We’ve got a busy week here at the Mother Church. Make sure to follow us on Twitter (“@theryman”) for show updates, previews of Hatch Show Prints and more…
Tonight, catch The Shins on Conan O’Brien on TBS at 10:00 p.m. central. They are set to take our stage on Sunday, October 7.
Tuesday, October 2 David Byrne & St. Vincent come to the Ryman for a performance after the release of their newest album, “Love This Giant.” Recorded over two years largely at Water Music in Hoboken, NJ, the album is a collaboration in the truest sense of the word, with Byrne and St. Vincent (aka Annie Clark) co-writing ten of the album’s twelve tracks, and each artist penning one song individually. The album centers around an explosive brass band and is propelled by John Congleton’s drum programming. Byrne and Clark met in 2009 at the ‘Dark Was the Night’ benefit at Radio City Music Hall and were approached shortly after by the Housing Works Bookstore to collaborate on a night of music. They began composing remotely, trading song ideas and structures online while Clark toured and it quickly became apparent that they had more than just one night of music in them. Byrne performed with Clark at her ‘American Songbook’ show at Lincoln Center in 2010, and Clark contributed vocals to Byrne’s ‘Here Lies Love’ album, released the same year. Tickets are on sale here and enter to win the Hatch Print here.
On Wednesday, October 3, Gotye makes his Ryman debut. Gotye’s most recent offering “Making Mirrors” has already sold nearly two million copies internationally. The album is described as “pop at its most precise, but also electronic music at its most emotional.” The breakout hit, “Somebody That I Used to Know,” featuring Kimbra, has been number one on the Billboard Hot 100 for seven consecutive weeks. The song’s music video recently crossed the 200 million mark on YouTube, making it one of the most-viewed clips ever. You can still get tickets here and enter to win the Hatch Show Print here.
Emanating from the Ryman Auditorium during the spring and fall season, Opry Country Classics features performances of the country music the world knows best performed by legends of the genre as well as the rising stars the legends have influenced. Get your tickets to this Thursday’s show here.
This Friday, October 5, Mary Chapin Carpenter, whose music has been described as “an unclassifiable hybrid of pop, folk and country,” will play on the Ryman stage. She has recorded 12 albums and has sold over 13 million records in her career. With hits like “Passionate Kisses” and “He Thinks He’ll Keep Her,” Carpenter has won five Grammy Awards (with 15 nominations), two CMA awards and two Academy of Country Music awards for her vocals. Her songs speak to the most personal of life’s details and the most universal. Recently, Carpenter was honored with the Americana Association’s esteemed “Spirit of Americana Free Speech in Music Award,” which recognizes artists who have used their work to raise awareness and promote free speech. Carpenter’s newest album, “Ashes and Roses,” has already received high praise from critics and it’s been said this one holds “some of her most interesting and intimate work yet.” Two days after her Ryman appearance, Carpenter will be inducted into the Songwriters Hall of Fame in Nashville. Enter to win the exclusive Hatch Show Print here.
Also on Friday, Oct. 5, a third Amy Grant & Vince Gill Christmas at the Ryman show will go on sale. The show will be on Thursday, Dec. 18. This marks the sixth year the couple – who celebrated their twelfth anniversary this year – has performed the holiday special. “Christmas audiences are special,” Amy says. “They tend to involve the whole family, and their emotions are a wonderful mix of anticipation and reverence. It’s a thrilling experience for both of us.” The set will feature traditional holiday songs, as well as some of Amy and Vince’s biggest hits. For more information please visit their show page.
On Sunday, The Shins return to the Ryman for a performance. Formed in 1996 in Albuquerque, New Mexico, The Shins are an American indie-rock band originally created as a side project for lead vocalist, James Mercer. Songs from the critically-acclaimed first album, “Oh Inverted World,” were featured in movies such as “Garden State” and “A Guy Thing” and television series including “The OC” and “Gilmore Girls.” The band relocated to Portland, OR in 2001where they released their second album, “Chutes Too Narrow” and later released the third album “Wincing the Night Away” in 2006, which debuted at number 2 on the Billboard 200 album chart. In 2012, The Shins announced their extended tour in North America where they will perform hits from their previous three albums and their newest track, “Simple Song.” You can get tickets here and enter for the chance to win the Shins Hatch Print here.