BLUEGRASS NIGHTS AT THE RYMAN RETURNS TO THE STAGE
Series Presented by Springer Mountain Farms
Now in its 17th year, the prestigious Springer Mountain Farms Bluegrass Nights at the Ryman will once again present the biggest acts in bluegrass on Nashville’s iconic stage. The six-week series will run June 23 through July 28 on Thursday nights.
“As the must see summertime bluegrass music series, we’re honored to present an incredible line-up of world-class artists to play on the very stage where bluegrass was born,” commented Ryman Auditorium General Manager, Sally Williams.
Country Music Hall of Famer Vince Gill will kick off the Springer Mountain Farms Bluegrass Nights at the Ryman June 23. Next up, on June 30, will be 2011 Grammy-nominee Ricky Skaggs who made his debut on the Ryman stage at the tender age of seven. Skaggs new album, Mosaic, is also nominated for Country Album of the Year at the Gospel Music Association Dove Awards. On July 7, it’s Sam Bush who was also nominated for a Grammy this year with 2010 International Bluegrass Music Association (IBMA) Emerging Artist and Guitarist of the Year, The Josh Williams Band. Fellow Grammy-nominees and long-reigning IBMA Performers of the Year, Dailey & Vincent will bring their spectacular stage show to the series on July 21. Opening the show for Dailey & Vincent will be Rebel Records recording artist and Society for the Preservation of Bluegrass Music of America Bluegrass DJ of the Year, Joe Mullins with his group The Radio Ramblers. Seminal flat picking guitarist and bluegrass legend Doc Watson rounds out the series on July 28.
Line-up for 2011 Springer Mountain Farms Bluegrass Nights at the Ryman:
June 23 An Evening with Vince Gill
June 30 An Evening with Ricky Skaggs
July 7 Sam Bush with special guest The Josh Williams Band
July 14 To be announced
July 21 Dailey & Vincent with Joe Mullins & The Radio Ramblers
July 28 An Evening with Doc Watson
“Once again the series line-up includes the very best performers in Bluegrass music,” said Gus Arrendale, president of Springer Mountain Farms Chicken. “These artists stay true to the tradition of pure bluegrass music just as Springer Mountain Farms stays pure antibiotic-free chicken. We’re proud to continue this wonderful partnership with the Ryman and support bluegrass on the very stage where it was born.”
In 2006, the State of Tennessee presented the Ryman Auditorium with a historical marker designating it as the official Birthplace of Bluegrass. This year marks another milestone in the genre as bluegrass pioneer Bill Monroe would have turned 100 this year. Monroe headlined the inaugural Bluegrass Nights at the Ryman concert in 1994.
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. Tickets are on sale now through the Ryman box office, online at ryman.com, or by calling 615-889-3060. Tickets are $26.50 for individual concert events. Bluegrass series passes for all six shows are only $128.00 through February 28 with the pass price increasing to $140.00 on March 1.