Thursday, November 21, 2019

Grand Ole Opry 11/22 & 11/23

As we get to the end of 2019, and as I have been reviewing the Grand Ole Opry weekly line-ups, I thought it would be a good time for some of my thoughts.

It would appear, unless the unexpected happens, that the Opry will end the year with 68 members. However, that really doesn't tell the story, as of those 68 members listed, 17 of those will end the year with zero appearances, and of those 17 it can safely be said that 12 of those members will never perform on the Opry again.

To put it into perspective, here are the 12, along with the last time performing on the Opry:

Bobby Bare: August 18, 2018
Ray Pillow: December 23, 2017
Hal Ketchum: August 18, 2017
Stu Phillips: June 4, 2017
Loretta Lynn: January 21, 2017
Stonewall Jackson: November 5, 2016
Jan Howard: October 24, 2015
Randy Travis: July 13, 2012
Ricky Van Shelton: July 2, 2004
Jeanne Pruett: June 9, 2001
Barbara Mandrell: June 14, 1997
Tom T Hall: June 6, 1992

The other five who will finish 2019 with no Opry appearances: Alan Jackson, Patty Loveless, Reba McEntire, Ronnie Milsap and Blake Shelton.

Granted, a few of those such as Randy Travis, Jeanne Pruett and Jan Howard have appeared at the Opry, introduced on stage to be acknowledged by those attending the show.

Now, let's list those who are Grand Ole Opry members and don't appear more than 2 or 3 times a year:

Dierks Bentley
Clint Black
Garth Brooks
Emmylou Harris
Alison Krauss
Little Big Town
Martina McBride
Brad Paisley
Dolly Parton
Rascal Flatts
Darius Rucker
Marty Stuart
Travis Tritt
Keith Urban
Trisha Yearwood
Chris Young

Two of the names I really am disappointed to see on this list are Brad Paisley and Marty Stuart. Both know better and as much as they both say they love the Opry and it's history, their support tells otherwise. With Brad, I specifically remember how he stepped forward after the 2010 flood and then the death of Jimmy Dickens, but after the media left, so did Brad. I know Marty has been busy, but so have others. He needs to return to his roots.

While Garth Brooks is on that list, I give him a pass. My understanding is that while Garth does not appear on the Opry often, he does a lot behind the scenes to support the Opry in other ways and has always answered their requests when asked.

And finally, Dolly Parton. I give her credit for her two shows this year, but prior to those, she was another one missing in action.

So not counting Luke Combs and Kelsea Ballerini, giving those two new members the opportunity to show us how they will support the Opry, that leaves us with 33 members who are actually appearing and supporting the show in some capacity.

So, of those 33, who are carrying the heavy loads and can be counted on to be at the Opry more weekends than not? The list of those who have appeared more than 20 times in 2019 is rather small:

Bill Anderson
John Conlee
Dailey & Vincent
Jesse McReynolds
Bobby Osborne
Riders In The Sky
Jeannie Seely
Ricky Skaggs
Connie Smith
Mike Snider
Mark Wills
The Whites

Basically, you have 12 members who are committed to the Opry. Any one what to guess what the average age of those artists is? And with those 12 doing the heavy lifting, we have seen what happens to the line-ups when many of those are missing.

Most of the other members who are not listed appear between 10 and 20 times each year and I am personally fine with those folks. I don't doubt the commitment of artists such as Vince Gill, Chris Janson, Crystal Gayle, Trace Adkins, Oak Ridge Boys and Carrie Underwood. And I really don't have an issue with those who are retired. God Bless them and we should be thankful for what they each brought to the Opry. My issue is that of the 68 Opry members there are only 33 that can be counted on to appear 10 times per year or more. In other words, only half of the Opry's cast are true participating members.

I am only pointing this out, as in the last several years we have lost a good number of veteran artists who supported the Opry: Jim Ed Brown, Jimmy Dickens, Jack Greene, George Hamilton IV, Charlie Louvin, Jimmy C Newman and Jean Shepard to name a few. And while we are lucky that most of the 12 who are making the most appearances are in good health, let's be honest. Any one of them could go at any time. And we wonder why some weeks, there are less than five or six members per show.

Hopefully under the new leadership of Dan Rogers, Opry membership is addressed and members added who will appear and support the show. If the Opry is going to continue with the host format, members need to be added that can actually host. The recently added Mark Wills is a great example. We need more members, such as Mark, who will step forward and support the show.

Just some thoughts.
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Now, to the four Grand Ole Opry shows for this weekend and of course, one of those who I listed as appearing only several times per year, Darius Rucker, is scheduled to appear on both shows Friday night.

Joining Darius will be Opry members John Conlee, Mike Snider, Connie Smith, Ricky Skaggs and Riders In The Sky. Additionally, The Whites are scheduled for the first show and Bobby Osborne is listed on the second show. That all adds up to seven members on each show.

John Conlee, Ricky Skaggs, Mike Snider and Riders In The Sky are back for Saturday night, joined by Jeannie Seely, and on the first show, Jesse McReynolds. That gives us six members on the early show and five on the late show.

Guesting on Friday night will be Charlie Worsham, Jimmie Allen, High Valley and Cam. On Saturday night, Drew Baldridge, Restless Heart and Kalie Shorr are listed on the schedule, along with very frequent guest Charles Esten and The Milk Carton Kids, who I know one of our readers has a personal interest in.

Friday November 22
1st show
7:00: John Conlee (host); Charlie Worsham; Mike Snider
7:30: Connie Smith (host); The Whites; Jimmie Allen
8:00: Ricky Skaggs (host); High Valley; Cam
8:30: Riders In The Sky (host); Darius Rucker

2nd show
9:30: John Conlee (host); Charlie Worsham; Mike Snider
10:00: Connie Smith (host); Bobby Osborne & The Rocky Top X-Press; Cam
10:30: Ricky Skaggs (host); Jimmie Allen; High Valley
11:00: Riders In The Sky (host); Darius Rucker

Saturday November 23
1st show
7:00: Jeannie Seely (host); Drew Baldridge; Mike Snider
7:30: John Conlee (host); Kalie Shorr; The Milk Carton Kids
8:00: Riders In The Sky (host); Jesse McReynolds; Restless Heart; Opry Square Dancers
8:30: Ricky Skaggs (host); Charles Esten

2nd show
9:30: Jeannie Seely (host); Drew Baldridge; Mike Snider
10:00: John Conlee (host); Kalie Shorr; The Milk Carton Kids
10:30: Riders In The Sky (host); Restless Heart; Opry Square Dancers
11:00: Ricky Skaggs (host); Charles Esten
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And now, here is the posted Grand Ole Opry line-up from ten years ago, the weekend of November 20 & 21, 2009:

Friday November 20
7:00: George Hamilton IV (host); Jesse McReynolds & The Virginia Boys; Jason Michael Carroll
7:30: Jimmy Dickens (host); Bobby Osborne & The Rocky Top X-Press; Shane Yellowbird
8:00: Mike Snider (host); Stonewall Jackson; The Whites; Connie Smith
8:30: Vince Gill (host); Ralph Stanley; Little Big Town

Saturday November 21
1st show
7:00: Jimmy Dickens (host); Jimmy C Newman; Holly Williams
7:30: The Whites (host); Jack Greene; Ralph Stanley
8:00: George Hamilton IV (host); Jan Howard; The Lovell Sisters; Opry Square Dancers
8:30: Mike Snider (host); Connie Smith; Charlie Daniels Band

2nd show
9:30; Jimmy Dickens (host); Jimmy C Newman; Holly Williams
10:00: The Whites (host); Jack Greene; Ralph Stanley
10:30: Mike Snider (host); Ray Pillow; Charlie Daniels Band; Opry Square Dancers
11:00: Vince Gill (host); Connie Smith; The Lovell Sisters

I had to look up Shane Yellowbird as I honestly couldn't remember who he was. Shane is from Canada and had won several Canadian Country Music Awards prior to 2009, which was the year that his last album was released. While still apparently active, it seems that he really hasn't done much lately.

Now from 25 years ago, Saturday November 19, 1994:

1st show
6:30: Grandpa Jones (host); Jeanne Pruett; Alison Krauss
6:45: Bill Monroe (host); Riders In The Sky
7:00: Porter Wagoner (host); Brother Oswald; Dan Kelly; Jan Howard; Jack Greene; Bill Carlisle
7:30: Jimmy Dickens (host); Loretta Lynn; Patty Loveless
8:00: Bill Anderson (host); Opry Square Dance Band; The Melvin Sloan Dancers; Charlie Louvin; Jimmy Sturr
8:30: Hank Snow (host); Jeannie Seely; Jim Ed Brown; Connie Smith; Jimmy C Newman

2nd show
9:30: Porter Wagoner (host); Jeanne Pruett; Jim and Jesse; Patty Loveless
10:00: Grandpa Jones (host); Loretta Lynn; Johnny Russell
10:15: Bill Monroe (host); The Four Guys
10:30: Jimmy Dickens (host); Riders In The Sky
10:45: Bill Anderson (host); The Whites; Opry Square Dance Band; The Melvin Sloan Dancers
11:00: Hank Snow (host); Jeannie Seely; Charlie Walker; Nashville Bluegrass Band; Del Reeves
11:30: Mike Snider (host); Connie Smith; Billy Walker; John Conlee

Finally, from 50 years ago, Saturday November 22, 1969:

1st show
6:30: Willis Brothers (host); Lonzo and Oscar; Del Wood
6:45: Charlie Walker (host); Wilma Lee Cooper; Urel Albert
7:00: Archie Campbell (host); Lorene Mann; The Four Guys; David Peel
7:30: Roy Acuff (host); Stu Phillips; Bill Carlisle; Crook Brothers
8:00: Jimmy C Newman (host); Stan Hitchcock; Margie Bowes
8:30: Tex Ritter (host); Stonewall Jackson; Marion Worth; Fruit Jar Drinkers

2nd show
9:30: Willis Brothers (host); Lonzo and Oscar; Wilma Lee Cooper; Del Wood
10:00: Archie Campbell (host); Lorene Mann; Charlie Walker
10:15: Stu Phillips (host); Jim and Jesse; The Four Guys
10:30: Roy Acuff (host); Urel Albert
10:45: Stonewall Jackson (host); Bill Carlisle; Crook Brothers
11:00: Tex Ritter (host); Margie Bowes; David Peel; Fruit Jar Drinkers; Sam McGee
11:30: Jimmy C Newman (host); Marion Worth; Stan Hitchcock

One name that night who might not be familiar to everyone is David Peel.

While born and raised in Nashville, TN, David hitchhiked with his guitar in tow to Hollywood during a college Spring break in pursuit of a folk-singing career. With dreams of singing the songs he knew and loved driving him forward, he began playing venues throughout Southern California. However, upon discovery by actor Fess Parker of acclaimed Disney films such as 'Old Yeller' and 'Davy Crockett', and star of the hit television series 'Daniel Boone', David began an acting career instead, appearing in series such as 'The Virginian' as well as in 'Daniel Boone'. With the distinction of being the only true "Nashvillian" in the cast, his single film credit would be to play a major role in Robert Altman's Academy-Award-nominated movie, 'Nashville' with Lily Tomlin, Jeff Goldblum, and Henry Gibson.

Returning to his musical roots, David established his own solo recording career in Nashville. He quickly hit national country charts with a string of hit singles including 'I'm Walkin'' and 'Wax Museum' , later to add 5 additional albums; 'Move Two Mountains', 'Hit the Road Jack', 'Rise and Walk', 'I'll Sing On', and 'Glory Bound' to his decades-spanning career.

David is still active today, primarily doing smaller, private events.
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Taking a look back, it was 17 years ago, Saturday November 23, 2002 that Jim McReynolds performed on the Grand Ole Opry for the final time.

James Monroe McReynolds was born on February 13, 1927 in the tiny community of Carfax, Virginia. Musical instruments were always abundant in the McReynolds family, and both Jim and his younger brother Jesse started playing music at a very young age. Both sides of their family played and sang the old-time traditional mountain music. In fact, their grandfather Charles McReynolds, a fiddle player of note, recorded at the historic RCA sessions held in Bristol, Va. in 1927.

When Jim & Jesse were learning to play and sing, the brother duet acts in country music were extremely popular. They listened to the radio shows and bought 78 rpm records of such pioneers as the Delmore Brothers, the Monroe Brothers, and the Blue Sky Boys, and sought to emulate their styles. With Jesse playing mandolin and singing lead and Jim providing the tenor harmony and guitar accompaniment, the two brothers came up with a vocal blend that was uniquely their own.

Following Jim's discharge from the United States Army, he and Jesse made their professional debut a few months later in the spring of 1947 on WNVA in Norton, Va. This tenure lasted only a few months and was the beginning of a long succession of radio jobs. They appeared on stations in Charleston, W.Va., Bristol, Va., Forest City, N.C., Augusta, Ga., Waterloo, Ia., Wichita, Kansas, eventually working their way to Versailles, Kentucky, where in 1952 they joined the Kentucky Barn Dance.

