BLUEGRASS NIGHTS AT THE RYMAN RETURNS TO THE BIRTHPLACE OF BLUEGRASS
Springer Mountain Farms Sponsors Annual Ryman Bluegrass Series
NASHVILLE, TN (May 9, 2013) - The prestigious Springer Mountain Farms Bluegrass Nights at the Ryman concert series will mark its 20th annual run this year. As it has since 1994, the series will feature the very best in bluegrass with shows taking place each Thursday from June 20 through July 25.
The lineup will kick off with twenty-time Grammy® award winning singer-songwriter and Country Music Hall of Fame member Vince Gill on June 20. Seven-time International Bluegrass Music Association (IBMA) Vocal Group of the Year and 2012 IBMA Hall of Fame inductee Doyle Lawson & Quicksilver will take the stage June 27. Reigning IBMA Entertainers of the Year The Gibson Brothers will perform at the annual Red, White and Bluegrass Night on Independence Day – July 4. On July 11, bluegrass legend and Grammy® Award winner Ralph Stanley & His Clinch Mountain Boys will return to the series with hit songwriter and fellow Grammy® award winning artist, Jim Lauderdale. July 18 will feature Dailey & Vincent, Grammy® winners for the Best Bluegrass Album. Perennial favorite and ten-time Grammy® award winning artist Ricky Skaggs and his eight-time IBMA Instrumental Band of the Year Award winning Kentucky Thunder will round out the series on July 25.
The inaugural Bluegrass Nights at the Ryman series took place in 1994 at the then newly renovated Ryman Auditorium. The first show featured the father of bluegrass himself, Bill Monroe, and the angelic Alison Krauss. Over the last twenty years, the series has become a Nashville summertime tradition as it regularly presents the biggest names in bluegrass on the very stage where the genre was born back in 1945.
"There is no better place in the world to listen to bluegrass than the Ryman Auditorium," said Sally Williams, Ryman General Manager. "We're proud to continue the tradition that began back in 1945 when Bill Monroe, Lester Flatts and Earl Scruggs appeared on our stage together for the first time."
2013 Springer Mountain Farms Bluegrass Nights at the Ryman line-up:
June 20 Vince Gill
June 27 Doyle Lawson & Quicksilver
July 4 The Gibson Brothers
July 11 Ralph Stanley & His Clinch Mountain Boys & Jim Lauderdale
July 18 Dailey & Vincent
July 25 Ricky Skaggs & Kentucky Thunder
All shows begin at 7:30 p.m. and are preceded by 650 AM WSM's Pickin' on the Plaza featuring regional bluegrass bands from 6:00 p.m. to 6:45 p.m. The free showcases take place just outside the main entrance on the plaza near the statue of Captain Thomas G. Ryman.
Bands featured on Pickin' on the Plaza:
June 20 Crosswind
June 27 Flatt Lonesome
July 4 TBA
July 11 Freshwater Creek
July 18 Copper in Steel
July 25 TBA
Tickets are on sale now through the Ryman box office, online at ryman.com or by calling (615) 458-BLUE. Tickets are $27.50 for individual shows. Series passes for all six shows are only $147.00.
About Ryman Auditorium National Historic Landmark, Ryman Auditorium was built as a tabernacle by Captain Thomas G. Ryman in 1892, served as the home of the Grand Ole Opry from 1943-74, and was completely renovated in 1994. The Ryman is open for tours during the day and at night offers a wide variety of entertainment performances, just has it has for over 120 years. The venue was voted the 2010, 2011 and 2012 Pollstar Theatre of the Year. Ryman Auditorium is owned by Ryman Hospitality Properties, Inc. (NYSE: RHP), a Nashville-based REIT that also owns and operates the Grand Ole Opry, and 650 AM WSM. For more information, visit ryman.com