Monthly Archives: June 2012

Chris Thile & Michael Daves and The Boxcars This Week on Bluegrass Nights!

The Springer Mountain Farms Bluegrass Series continues this Thursday night, June 28, with Chris Thile & Michael Daves and The Boxcars! Tickets are only $26.50 and are available here.

If you like hardcore bluegrass featuring twangy, flawlessly-blended harmonies, then you’re in for a treat for this week with Chris Thile & Michael Daves. Many may know Chris Thile as the former mandolin player for Grammy-Award winning band Nickel Creek; however, Thile continually proves that his skills step far beyond Nickel Creek, or even the bluegrass genre. In 2006, Chris Thile expanded his horizons when he initiated the collaboration that developed into Punch Brothers, a band that radically ties bluegrass to elements of rock, pop, jazz, and even classical. In 2005, when Thile met Michael Daves, a Georgia-born New Yorker with a fearless voice and a fondness for bluegrass, the pair immediately connected. The dynamic duo came out with an album entitled “Sleep With One Eye Open” in 2011, which Nashvillean Jack White produced. The combination of Thile’s technical-style of mandolin musicianship and Daves’ emotionally-charged guitar and vocal parts, along with their intertwining vocal harmonies, this pair is the perfect balance of musicianship and passion, leaving a lasting impact on any audience.

The Boxcars, made up of Adam Steffey, Ron Stewart, John R. Bowman, Keith Garrett, and Harold Nixon, have a smooth, seamless, classic country and bluegrass sound, featuring skillful instrumentation and dense vocal harmonies. The makeup of the band is rather impressive: Steffey was once a member of Union Station, Stewart is one of the most sought after multi-instrumental session players in bluegrass history, Bowman has worked for Alison Krauss and is married to one of the Isaacs, Garrett is a founding member of Blue Moon Rising, and Nixon has toured with the band JD Crowe and the New South. Last year, The Boxcars took home the 2011 IBMA Awards for Emerging Artist of the Year and Instrumental Group of the Year. Adam Steffey and Ron Stewart also won awards individually: Adam for Mandolin Player of the Year and Ron for Banjo Player of the Year. With this incredible amount of talent and experience under their belts, The Boxcars are sure to delight any bluegrass lover.


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Bluegrass Nights at the Ryman Vince Gill + Sarah Jarosz Photos

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June 25, 2001:: This Day In Ryman History

On June 25 2001, the National Park Service formally designated Nashville’s historic Ryman Auditorium as a National Historic Landmark. Today, we are celebrating our 11th anniversary in remembrance of this special ceremony.

It is an incredible honor for the Mother Church of Country Music to be one of only 30 National Historic Landmarks in Tennessee. The National Park Service uses exceptionally selective criteria to evaluate potential National Historic Landmarks, only choosing places with astounding contribution to and significant representation of the American people, culture, history, and architecture.

The Ryman Auditorium has a rich history that begins with Reverend Sam Jones and riverboat captain Thomas Ryman. In May of 1885, Ryman attended Reverend Jones’ tent revival intending to raise a ruckus; however, when he heard the Reverend’s message, his heart was changed. Ryman repented his sins and vowed to build a great tabernacle for Reverend Jones so that he would never again have to preach under a tent in Nashville. Thomas Ryman built a beautiful tabernacle, and named it the Union Gospel Tabernacle, which was to project the Reverend’s voice clearly and powerfully to a great crowd. After Ryman died on December 23, 1904, thousands came to remember him on Christmas day at the Union Gospel Tabernacle he had built. While leading the memorial service, Jones proposed renaming the building the Ryman Auditorium. The idea was immediately embraced. By all accounts Ryman was an exceptional man of business acumen, faith, generosity, and kindness who was highly regarded in Nashville.

The Ryman Auditorium began hosting events for artists, speakers, magicians, political icons, and more. From Presidents Teddy Roosevelt and William Howard Taft to entertainers such as Enrico Caruso, Harry Houdini, and more, the Ryman became, much like it is today, the cultural epicenter of Nashville.

In June of 1943, the Grand Ole Opry moved to the Ryman Auditorium. For 31 years, the Ryman hosted the Grand Ole Opry along with other performers, featuring country and bluegrass icons Earl Scruggs, Bill Monroe, Chet Atkins, Red Foley, Little Jimmy Dickens, Hank Williams, The Carter Family, Johnny Cash, Patsy Cline, Loretta Lynn, Minnie Pearl, and many more.