By 1956, Jim & Jesse were appearing on television in Tallahassee, Fla., and subsequent shows were added in Savannah, Ga., Dothan, Ala., Pensacola, Fla., and Valdosta, Ga., where they later moved. They signed with Starday Records in 1958 and recorded several tunes which became standards, including "Hard Hearted" and "Pardon Me," along with the instrumentals "Dixie Hoedown" and "Border Ride."

In 1960, Martha White Flour began sponsoring Jim & Jesse on television, and the following year they moved to Prattville, Ala., and also made their first guest appearance on the Grand Ole Opry. A recording contract with Columbia produced such classics as "Gosh I Miss You All The Time" and "Diesel Train" before they migrated over to Epic where they would enjoy their biggest commercial success. In the early 1960's, the Jim & Jesse sound really crystallized with Allen Shelton on banjo and Jimmy Buchanan on Fiddle, producing the classic albums "Bluegrass Special," "Bluegrass Classics," and "The Old Country Church."

After many guest appearances, on March 2, 1964, Jim & Jesse fulfilled their life's dream to become members of WSM's Grand Ole Opry. Their records continued to sell at a steady pace, but as the bluegrass and country music fields became separate industries, Jim & Jesse had to adapt to keep up with the times. They added electric instrumentation to their recordings and hired musicians who could double on both acoustic and electric instruments. They also had many BILLBOARD country chart hits including the well-known "Diesel on my Tail."

In 1993, the brothers received bluegrass music's highest honor when they were inducted into the International Bluegrass Music Association's Hall of Honor. They later went to the White House in 1997 to receive the prestigious National Heritage Fellowship Award from then First Lady Hillary Clinton.

In 2001, Jim started experiencing voice problems. After visiting numerous doctors and specialists, he was advised not to sing. In April of 2002, he underwent thyroid surgery and cancer was found, and it had spread to the lymph nodes. Jim was off the road until June, but resumed with Jesse and continued undergoing chemotherapy and radiation treatments. His condition worsened and he developed brain tumors.

Through it all, Jim never lost his dignity. His last appearance was at the Ryman Auditorium on WSM's Grand Ole Opry on Saturday, November 23, 2002. He had to be helped to the stage, and even though he couldn't sing, sitting on a stool, he played rhythm guitar flawlessly. His appearance, as always, was neat, clean, and pressed to the highest degree as he smiled with pride helping to make the music he loved for the last time.

Sadly, on December 19, Jim's wife Arreta, died suddenly of a massive heart attack. Jim started hospice care the next day. His death came December 31, at 7:40 p.m. at  the Sumner Regional Medical Center in Gallatin, Tenn. His daughter Janeen was by his side.

Funeral services were held at the Alexander Funeral Home in Gallatin, on January 4, with burial taking place the next day at the Robinette Cemetery, a small family cemetery on top of a mountain at the McReynolds' homeplace where Jim was born in Carfax, Va.

Here is the running order from Saturday November 23, 2002, the final night that brothers Jim and Jesse McReynolds performed on the Grand Ole Opry for the final time:

1st show
6:30: Tennessee Pride
Jimmy Dickens (host): Sleepin' at the Foot of the Bed
The Whites: Swing Down Chariot
Steve Forbert: My Carolina Sunshine Girl; My Rough and Rowdy Ways
Jimmy Dickens: Another Bridge to Burn; Mountain Dew

7:00: Gutter Guard/Standard Candy
Steve Azar: I Don't Have to Be Me 'Til Monday/Waiting on Joe
Jean Shepard: I'm Not that Good at Goodbye
Steve Wariner: Tips of My Fingers/This Christmas Prayer
Montgomery Gentry: This Is My Town/She Changed Her Mind/Hillbilly Shoes
Diamond Rio: What A Beautiful Mess I'm In/I Believe/Unbelievable
Jean Shepard and Steve Wariner: The Great Speckled Bird/Wabash Cannonball

8:00: Martha White
Mike Snider (host): Smith Reel; Miller's Reel
Bill Carlisle: Too Old to Cut the Mustard
Holly Dunn: Can't Stop Now/Daddy's Hands
Opry Square Dance Band: Blackberry Blossom

8:30: Physicians Mutual
Jim Ed Brown (host): Bar Room Pals and Good Time Gals
Jimmy C Newman: Big Mamou/Cajun Stripper
Connie Smith: I Never Once Stopped Loving You/Satisfied
Jim Ed Brown: Morning

2nd show
9:30: Tootsie's
Jimmy Dickens (host): Take an Old Cold Tater
Connie Smith: Ribbon of Darkness/You Got Me Right Where You Want Me
Montgomery Gentry: This Is My Town/Hillbilly Shoes
Jimmy Dickens: I'd Rather Sleep in Peace then Know You're Gone

10:00: Lincoln Mercury/Shoney's
Jean Shepard (host): Silver Threads & Golden Needles
Jan Howard: I Can't Help It
Jim and Jesse: I Wish You Knew
Diamond Rio: Love a Little Stronger/One More Day
Jean Shepard: Half A Mind/Let's All Go Down to the River/I Saw the Light/Will the Circle Be Unbroken/I'll Fly Away/Somebody Touched Me

10:30: WSM online.com/Wildhorse Saloon
Steve Wariner (host): On Life's Highway
Holly Dunn: You Really Had Me Going
Steve Forbert: My Carolina Sunshine Girl/My Rough and Rowdy Ways
Opry Square Dance Band: Rachel
Steve Wariner: This Christmas Prayer

11:00: Coca Cola
Jim Ed Brown (host): Morning Comes Too Early
Jimmy C Newman: Diggy Liggy Lo/Cajun Stripper
Steve Azar: My Heart Wants to Run/?/
Jim Ed Brown: The 3 Bells

11:30: Tootsie's
Mike Snider (host): Acorn Hill; Crazy Creek
Ray Pillow: I'm Still Not Over Losing You
The Whites: Pins & Needles/Keep on the Sunny Side
Mike Snider: Sourwood Mountain/Lost Indian

There you have it for this week. As always, thanks for reading and commenting and I hope everyone enjoys the Opry this weekend!!









Tuesday, November 19, 2019

Tuesday Night Opry 11/19

As a public service, since the Opry did not post the line-up on their new and improved website, here it is for tonight:

7:00: Bill Anderson; Abby Anderson; Del McCoury Band; Blanco Brown
Intermission
8:15: Lee Roy Parnell; Sylvia; Henry Cho
8:45: Dailey & Vincent; Charley Pride

Very, very rare to see Charley Pride on a week night show and there are actually four Opry members.

Overall, a very solid line-up



Thursday, November 14, 2019

Grand Ole Opry 11/15 & 11/16

The Grand Ole Opry has posted the line-ups for the four shows this weekend as the Opry continues the winter run at the Ryman Auditorium. With the smaller capacity of the Ryman, the Opry will go with two shows each night, Friday and Saturday.

In looking at the shows for this weekend, and while there is no "big" name on either night that would attract a boatload of fans, the shows are all solid and have a lot of variety.

Grand Ole Opry members scheduled for all four shows include John Conlee, Mike Snider, Bill Anderson and Riders In The Sky. Joining that group on the Friday Night Opry will be Jeannie Seely, along with Jesse McReynolds on the first show and Bobby Osborne on the late one. Saturday night, Connie Smith and The Whites are scheduled. As we have seen many times, it is the veteran Opry members who are carrying the load each night.

Comedian Gary Mule Deer will be guesting on all four shows. Joining him on Friday night will Lee Greenwood. Joining Lee will be Scott Mulvahill, Maggie Rose and Home Free. Saturday night, in addition to Gary Mule Deer, those listed include Cassadee Pope, King Calaway, Charles Esten, and making her Opry debut, Caroline Jones (not to be confused with the actress Carolyn Jones who passed away several decades ago.

Friday November 15
1st show
7:00: Jeannie Seely (host); Scott Mulvahill; Mike Snider
7:30: Bill Anderson (host); Jesse McReynolds; Maggie Rose
8:00: John Conlee (host); Gary Mule Deer; Home Free
8:30: Riders In The Sky (host); Lee Greenwood

2nd show
9:30: Jeannie Seely (host); Scott Mulvahill; Mike Snider
10:00: Bill Anderson (host); Bobby Osborne & The Rocky Top X-Press; Maggie Rose
10:30: John Conlee (host); Gary Mule Deer; Home Free
11:00: Riders In The Sky (host); Lee Greenwood

Saturday November 16
1st show
7:00: John Conlee (host); Cassadee Pope; Mike Snider
7:30: Bill Anderson (host); The Whites; King Calaway
8:00: Connie Smith (host); Gary Mule Deer; Opry Square Dancers
8:30: Riders In The Sky (host); Caroline Jones; Charles Esten

2nd show
9:30: John Conlee (host); Cassadee Pope; Mike Snider
10:00: Bill Anderson (host); The Whites; King Calaway
10:30: Connie Smith (host); Gary Mule Deer; Opry Square Dancers
11:00: Riders In The Sky (host); Caroline Jones; Charles Esten

Caroline Jones, who is making her Grand Ole Opry debut on Saturday night, might not be a familiar name to many country music fans.

Declared one of Rolling Stone’s “10 Country Artists You Need to Know” as “an ambitious, entrepreneurial guitar heroine primed to bring back the pop-country glory of the Nineties,”singer-songwriter and multi-instrumentalist Caroline Jones co-produced her forthcoming EP, Chasin’ Me, with Grammy and Academy Award-winning producer Ric Wake. The talented independent artist wrote all tracks of the EP except for “Gulf Coast Girl,” written for her by Jimmy Buffett and Mac McAnally, and “All of the Boys,” co-written with Zac Brown.

Garnering over 5 million impressions across platforms, the video for title track Chasin’ Me spent three weeks at the #1 spot on CMT.com’s 12 Pack Countdown. In April, she made her late-night debut on The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon with a brand-new rendition of her tongue-in-cheek anthem “Tough Guys,” to be included in the track listing.

On June 9th, Caroline kicked off her third consecutive year touring with Zac Brown Band, and prior to that, she was on the road with Kenny Chesney. Throughout 2018, Jones toured with Jimmy Buffett & the Eagles, Zac Brown Band & OneRepublic, Tim McGraw & Faith Hill, Vince Gill, and Kip Moore, among other performances and festivals.

When she is not on the road touring, Caroline is also the host of Sirius XM’s Art & Soul where she sits down with musicians from around the world for intimate acoustic performances and conversations about their craft and creating the perfect song.
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And now, here is the posted Grand Ole Opry line-up from ten years ago, the weekend of November 13 & 14, 2009:

Friday November 13
7:00: Ricky Skaggs (host); Jean Shepard; The Whites
7:30: Jimmy Dickens (host); Connie Smith; Joe Diffie
8:00: Mike Snider (host); Jeannie Seely; Jim Ed Brown; Steve Wariner
8:30: Bill Anderson (host); The Band Perry; Josh Turner

Saturday November 14
1st show
7:00: Jimmy Dickens (host); Connie Smith; Jim Ed Brown
7:30: Bill Anderson (host); Jean Shepard; Mike Snider; Opry Square Dancers
8:00: Carrie Underwood; Jake Owen; Martina McBride; Rodney Atkins

2nd show
9:30: Jimmy Dickens (host); The Whites; Jack Greene; Martina McBride
10:00: Mike Snider (host); Jan Howard; Jimmy C Newman; Carrie Underwood
10:30: Jeannie Seely (host); Jean Shepard; Rodney Atkins; Opry Square Dancers
11:00: Bill Anderson (host); Jesse McReynolds & The Virginia Boys; Jake Owen

And from 50 years ago, Saturday November 15, 1969:

1st show
6:30: Bill Monroe (host); Wilma Lee Cooper; Tommy Jones
6:45: Ray Pillow (host); Del Wood; Cousin Jody
7:00: Roy Acuff (host); Justin Tubb; Ernie Ashworth; Cal Smith
7:30: Stu Phillips (host); Stan Hitchcock; Martha Carson; Crook Brothers
8:00: Willis Brothers (host); Dottie West; Stringbean; Jack Barlow
8:30: Hank Snow (host); Jim Glaser; Bill Carlisle; Fruit Jar Drinkers; Marion Worth; Red Sovine

2nd show
9:30: Willis Brothers (host); Wilma Lee Cooper; Cal Smith; Tommy Jones
10:00: Justin Tubb (host); Stringbean; Archie Campbell
10:15: Roy Acuff (host); Del Wood; Martha Carson
10:30: Stu Phillips (host); Stan Hitchcock; Cousin Jody
10:45: Ernie Ashworth (host); Jack Barlow; Crook Brothers
11:00: Hank Snow (host); Dottie West; Ray Pillow; Fruit Jar Drinkers; Red Sovine; Sam McGee
11:30: Glaser Brothers (host); Marion Worth; Bill Carlisle

