Monthly Archives: November 2011

Concert Announcement: Moody Blues March 21, 2012

The Moody Blues, whose legacy spans four decades of hit-making and sell-out tours, will continue to entertain audiences with their timeless music in 2012, and will return to the Ryman Auditorium on Wednesday, March 21. Tickets go on sale Friday, December 2 at 10:00 a.m. and will be available here. Says the New York Post of their live show:  ”The rockers played a set that reminded the sold-out Music Hall why (The Moody Blues are) one of the most important rock acts to ever come out of the U.K…the trio looked remarkably sound and sounded untouched by time…”  Echoes USA Weekend: “Fans were on their feet applauding great music from a great rock n’ roll band with staying power beyond anybody’s ‘wildest dreams.’” Says the St. Louis Post Dispatch: “The Moodies depend on nostalgic memories of their fans’ youth, but they also know that in the present, these songs can still move the listener.”

The Moody Blues have sold in excess of 70 million albums worldwide and have been awarded an astonishing 14 platinum and gold discs.  Their incredible roster of hits includes:  “Nights In White Satin,” “Tuesday Afternoon,” “Ride My See Saw,” “The Story In Your Eyes,” “Isn’t Life Strange,” “Question,” “I’m Just A Singer (In A Rock And Roll Band),” “Your Wildest Dreams,” and “I Know You’re Out There Somewhere,” to name a few.  The Moody Blues’ No. 1, Top 5, Top 10, Top 20, Top 40, Multi-Platinum, Platinum and Gold albums and singles, have generated sold-out tours on a consistent basis over the course of several decades, making them one of the top-grossing album and touring bands in existence.


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Concert Announcement: Merle Haggard, April 11, 2012

The legendary Merle Haggard is set to take the Ryman stage once again on April 11, 2012.  Tickets go on sale Friday, December 2 and will be available here. There will be a special pre-sale available Monday, Nov. 28 from 10:00 a.m. to 10:00 p.m. — use the password “WORKIN”.

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Concert Announcement: NEEDTOBREATHE Feb. 23 and 24, 2012

NEEDTOBREATHE are set to return to the Ryman Auditorium for two special shows this February.  The February 23 and 24 shows go on sale Friday, November 18at NOON! Tickets will be available by clicking here.

“We wanted to make an important record in the way that people used to make records. Bands rarely have the time that allows them to create a game-changing album like Born to Run, Rumours, or Damn The Torpedoes. So we said, ‘Let’s set ourselves up to do that. Let’s believe in the songs enough that we’re willing to take the time they need and really push ourselves. It may sound naïve, but we still have a dream that we’re going to make a record that’s going to change everything for us.”

When NEEDTOBREATHE’s Bear and Bo Rinehart set out to write the songs that appear on the band’s new album, The Reckoning, they felt something bigger awaited them. It wasn’t just commercial success either. The band’s last album The Outsiders hit No. 9 on Billboard’s Rock Albums chart, went Top 20 on the Top 200, saw the band sell out venues such as Nashville’s Ryman Auditorium and Chicago’s House of Blues, and score an impressive number of placements in blockbuster films and numerous prime time television-shows. Bear explains “There was always this creeping reminder that we needed to show what the last ten years on the road had taught us. If we couldn’t do that, everything we had worked for was meaningless.”

With their reputation as a must-see live act built from non-stop touring, the Rinehart brothers, pastor’s sons who hail from the rural South Carolina town of Possum Kingdom, along with drummer Joe Stillwell and bass player Seth Bolt, were determined to create a statement-making album that truly captured the magic behind this genuinely appealing rock band.

“We considered every note, every sound, and every lyric that went on this album,” Bo says of their fourth album The Reckoning, which was co-produced by the band with Rick Beato (who worked with the band on their records The Heat and The Outsiders), and was recorded over seven months mostly at their Plantation Studios in Charleston, SC. “Everything was put through the ‘Do we really believe in this or not,’ filter. We never settled. We were looking for a spark. Sometimes in the studio you’ve got to keep searching until something happens that feels magical. We were waiting for that moment to strike on each song before we called this album finished.” Bear adds, “At one point, we had done 10 different versions of the same song, but that process is what the record came to be about. We felt like no one could take this moment from us. I think you can feel the pressure we put on ourselves in every note of this record. The songs and the album became something much bigger than us … something we had to live up to.”

Lyrically, all roads lead from the album’s title, which Bear says has several different meanings, one of them being the justification of accounts. “I like the idea that you put in all this work and at some point it comes to a peak — that’s the reckoning time.”

What the band emerged with is a timeless-sounding album rooted in classic American rock and roll, unafraid to veer off into unexpected directions. Songs such as “Maybe They’re On To Us” address the paranoia of wondering whether people know too much about the band. “It also asks, ‘Are we still driven in the same way?’ We’re always questioning ourselves,” Bear says. Even the songs that may sound light-hearted on the surface, like “White Fences,” “Slumber,” and “Drive All Night,” explore serious themes. “’White Fences’ is about the American dream of growing up in a big house with a white picket fence, but when the dream is broken and things don’t pan out the way you planned, asking who’s going to fix it,” Bo says. “’Slumber’ is meant to be about how beauty is all around you but you just can’t see it because of the funk you’re in,” Bear says. “It speaks to something that we really care about which is giving yourself a chance.” And there’s “Drive All Night,” a galloping barnstormer that Bear sees as a statement on the false idea that one can run away from one’s problems. “The truth is, the more you run away, the worse it gets, whereas if you embrace the things around you, the more joy you’re going to have,” he says.

