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Ryman Auditorium to Undergo Massive Expansion

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Nashville’s iconic National Historic Landmark and world renowned performance venue, The Ryman Auditorium, will undergo a $14 million planned expansion and renovation of the Ryman’s 1994 addition. The historic auditorium, restored in 1994, will remain unchanged.

The proposed expansion and renovation will improve the Ryman Auditorium experience for both tour guests and concert attendees and will include an event space featuring a new, state-of-the-art daytime tour attraction, which will provide a unique way to relive the Ryman Auditorium’s storied past. The space will be available in the evenings for private functions. Other amenities include a dedicated café space, enhanced food and beverage services throughout the building and an expanded retail area with interior and exterior access. Renovation plans also include a new box office, additional restroom facilities and larger lobbies.

Tennessee Gov. Bill Haslam joined Colin V. Reed, chairman, chief executive officer and president of Ryman Hospitality Properties, Sally Williams, general manager of the Ryman Auditorium and Opry Entertainment vice president of business and partnership development and Steve Buchanan, president of the Opry Entertainment Group for today’s announcement at the Ryman Auditorium.

“The tourism industry adds more than a billion dollars annually to our state’s tax base, making it critical to fostering sustained economic growth in Tennessee,” Haslam said. “Continued investment from hospitality leaders like Ryman will further improve our state’s unique tourist offerings and attract even more visitors to Tennessee.”

In a statement made prior to today’s press conference, Nashville Mayor Karl Dean said, “There’s no place in the world like Music City, and we owe a great deal of that unique identity to the city’s iconic landmarks, particularly the Ryman Auditorium,” Dean said. “This expansion is a welcome addition to our vibrant downtown area. I thank Ryman Hospitality and Colin for this investment and all they’ve done to help make Nashville a top destination.”

The planned renovation and expansion are part of Ryman Hospitality Properties’ ongoing investment in Nashville and its attractions business, which recently experienced record-breaking tour and concert ticket sales.

“The Music City brand has never been more powerful than it is today. We strongly believe that we are at the very front end of a meteoric rise in both national and international tourism thanks largely to the ever-increasing popularity of country music and the “Nashville” television show,” Reed said. “We are making this investment now so that the Ryman Auditorium is better equipped to accommodate the current and future demand we are seeing from both a tourism and concert attendance perspective.”

The project is expected to break ground in late summer 2014 with a planned opening in early June 2015. The Ryman Auditorium is slated to host a full calendar of events and tours throughout construction.

Williams said, “Just as Steve Buchanan and the company’s management team did in 1994 with the original Ryman Auditorium expansion and reopening, we are thoughtfully planning for the future of one of the most historic and revered places to hear and perform live music. The enhancements will dramatically improve the pre-and post-show experience and allow visitors to share in our 122-year history in ways that are not possible within our current space. With no renovations taking place in the historic auditorium, we expect little to no disruption in our operations throughout the construction phase, which we anticipate will be complete in time to welcome our guests during next year’s CMA Music Festival.”

 “Before we decided to move forward with our plans for this expansion, we felt that it was important to have the support of the artist community who played a vital role in making the Ryman Auditorium the internationally-celebrated venue it is today. We have shared our plans with several artists who have a strong connection to the Ryman Auditorium and the feedback has been overwhelmingly positive. Maintaining the historic integrity of the Ryman Auditorium was a high priority and we have selected two Nashville-based firms who share in that vision, Hastings Architecture Associates and R.C. Mathews Contractor, who served as the general contractor for the original 1994 Ryman Auditorium expansion. The proposed design will preserve the historic 5th Ave. entrance skyline and original Ryman Auditorium aesthetic while providing some much needed room to grow.”

Also in attendance at today’s press conference were Grand Ole Opry members and multi-Grammy Award-winning artists Vince Gill, Ricky Skaggs and Marty Stuart.

“The Ryman has always been in the best hands since this company has taken over its operation,” said Vince Gill. “This is an important renovation, but the heart this company has shown for the Ryman’s preservation is even more special.”