Finally, continuing with the theme of 1974, the first year at the Grand Ole Opry House, here is the running order from 45 years ago, Saturday November 16, 1974:

1st show
6:30: Mrs. Grissoms
Charlie Louvin (host): You're My Wife; She's My Woman
The Four Guys: Turn Your Radio On
Charlie Louvin: I Want to See You

6:45: Rudy's
Billy Walker (host): Sing Me A Love Song to Baby
Wilma Lee and Stoney Cooper: I'm Going Home on the Morning Train
Ernie Ashworth: Each Moment Spent with You
Billy Walker: You Gave Me a Mountain

7:00: Rudy's
Porter Wagoner (host): On A Highway Headed South
Billy Grammer: Detroit City
Justin Tubb: Sunshine Lady
Barbara Lea: Ain't Love Grand
Porter Wagoner: Carolina Moonshine
Billy Grammer: God Will Take Care of You/Whispering Hope
Justin Tubb: Loving Arms
Porter Wagoner: Wake Up, Jacob

7:30: Standard Candy
Roy Acuff (host): Old Time Sunshine Song
Jimmy C Newman: Jambalaya
Lonzo and Oscar: Traces of Life
Del Wood: There's a Big Wheel
Roy Acuff: The Great Speckled Bird
Crook Brothers and The Stoney Mountain Cloggers: Cotton Eyed Joe
Jimmy C Newman: Tennessee Waltz
Roy Acuff: I'll Fly Away

8:00: Martha White
Lester Flatt (host): Wonder if You're Lonesome, Too
Dottie West: Paper Mansions
Stu Phillips: There Must Be Another Way to Say Goodbye
Willis Brothers: Buying Popcorn
Lester Flatt: Great Big Woman & A Little Biddy Bottle of Wine
Dottie West: Sweet Memories
Stu Phillips: Let Me Love You All Over Again
Nashville Grass: Ashes of Love

8:30: Stephens
Hank Snow (host): I'm Moving On
Stonewall Jackson: Don't Be Late
Marion Worth: Put Your Hand in the Hand
Fruit Jar Drinkers: Nubbing Ridge
Hank Snow: Paper Roses
Stonewall Jackson: I Washed My Hands in Muddy Water
Hank Snow: Hello Love

2nd show
9:30: Kellogg's
Bill Anderson (host): It's My Life/Happy State of Mind/Gentle on My Mind
Willis Brothers: Truck Stop
Charlie Louvin: I Don't Love You Anymore/Think I'll Go Somewhere & Cry Myself to Sleep/See the Big Man Cry
Ernie Ashworth: My Love for You
Bill Anderson: Everytime I Turn the Radio On
Mary Lou Turner: He Thinks I Still Care
Charlie Louvin: will You Visit Me on Sundays/What Are Those Things
Bill Anderson: Don't She Look Good

10:00: Fender
Billy Walker (host): Things
Dottie West: Sweet Memories
Del Wood: Keep on the Firing Line
Billy Walker: How Great Thou Art

10:15: Union 76
Porter Wagoner (host): On A Highway Headed South
Billy Grammer: Good Night Waltz
Barbara Lea: Ain't Love Grand
Porter Wagoner: The Last One to Touch Me

10:30: Trailblazer
Lester Flatt (host): Salty Dog Blues
Justin Tubb: Sunshine Lady
Wilma Lee and Stoney Cooper: The Bluebirds Singing for Me
Marty Stuart: Rawhide

10:45: Beech-Nut
Roy Acuff (host): Wabash Cannonball
Jimmy C Newman: Big Mamou
Crook Brothers and The Stoney Mountain Cloggers: Eighth of January
Roy Acuff: I Saw the Light

11:00: Coca-Cola
Hank Snow (host): Gonna Find Me a Bluebird
The Four Guys: Hello Walls/Big Bad John/Wings of a Dove
Fruit Jar Drinkers: Hickory Leaf
Lonzo and Oscar: Charming Betsy
The Four Guys: Let There Be Peace
Sam McGee: Whispering Hope
Hank Snow: I'm Not at All Sorry for You

11:30: Elm Hill
Stonewall Jackson (host): Me & You & A Dog Named Boo
Marion Worth: Back Home Again/Sleeping at the Foot of the Bed
Stu Phillips: She Thinks I Still Care/Why Me Lord
Stonewall Jackson: Don't Be Angry/Washed My Hands in Muddy Water/Waterloo

There you have it as we continue to roll through November. As always, thanks for reading and commenting and I hope everyone enjoys the Opry this weekend.




Monday, November 11, 2019

Tuesday Night Opry 11/12

Here is the line-up for the Tuesday Night Opry, November 12:

7:00: Jeannie Seely; John Berry
7:30: Chonda Pierce; Tenille Towns
Intermission
8:15: Tyler Rich; Michael Cleveland & Flamekeeper
8:45: Grace Potter; Craig Morgan

Unlike last week, when only one Opry member was on the schedule, this week there is double that number, meaning we are up to two members. Frankly, with the CMA Award show the next night, I thought we would see a stronger line-up.

Of note, this will be the Opry debut for Grace Potter.

For those who have logged on to buy 2020 Grand Ole Opry tickets, you will notice a couple of things. First, the price structure has really changed with more categories: Diamond ($115); Platinum ($105); Premium ($90); Preferred ($78); Gold ($60); Rhinestone ($55); Limited View ($50); and Standing Room ($60). Secondly, you still have to call the box office for the prime seats. The reason is that the Opry is trying to limit the number of tickets that could possibly fall into the hands of scalpers and those operating the secondary ticket sites.

Meanwhile, in my opinion. the website continues to be not very user friendly.

Sunday, November 10, 2019

November Opry Highlights

Hard to believe but November is upon us. Many consider the months of November, December, January and February the "winter" months, as the cold wind from the North starts blowing. As far as the Grand Ole Opry is concerned, November is the start of the "winter run" as the Opry moves from the Grand Ole Opry House downtown to it's most famous former home, the Ryman Auditorium. Doing what I do at the start of each month, here are the important and historical events that have taken place at the Grand Ole Opry, or in relation to members of the Opry, during the month of November:

November 9, 1895: The man who started it all, George D. Hay was born on this date in Attica, Indiana. A member of the Country Music Hall of Fame, he came to Nashville and WSM in 1925 and in November of that year started the WSM Barn Dance, later to be named the Grand Ole Opry. As his influence at WSM and the Opry declined as the years went on, he would eventually leave Nashville and move to Virginia Beach, Virginia, where he passed away in 1968.

November 11, 1899: Kirk McGee, one of the Opry's original performers, was born in Franklin, Tennessee. Kirk, along with his brother Sam, would perform on the Opry with a variety of performers and often backed up the square dancers. Kirk would remain with the Opry until his death in 1983.

November 28, 1912: Early Grand Ole Opry member Robert Lunn was born in Franklin, Tennessee. He was nicknamed the "Original Talking Blues Man." Robert first appeared on the Grand Ole Opry on March 31, 1934, and he stayed with the Opry until he retired in 1958. What is interesting is that he was known for his "Talking Blues" yes he never recorded the song until 1947. He was very popular and did many early Opry tent shows, often appearing with Roy Acuff.

November 6, 1925: Uncle Dave Macon, Sid Harkreader and Dr. Humphrey Bate performed a show at the Ryman Auditorium that was broadcast on WSM radio. This is considered the first country music concert to have been broadcast on WSM.

November 9, 1925: George D. Hay began working at WSM radio in Nashville, with the title of "Radio Director." Later in the month, he would put Uncle Jimmy Thompson in front of a WSM microphone on a Saturday night, which was the beginning of the WSM Barn Dance, later renamed the Grand Ole Opry.

November 28, 1925: At 8:00 p.m., and originating from the fifth-floor studio at the National Life and Accident Insurance Company's headquarters in downtown Nashville, George D. Hay stepped up to a microphone and introduced Uncle Jimmy Thompson on WSM radio. This is considered as the birth of the Grand Ole Opry. The first tune played by Uncle Jimmy was "Tennessee Wagoner."

November 2, 1926: Former Grand Ole Opry member Charlie Walker was born in Texas. This former disc jockey joined the Grand Ole Opry in 1967 and would remain a member of the Opry until his death in 2008. Each of the occasions that I had the opportunity to speak to Charlie, I always found him friendly and interesting.

November 30, 1931: Teddy Wilburn was born. Teddy, along with his brother Doyle, were longtime members of the Grand Ole Opry. After Doyle's death, Teddy remained as a solo artist on the Opry, until his death in 2003.

November 1, 1937: Grand Ole Opry member Bill Anderson was born. Bill became an Opry member in 1961 and is still an active member today. Not only has the Country Music Hall of Fame member have numerous hit records to his credit, but he is also considered one of the great songwriters in the history of country music and this past year he was elected to the Songwriters Hall of Fame.  Hard to believe that Bill will be 82 this year. He still sounds great and continues to write great songs.

November 30, 1940: Minnie Pearl made her Grand Ole Opry debut. Minnie would become one of the most beloved members in the history of the Grand Ole Opry and would be an Opry member for over 50 years.

November 2, 1948: Roy Acuff was defeated in his campaign to become the Governor of Tennessee. While Roy would remain a big supporter of Republican candidates, Roy himself would never run for public office again. Roy's campaign mixed country music and politics, but it was not enough to overcome the Democratic majority in Tennessee.

November 6, 1948: While official records are many times hard to come by, it would appear that this was the date that Jimmy Dickens first became a member of the Grand Ole Opry. Jimmy was an Opry member until leaving in 1957, however he returned to the cast in 1975. Jimmy then stayed with the Opry until his death in January 2015.

November 13, 1949: The Grand Ole Opry sponsored its first overseas tour, as a group of Opry performers traveled to England, Germany and the Azores as part of a USO sponsored tour. Among the Opry stars making the trip were Roy Acuff, Rod Brasfield, Jimmy Dickens, Red Foley, Minnie Pearl and Hank Williams.

November 22, 1952: The first Country Music Disc Jockey convention took place in Nashville. Among the activities that took place was the Grand Ole Opry birthday celebration, the first time a formal event was held to recognize the Opry's anniversary. The DJ convention would continue to grow, eventually growing into such events as Country Music Month and Fan Fair. While the DJ meetings would move to February, the Opry still celebrates his birthday/anniversary each fall, now usually taking place the first or second weekend in October.

November 13, 1953: Del Wood became a member of the Grand Ole Opry. Del was known for her ragtime piano playing, and her #1 record, "Down Yonder." Del would remain as a member until her death in October 1989.

November 14, 1953: Bill Carlisle joined the cast of the Grand Ole Opry. Bill was an Opry member for just over 49 years, until passing away on March 17, 2003, the same year that he was elected to the Country Music Hall of Fame.

November 20, 1954: Western singer and television star Gene Autry made his first appearance on the Grand Ole Opry.

November 21, 1955: Jean Shepard became a member of the Grand Ole Opry. Jean, who passed away in 2016, was an Opry member for over 60 years, the only female to achieve that number. Not only was November 21 the date that Jean joined the Opry, but it was also her birthday and wedding anniversary. It should be noted that after Jean joined the Opry in 1955, she never left.

November 3, 1956: The great Stonewall Jackson originally joined the cast of the Grand Ole Opry. This year will mark his 63rd anniversary from when he first joined the show. While it is now over 60 years since Stonewall originally joined, it should be noted that Stonewall was fired from the Opry in 1964 for failing to make the required number of annual appearances. He rejoined the cast in 1969. Stonewall's last appearance on the Opry was several years ago when he was recognized upon his 60th anniversary of joining the Opry. It would certainly be nice to see Stonewall back on the Opry once again.

November 10, 1956: The Wilburn Brothers, Teddy and Doyle, became official members of the Grand Ole Opry. Teddy and Doyle, along with other family members, originally came to the Opry in the 1940s, however due to child labor laws, they were sent packing. Thankfully, with the help of Roy Acuff, the brothers returned and became one of the most successful brother acts in the history of country music.

November 9, 1960; Hank Locklin accepted an invitation to become a member of the Grand Ole Opry. Hank had made his first Opry guest appearance on November 28, 1953. Over the years, he would continue to guest until finally becoming an Opry member. Hank would remain an Opry member until his death in March 2009, 6 month short of 50 years as an Opry member.

November 3, 1961: The Country Music Association announced the first class of inductees to the new Country Music Hall of Fame. In that first class were Jimmie Rodgers, Fred Rose and Hank Williams. Roy Acuff would join that group the following year to become the first living inductee into the Hall.

