fool Such as I
Dottie West: Here Comes My Baby
Bobby Bare: Detroit City
Sam McGee: Blackberry Blossom
Hank Snow: I'm Moving On

11:30: Lava
Billy Grammer (host): Gotta Travel On
Lonzo & Oscar: We're Gathering the Hang of it Now
Bob Luman: Memphis
Marion Worth: Touch My Heart
Billy Grammer: The Real Thing
Connie Smith: Walk Thru This World
Curly Fox: Lost John
Bob Luman: Hardly Anymore
Billy Grammer: Under the Double Eagle

There you have it for this week. I hope everyone has a great weekend, and enjoy the Opry!!!!


  1. Interesting to see Jean Shepard hosting a segment in 1967. That was extremely rare back then. Byron, do your records indicate who the first woman to host an Opry segment was, and the date? I'm guessing Jean Shepard was one of the first, if not the first. As much as I love seeing those old Opry schedules, especially from the '50s, '60s and '70s, it makes me sad to see how far the Opry has fallen over the years. Even when I made my first trip to the Opry in 1989, it was light-years ahead of today's show. Keep up the great work!

    Rich Leonard
    Seattle, WA

  2. Rich, I would have to look up in my records, but if my memory is correct, and if not someone will let me know, there was a tie-in involving Jean and Buckley's at the time.

  3. Byron - Found an article (from October 16, 1965) that includes a photo that mentions a tie-in between Jean Shepard and Harvey's Department Store (Record Dept.). Article states that the Record Dept. was jointly operated by Harvey's and Louis Buckley, owner of Buckley's Discount Record Shop. - Frank Apperson
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