Monthly Archives: May 2011
Bit of Ryman history for you today – on Sunday, May 10, 1885 the Rev. Sam Jones spoke to a crowd of 10,000 Nashvillians as part of his touring tent revivals.
According to legend, Ryman and a few of his friends went to Jones’ revival to raise a ruckus. But, something in Jones’ speech affected Ryman so deeply that he repented his sins and vowed to build Jones a great tabernacle so that he would never have to preach under a tent again.
That building was the Union Gospel Tabernacle which would later become the Ryman Auditorium.
The name was modified at Captain Ryman’s funeral in December 1904. His longtime friend, Rev. Jones asked the solemn crowd to rise if they agreed the name of the building should be modified to honor Captain Ryman.
According to newspaper accounts, more than 4,000 people in attendance rose to their feet. The Union Gospel Tabernacle was, from that day forward, known as the Ryman Auditorium.
Critically acclaimed vocalist and stage performer Mandy Barnett is set to release her stunning new album “Sweet Dreams” on May 24 on the Opry Music imprint. The highly anticipated album launch is in conjunction with her leading role return to Nashville’s historic Ryman Auditorium stage in the musical production “Always…Patsy Cline.”
“Sweet Dreams” provides Barnett with an opportunity to honor not only beloved music icon Patsy Cline, but also the songs she made famous and the songwriters who crafted the timeless tunes. The album includes Cline’s well-known signature hits such as “Crazy,” “I Fall To Pieces,” and “Faded Love.” Barnett leaves her unique and powerful vocal stamp on these songs and others, like the Irving Berlin standard “Always” and “Strange.” The project, produced by Steve Gibson, features many of Nashville’s most talented studio musicians. This year also marks the fiftieth anniversary of Patsy Cline’s hit “Crazy” which was written by Willie Nelson.
Barnett will sing many of the songs from “Sweet Dreams” when she returns to her role as Patsy Cline in the bio-musical “Always…Pasty Cline,” which will run Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays June 17-July 24 at the Ryman Auditorium. Joining Barnett on stage to reprise her role of Louise Seger, Cline’s most devoted fan, will be Tere Myers. “Always…Patsy Cline” creator and original director, Ted Swindley, will return to direct. “Always … Patsy Cline” features more than 20 of Cline’s most memorable numbers including “I Fall to Pieces,” “Crazy,” “Blue Moon of Kentucky,” and “Sweet Dreams,” which became a hit shortly after her death.
“We are thrilled to have Mandy Barnett back on stage at the Ryman in “Always…Patsy Cline.” Mandy consistently amazes audiences with her extraordinary talent and we feel like we have captured that on this new release, “Sweet Dreams”,” says Steve Buchanan, Grand Ole Opry Group President.
Beyond Barnett’s stage success, her previous studio albums and tours have met national praise. A frequent guest on the Grand Ole Opry, Barnett paired with Cracker Barrel and Rounder Records in 2010 for an exclusive Cracker Barrel Old Country Store release for the holiday album, “Winter Wonderland.” In addition to her own albums, Barnett has been featured on movie soundtracks, including “A Walk On the Moon,” “Traveller,” “Space Cowboys,” “Election,” “Drop Dead Gorgeous,” and “Crazy.” She also sang on the SpongeBob SquarePants album “The Best Day Ever” sharing the spotlight with the likes of Brian Wilson, Tommy Ramone, Flaco Jimenez, and NRBQ.
“Sweet Dreams” will be available for purchase beginning May 24 at the Ryman gift shop, the Opry Shop at the Grand Ole Opry House, Opry Originals on Broadway in downtown Nashville, ryman.com, and opry.com. Tickets for “Always…Patsy Cline” are on sale now and available at the Ryman box office, the Grand Ole Opry House box office, ryman.com or by calling 615-889-3600. Ticket prices are $29.50 & $36.50. A special package including a copy of “Sweet Dreams” and a ticket to “Always…Patsy Cline” is available.
For more information on “Always…Patsy Cline” click here.
Alison Krauss & Union Station featuring Jerry Douglas will bring their Paper Airplane Summer Tour 2011 to Nashville at the historic Ryman Auditorium on August 26 and 27. Tickets will go on sale on Friday, May 13 at 10:00 a.m. and will be available at all Ticketmaster outlets, Kroger, Ryman Auditorium box office, ryman.com or (800) 745-3000. Ticket prices are $88.00, $68.00, $48.00 and $38.00.
On April 12th, 2011, Rounder Records released the eagerly anticipated Alison Krauss and Union Station album, Paper Airplane. The album debuted at #1 on the Billboard Country Albums Chart, Bluegrass Albums Chart and #3 on the Top 200 Album Chart. A truly breathtaking collection of 11 exquisite songs, Paper Airplane is Krauss’ 14th album and the band’s follow-up to 2004’s triple Grammy® winning Lonely Runs Both Ways (Rounder). It is Krauss’ first release since her 2007 internationally acclaimed, multi-platinum collaboration with Robert Plant, Raising Sand, which won six Grammys including “Record Of The Year” and “Album Of The Year.”
Alison Krauss along with Union Station band members Dan Tyminski (guitar, mandolin and lead vocals), Barry Bales (bass and harmony vocals), Ron Block (banjo, guitar and harmony vocals), and Jerry Douglas (Dobro and harmony vocals) will crisscross the nation beginning this summer performing over 50 dates.
Part of Alison Krauss’ incontestable talent is how effortlessly she bridges the gap between roots music and country, rock and pop. A highly sought-after collaborator, Krauss has worked with some of the biggest names in popular music, including James Taylor, Phish, Dolly Parton, Yo Yo Ma & Bonnie Raitt. Since signing with Rounder Records at the age of 14 in 1985 Krauss has sold in excess of 12 million albums and garnered 26 Grammy® Awards, the most for any female and the third most of any recording artist in Grammy® history. Her breathtaking live performances should not be missed.