“To me, there is no place like The Ryman Auditorium,” said Ricky Skaggs. “Whether I’m performing, seeing a show or just walking around in the building, it’s home to my heart.

That’s why I’m so excited about the new expansion The Ryman is getting. It’s gonna be great for the fans and the performers. The Ryman is The History Of The Future!”

“The Ryman Auditorium has seen countless changes in the Nashville landscape since its doors opened in 1892,” said Marty Stuart. “It has somehow been a standard-bearer all the while, moving forward with the times. The new expansion to the “Mother Church of Country Music” is a fitting reflection of the global interest in our city as well as the world of country music. It’s exciting to watch the continuance of the legacy of one of America’s most cherished buildings.”

Ryman’s Bluegrass Nights at the Ryman Kicks Off This Week

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To celebrate the annual Bluegrass Nights series, the Ryman has released a special episode of Backstage at the Ryman on their YouTube channel featuring Dailey & Vincent, Ricky Skaggs, Sam Bush, Jim Lauderdale and more!

The 2014 Springer Mountain Farms Bluegrass Nights at the Ryman runs Thursday nights from June 26 through July 31. Join us early each week during the season for Pickin’ on the Plaza.

June 26 Vince Gill
July 3 Yonder Mountain String Band with special guests Sam Bush, Jake Jolliff and Allie Kral
July 10 Steep Canyon Rangers and Jim Lauderdale
July 17 Dailey & Vincent
July 24 Earls of Leicester featuring Jerry Douglas, Shawn Camp, Johnny Warren, Charlie Cushman, Barry Bales and Tim O’Brien with Jesse McReynolds and the Virginia Boys
July 31 Ricky Skaggs and Kentucky Thunder

The Springer Mountain Farms Bluegrass Nights at the Ryman 2014 concert series kicks off on June 26 with twenty-time Grammy® award winner singer-songwriter and Country Music Hall of Fame member Vince Gill. The annual Red, White and Bluegrass show on July 3 will see progressive Bluegrass group Yonder Mountain String Band make their Ryman headlining debut with special guests Sam Bush, Jake Jolliff and Allie Kral. On July 10, Steep Canyon Rangers, Grammy® winners for Best Bluegrass Album (Nobody Knows You), and two-time Grammy award winner and hit songwriter Jim Lauderdale will co-headline the show. Rounder Records recording artists and three-time IBMA Entertainer of the Year winners Dailey & Vincent will take the stage on July 17. On July 24, dobro master Jerry Douglas presents Earls of Leicester, a bluegrass supergroup performing the music of Flatt & Scruggs from 1954-1965 comprised of Douglas, Grammy-award-winning producer Shawn Camp, Johnny Warren, son of Paul Warren, legendary fiddle player in Flatt & Scruggs Foggy Mountain Boys Band, acclaimed banjo player Charlie Cushman, Barry Bales of Alison Krauss + Union Station fame, and A-list sideman Tim O’Brien on mandolin. Perennial favorite and fourteen-time Grammy® award winner Ricky Skaggs and his eight-time IBMA Instrumental Band of the Year Kentucky Thunder close out the series on July 31. CMA Air Personality of the Year award winner Eddie Stubbs will once again host each show of the series.

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 in the Ryman parking lot. Puckett’s “Trolley Parton” will be on site during Pickin’ on the Plaza.

Come early to Springer Mountain Farms Bluegrass Nights at the Ryman for our Pickin’ on the Plaza showcase for your chance to become Chicken Rich! Each week, a top regional bluegrass band will perform on the Ryman plaza starting at 6:00 p.m. where you can register to win a “Chicken Rich” prize pack including a tee-shirt, Hatch poster and a cooler of delicious Springer Mountain Farms chicken delivered to your door! The winner’s name will be called from the stage that night by a Springer Mountain Farms representative and legendary 650 AM WSM announcer Eddie Stubbs!