November 25, 1961: Grand Ole Opry announcer, and WSM air personality, Eddie Stubbs was born in Gaithersburg, Maryland. Before joining WSM, Eddie was a fiddle player with the Johnson Mountain Boys, and then later he was a part of Kitty Wells' band.

November 29, 1961: A group of Opry members, which included Jim Reeves, Marty Robbins, Bill Monroe, Patsy Cline and Grandpa Jones, performed before a sold-out audience at Carnegie Hall in New York.

November 7, 1964: Minnie Pearl performed on the Grand Ole Opry for the final time before taking a leave of absence from the show. If not for taking the leave, Minnie would have been dismissed from the Opry the following month as part of the Purge of 1964. Minnie was just so busy traveling and doing television shows that she wasn't around Nashville all that often. Minnie would return to the Opry on February 12, 1966.

November 28, 1964: Willie Nelson became a member of the Grand Ole Opry. Willie was an Opry member for just several years, as Nashville was tough on him and he eventually left Music City, returning to his native Texas and reinventing his career. While at the Opry, Willie would constantly complain about the low pay and having to give up every Saturday night to be there.

November 25, 1965: Leroy Van Dyke was fired/suspended as a member of the Grand Ole Opry for failing to meet the Opry's attendance requirements. Leroy had joined the Opry's cast a few years earlier. While Leroy never returned as an Opry member, he has made guest appearances on the show.

November 25, 1967: Porter Wagoner and Dolly Parton performed on the Grand Ole Opry for the first time. Dolly's first Opry appearance since 1959 was the previous month, however on that show, Porter and Dolly did not do a duet. The song they performed that night was "The Last Thing on My Mind." While not an Opry member, Dolly would join the cast in January 1969.

November 20, 1968: While not specific to the Grand Ole Opry, the first televised Country Music Association Awards show was televised on NBC. While the awards started in 1966, it took several years to find a network interested in airing it. The show was televised from the Ryman Auditorium with Roy Rogers and Dale Evans as the hosts.

November 12, 1971: Construction officially started on the new Grand Ole Opry House at Opryland USA. It was a massive project, taking until March 1974 to complete. While there were initial worries about the Opry leaving downtown and the Ryman Auditorium, the Opry has done just fine in its new home.

November 10, 1973: David Akeman, known professionally as Stringbean, made his final appearance on the Grand Ole Opry. Later that night, when he and his wife Estelle returned home, they were ambushed and murdered by two men who were waiting in their home to rob them. The bodies were found the following morning by their neighbor and good friend, Grandpa Jones, who had come to pick up Stringbean for a fishing trip. Nashville, and the Opry, was shaken by the murders, with many Opry members, led by Roy Acuff, calling for the death penalty. Grandpa Jones left Nashville for a number of years, moving to Arkansas and opening his own dinner theater. The killers were quickly caught and convicted. One died in prison and the other is out on parole.

November 24, 1975: One of the Opry's early members, Asher Sizemore, passed away at the age of 69. Asher appeared on the Opry with his son, known as "Little Jimmie." While there is some confusion as to when they started on the Opry, the date appears to be September 24, 1932. They were on the Opry for most of the 1930s, leaving the Opry in 1942. Years after they left the Opry, the pair would continue to perform on various radio stations, primarily in the Midwest.

November 5, 1983: Glen Campbell made his first guest appearance on the Grand Ole Opry. He performed a melody of his hits.

November 21, 1985: Reba McEntire made her first appearance as a member of the Grand Ole Opry. Reba had actually joined the show earlier when she was asked to join during a taping of the Opry's 60th anniversary show. Since the show was taped for later broadcast, news of her Opry membership was kept under wraps. Reba, whose Opry appearances have become few and far between, has been an Opry member for 34 years.

November 3, 1990: Minnie Pearl was honored as an Opry member for 50 years. She joined the cast in 1940. As a member of the Country Music Hall of Fame, this comedian is considered one of the great stars in the history of the Grand Ole Opry.

November 15, 1992: The Grand Ole Opry radio program was inducted into the Museum of Broadcast Communication's Hall of Fame.

November 23, 1992: Grand Ole Opry member Roy Acuff passed away in Nashville, just one month after his final appearance on the Opry. His influence at the Opry, and with country music in general, cannot be overstated. Thanks in large part to Acuff-Rose Publishing, Nashville became the home of country music. Roy was a member of the Grand Ole Opry for over 50 years, and for many years he was the Opry's most popular member. There are many who feel that his death was the first nail in the coffin that had led to the many changes that have taken place at the Opry over the past several decades.

November 28, 1992: Marty Stuart became a member of the Grand Ole Opry. This will be Marty's 27th year as an Opry member. Marty joined the Opry's cast the week after Roy Acuff passed away and I thought Marty would be great addition to the Opry. Sadly, Marty seems to have gone in a different direction and he seldom appears on the show.

November 27, 1993: Joe Diffie became a member of the Grand Ole Opry. This will be Joe's 26th anniversary as a member of the Opry. I would expect the Opry to recognize this anniversary later this month.

November 6, 1993: Grand Ole Opry member David Houston made his final appearance on the Grand Ole Opry.

November 30, 1993: Just weeks after his final Opry appearance, David Houston passed away at the age of 57. David, who came to Nashville and the Opry from the Louisiana Hayride, had one of the biggest hits in the history of country music with "Almost Persuaded." David had joined the Opry in 1972.

November 30, 1995: Martina McBride became a member of the Grand Ole Opry. Martina joined during a CBS television special that celebrated the Opry's 70th anniversary. This will be her 24th year as an Opry member. Loretta Lynn, who Martina said was a big influence to her while she was learning the business, did the formal induction. Regarding Martina, I love this story that I have repeated several times: She actually appeared on the Opry as part of the 70th anniversary birthday bash that was televised by TNN. She was the last performer on the televised segment before the cake was to be brought out, along with the cast singing "Happy Birthday Grand Ole Opry" which always concluded the televised segment. During her portion, she sang two ballads that ran long, causing the cake and singing to be delayed until the next segment, which was not televised. There were many unhappy viewers at home who missed this Opry tradition, and many unhappy Opry members, who missed the chance to be onstage during the televised segment. Martina was very upset afterwards, believing that her mistake on the timing of her songs, cost her a chance of becoming an Opry member, something she always dreamed of. She apologized to everyone she could fine that night, and dreams do come true as the following month, she became an Opry member.

November 23, 1996: Trace Adkins made his first appearance as a guest on the Opry. 7 years later, in August 2003, he would become an Opry member. Trace has told the story several times that on the night of his first appearance, Grandpa Jones, who was hosting the segment, forgot his name. Not unusual for Grandpa.

November 8, 1997: Johnny Paycheck became a member of the Grand Ole Opry. For Johnny, this came pretty late in his life, and after several years of trying to rebuild his image and career after some series legal issues that included prison. Johnny Russell did a lot of work behind the scenes to help Johnny become a member, convincing Opry management that Johnny had cleaned up his act. Sadly, Johnny became ill a few years after joining the show.

November 7, 1998: Jimmy Dickens was honored for 50 years of Opry membership. Jimmy, who originally joined the Opry in 1948, was joined that night by Waylon Jennings, Bill Anderson, Carl Smith and Bobby Bare.

November 5, 1999: In a stunning move, Opry General Manager Pete Fisher announced a reorganization of the Opry Staff Band, which resulted a several of the band members being dismissed. Included in that list were Buddy Harman, Leon Rhodes, Joe Edwards, Ralph Davis and Ray Johnston. According to Pete Fisher, "After several months of observing what was going on with the staff band I made a decision to restructure it, not only to achieve efficiency, but also to upgrade the quality so that we're providing the best service we can."

November 23, 2000: Dolly Parton and Vince Gill hosted a CBS televised special celebrating the 75th anniversary of the Grand Ole Opry.

November 24, 2000: Grand Ole Opry member Johnny Russell made his final appearance on the Friday Night Opry, thus ending his performing career as ill health forced his retirement. Johnny's final Saturday night appearance had taken place the previous week, on Saturday November 18. Johnny passed away several years later after a period of declining health.

November 8, 2002: The Grand Ole Opry was broadcast for the first time on Sirius satellite radio. For many, it was the first time that they were able to listen to an entire Opry show, while for others, it was the first time to enjoy the show without static.

November 23, 2002: Jim & Jesse McReynolds performed on the Opry for the final time. Jim McReynolds, who was in the final stages of an illness that would lead to his death on December 31, sang and played his guitar while sitting. The brothers had been Opry members since 1964, with Jesse still actively performing on the Opry.

November 30, 2002: Tim McGraw made his first guest appearance on the Opry. While never becoming an Opry member, Tim would appear on the Opry stage a few more times.

November 1, 2003: Grand Ole Opry member Holly Dunn made her final appearance on the Grand Ole Opry. Holly made the decision to give up her musical career and moved to New Mexico to pursue her passion as an artist. Sadly, and unlike a few other Opry members who retired from performing, Holly was fired as an Opry member several years later.

November 17, 2003: Grand Ole Opry member Don Gibson passed away in Nashville. Don was one of the greatest songwriters in the history of country music and in 2001 he had been elected to the Country Music Hall of Fame. Don joined the Opry on May 20, 1958, but was fired in December 1964 for failing to meet the required number of Opry appearances. He rejoined the show several years later, but even after coming back, his appearances were few. His last Opry show was on March 16, 1996.

November 24, 2003: Grand Ole Opry member Teddy Wilburn passed away. Teddy had been in declining health and had not performed on the Opry in several years.

November 15, 2005: The Grand Ole Opry returned to Carnegie Hall in New York for just the 3rd time in its history, this time to promote the Opry's 80th anniversary. The show included performances by Trace Adkins, Bill Anderson, Jimmy Dickens, Vince Gill, Alan Jackson, Alison Krauss, Martina McBride, Brad Paisley, Charley Pride, Ricky Skaggs and Trisha Yearwood.

November 26, 2005: Grand Ole Opry member Jean Shepard was honored upon her 50th anniversary as a member of the Grand Ole Opry. Jean had joined the Opry's cast in November 1955. Sadly, Jean's recognition did not take place during the televised segment that evening.

November 19, 2007: During Charlie Daniel's 11th annual Christmas For Kids benefit at the Ryman Auditorium, Opry member Martina McBride surprised Charlie on stage with an invitation to become a member of the Grand Ole Opry.

November 8, 2008: Actor Kevin Costner and his country and western band, Modern West, performed on the Grand Ole Opry for the first time.

November 14, 2009: The Grand Ole Opry streamed part of its show on MySpace. The segment featured Carrie Underwood, Martina McBride, Jake Owen and Rodney Atkins. This was the first time that the Opry attempted a broadcast like this and despite numerous technical issues, the Opry considered it a success.

November 9, 2010: Grand Ole Opry member Charlie Louvin made his final Opry appearance, in a show that took place at the Ryman Auditorium.

November 21, 2015: Jean Shepard celebrated her 60th anniversary as a member of the Grand Ole Opry. She appeared in a segment hosted by Bill Anderson, her first Opry appearance in a year. During the show, she announced her retirement and this was Jean's final appearance on the Opry.

November 5, 2016: Grand Ole Opry member Stonewall Jackson was recognized and honored upon his 60th anniversary of when he first joined the Grand Ole Opry. This was also Stonewall's last appearance on the show.

November 15, 2016: During a guest appearance on the Tuesday Night Opry, Carrie Underwood surprised Crystal Gayle during a guest appearance, with an invitation to become the newest member of the Grand Ole Opry. Crystal's official induction took place the following January.

November 24, 2016: Former Grand Ole Opry member Holly Dunn passed away in New Mexico from ovarian cancer. Holly joined the Opry's cast in October 1989 and was a member of the Opry until she was fired in the 2000's, after leaving Nashville and moving to New Mexico. In addition to her Opry duties, Holly also was a regular host of the Opry Backstage show.

November 19, 2017: Grand Ole Opry member, and Country Music Hall of Fame member, Mel Tillis passed away in Florida after an extended illness. Mel had joined the Opry in June 2007 after a very successful career as a singer, songwriter and actor.

November 15, 2018: Grand Ole Opry member Roy Clark passed away. The Country Music Hall of Fame member had joined the Opry's cast in 1987.

There you have it for this month.

Wednesday, November 6, 2019

Grand Ole Opry 11/8 & 11/9

The line-ups have been posted for the Grand Ole Opry shows this weekend. Four shows total, with two each on Friday and Saturday night.

Mark Wills, Mike Snider, Riders In The Sky and John Conlee are the four Grand Ole Opry members who are scheduled for all four shows this weekend. Joining that quartet on the Friday Night Opry will be Ricky Skaggs, The Whites and Connie Smith. Saturday night, Jeannie Seely and Jesse McReynolds are on the schedule.

Sam Williams, the grandson of Hank Williams, is making a return appearance on the Opry on Friday night. Also scheduled is Hall of Fame member Charlie McCoy, comedian Dusty Slay, and making her Opry debut, Jenee Fleenor.

