Monthly Archives: March 2012

Kevin James at the Ryman April 2, 2012

Comedian Kevin James will perform one night only this upcoming Monday, April 2 at Ryman Auditorium as part of his national stand-up comedy tour, Kevin James Live.  Tickets are available here.

Kevin James, producer, co-writer, and star of the hit comedies “Paul Blart: Mall Cop” (2009) and “Zookeeper” (2011) can be seen this October in his latest film, “Here Comes The Boom.”  James starred with Adam Sandler in Columbia Pictures’ blockbuster “Grown Ups” (2010) and “I Now Pronounce You Chuck and Larry” (2007) and he broke into the film world in 2005 in Columbia Pictures’ “Hitch” starring opposite Will Smith.

‘The King of Queens”, which premiered in 1998, ran for nine seasons on CBS with James starring and executive producing, and it garnered him an Emmy nomination in 2006 for Outstanding Lead Actor in a Comedy Series.  The show concluded its run in 2007 but continues to air daily in syndication across the country and around the world.  In 2001, James brought his stand-up act to TV with “Sweat the Small Stuff”, a one-hour special for Comedy Central.




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Justin Townes Earl

Justin Townes Earl and Todd Snider play the Ryman this summer for a co-headlining show on June 2. Tickets are available now by clicking here. Justin’s new album “Nothings Gonna Change The Way You Feel About Me Now” came out yesterday and is available via iTunes.

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Concert Announcement: Tenacious D June 23, 2012

Tenacious D are set to play the Ryman June 23, 2012. Tickets go on sale Friday, March 30 at 10:00 a.m. and are $49.50 / $39.50 / $29.50 plus applicable service charges and are available via the Ryman box office,, ticketmaster outlets,, or by calling 800-745-3000.

“Rize of the Fenix,” Tenacious D’s widely-anticipated third album, is available for preorder on iTunes now. Their first studio album in six years, “Rize of the Fenix is the follow-up to 2006’s gold “The Pick of Destiny and 2001’s platinum debut album “Tenacious D.” The iTunes preorder includes the exclusive track “The 5 Needs” – a classic, never-before recorded Tenacious D song. Also available is first single “Rize of the Fenix”, listen to the track via soundcloud at

“Rize of the Fenix” will be available everywhere May 15. Produced by the brilliant John Kimbrough, “Rize Of The Fenix” was recorded in the garage behind his LA home and features Jack Black and Kyle Gass (Tenacious D’s core duo) performing with Dave Grohl (drums), John Spiker (bass, piano, organ), and John Konesky (electric guitar).

The Jeremy Konner directed “To Be The Best” music video expertly sums up the duos six year absence and features cameos from Dave Grohl, Yoshiki, Josh Groban, Jimmy Kimmel, Maria Menounos, Tim Robbins and Val Kilmer.

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Stars For Second Harvest, June 5, 2012

Hosted by acclaimed hit songwriter Craig Wiseman, this concert features an unplugged acoustic style performance by some of country music’s brightest songwriters and a special performance by one of country biggest stars, more guests to be announced at a later date. Sponsored by O’Charley’s, this not-to-be missed evening helps to raise awareness of hunger issues in Tennessee. The event will take place on Tuesday, June 5 with tickets going on sale Saturday, March 31 at 10:00 a.m. Tickets will be available at the Ryman box office, all Ticketmaster outlets and via or by clicking here.

In the last seven years, this event has raised $446,032 to feed the hungry in Middle Tennessee. Because each dollar provides four meals, the funds raised from the concert provided Second Harvest with the funds to supply 1,784,128 meals. “This is the night that Music Row gives back to help feed our hungry neighbors,” said Jaynee Day, president and CEO of Second Harvest Food Bank of Middle Tennessee. “It is a show that I wouldn’t want to miss and we are encouraging all of our supporters and country music fans to attend and help raise our voices to fight hunger.”

This is the 8th year for Craig Wiseman to host the show for Second Harvest Food Bank at the Ryman Auditorium and the first year to host the event during CMA Fest.

“I think the tens of thousands of country music fans that will be here that week will absolutely love being let in on our private party that benefits one of the best charities in the country. With previous years having everyone from Keith Urban and Jon Bon Jovi to Ronnie Dunn and Tim McGraw along with so many big hit songwriters playing their songs and telling the stories, our move to this week when all of the stars are in town promises to be the biggest and most star studded show we have ever done! We expect to sell out as word gets out to all of those country music fans looking for a way to kick off their first night in town with one of the coolest guitar pulls ever!” says Wiseman.

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Jack White returns to the Ryman for two shows – May 15 & 16, 2012

Jack White returns to the Ryman for two headlining shows this Spring – May 15 and 16. Tickets go on sale Friday, March 23 at NOON. Alabama Shakes will open the show. Tickets and more information available here. Please note this show has a FOUR ticket limit (per show.)

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Mumford & Sons Photos

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Photos (c) Steve Lowry/Ryman Archives

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Primus Return to the Ryman May 29, 2012

Primus is set to return to the Ryman with a special show on May 29. Tickets go on sale Friday, March 9 at NOON and will be available by clicking here.

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Primus is on tour in support of “Green Naugahyde,” its first studio album in 11 years out which was released last fall on ATO Records and Prawn Songs. “Green Naugahyde” was produced and engineered by Les Claypool in his personal studio, Rancho Relaxo, in Northern California, and features Claypool, long-time guitarist Larry LaLonde and drummer Jay Lane. Lane was in an early lineup of the band, and was also in Sausage, a 1994 reunion of the 1988 Primus lineup. Green Naugahyde expands on Primus’ incomparable sound and also sees them bringing it into the next millennium. It is a cerebral and complex album that, like all of the band’s output, is teeming with the band’s signature blend of whimsy and underlying darkness.

For the past 27 years, Primus have followed in the footsteps of boundary-pushing artists like Frank Zappa and Pink Floyd to create some of the most original and inventive music in existence. Green Naugahyde is a Primus record with all of the magic and mystery that phrase entails-and while no one can say for sure what the future will hold in store for the band, the most important thing is that the album exists and will inevitably hold its own in the band’s impressive cannon of music.

Primus last played in Ryman in 2010. All photos by Steve Lowry for Ryman Archives.

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