Welcome to the new ryman.com! You’ve probably noticed a lot of changes around here today! We’re so thrilled to finally show this website to the world – we’ve spent a year on concept, design, content building and finally programming. It’s been a long journey and we’ve spent a lot of time thinking about what our users are after.
We know the Ryman means a lot to people all over the world. We know the reasons the Ryman means so much to so many people are as varied as the events and experiences that have taken place here over the past 119 years. However, most people today experience the Ryman in one of two ways. Either by taking a tour during the day or a seeing a concert at night.
During the day, visitors come to tour the National Historic Landmark and the most famous former home of the Grand Ole Opry® where so much history has taken place. For these guests we offer Self-Guided and Backstage tours as well as the opportunity to have pictures “made” on the historic stage or to Make A Record at the Ryman.
Our nighttime visitors come through the doors of Pollstar’s Theatre of the Year to see their favorite artists in concert. In 2010 alone, the Ryman hosted multi-night sold-out shows by The Avett Brothers, Don Williams, Neil Young and Widespread Panic; performances by Grammy-nominated artists including Adam Lambert, Arcade Fire, The Black Keys, Blake Shelton, Dailey & Vincent, Dierks Bentley, Lady Antebellum, Marty Stuart, Norah Jones, Sara Bareilles, Train and Vampire Weekend; television tapings including CMT’s Crossroads with Kenny Chesney and the Steve Miller Band, GAC’s Music City Keep on Playin’ – A Benefit for Flood Relief and Fox’s American Idol; award shows such as ACM Honors, the Americana Music Association Awards and Honors and the International Bluegrass Music Awards. Also in 2010, the Ryman hosted a total of eighty-one Grand Ole Opry shows, including forty-eight in the wake of Nashville’s historic flooding while reconstruction of the Opry House was underway. During the extended Opry at the Ryman season, performances included country superstars Brad Paisley, Carrie Underwood, Dolly Parton and Martina McBride.
In addition to the Daytime and Nighttime sections of the new ryman.com, we have a third section, History. The Ryman is a building steeped in Nashville cultural history – we don’t use the tagline “Historically Cool Since 1892” without reason. Did you know Houdini performed on our stage in 1924 or that Charlie Chaplin came to raise money for Liberty Bonds in 1919 (Bonus trivia: Tom Ryman’s son Paul opened the show, his first of two Ryman Auditorium appearances.) Or did you know that Ricky Skaggs made his Ryman debut at the tender age of 7? Or that Helen Keller spoke to a sold-out house through her lifelong companion, Anne Sullivan? We could go on and on about the amazing things that have happened in our past – we’ve documented many of them in the Ryman Timeline. Explore the Ryman through the years using the scrolling arrows on each side and see pictures of President Roosevelt coming in the side door or see the ad for New York Metropolitan Opera performance for which our original stage was built in 1901.
After exploring the History section of the website, peruse the Hatch Show Print Gallery where we’ve collected all of our Hatches since the 1994 renovation. Or try your hand at Ryman trivia in the Trivia section.
Interested in bringing a group to the Ryman? Check out our new section just for groups. We’ve also got an expanded section about renting the Ryman – for a private event, concert, press conference or product launch – nearly anything you can dream up. Did you know you can get married at the Mother Church of Country Music? You can, and all the information is in our new Wedding section.
Explore, play around and enjoy the new site. We hope you love it as much as we do – because we built it for you, our daytime patrons, nighttime concert goers and Nashville history buffs. To us who work here every day, the Ryman is not just a building. She’s a member of our extended family. We’re all just so honored to be here, continuing the tradition of great concerts and sharing the Ryman story with our visitors during the day.