Darryl Worley, who used to be a regular guest on the Opry and not so much lately, is scheduled for Saturday night, along with Chuck Wicks, Molly Tuttle, and making her Opry debut, Ana Cristina Cash.

Friday November 8
1st show
7:00: Ricky Skaggs (host); The Whites
7:30: John Conlee (host); Mike Snider; Jenee Fleenor
8:00: Mark Wills (host); Connie Smith; Dusty Slay
8:30: Riders In The Sky (host); Sam Williams; Charlie McCoy

2nd show
9:30: Ricky Skaggs (host); The Whites
10:00: John Conlee (host); Mike Snider; Jenee Fleenor
10:30: Mark Wills (host); Connie Smith; Dusty Slay
11:00: Riders In The Sky (host); Sam Williams; Charlie McCoy

Saturday November 9
1st show
7:00: Riders In The Sky (host); Chuck Wicks; Jesse McReynolds
7:30: Jeannie Seely (host); Mike Snider; Ana Cristina Cash
8:00: John Conlee (host); Molly Tuttle Opry Square Dancers
8:30: Mark Wills (host); Darryl Worley

2nd show
9:30: Riders In The Sky (host); Chuck Wicks; Jesse McReynolds
10:00: Jeannie Seely (host); Mike Snider; Ana Cristina Cash
10:30: John Conlee (host); Molly Tuttle; Opry Square Dancers
11:00: Mark Wills (host); Darryl Worley

As you can see, both shows are carbon copies of each other each night. And Riders In The Sky will be pretty busy this weekend as in addition to the four Opry appearances, they are also scheduled to host the Ernest Tubb Midnight Jamboree. So, if the taping starts at 10:00 and with the group scheduled to host the 9:30 portion on the 2nd show, I am going to guess that unless there is a change in the Opry schedule, the taping could start a few minutes late.

As mentioned, Jenee Fleenor and Ana Cristina Cash are both making their Opry debuts this weekend.

Jenee Fleenor is an award winning multi-instrumentalist, singer and songwriter known primarily for her fiddle playing.

 She is currently breaking glass ceilings in Nashville as the first female ever nominated for CMA Musician of the Year. Jenee was the CMA Touring Musician of the Year in 2015, a 2019 Music Row Album All Star Winner, and a 2019 ACM nominee for Specialty Instrument Player of the Year (the only female ever nominated in the category). She’s a member of Blake Shelton’s band and she also performs regularly in the house band of NBC’s hit show The Voice. The past few years she’s toured with Steven Tyler of Aerosmith and has previously toured with country artists Martina McBride, Terri Clark and Don Williams.

Jenee is an in-demand session fiddler who has played on recent #1 hits: Blake Shelton’s “I’ll Name The Dogs,” Jon Pardi’s: “Dirt On My Boots,” “Head Over Boots” & “Heartache On the Dancefloor,” and Cody Johnson’s #1 record “Ain’t Nothin To It.” She’s recorded on hit records by Rascal Flatts, Trace Adkins, Steven Tyler, Ronnie Dunn, Ashley Monroe, Joe Nichols, Reba, Terri Clark, Don Williams and Trisha Yearwood. Jon Pardi’s newest single “Heartache Medication” kicks off with Jenee’s signature fiddle; something country radio hasn’t heard since Alan Jackson.

As a songwriter Jenee has had songs recorded by Blake Shelton, Reba, Dolly Parton, Gretchen Wilson, Kathy Mattea and Del McCoury to name a few. “I Am Strong” (recorded by The Grascals & Dolly Parton) was nominated for song of the year at the IBMAs, and she also had a hit song (“Big Blue Raindrops”) recorded by the bluegrass artist Del McCoury that was on his Grammy winning record The Streets of Baltimore.

Ana Cristina Cash started her professional music career at age six. At the age of 16 she signed to Sony Music’s Latin division and released her first album Ana Cristina in the Spanish language. Her version of Shubert’s “Ave Maria” was released within a Sony Christmas compilation album titled Nuestra Navidad.

In 2005, at the age of 19, she became the first Hispanic in history to perform the “Star Spangled Banner” at a Presidential Inauguration. The following year in 2006 she was invited to perform at the White House for the President of the United States, the Crowned Prince of Spain, and notable world ambassadors. That same year, she released a duet with Michael Angelo of the song “You Can Change the World.” Its bilingual counterpart “El Mundo Puedes Cambiar” went on to become the theme song for the World Cup Germany 2006. She obtained a Bachelor’s Degree in Journalism from Florida International University in 2010.

On Oct. 29, 2016, Ana Cristina married music producer John Carter Cash. Shortly after, she began to record and write music for her current release, The Tough Love EP. These recordings, with a dark and mysterious flair, show off Ana Cristina’s connection to rockabilly and gritty blues, with a flavor for country and soul. Ana and John Carter also own and operate Cash Cabin Enterprises LLC together. She is forever creative and is looking forward to every new chapter in her musical journey. She and her husband John welcomed their daughter, Grace June Cash, into the world on Sept. 11, 2017.
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And now, here is the posted Grand Ole Opry line-up from ten years ago, the weekend of November 6 & 7, 2009:

Friday November 6
7:00: Jean Shepard (host); The Whites; The SteelDrivers
7:30: Jimmy Dickens (host); Jesse McReynolds & The Virginia Boys; Bomshel
8:00: Bill Anderson (host); Jan Howard; Joey + Rory
8:30: Mike Snider (host); Connie Smith; Gene Watson

Saturday November 7
1st show
7:00: Jimmy Dickens (host); Jimmy C Newman; The Isaacs
7:30: Mike Snider (host); The Whites; Jean Shepard; Sarah Buxton
8:00: Riders In The Sky (host); Ray Pillow; Rebecca Lynn Howard; Opry Square Dancers
8:30: Bill Anderson (host); Connie Smith; Gene Watson

2nd show
9:30: Jimmy Dickens (host); Jimmy C Newman; The Isaacs
10:00: Mike Snider (host); Jean Shepard; Sarah Buxton
10:30: Riders In The Sky (host); Stu Phillips; Rebecca Lynn Howard; Opry Square Dancers
11:00: Bill Anderson (host); Connie Smith; Gene Watson

And from 50 years ago, Saturday November 8, 1969:

1st show
6:30: George Morgan (host); Lonzo and Oscar; Del Wood
6:45: Willis Brothers (host); Wilma Lee Cooper; Pete Drake
7:00: Roy Acuff (host); Earl Scruggs Revue; Jean Shepard; Justin Tubb
7:30: Glaser Brothers (host); Grandpa Jones; Johnny Darrell; Crook Brothers
8:00: Lester Flatt (host); Ray Pillow; Jeannie C Riley; Bill Carlisle
8:30: Roy Drusky (host); Jim and Jesse; Margie Bowes; Fruit Jar Drinkers; Jerry Whitehurst; George Morgan

2nd show
9:30: Willis Brothers (host); Wilma Lee Cooper; Lonzo and Oscar; Jean Shepard
10:00: Roy Acuff (host); Earl Scruggs Revue
10:15: George Morgan (host); Del Wood; Pete Drake
10:30: Lester Flatt (host); Johnny Darrell
10:45: Ray Pillow (host); Bill Carlisle; Crook Brothers
11:00: Glaser Brothers (host); Justin Tubb; Jeannie C Riley; Fruit Jar Drinkers; Sam McGee
11:30: Roy Drusky (host); Jim and Jesse; Weldon Myrick

To finish it up for this week, it was on Saturday November 8, 1997 that Johnny Paycheck became a member of the Grand Ole Opry.

Known first and foremost for his only No. 1 hit, the 1977 “Take This Job and Shove It,” Johnny Paycheck played in bands for George Jones, Porter Wagoner, Faron Young and Ray Price before taking his stage name and signing a recording deal as a solo artist.

In a recording career that lasted from 1965 to 1989, when he went to prison for 22 months for shooting a man in a bar fight, Paycheck charted 60 singles, including the Top 5 “She’s All I Got” and “Someone to Give My Love To” and the Top 10 “Slide Off of Your Satin Sheets” and “I’m the Only Hell My Mama Ever Raised.”

In the 1980s Johnny Paycheck's career took serious hits. Problems with drug and alcohol abuse combined with legal trouble slowed his career. In 1985, the country singer was convicted and sentenced to seven years in prison for shooting a man in the head at the North High Lounge in Hillsboro, Ohio. The bullet from Paycheck's .22 caliber pistol grazed the man's head. After fighting the sentence for years, Paycheck was finally forced to serve a 22-month prison sentence in 1989, before being pardoned by then Ohio Governor Richard Celeste.

Paycheck did have another hit in the 1980s with the single "Old Violin," which rose to number 21 on the charts. Ironically, Paycheck eventually ran into trouble with the IRS, having to file for bankruptcy in 1990. After prison, however, his friends say he ultimately put his life in order, having finally quit drugs and alcohol. Paycheck continued to tour and perform through the late '90s.

Though he was a changed man, Johnny Paycheck's health started to decline in the year 2000. At the age of 64, Johnny Paycheck died in Nashville, Tennessee in 2003. George Jones donated his burial plot at Woodlawn Memorial Park Cemetery in Nashville.

And now, here is the running order from 22 years ago, the night that Johnny Paycheck joined the Opry's cast:

1st show
6:30: GHS Strings
Grandpa Jones (host): Going Down the Country
Bill Carlisle: No Help Wanted

6:45: Joggin' In A Jug
Steve Wariner (host): Domino Theory of Love
Johnny Russell: Act Naturally
Steve Wariner: Like a River to the Sea

7:00: Shoney's
Porter Wagoner (host): Company's Comin'
Skeeter Davis: I'll Fly Away
George Hamilton IV: Abilene
Charlie Louvin: Will You Visit Me on Sundays
Osborne Brothers: Rocky Top/Rank Strangers
Porter Wagoner: Misery Loves Company

7:30: Standard Candy
John Conlee (host): The Old School
Bryan White: One Small Miracle
Terri Clark: Poor, Poor Pitiful Me
Johnny Paycheck: Take This Job and Shove It/The Old Violin

8:00: Martha White
Bill Anderson (host): Po'Folks
Jean Shepard: Slippin' Away
Ray Pillow: Someone Had to Teach You
Billy Grammer: I Dreamed of an Old Love Affair
Opry Square Dance Band; Cherokee Shuffle
Bill Anderson: I Love You Drops

8:30: Clifty Farms
Ricky Skaggs (host): Dim Lights, Thick Smoke
Jimmy C Newman: Good Deal, Lucille
Charlie Walker: Smoke, Smoke, Smoke
The Whites: It Should Have Been Easy
Jeannie Seely: When He Leaves You
Ricky Skaggs: Let Me Walk Lord, By Your Side

2nd show
9:30: Dollar General
Porter Wagoner (host): Howdy Neighbor Howdy
Brother Oswald: What A Friend
Stonewall Jackson: Waterloo
Terri Clark: I Got Better Things to Do/Poor, Poor Pitiful Me
Porter Wagoner and Kristi Lynn: If Teardrops were Pennies

10:00: Opry Book
Grandpa Jones (host): Apple Jack
Jan Howard: Take Me As I Am
Grandpa Jones: My Little Old Home Down in New Orleans

10:15: Banquet
Jimmy C Newman (host): La Cajun Band
Jean Shepard: Together Again
Jimmy C Newman: Jambalaya/Cajun Stripper

10:30: Purnell Sausage
Bill Anderson (host): I Got the Fever
Steve Wariner: One Small Miracle
Bill Anderson: This Is A Love Song

10:45
Steve Wariner (host): Domino Theory of Love
Ray Pillow: One Too Many Memories
Opry Square Dance Band: Sugar in the Goard
Steve Wariner: Life's Highway

11:00: Coca-Cola
Ricky Skaggs (host): Pig in a Pen
The Four Guys: This is My Country/Caissons Go Rolling Along/The U.S. Marines/Anchors Away/U.S. Air Force Blues/Wild Blue Yonder/America the Beautiful
Johnny Paycheck: A-11/The Old Violin/Memory of a Memory
Ricky Skaggs: Little Maggie

11:30: Opry Book
Johnny Russell: Someday I'll Sober Up
Riders In The Sky: Riding Down the Canyon
Charlie Walker: There's a Star Spangled Banner Waving Somewhere
The Whites: He Took Your Place/Swing Down Chariot
Jeannie Seely: Those Memories

There you have it for this week. As always, thanks for reading and commenting and I hope everyone enjoys the Opry this weekend.








Monday, November 4, 2019

Tuesday Night Opry 11/5

With the move to the Ryman Auditorium for the winter months, the Wednesday Night Opry and Opry Country Classics will take some time off, leaving just the Tuesday Night Opry for the rest of the year.

