Monday, July 23, 2018

Tuesday Night Opry 7/24 & Wednesday Night Opry 7/25

The Tuesday Night Opry offers a perfect contrast between someone who takes their Opry membership seriously and someone who it seems, does not.

Martina McBride is scheduled for both shows (yes, there are two shows) on Tuesday Night. Martina has been an Opry member since 1995 and is one of those members who is good for making one or two appearances on the Opry each year, of which the Opry usually will put out the red carpet. Since joining the Opry, Martina has averaged 4 appearances per year. Over the last 5 years, it has been an average of 2.

On the other hand, you have Chris Janson, one of the Opry's newest members, also scheduled for both shows on Tuesday night. For Chris, these will be appearances number 16 and 17 this year.

You tell me. Which one of these artists takes their Opry membership more seriously? And before anyone says anything, both artists are out on the road touring, and I do like Martina. She has had a marvelous career. However, when it comes to the Opry, the numbers tell the story.

Tuesday Night Opry July 24:
1st show
7:00: Steve Wariner; Brothers Osborne; Tyler Farr
8:00: Henry Cho; Chris Janson; Martina McBride

2nd show
9:30: Jeannie Seely; Steve Wariner; Tyler Farr
10:30: Henry Cho; Chris Janson; Martina McBride

Wednesday July 25:
7:00: Bill Anderson; Steve Moakler
7:30: Linda Davis; Delta Rae
8:15: Joe Mullins & The Radio Ramblers; Maggie Rose
8:45: Aaron Lewis; Point Of Grace


  1. My wife is a Martina Fan, and I have been wanting to see Chris Janson for some time, so we have tickets to the early show on Tuesday night. It seems like a pretty nice lineup to me. I plan to be back home on Wednesday around lunch time to submit a report from the show!


  2. Byron and all... Just wanted to let you all know that the Huercasa Country Music Festival here in Spain was a smashing success. It was the week after fourth of July. I was there for 3 days. Great music and American bbq. There had to be 10,000 people each day.
    They had a clogging competition and country line dance lessons in the town square.

  3. Now this past weekend I went to a country festival in Madrid, Spain. Was held at a blues bar and sponsored by Las espuelas doradas club de baile (Golden Spurs Dance Club). They are 2000 members strong and when I walked in it loiked like Tootsies or Roberts Western World. Everyone decked out in hats, boits, big belt buckles. Women dressed as cow girls ala Patsy Montana or Patsy Cline.
    Lots of line dancing. Then they played Ray Price shuffles, 2 was awesome

    1. Happy to hear that the festivals in Spain did very well. A crowd of 10,000 is certainly impressive and it sounds like they were all happy. Appears they went all out. And a bar like Tootsies. Nice to hear that country music is doing well in Europe. As always Nittannee, thanks for being a part of things and offering your comments. Much appreciated.

  4. American Airlines has a great article on traditional country music which is going great guns in St. Lucia (as if I have any idea where that is!)
    I feel certain our kind of folks will enjoy it.

    1. ps. go to page 68!

    2. I'm sitting in the 9:30 show now and the reaction of the 8 & 10 year old boys in the front row when Chris posed for a pic with them is what will carry the opry for the next 90 years. He commands the stage when he appears.

  5. Chris Janson LOVES the 'Opry, and it shows.
    Thanks Patrick.

  6. I finally have a chance to put my thoughts from last nights show on the blog.

    Steve Warner was excellent, though the crowd seemed less than enthusiastic. Perhaps it was because he opened?

    Brothers Osbourne surprised me. I expected to not be impressed, as they don't play my type of Music, but They did a great job.

    Tyler Farr, not my type of Music, I was not Impressed, but the Crowd seemed to like what he did, so I guess most people liked what he did, I am just not one of them.

    Henry Cho was Excellent. I know most of the Jokes he told from listening to previous Opry shpws, but he still had me laughing pretty hard.

    Chris Janson. I Just don't know what to say about Chris. He has so Much Energy, so much drive, it is almost one of those "See it to believe it" kind of things. I think the Opry chose very well in asking Chris to Join. I will be looking for an opportunity to see Chris in a full show.

    Martina Mcbride. Martina did a fantastic job as always, and I was very happy to Hear her choose to classic country songs to play on the Opry. As well as she did, i think there was a bit of a Letdown in the Opry House, after the high energy performance by Janson.

    All in all a very nice evening at the Opry.

  7. I forgot my name... That review was by Pat...

    1. Thanks Pat. I did wonder the same thing as to Martina following Chris Janson as Chris is so high energy and really gets the audience involved and excited. Martina tends to be much more reserved on stage. I can understand why Martina was booked to close out the show as she is definitely the bigger star, however maybe it would have been better to have Chris do the final segment.