This week the CMA Music Festival takes place in Nashville and one of the early and traditional events that takes place is the Tuesday Night Opry featuring Grand Ole Opry member Carrie Underwood.
Carrie's appearance on the Tuesday Night Opry has become a CMA Music Fest tradition, as since her joining the Opry in May 2008, Carrie has performed at every Tuesday show during CMA Fest, with the exception of 2013, and that year she appeared on the Friday Night Opry.
The Tuesday shows, which are usually sell-outs (and this year is no exception), always feature outstanding line-ups and this year, in addition to Carrie on both shows, one of the Opry's long-lost members, Travis Tritt, will also be performing, along with Opry members Bill Anderson, Josh Turner and Chris Janson.
Tuesday June 3
7:00: Bill Anderson; Travis Tritt
7:30: Travis Denning; Tenille Townes
8:00: Michael Ray; Josh Turner
8:30: Chris Janson; Carrie Underwood
9:30: Bill Anderson; Travis Tritt
10:00: Riley Green; Carrie Underwood
10:30: Michael Ray; Josh Turner; Chris Janson
The past several years, the Opry has also scheduled a Thursday night show, and while not as strong as the Tuesday shows, still a very solid line-up featuring Grand Ole Opry members Lorrie Morgan, Oak Ridge Boys, and Chris Young.
Thursday June 5
7:00: Scotty McCreery; Tegan Marie
7:30: Home Free; Lorrie Morgan
8:15: Carly Pearce; Oak Ridge Boys
8:45: Chris Young
(at least that is what I have at this point)
This week is loaded as to shows in Nashville and one of the most popular and long-running shows is Marty Stuart's Annual Late Night Jam, which is celebrating its 18th anniversary this year. Among those scheduled to perform, in addition to Marty and his Fabulous Superlatives, are Dierks Bentley, Sheryl Crow, Tyler Childers, Steve Miller, Old Crow Medicine Show, Chris Scruggs and The Stone Fox Five, Connie Smith, Eddie Stubbs, Opry Square Dancers, Gary Mule Deer, Williams and Ree, Beyond Wings Circus, and Crying Uncle Duo. A fantastic line-up for sure.
In addition, there are the stadium shows, the awards show and all of the fan-club and artists sponsored luncheons, which includes the annual ROPE luncheon that always features some great, veteran country acts.
And, let's not forget the Grand Ole Opry. They will be having their usual Friday and Saturday night Opry shows and a Saturday afternoon classic show matinee. Opry members Charley Pride, Ricky Skaggs and Mark Wills are among those scheduled for the shows next weekend.
Personally, I pass on this week in Nashville just because of the crowds and the difficulty in getting around town. But, it is always a great week and I am sure everyone will have a great time.