For a while, I was not even sure there was going to be an Opry member on this week's show, however earlier today John Conlee was added, so that gives us one.

Tuesday November 5
7:00: John Conlee; Mandy Barnett
7:30: Bobby Bones; Michael Ray
Intermission
8:15: The SteelDrivers; The Carter Family
8:45: Russell Dickerson; Sawyer Brown

Now obviously, this is not the original Carter Family that will be on Tuesday night, but the latest generation of the Carters. They will be appearing in support of the new album: The Carter Family, Across Generations.

The generation of the Carter Family credited with the “big bang” that started the genre that would come to be known as country music with four successive generations of Carter kin, including “Carter Girls” Helen, June and Anita as well as Carlene Carter and John Carter Cash are heard on The Carter Family – Across Generations.  The album project has been the focus of producer John Carter Cash’s efforts for the past few years and is available now from Reviver Entertainment Group’s Legacy label on LP, CD and across digital platforms.

Carlene Carter noted, “It’s a wonderful blessing to be able to have the technology today to have so many people who have passed and to be able to sing with them. As a child, I was told ‘when we’re all passed away, you have to carry this on and that’s what we’ve done.’”  John Carter Cash, her brother adds, “We were charged with this,” suggesting, “It’s not just about fame and power, it’s about the music” with his sister chiming in, “And the love.”

Reflecting on his family’s role in music history, John Carter Cash suggests, “You show me ten songs and I’ll show you nine that have direct influence from The Carter Family.  The Carter Family touched many people,” he notes and the album, in a very tangible way, keeps that tradition moving forward. After hearing the finished album, Carlene commented, “It’s very authentic, it’s just who they are and when I hear it, I get very emotional because all I wanted to do was protect that legacy and you truly hear that ‘Carter thing.’” 

The Carter Sisters, also known as the Carter Girls, were the daughters of Sara’s cousin Maybelle who had married Ezra Carter, A.P.’s brother.  With their mother, they kept the Carter Family tradition thriving from the 1940s into the 1990s.  Anita, June and Helen toured and recorded with Maybelle during those years, ultimately becoming part of The Johnny Cash Show.  Cash would marry June in 1968 and had already made the Carter Family an integral part of his in-concert presentation. His inclusion of the Carters enabled many to witness, both in concert and on TV, and to be influenced by “the Carter Scratch,”  Mother Maybelle’s innovative guitar technique.

Carlene, June’s daughter by country great Carl Smith, was part of the group as was as Lorrie Carter Bennet, Anita’s daughter, who is also heard on the album. Carlene, of course, went on to country stardom in her own right while John Carter Cash, sole offspring of the marriage from Johnny Cash and June Carter, became a noted Nashville-based producer and recording artist. 

Now, with Across Generations, things have come full circle with original recordings on which original Carter Family members are heard with contributions from later generations. Members of the fifth generation are heard with their great-great grandparents in a melodic version of time travel. Song selections range from Carter Family standards “Worried Man Blues,” “Will The Circle Be Unbroken”) to “Maybelle”, a composition by Danny and David Carter, written in 1978 upon the passing of their grandmother, to a newly discovered original autoharp recording simply titled “Maybelle’s New Tune.”

Tape sources included a just discovered home recorded tape that was used to convey news and music to family members in lieu of letters, unreleased tracks by June Carter, as well as long-forgotten and never previously released recordings by Helen and Anita.  The “first family of country music” broke through nationally after the legendary Bristol Sessions in the summer of 1927. It was then that A.P., Sara and her cousin Maybelle traveled across the Tennessee line from the their homestead in Hiltons, VA, nestled at the foot of Clinch Mountain, in the heart of Appalachia. In Bristol, they were recorded by pioneering producer Ralph Peer. Years later, he recalled that first encounter with the three Carters. “He’s dressed in overalls… they looked like hillbillies. But as soon as I heard Sara’s voice, that was it. I knew it was going to be wonderful.” During those initial sessions, the still teen aged Maybelle’s ability of playing melody and rhythm on guitar simultaneously, later known as ‘the Carter scratch,’ was noted.

The records they recorded at that time and afterwards would go on to sell hundreds of thousands of copies for the Victor Talking Machine Company. The Carter Family thereafter became a sensation on “border radio,” broadcasting from XERA, an ultra-high wattage station located in Ciudad Acuna, on the Mexican side of the border across from Del Rio, TX. Its powerful signal, across the entirety of the United States, propelled the Carter Family to legendary status.  They were the first musical group to be inducted into the Country Music Hall of Fame in 1970.

The Carter tradition made it to Nashville through the good graces of Maybelle and her daughters, regulars on the Grand Ole Opry.  The tradition continued with the births of fourth generation Carter Family members including the children of Carlene Carter, John Carter Cash, Dale Jett, David Carter Jones and Danny Carter Jones. Children of June Carter Cash, Carlene and John Carter perform on the album.  In turn, their offspring make appearances, as well as numerous other descendants of A.P., Sara, Ezra, Maybelle and their progeny.

The release of The Carter Family – Across Generations literally and figuratively brings The Carter Family legacy full circle and continues to be unbroken over the course of more than 90 years.

There you have it for Tuesday night. And by the way, how does everyone feel about the updated Opry website?

Sunday, November 3, 2019

Stonewall Jackson

It was 63 years ago today, November 3, 1956, that the legendary Stonewall Jackson became a member of the Grand Ole Opry. He is the last member of the current cast who joined the Opry prior to 1960. While he joined the Opry 63 years ago, it should be noted that he was fired from the Opry in December 1964 and rejoined in May 1969, thus an actual Opry member just over 58 years.

Stonewall's last Opry appearance was in November 2016 when he was honored upon his 60th year of joining the Opry. While he has been battling health issues, he was at the Country Music Hall of Fame several weeks ago, attending the induction of the newest members. From the picture, he looked pretty good and happy that he is still out an about.

Here is a wonderful clip of Stonewall on the Opry, introduced by Roy Acuff.


Wednesday, October 30, 2019

Grand Ole Opry 11/1 & 11/2

The Grand Ole Opry moves back down to the Ryman Auditorium for the next three months, and for the next six weeks will be running two shows on both Friday and Saturday nights. Remember the days when the Opry would switch up the line-ups and the running order of the shows on those Friday and Saturday nights when there were two shows? Well, not so much anymore, as with just a couple of minor exceptions, both shows each night are very similar. Same artists. Same hosts. Same running order. In fact, the only exception on the Friday Night Opry this week is Bobby Osborne only scheduled to do the first show, while on Saturday night, the only change is Mike Snider on just the early show.

As to the rest of Opry members scheduled this weekend, John Conlee and Connie Smith are the only two members scheduled for all four shows. Mike Snider is scheduled for three of the four (both Friday shows and the early Saturday show), while Riders In The Sky are down for both Friday shows and Jesse McReynolds and The Whites set for both Saturday shows.

There is a wide variety of guest artists scheduled this weekend. On the Friday Night Opry, younger artists Adam Hambrick and Erin Enderlin are scheduled, along with Temecula Road, who will be making their Opry debut. Also scheduled are veteran artists Shenandoah and the legendary Gene Watson, along with John Schneider and Russell Moore & III Tyme Out, who will add some bluegrass to the night.

Saturday's Grand Ole Opry will have comedians Williams & Ree, the all-female group Sister Sadie returning, The Steel Woods, Hall of Fame songwriter Don Schlitz, The Swon Brothers, and making his Opry debut, Dylan Schneider.

Friday November 1
1st show
7:00: John Conlee (host); Adam Hambrick; Russell Moore & III Tyme Out
7:30: Mike Snider (host); Erin Enderlin; John Schneider
8:00: Connie Smith (host); Bobby Osborne & The Rocky Top X-Press; Temecula Road
8:30: Riders In The Sky (host); Gene Watson; Shenandoah

2nd show
9:30: John Conlee (host); Adam Hambrick; Russell Moore & III Tyme Out
10:00: Mike Snider (host); Erin Enderlin; John Schneider
10:30: Connie Smith (host); Gene Watson; Temecula Road
11:00: Riders In The Sky (host); Shenandoah

Saturday November 2
1st show
7:00: John Conlee (host); The Swon Brothers; Jesse McReynolds
7:30: Mike Snider (host); The Steel Woods; Don Schlitz
8:00: The Whites (host); Williams & Ree; Opry Square Dancers
8:30: Connie Smith (host); Dylan Schneider; Sister Sadie

2nd show
9:30: John Conlee (host); The Swon Brothers; Jesse McReynolds; The Steel Woods; Don Schlitz
10:30: The Whites (host); Williams & Ree; Opry Square Dancers
11:00: Connie Smith (host); Dylan Schneider; Sister Sadie
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As mentioned, Temecula Road and Dylan Schneider will be making their Opry debuts this weekend.

Comprised of sisters Emma (20, vocals/mandolin) and Maddie Salute (18, vocals), and long-time friend Dawson Anderson (20, vocals/guitar) — Temecula Road are known for their trademark harmonies and their covers which have earned praise from Carrie Underwood, Dan + Shay, and Brett Eldredge.

Named after the California town where they grew up, the trio just released their new single “Never Knew I Needed You,” a Rolling Stone “10 Best Country Song To Hear Now.” The vibey new track—written by the trio’s Dawson Anderson, along with Ben Goldsmith and Lindsay Rimes and produced by Andrew DeRoberts (Devin Dawson, Kip Moore, Eli Young Band, Jillian Jacqueline)—is their second new song of the summer, a follow-up to “Fades” which hit No. 3 on Radio Disney Country’s Top 50 Chart.
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Dylan Schneider is wise beyond his years, especially when it comes to his songwriting. But perhaps even more impressive is Schneider’s ability and willingness to connect with fans on a personal level. “I used to freak out if an artist would respond or interact with me. It’s incredibly important to me that I do the same with my fans.”

A typical, small-town kid with dreams of playing baseball in the big leagues, Schneider’s direction shifted when he began listening to and connecting with country music. His love and understanding for music was instilled by his family. After receiving a guitar as an early Christmas present, he went to a meet-and-greet for country artist Brett Eldredge, who told Schneider, “keep playing until your fingers bleed – I believe in you. Never give up and always keeps jamming.”

Though the early (and now signed) Christmas present soon took a safer place on the wall, Schneider’s parents bought him a second guitar, which he immediately took to playing relentlessly. In high school, Schneider started a band with some friends. “It was fun for a while - but it became apparent my friends weren’t as into the whole music thing as I was.” Unwilling to relent, Schneider continued to pursue music solo. “I played out locally quite a bit. Playing acoustic sets for people was always much more fun than having a real job like most kids my age.” Schneider also began shooting cover videos for his YouTube channel and building his social following. “It was a slow build at first. But eventually my videos were getting 20,000-30,000 views each.” ‍ Schneider and his fans have taken over the country music conversation digitally, with a rapidly growing 130 million total streams on Spotify and over 50 million video views. Each release finds Schneider surpassing his peers and connecting with his listeners in a meaningful way, strengthening the foundation he has been building for years.