Pickin’ on the Plaza

June 26 Dana Romanello
July 3 Flatt Lonesome
July 10 Westbound Rangers
July 17 A Step Ahead
July 24 Freshwater Creek
July 31 Lonnie Jones & Hard Drive

Dolly Parton, Vince Gill, Ashley Monroe and More to Recreate “Bristol Sessions”

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Dolly Parton, Vince Gill and Emmylou Harris are among the musicians who will recreate the recordings credited with launching country music. “Orthophonic Joy: The 1927 Bristol Sessions Revisited” also features Marty Stuart, Steve Martin and Ashley Monroe.

They will recreate 16 songs from the original sessions, which showcased Jimmy Rodgers and the Carter Family. Johnny Cash once called the sessions “the single most important event in the history of country music.” The album comes out in October. The Smithsonian Institution will also open The Birthplace of Country Music Museum in the twin cities of Bristol, Tennessee and Bristol, Virginia, on August 2.

Vince Gill Doesn’t Want to Be Country Music’s ‘Mouth Piece’

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Vince Gill has been around a long time. He’s a member of the Country Music Hall of Fame and he’s collaborated with just about everyone you can imagine. As a guy who’s been around the likes of Merle Haggard and Dolly Parton, the current state of country music must seem a bit “much” for him. But unlike some artists, Vince doesn’t choose to be the guy to tear down the current state of country music. Instead, he tells RollingStone Country that he’s a cheerleader.

I don’t want to be that guy. I’ll do it with what I choose to do, but I don’t need to be the mouthpiece. In saying that, all I know is that historically, if you look at [country] throughout its entirety, this has always been going on. It always strays away and then comes back, strays away, comes back. There’s no rule to how it has to be, how it should be.

It is ironic though that its lyrical message is beating you about [how country it is], but its musical message is nothing related to it at all. To me, it’s a mixed message. I feel like it’s fair to have an opinion, it’s fair to like what you like. The weird thing is if you make a comment like that, I think that the young generation takes it as criticism. And it doesn’t have an ounce of criticism intended. You’ll meet some of these kids and you’ll think, “This is the greatest guy in the world. How can you not like this guy?” You may not be crazy about his music, and that’s fair, but it doesn’t need to be personal.

I think any time somebody is not nuts about what you do, it’s critical, and I get that. But at the same time, I just want to go, ‘I’m not being critical, it’s just not for me. It is for you, and I’m cheering you on.’ I want these kids to live their dreams, want them to be musical, to do what’s in their hearts. I don’t have anything but a cheerleader brain for young people. I understand how evolution works, how this business works, how it’s always worked. And that’s the way it’s supposed to happen.”

And although Vince isn’t a fan of the “bro-country” phenomenon, he thinks there’s something truly special about the guys behind it, and he doesn’t blame them for the popularity of the stereotyped music.

I don’t think it does anybody any good to bash anything that is going on. That doesn’t serve much of a purpose. I had a visit with an executive who runs a record company. He was bemoaning yadda yadda, and I looked at him and said, “Don’t you get it? It’s your fault.” He said, “What do you mean?” “Everything you’re saying you don’t like, you’re signing, you’re recording. Just do your part.” If you don’t like it, quit jumping on the apple cart because you think it will work.

But you know what I do like about that generation? How much they like each other. How much camaraderie they have. My generation didn’t have it. Their compatibility, their willingness to embrace each other, be friends, all of that stuff. They’re very inclusive of all things and everything. And I admire the hell out of that. I wish my generation had more of that. But of the people who were really knocking it out of the park, it didn’t. If you want to take that core of artists throughout the Eighties and Nineties, do I go pal around with Garth or Alan or George? No. But the generation before me, Jimmy Dickens was going fishing with Porter Wagoner, and Mel Tillis was taking so and so… They had that.

You can read more from Vince on RollingStone Country including his take on the viral video of him confronting Westboro Church protestors here.

Keith Urban’s All for the Hall Includes Star-Studded “Wagon Wheel” Performance

Last week, Keith Urban and Vince Gill raised money for the Country Music Hall of Fame along with the help of a few friends at their annual All for the Hall concert. The show included performances by Carrie Underwood, Brantley Gilbert, Brett Eldredge, Brantley Gilbert and more! The finale was an all-inclusive performance of “Wagon Wheel” with Darius Rucker. Where you there? How was it?

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