Monthly Archives: September 2011

We’d Like To Thank The Academy…

On Monday, September 19, we were thrilled to host the Academy of Country Music’s 5th Annual ACM Honors show here at the Ryman. The program is dedicated to special honorees and off-camera category winners from the 45th Annual ACM Awards. Our first off-camera win was for Venue of the Year. Ryman Auditorium General Manager, Sally Williams, was also honored as Promoter of the Year.

Ryman GM Sally Williams was honored as Promoter of the Year.

The evening was a mix of live music, historical video retrospectives and current video tributes and interviews with industry veterans honoring Special Awards recipients Garth Brooks, Hank Cochran (posthumously), John Dorris, Larry Gatlin & the Gatlin Brothers, Tom T. Hall, Reba, Taylor Swift and the film Country Strong, winners of the MBI (Musician, Bandleader, Instrumentalist) categories Chuck Ainlay, Eddie Bayers, Tom Bukovac, Dan Dugmore, Aubrey Haynie, Gordon Mote, Bryan Sutton, Glenn Worf and Paul Worley and winners of the Industry Awards categories, Steve “Bogie” Bogdanovich, Romeo Entertainment Group, Sally Williams, Ryman Auditorium, Joe’s Bar (Chicago, IL), Mohegan Sun Casino (Uncasville, CT), Ryman Auditorium (Nashville, TN).

Artists who performed in tribute to honorees included: Rodney Atkins, performing “Much Too Young To Feel This Damn Old” in tribute to Garth Brooks Dean Dillion, performing “The Chair” in tribute to Hank Cochran Brett Eldredge, performing “It Ain’t Gotta Be Love” in tribute to Country Strong Randy Houser and Thompson Square, performing “Houston (Means I’m One Day Closer To You)” Jack Ingram, performing “Faster Horses (the Cowboy and the Poet)” The Isaacs, performing a medley in tribute to Larry Gatlin & the Gatlin Brothers Larry Gatlin & the Gatlin Brothers, with Romain Virgo, performing “All The Gold In California” Montgomery Gentry, performing “Hillbilly Shoes” in tribute to John Dorris Jamey Johnson, performing “She’s Got You,” “I Fall to Pieces” and “Make the World Go Away” in a medley tribute to Hank Cochran Buddy Miller, performing -That’s How I Got to Memphis” in tribute to Tom T. Hall Joe Nichols, performing “Miami, My Amy” in tribute to Hank Cochran Jerrod Niemann, performing “Good Ride Cowboy” in tribute to Garth Brooks The Whites, performing “This World Is Not My Home‖ in tribute to John Dorris Lee Ann Womack, performing “Harper Valley PTA” in tribute to Tom T. Hall

Presenters included Ronnie Dunn presenting to Reba, Ralph Emery presenting to Tom T. Hall, John Michael Montgomery presenting to John Dorris, the Oak Ridge Boys presenting to Larry Gatlin & the Gatlin Brothers, and the Academy’s Bob Romeo presenting to Taylor Swift. New artist and CNN talent Robin Meade presented the Industry awards, Laura Bell Bundy presented the MBI awards, Susi Cochran, wife of the late Hank Cochran, accepted on his behalf. Bob Doyle accepted on behalf of Garth Brooks, who couldn’t attend.

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Imogene + Willie and Thad Cockrell at the Ryman

Our friends at Imogene + Willie, along with photographer Heidi Ross, helped the talented Thad Cockrell of LEAGUES document his Ryman debut recently.

LEAGUES exit the stage. Photo by Heidi Ross.

Their blog features the entire story. Easily our favorite part of the story is Thad explaining how he’s waiting to make his debut at the right time:

“I have stood side-stage at the Ryman many times over the last two years. Friends have offered me the chance to come out and sing harmony on a song or to join them for their encore; each time I have declined. I’m always thankful for the invite, but ultimately I guess I thought that in someway it was cheating.”

We hope your first time at the Ryman was everything you hoped for and more, Thad. We look forward to seeing you and LEAGUES back on our stage soon.

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The Raconteurs, Setlist Sept. 15, 2011

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FREE BLUEGRASS CONCERT SEPT 27 WILL CELEBRATE BILL MONROE CENTENNIAL

To commemorate the 100th anniversary of the birth of the Bill Monroe, the “father” of bluegrass, and as an informal kick off to IBMA’s “World of Bluegrass” week in Nashville, September 26 – October 2, The Del McCoury Band and special guests will perform on the grounds of the Ryman Auditorium on Tuesday, September 27 from noon until 2 p.m. Central.