With their intriguing melodies and bright choruses, the songs on The Reckoning are certain to translate in the live setting, something that is crucial to the band. “The worst thing that could happen is you get done playing and people don’t think about you again. We’ll do whatever it takes to force people to make a decision about our band, whether they love us or not. It makes for more passionate fans.”

“We’ve always bought into the fact that anything worth having is going to cost you a lot, so I think we were prepared to lose everything. The Reckoning is our investigation into everything we believed to be true and a justification for everything we still do.”

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Dierks Bentley Returns To The Ryman Feb. 2 For Headlining Show

Grand Ole Opry member Dierks Bentley returns to headline the historic Ryman February 2, 2012!  Tickets will be on sale Friday, November 18 at 10:00 a.m. via Ticketmaster.  Will Hoge will open the show.










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Could you be our next intern?

It’s that time of year again — we’re on the hunt for our next intern! Please note the opportunity is for Spring 2012 internship to begin in January.

PR/Marketing interns should be actively enrolled in a university public relations, marketing, music business, communications, advertising or related program. The individual must possess an understanding of basic media relations skills, have the ability to undertake research and public relations writing assignments, and have the ability to interact professional with media and celebrities.  Good judgement along with discretion is vital.

Job Responsibilities:

·  Administrative duties such as filing, copying, faxing, phone duties, and running errands.

·  Drafting basic marketing and public relations materials including news releases, media alerts, fax sheets, and web copy.

·  Maintenance of HatchShow print library, digital asset media library, and responsible for logging in new items and tracking items.

·  Researches special projects including historical items.

·  Carries out media activities (photo shoots, video shoots, red carpets, and press tours) and arrangements as outlined by department staff.

·  Participates in meetings and brainstorming sessions.

·  Perform street-team related tasks including, but not limited to, hanging posters, distributing flyers, etc.

Job Qualifications:

·  Education: Working toward Bachelor’s degree in related field (Music Business, Liberal Arts, Business and/or Communications.)

·  Experience: Previous experience in promotions, event planning, publicity, band management or PR is a plus. Qualified candidates must have experience with MS Word, Excel. Basic accounting skills preferred. Excellent writing skills and research skills are vital. A writing sample will be required. Must have reliable transportation.

This position is unpaid and for college credit only.

To apply please email your resume and a writing sample to ldupont (at) ryman (dot) com and apply via our online tool here (job #143272.)

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Ryman Nominated As Theatre Of The Year By Pollstar Magazine

Nominations were announced today for Pollstar Magazine’s 23rd annual Concert Industry Awards to be held February 3, 2012 at Club Nokia in Los Angeles, California.  Among the nominees for Theatre of the Year is Nashville’s historic Ryman Auditorium, which was awarded the honor in 2010.  Other nominees include Beacon Theatre (New York City), Fox Theatre (Atlanta), Nokia Theatre (Los Angeles), Radio City Music Hall (New York City) and Verizon Theatre (Grand Prairie, Texas). Approaching its 120th anniversary, the Ryman is a proud three-time winner of the award.

“Winning Theatre of the Year, one of the highest honors our peers can bestow upon us, was a thrilling way to kick off 2011. We are humbled and excited to be ending the year with another nomination,” said Sally Williams, Ryman Auditorium General Manager. “The Ryman is committed to offering a diverse lineup of entertainment as evidenced by this year’s shows ranging from The Raconteurs to Paul Simon and from Alison Krauss & Union Station to Aretha Franklin. Going into our 120th year, we’ll continue to make history one night at a time.”

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PBS to air ACL Presents: Americana Music Festival

Robert Plant, Emmylou Harris, Gregg Allman, Alison Krauss, The Avett Brothers and the Civil Wars are just a few of the artists to be showcased during ACL Presents: Americana Music Festival. The program will air November 19th on PBS stations (check local listings). Filmed live at the Ryman Auditorium October 13, 2011, during the sold out Americana Music Association’s Honors and Award Show presented by Nissan, viewers will be treated to an hour long special featuring performances from the genres’ established and rising stars.

The Avett Brothers “Once and Future Carpenters” from Austin City Limits on Vimeo.

Hosted by Jim Lauderdale, with an all-star house band led by Americana favorite Buddy Miller, the show runs the Americana gamet from the etheral opening of “I’ll Fly Away” a tribute to the O’ Brother Where Art Thou? soundtrack, featuring Emmylou Harris and Alison Krauss to the uplifting finale spotlighting the legendary Gregg Allman. In between are performances from Jim Lauderdale, Robert Plant and The Band of Joy, Elizabeth Cook, Justin Townes Earle, Jessica Lea Mayfield, Amos Lee, and many more.

“It was time to bring the Americana Honors to another level,” said Jed Hilly, Executive Director of the Americana Music Association. We could not have had better partners than Nashville Public Television President and CEO Beth Curley for our Middle Tennessee premiere and Austin City Limits Executive Producer Terry Lickona to take this to a national audience.”

The program, described by Emmylou Harris as “the shining star of Nashville and music everywhere,” was filmed by High Five Entertainment and co-produced by its President Martin Fischer along with Lickona.

ACL Presents is music programming created by, or in association with, KLRU, the producers of Austin City Limits (ACL). ACL Presents programming includes television specials, live events, web series and recorded music presentations and is made in the spirit and standards of the legendary PBS series Austin City Limits, the longest-running live music series in television history. ACL Presents collaborations have included: Hardly Strictly Bluegrass with KQED and Americana Music Festival with Nashvile Public Television (NPT).

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