The progress was enough to catch the attention of Interscope Records who proceeded to sign Schneider in 2017. After the release of single “No Problem,” GRAMMY Award-winning duo Florida Georgia Line joined forces with Interscope via their newly established Round Here Records to further invest in Schneider, offering him a support spot on their “Can’t Say I Ain’t Country” Tour. On August 23rd, Schneider released his latest EP Whole Town Talk. As he continues to work on new music, content and tour dates for 2020, Schneider’s focus remains the importance of the fan. ‍ “When I write, I’m thinking, ‘how is this song going to sing live, and how will the audience react and identify?’ What I do, most importantly, is for my fans. My job is to connect and show them a good time.”
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And now, here is the posted Grand Ole Opry line-up from 10 years ago, the weekend of October 30 & 31, 2009. One show each night and it was the final weekend that the Opry was at the Grand Ole Opry House as beginning in November the Opry moved to its winter home, the Ryman Auditorium

Friday October 30
7:00: Riders In The Sky (host); The Whites; Jean Shepard; Sunny Sweeney
7:30: Jimmy Dickens (host); Bobby Osborne & The Rocky Top X-Press; Doyle Dykes
8:00: Mike Snider (host); Jan Howard; Jim Ed Brown; David Nail
8:30: Vince Gill (host); Connie Smith; Keith Urban

Saturday October 31
7:00: Jimmy Dickens (host); Jimmy C Newman; Jim Lauderdale
7:30: Mike Snider (host); Jean Shepard; Jim Ed Brown; Restless Heart
8:00: Jeannie Seely (host); Jesse McReynolds & The Virginia Boys; Doyle Dykes; Opry Square Dancers
8:30: Riders In The Sky (host); Connie Smith; Blake Shelton

From 25 years ago, Saturday October 29, 1994:

1st show
6:30: Jack Greene (host); Brother Oswald
6:45: Billy Walker (host); Bill Carlisle
7:00: Jimmy Dickens (host); Wilma Lee Cooper; Charlie Louvin; Mike Snider; Jan Howard
7:30: Jim Ed Brown (host); Bill Monroe; Connie Smith; Del Reeves; Mark Collie
8:00: Porter Wagoner (host); Billy Grammer; Jean Shepard; Opry Square Dance Band
8:30: Hank Snow (host); Charlie Walker; Jeannie Seely; Riders In The Sky; Eddie Rabbit

2nd show
9:30: Porter Wagoner (host); Jimmy C Newman; Osborne Brothers; Ray Pillow; The Four Guys
10:00: Billy Walker (host); Charlie Louvin
10:15: Bill Monroe (host); James Monroe; Jean Shepard
10:30: Jimmy Dickens (host); Eddie Rabbit
10:45: Jeanne Pruett (host); Charlie Walker; Opry Square Dance Band
11:00: Hank Snow (host); Jack Greene; Jeannie Seely; Mike Snider
11:30: Riders In The Sky (host); Connie Smith; Del Reeves; Mark Collie

Finally, from 50 years ago, Saturday November 1, 1969:

1st show
6:30: The Four Guys (host); Wilma Lee Cooper; Bobby Lewis
6:45: Justin Tubb (host); Del Wood; Ben Shaw
7:00: Roy Acuff (host); Billy Grammer; Red Sovine
7:30: Stu Phillips (host); Joe and Rose Lee Maphis; Harden Trio; Crook Brothers; Glen Barber
8:00: Billy Walker (host); Liz Anderson; Duke of Paducah; Louis Roberts
8:30: Ernest Tubb (host); Earl Scruggs Revue; Bill Carlisle; Fruit Jar Drinkers; Billy Parker

2nd show
9:30: Justin Tubb (host); Wilma Lee Cooper; Bobby Lewis
10:00: Roy Acuff (host); Earl Scruggs Revue
10:15: Billy Grammer (host); The Four Guys; Red Sovine
10:30: Stu Phillips (host); Del Wood; Joe and Rose Lee Maphis
10:45: Ernest Tubb (host); Harden Trio; Crook Brothers
11:00: Billy Walker (host); Bill Carlisle; Duke of Paducah; Crook Brothers; Glen Barber; Sam McGee
11:30: Marty Robbins (host); Liz Anderson; Louis Roberts
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Looking back, here are two line-ups for you. The first is from November 2, 1963, which was the night of the Grand Ole Opry's 38th Birthday Celebration:

6:30: Rudy's
Jimmy Newman (host): The Mover
Kitty Wells: Heartaches for a Keepsake
Johnny Wright: O Baby Mine
Stringbean: There Will Be Moonshine in them Old Kentucky Hills
Bobby Lord: Out Behind the Barn
Curly Fox: The Old Gray Mule
Kitty Wells: I Have My Wedding Dress Away
Jimmy Newman: DJ for a Day

7:00: Delited
Porter Wagoner (host): I've Enjoy as Much of This as I Can Stand
Roy Drusky: Peel Me a Nanner
Carl Butler: Don't Let Me Cross Over
Melba Montgomery: What's Bad for You is Good for Me
Bill Carlisle: No Help Wanted
Billy Walker: The Morning Paper
George Hamilton IV: Abilene
Porter Wagoner: In the Shadow of the Wine

7:30: Kellogg's
George Morgan (host): Alright, I'll Sign the Papers
Marion Worth: (?)
Hank Locklin: Send Me the Pillow You Dream On
Willis Brothers: Private
Bill Anderson: Still
Del Wood: Piano Roll Blues
Tex Ritter: Boll Weevil
Square Dancers: Soap Suds Over the Fence
George Morgan: One Dozen Roses

8:00: Martha White
Flatt and Scruggs (host): New York Town
Ferlin Husky: Gone
Loretta Lynn: Before I'm Over You
Archie Campbell: Comedy
Flatt and Scruggs: Mama Don't Allow It
Billy Grammer: (?)
Louvin Brothers: (?)
Crook Brothers: Lafayette
Flatt and Scruggs: Flint Hill Special

8:30: Stephens
Roy Acuff (host): Wabash Cannonball
Bill Monroe: John Henry
Ray Price: San Antonio Rose
Minnie Pearl: Comedy
Sonny James: Going Through the Motions
Lonzo and Oscar: There's A Hole in the Bottom of the Sea
Skeeter Davis: The End of the World
Brother Oswald: Roll on, Buddy, Roll On
Roy Acuff: I'll Fly Away

9:00: Jefferson Island Salt
Ernest Tubb (host): Thanks's A Lot
Wilburn Brothers: (?)
Johnny Cash: (?)
Stringbean: Pretty Poly
June Carter and The Carters: (?)
Fruit Jar Drinkers: Soldiers Joy
Margie Bowes: Our Things
Ernest Tubb: The Way You're Living

9:30: Pet Milk
Hank Snow (host): Ninety Miles an Hour Down a Dead End Street
The Browns: The 3 Bells
Faron Young: Yellow Bandana
Jean Shepard: (?)
Porter Wagoner: Your Old Love Letters
Leroy Van Dyke: Happy to Be Unhappy
Wilma Lee and Stoney Cooper: There's a Big Wheel
Stonewall Jackson: B.J. the D.J.
Hank Snow: Blue Roses

10:00: Gates Rubber
Billy Grammer (host): (?)
Bobby Lord: Life Can Have Meaning
Curly Fox: T Model & A Train
Billy Walker: Heart, Be Careful
Billy Grammer: (?)

10:15: Luzianne
Roy Acuff (host): The Great Speckled Bird
Del Wood: Columbus Stockade Blues
Jimmy Newman: DJ for a Day
Roy Acuff: Wreck on the Highway
Howdy Forrester and Jimmy Riddle: Apple Blossoms

10:30: Harvey's
Ferlin Husky (host): Wings of a Dove
Louvin Brothers: (?)
Tex Ritter: (?)
Simon Crum: (?)

10:45: Ford
Faron Young (host): (?)
George Morgan: You're the Only Good Thing
Bill Anderson: Eight by Ten
Faron Young: (?)

11:00: Coca Cola
Hank Snow (host): I've Been Everywhere
Skeeter Davis: Something Precious
Roy Drusky: Second Hand Rose
The Browns: Oh, No
Lonzo and Oscar: Hand Holding
Wilma Lee and Stoney Cooper: Gloryland March
Sam and Kirk McGee: Let's Meet By the Old Oaken Bucket
Fruit Jar Drinkers: Love Somebody
Hank Snow: There's a Fool Such as I

11:30: SSS Tonic
Marty Robbins (host): Devil Woman
Bill Monroe: Blue Moon of Kentucky
Hank Locklin: Flying South
Wilburn Brothers: (?)
Stonewall Jackson: Wild, Wild Wind
Margie Bowes: Judge Not
Sonny James; The Minute You're Gone
Marty Robbins: Don't Worry

Well, that was a full night. Wasn't It!!

The second one is from Saturday November 1, 2003, which was the night in which Holly Dunn appeared on the Grand Ole Opry for the final time.

Holly Dunn became a member of the Grand Ole Opry in 1989, and was best known for her hit "Daddy's Hands." Except for a brief period of time in which she moved to Detroit and worked as a morning disc jockey, Dolly was a pretty loyal member of the Opry's cast. During her career, Holly had 19 songs that made it on to the country charts (eight of which made the Top 10) and released 10 albums. She had two #1 hits, "Are You Ever Gonna Love Me" and "You Really Had Me Going."

However, after a career that lasted almost 25 years, Holly made the decision to walk away from the music business and moved to New Mexico to follow her passion of art. But, after two years of being gone from Nashville, Holly received a phone call telling her that she was being fired as an Opry member.

"They like to keep the Opry roll at about 70 people who are actively performing," Dunn said at the time of the Opry's call explaining their decision. "I knew they'd been adding people since I left. But it hurt. Because I loved the Opry. And I still love the Opry. And I had really participated as a younger member. I hosted the TV show and backstage show for two years. I was Bill Anderson's substitute host when he couldn't be there. And I did commercials for them and radio for them. I loved the Opry and what it stood and stands for."

Holly  said that while she understood the need for keeping the cast fresh, she wishes the rules could be eased a bit out of respect for the older artists.

"I have some amazing memories. I wish there was a way, though -- just to make a suggestion to them -- to keep a list of folks that were members in the past. This whole total expunging you from the list is sort of a little harsh, I think," she notes. "There are people on that list that I know for a fact might make it once a year if they're lucky. It's a little subjective. That's my only gripe."

Holly, who passed away in November 2016, insisted that she has no second thoughts about retiring from music.

Here is the running order from Saturday November 1, 2003, the final night in which Holly appeared on the Opry:

1st show
6:30: Tennessee Pride
Porter Wagoner (host): I'm Gonna Act Right
The Whites: Keep on the Sunny Side
Osborne Brothers: My Favorite Memory/Rocky Top
Jean Shepard: A Phone Call Away
Porter Wagoner: Green, Green Grass of Home
Porter Wagoner and Penny DeHaven: Milwaukee, Here I Come

7:00: Rutledge Hill Press/Standard Candy
Sara Evans: (?)
Jimmy Dickens: Me & My Big Loud Mouth/Out Behind the Barn
IIIrd Tyme Out: (?) Rock on the Deep/A Phone Call Away
Sara Evans: Perfect/On the Back Seat of a Greyhound Bus
Buddy Jewel: Help Pour out the Rain/Abilene on Her Mind

8:00: Martha White
Jeannie Seely (host): Pride
Holly Dunn: Daddy's Hands
Pat Boone: Love Letters in the Sand/Under God
Opry Square Dance Band: Cherokee Shuffle
Jeannie Seely: Don't Touch Me

8:30: Tootsie's
Bill Anderson (host): Wild Weekend
Jim Ed Brown: The Old Lamplighter
Mandy Barnett: Mansion on the Hill
Brad Paisley: Happy Birthday Bill/Celebrity
Bill Anderson: Still

2nd show
9:30: Coca-Cola
Jimmy Dickens (host): Sleepin' at the Foot of the Bed
The Whites: Pins and Needles/Keep on the Sunny Side
Mel McDaniel: Louisiana Saturday Night/Stand Up
Jimmy Dickens: What Will I Do Then

10:00: Country Music Hall of Fame
Jim Ed Brown (host): Southern Loving
Osborne Brothers: Fastest Grass Alive/Rocky Top
Sara Evans: Perfect/The Suds in the Bucket
Jim Ed Brown: The 3 Bells

10:30: Dreamworks
Jean Shepard (host): Second Fiddle
Billy Walker: You Gave Me A Mountain/Cross the Brazos at Waco
Buddy Jewell: Sweet Southern Comfort/Help Pour Out the Rain
Jean Shepard: Slippin' Away
Opry Square Dance Band: (?)

11:00: Cingular Wireless
Bill Anderson (host): I Love You Drops
IIIrd Tyme Out: (?)/The Moundsville Pen
Pat Boone: Love Letters in the Sand/Under God
Bill Anderson: Happy Birthday to Me

11:30: Merle Haggard CD
Jeannie Seely (host): Burning that Old Memory
Ray Pillow: I Wonder Who's Missing You Now
Holly Dunn: You Really Had Me Going
Mandy Barnett: No One Will Ever Know/Who Could It Be
Jeannie Seely: Today I Started Loving You Again

Without going into all the reasons and speculation, I found it sad that Holly was terminated as an Opry member. While it is true that others have retired or stopped appearing on the Opry, Holly was the only member let go. (Yes, I know that The Four Guys were fired also, but that was a different circumstance). I don't think it would have done the Opry any harm to have kept her as a member. After all, Ricky Van Shelton, among a dozen others, is still listed.

Holly always accepted her termination with class and dignity and choose to remember the good times that she had in Nashville and from being a part of the Opry's cast.

As always, thanks for reading and commenting and I hope everyone enjoys the Grand Ole Opry this weekend.









Monday, October 28, 2019

Mid-Week Opry Shows

While last weekend was the final weekend in which the Grand Ole Opry will be at the Opry House, there are a couple of mid-week shows that will take place there before the Opry's move to the Ryman Auditorium on Friday night.

Tuesday October 29
7:00: John Conlee; Jimmie Allen
7:30: The Whites; Thompson Square
Intermission
8:15: Rob Ickes & Trey Hensley
8:45: Maggie Rose; Lee Brice

Wednesday October 30
7:00: Jeannie Seely; Exile
7:30: Rhonda Vincent; Charlie Worsham
Intermission
8:15: Henry Cho; Ricky Skaggs; Chris Janson

Opry Country Classics will finish up its fall run of shows on Thursday night at the Ryman Auditorium. Overall, the fall run has produced some very good shows, and attendance has been way up, with several of the shows sold-out.

