Mike Snider, Jimmy C. Newman, Mandy Barnett
Hal Ketchum, Jean Shepard, The Whites
Porter Wagoner, Jan Howard, Jack Greene, Del McCoury Band, Opry Square Dancers
Larry Gatlin & The Gatlin Brothers, Connie Smith, Riders In The Sky
The first act to really stand our for me was Keni Tomas. A good look young guy that has an excellent stage presents and gets the girls hot. He was an Army ranger that served in the Iraq war and uses his experience there in his songs. The song Not Me was particularly moving. Read the lyrics if you have a few minutes.
The world becomes a better place when someone stands and leads the way. Steps forward when they'd rather say not me.
Porter Wagoner hosted one of the segments. My parents use to listen to him on that old black and white country music TV show back in the sixties. He is past his prime now and looking shape as ever. I didn't recognize the songs he sang so I just listened to the quality backup musicians, quite a house band at the Opry.
The last act of the night was America's Favorite Cowboys, Riders In The Sky, one of my favorites. The Riders were inducted into the Grand Ole Opry in 1982. Danell and Helen had never heard of them and were ticked when they played their cheeks.
The commercials were fun to listen to. The Martha White's products were making me hungry. They announced this years winners for the cornbread recipe cookoff, the one from Arizona sounded great and reminded me of the recipe that Helen made the other day. Unfortunately I don't remember the name of the wining recipe, Sharon didn't hear it and don't see in on Martha's site, perhaps it will show up in the near future (it sounded real good, chicken and pepper and all).