The free outdoor bluegrass concert, open to the public, is hosted by the Foundation for Bluegrass Music, a non-profit whose mission is to support public enrichment programs of artistic, educational, historic preservation and literary value.  The concert is made possible through the support of the Music City Music Council, The Ryman Auditorium and 650 AM WSM and the cooperation of the Metro Government of Nashville & Davidson County.

Del McCoury, who first came to national attention as the lead singer for Bill Monroe in 1963, is also celebrating his pending induction into the International Bluegrass Music Hall of Fame, which will occur during the International Bluegrass Music Awards later that week on Thursday, September 29. McCoury’s new album, Old Memories: The Songs of Bill Monroe (McCoury Music) is scheduled for release on September 27, the day of the free Ryman concert.

Bill Monroe was born September 13, 1911; the bluegrass music community is celebrating the Monroe Centennial around the world with tributes, concerts, broadcasts, recordings and other special events.

Rarely in the world of music can historians agree on the exact origins of a particular genre.  Nashville, however, has the unique distinction of being able to pinpoint  itself as such a birthplace when, in December 1945, a unique combination of Bill Monroe & his Blue Grass Boys with the debut of Earl Scruggs on banjo and his three-finger style of playing electrified the audience of the Grand Ole Opry at the Ryman Auditorium.  The new style of music they performed would be so widely emulated by other groups that it would become known as “bluegrass” music, in respect to the band’s name.  A Tennessee state historical marker was placed in 2006 at the northwest corner of the Ryman to celebrate this event.

The International Bluegrass Music Association (IBMA) hosts one of the most prestigious events in bluegrass each year in Nashville.  Its “World of Bluegrass” week (September 26-October 2) includes the genre’s Business Conference, the IBMA Awards Show and Bluegrass Fan Fest.  Collectively, more than 20,000 will attend the events hosted at the Nashville Convention Center and Ryman Auditorium, and hundreds of broadcast outlets carry programming from the event every year.

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TV On The Radio, Sept. 14 Setlist

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Awards Season at the Ryman

Every fall we host a variety of music industry awards show and this year is no different.  The kick-off show is the annual Academy of Country Music Honors, taking place Monday, September 19th.  Hosted by Joe Nichols, the evening will feature tribute performances and special presentations for the honorees and non-televised category winners from the 46th Annual ACM Awards, held earlier this year. Rodney Atkins, Larry Gatlin & The Gatlin Brothers, Randy Houser, Jamey Johnson, Montgomery Gentry, Jerrod Niemann, Thompson Square and Lee Ann Womack will be performing, as well as many others. Honorees include Garth Brooks, Tom T. Hall, Reba and Taylor Swift and more. Don’t miss your chance to attend this important night in country music, honoring the stars both on stage and behind the scenes!

The Ryman itself is being honored as part of the evening.  The building has been named the ACM Venue of the Year and General Manager, Sally Williams, has been named Promoter of the Year.

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Ten days after the ACM Honors show, we play host once again to The International Bluegrass Music Association Awards.

Held on Thursday, September 29th, The International Bluegrass Music Association Awards are the centerpiece of “World of Bluegrass” week in Nashville. Hosted by Sam Bush, the evening will be a broadcast production featuring performances by the year’s most outstanding talents and once-in-a-lifetime moments when recipients are announced in 17 categories for the most coveted trophy in the music. “It is my pleasure to return as the host for the 2011 IBMA Awards,” Bush said. “As a bluegrass fan and fellow Kentuckian, it’s especially important to me on the 100th year anniversary of Bill Monroe’s birth.  I look forward to spending the evening with the nominees and the winners, as this is their special night.”

It’s the biggest night of the year on every bluegrass calendar and you’ll be there – in person – sitting with your music heroes and the nominees to see who walks away with the year’s top honors! Click here for tickets.

October brings us the annual Americana Awards & Honors – this year the 10th annual show is on October 13 as part of the Americana Music Festival.  Hosted by Jim Lauderdale, the event will feature performances and appearances by Robert Plant and the Band of Joy, Gregg Allman, Hayes Carll, The Civil Wars, Elizabeth Cook, Justin Townes Earle, Jessica Lea Mayfield, The Secret Sisters, Lucinda Williams and more. Six member-voted awards as well as several Lifetime Achievement awards will be handed out on this special night. Click here for tickets.

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Grace Potter & The Nocturnals, Setlist and Photos Sept. 11, 2011

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