Thursday October 31
Host: Larry Gatlin
Spotlight Artist: Crystal Gayle
Also Appearing: The Gatlin Brothers, Lucas Hoge, Jim Lauderdale, Riders In The Sky

Thursday, October 24, 2019

Grand Ole Opry 10/25 & 10/26

The Grand Ole Opry will celebrate its final weekend for 2019 at the Grand Ole Opry House as next weekend the Opry will begin its three month winter run at the Ryman Auditorium. To close it out, there will be one show on Friday night and two shows Saturday.

There are a trio of Grand Ole Opry members who will be appearing both nights, and that list includes Mike Snider, Riders In The Sky and John Conlee. Joining that trio on the Friday Night Opry will be members The Whites, Bobby Osborne and Crystal Gayle. Crystal will be meeting fans and signing copies of her new CD after the show.

On Saturday night, joining Mike, John and the Riders, will be members Bill Anderson, Jeannie Seely, and the newly married Trace Adkins. Jesse McReynolds, who has been missing for the past month, is scheduled for just the first show. Hopefully he is well enough and strong enough to appear. He is missed on the Opry.

Look at those on the guest list for Friday night, there are a couple of names that stand out. It is nice to see the Malpass Brothers on the schedule. They have been on the Opry a couple of times and have impressed. Also scheduled is Pure Prairie League and Sons of the Pioneers, who at this point you could probably call the Grandsons of the Pioneers. (I know, bad joke). While the members of this group have changed, they are still out there singing those western songs and are a popular attraction, especially in the west. Also scheduled to appear are William Michael Morgan and Emily West. By the way, the Friday Night Opry is sold out.

Saturday night has another of those artists who I think would make a very good Opry member, and that is Suzy Bogguss. I just enjoy her very much. Allison Moorer hasn't been on the Opry in some time, and she is also scheduled, along with the young and popular Hunter Hayes, and making her Opry debut, Madison Kozak.

Friday October 25
7:00: Mike Snider (host); William Michael Morgan; Malpass Brothers
7:30: Riders In The Sky (host); Emily West; Sons of the Pioneers
Intermission
8:15: John Conlee (host); Bobby Osborne & The Rocky Top X-Press; Pure Prairie League
8:45: The Whites (host); Crystal Gayle

Saturday October 26
1st show
7:00: John Conlee (host); Allison Moorer; Jesse McReynolds
7:30: Bill Anderson (host); Madison Kozak; Suzy Bogguss
8:00: Jeannie Seely (host); Mike Snider; Hunter Hayes; Opry Square Dancers
8:30: Riders In The Sky (host); Trace Adkins

2nd show
9:30: John Conlee (host); Allison Moorer; Hunter Hayes
10:00: Bill Anderson (host); Mike Snider; Suzy Bogguss
10:30: Jeannie Seely (host); Madison Kozak; Opry Square Dancers
11:00: Riders In The Sky (host); Trace Adkins

As mentioned, Saturday night will be the Grand Ole Opry debut for Madison Kozak.

To rising country singer, songwriter, and musician Madison Kozak, it feels fitting that her debut, “First Last Name,” pays tribute to a father-daughter relationship. Not only did the touching ballad kickstart her career by leading to a publishing deal with powerhouse company Big Loud, but it also feels meaningful because it was Madison's dad who taught the Nashville-based artist everything she knows and loves about country music. Growing up the seventh child in a family of eight siblings in rural Ontario, Kozak treasured precious time with her father, who introduced her to the greats — Loretta Lynn (Kozak’s first concert), Patsy Cline, Dolly Parton, Johnny Cash and June Carter Cash — and also taught her to play guitar when he discovered she loved to sing.
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And now, here is the posted Grand Ole Opry line-up from ten years ago, the final weekend in October 2009:

Friday October 23
7:00: Jean Shepard (host); Jimmy C Newman; Ashton Shepherd
7:30: Jimmy Dickens (host); Jesse McReynolds & The Virginia Boys; Emily West
8:00: Mike Snider (host); Jan Howard; Keith Anderson
8:30: Ricky Skaggs (host); Riders In The Sky; The Whites

Saturday October 24
1st show
7:00: Jimmy Dickens (host); Jimmy C Newman; Mallary Hope
7:30: Mike Snider (host); The Whites; Montgomery Gentry
8:00: Jim Ed Brown (host); Trace Adkins; Opry Square Dancers
8:30: Jean Shepard (host); Jack Greene; Oak Ridge Boys

2nd show
9:30: Jimmy Dickens (host); Bobby Osborne & The Rocky Top X-Press; Mallary Hope
10:00: Mike Snider (host); The Whites; Montgomery Gentry
10:30: Jean Shepard (host); Trace Adkins; Opry Square Dancers
11:00: Jim Ed Brown (host); Jack Greene; Oak Ridge Boys

From 25 years ago, Saturday October 22, 1994:

1st show
6:30: Bill Monroe (host); Connie Smith
6:45: Billy Walker (host); Bill Carlisle
7:00: Jack Greene (host); Hank Locklin; Jan Howard; Mel McDaniel
7:30: Bill Anderson (host); Clinton Gregory; The Four Guys
8:00: Porter Wagoner (host); Ronna Reeves; Del McCoury Band; Opry Square Dance Band; The Melvin Sloan Dancers
8:30: Hank Snow (host); The Whites; Jimmy C Newman; Mike Snider

2nd show
9:30: Porter Wagoner (host); Del McCoury Band; Jan Howard; Brother Oswald
10:00: Bill Monroe (host); Mike Snider
10:15: Jack Greene (host); Hank Locklin
10:30: Bill Anderson (host); Clinton Gregory
10:45: Jimmy C Newman (host); Billy Walker; Opry Square Dance Band; The Melvin Sloan Dancers
11:00: Hank Snow (host); Ronna Reeves; Mel McDaniel
11:30: The Four Guys (host); Charlie Walker; The Whites

Finally, from 50 years ago, Saturday October 25, 1969:

1st show
6:30: Wilburn Brothers (host); Wilma Lee Cooper; Bobby Lewis
6:45: Willis Brothers (host); Del Wood; Wilma Burgess
7:00: Bill Anderson (host); George Morgan; Jan Howard; Billy Grammer
7:30: Roy Acuff (host); Earl Scruggs Revue; Jim and Jesse; Crook Brothers; Charlie Daniels
8:00: Del Reeves (host); Charlie Walker; The Four Guys; Bill Carlisle
8:30: Bill Monroe (host); Lonzo and Oscar; Ray Pillow; Fruit Jar Drinkers

2nd show
9:30: Wilburn Brothers (host); Willis Brothers; Bobby Lewis; Wilma Lee Cooper
10:00: George Morgan (host); The Four Guys; Del Wood
10:15: Del Reeves (host); Jim and Jesse
10:30: Charlie Walker (host); Billy Grammer; Ray Pillow
10:45: Roy Acuff (host); Earl Scruggs Revue; Crook Brothers
11:00: Bill Monroe (host); Bill Carlisle; Wilma Burgess; Fruit Jar Drinkers; Sam McGee
11:30: Marty Robbins (host); Lonzo and Oscar; Don Winters
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To finish it up, it was 16 years ago, Saturday October 25, 2003 that Del McCoury became a member of the Grand Ole Opry:

"My dad always had the Grand Ole Opry radio broadcasts on every Saturday night, and Bill [Monroe] was my favorite on that show." - Del McCoury

When Delano Floyd McCoury was young, his family relocated from North Carolina to just north of the Mason Dixon Line in York County, Pennsylvania. Del's older brother, G.C., introduced the young boy to bluegrass through the music of Flatt & Scruggs. Before long, he had taken up the banjo, and by the early 1960s he was playing bluegrass in the honky tonks of the Baltimore-Washington, D.C., area. In 1963, Del made his first Grand Ole Opry appearances when he was recruited by Bill Monroe to join his Blue Grass Boys. Though he was hired as a banjo player, Bill soon made him into a guitar player and lead singer.

"The first time I played the Opry," recalls Del, "I wasn't in the union yet, and you had to belong to the local union in Nashville to be able to play. You could sing, but you couldn't play. So, my first night on the Opry with Bill, I sang and I didn't play. After that, Bill got me in the union. It's funny — Bill could do that. I guess he had a lot of pull here in this town."

When Del left the band the following year, he continued as a lead singer — first during a brief stint in California with the Golden State Boys, and then back in Pennsylvania with his own band, the Dixie Pals.

For the next quarter of a century, Del was a part-time musician, working as a logging truck driver to support his growing family while playing at bluegrass festivals on the weekends. Though he couldn't devote himself entirely to music, his reputation as a singer of unsurpassed intensity grew steadily.

Del's son Ronnie began playing with the band on a part-time basis in 1981 at age 14. Six years later, Robbie McCoury made his debut with the band. At the beginning of the '90s, Del and his family moved to Nashville to pursue music full-time as The Del McCoury Band. With Mike Bub (since replaced by Alan Bartram) on bass and Jason Carter on fiddle, the group quickly developed into one of the finest units to ever grace a bluegrass stage, and by the end of the decade they had become the top winner at the International Bluegrass Music Association's annual awards.

Throughout the '90s and into the new millennium, The Del McCoury Band — a nine-time winner of the International Bluegrass Music Association's Entertainer of the Year award — has embodied bluegrass' best qualities. In 2003, the group established its own record label, McCoury Music, and, two years later, won a Best Bluegrass Album Grammy for The Company We Keep.

Today, the Del McCoury Band enjoys the praise of traditional bluegrass lovers and tie-dyed clad "Del-Heads" alike. Their current dates range from performing arts centers to hardcore bluegrass festivals. After years of playing hip, youth-oriented jamfests such as Bonnaroo and High Sierra, Del launched his own in 2008 — the popular four-day DelFest in Cumberland, Maryland. Spreading the bluegrass gospel wherever he goes, Del has proven not to be a relic of bluegrass music's past, but an architect of its future.

Here is the running order from Saturday October 25, 2003, the night Del McCoury became a member of the Grand Ole Opry: 

1st show
6:30: Tennessee Pride
Jimmy Dickens (host): Out Behind the Barn
The Whites: Hangin' Around
Osborne Brothers: Rocky Top
Jim Ed Brown: The 3 Bells
Jimmy Dickens: Mountain Dew

7:00: WSM online.com/Standard Candy
Emerson Drive: Dreaming About You/Waiting on Me
George Hamilton IV (host): Truck Drivin' Man
Rodney Atkins: My Old Man/Honesty
Del McCoury Band: The Red Head Girl/Hillcrest Drive
Patty Loveless and Del McCoury; I'm Working on a Building
George Hamilton IV: Abilene/We Will Meet Again

8:00: Martha White
Porter Wagoner (host): Sugarfoot Rag
Jimmy C Newman: Allons ah Lafayette
Jean Shepard: Slippin' Away
Mel McDaniel: Louisiana Saturday Night/Stand Up
Opry Square Dance Band: Snow Flake Reel
Porter Wagoner: Suppertime

8:30: Tootsie's
Mike Snider (host): Shuckin' the Corn
Billy Walker: Funny How Time Slips Away
Connie Smith: Darling, Are You Ever Coming Home
Hal Ketchum: Awaiting Redemption/Stay Forever
Mike Snider: If My Nose was Runnin'

2nd show
9:30: Coca-Cola
Jimmy Dickens (host): Me and My Big Loud Mouth
The Whites: Makin' Believe/Swing Down Chariot
Mel McDaniel: Louisiana Saturday Night/Stand Up
Jimmy Dickens: I'd Rather Sleep in Peace

10:00: Caribbean Cruise
Porter Wagoner (host): Company's Comin'
Jan Howard: The One You Slip Around With
Jeannie Seely: When He Leaves You
Emerson Drive: Falling to Me/Fishing in the Dark
Porter Wagoner: I've Enjoyed as Much of This as I Can Stand

10:30: Dreamworks
Hal Ketchum (host): Without Your Love
Stu Phillips: If Loving You Means Anything
Connie Smith: I'll Come Runnin' to You/You've Got Me Right Where You Want Me
Opry Square Dance Band: Whiskey Before Breakfast
Hal Ketchum: It's a 5 O'Clock World

11:00: Cingular Wireless
Jean Shepard (host): Gone, Gone, Gone
Billy Walker: Word Games
Jimmy C Newman; Diggy Liggy Lo/Cajun Stripper
Del McCoury Band: I'll Dry My Tears/A Cheap Love Affair
Jean Shepard: Together Again

11:30: Merle Haggard CD
Mike Snider (host): Acorn Hill/Crazy Creek
Rodney Atkins: My Old Man/Honesty
Jack Greene: Walking the Floor Over You/Night Life
Mike Snider: Snuff Dipper

There you have it for this week. As always, thanks for reading and commenting. And as always, I hope everyone enjoys the Opry this weekend.