In 1974, the Grand Ole Opry left the Ryman to broadcast from the brand new Grand Ole Opry House. For twenty years, the Ryman closed their doors to events and were only open during the day. Gaylord Entertainment decided to renovate and restore the Ryman Auditorium, cleaning up the Mother Church while also preserving the precious history that dwelled within. The renovators orders were to “pull the gum off the bottoms of the pews but leave the nicks and scratches.” Since the renovation, the beautiful Ryman Auditorium has continued to host world-class performers ranging from Norah Jones to Vince Gill.

The Ryman has been named the 2003, 2004, 2010 and 2011 Pollstar Theatre of the Year. Other awards include Venue of the Year nods from both the Academy of Country Music and the International Entertainment Buyers Association. Some of the world’s most renowned artists sing the Ryman’s praises, including Coldplay, who commented that the Ryman Auditorium is “The greatest theatre in the world!” Experts say the Ryman’s acoustics are among the finest in the world, second only to the Mormon Tabernacle, surpassing even Carnegie Hall. Performers and fans alike adore the Ryman Auditorium because of its rich history, beautiful architecture, and extraordinary acoustics.

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Job Opening: Museum Guide

This position will provide flawless customer service to guests with interests in venue; entertainment and architectural history; who wish to explore a National Historic Landmark. Assist guest in achieving the maximum museum experience with two (2) tour types: Self-Guided (SGT) and Back Stage (BST).

Job Responsibilities:

Podium Station: Enthusiastically greet guests arriving to take one of the Ryman’s tours; properly registering them as Walk-in”; “BST”; or “Bus Tour”. Direct guests to the proper starting point of their tour; depending on the tour type the guest is seeking. Maintain contact with LEAD and other museum staff members regarding BSTs and bus tour arrivals.

Back Stage Tour Station: Lead guests on a 30 minute BST; giving pertinent information regarding previous venue usage; former venue names; former entertainers gracing the stage; and an appropriate historic time-line. Also; Guide will include major physical changes that the building has endured since the building’s inception in 1892.

Photography Station: Invite guests to have photos made; registering each guest by name; photographing; printing and framing each purchased photo; and collecting the money for each purchased photo. Also invites guests to take photos with personal cameras. Also responsible for informing Museum Supervisor of conditional changes of guitars used in photos as props (broken strings; lost bridge pins; lost bridge saddles; batteries; etc).

Video Station: Properly operate the DVD; both for daily opening and closing operations. Present tour instructions and building directions & safety precautions following each DVD presentation.
Ask Me Station: Host/Guides will be available in the lobby to guests seeking directions to other landmarks; museums; hotels; local eateries; and other points of interest with in the Nashville community.
Perform other duties as required.

Job Qualifications:

Education: High School diploma or equivalent.
Experience: At least 3 years positive experience working with the public. Leadership skills are necessary for full-time Host/Guides; as they may be asked to substitute as a Museum Lead or Lead Assistant.

EEO Statement Gaylord Entertainment offers a competitive, comprehensive benefits and compensation package. Gaylord Entertainments promotes a Drug-Free Workplace and is an Equal Opportunity Employer (EOE). This Gaylord Entertainment Property is tobacco free.

To apply: Visit Gaylord Careers and apply online AND send your resume/coverletter by email to, Joshua Bronnenberg, Museum Manager.

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June 22 – 24, 1897 :: This Day In Ryman History

On the date in 1897, the Seventh Annual Reunion of United Confederate Veterans was held at the Union Gospel Tabernacle (later renamed the Ryman Auditorium.) It is said that this meeting doubled the entire population of Nashville during the weekend in which it was held. Tom Ryman took the lead in encouraging the town’s citizens to join together, and construct a gallery in the auditorium that was large enough fro those attending the veterans convention, to gather for speeches and memorials. The finished gallery increased the overall venue capacity to approximately 6,000. The Ryman currently seats 2,362.

The addition of the Gallery, which had been in the original plans during construction, saw the final completion of Ryman’s vision.

To read more about our history, please visit our interactive timeline.

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Vince Gill and Sarah Jarosz Open Springer Mountain Farms Bluegrass Nights at the Ryman

Guitar-slinger Vince Gill is kicking off the annual Springer Mountain Farms Bluegrass Nights at the Ryman series on June 21 with Sarah Jarosz.  Tickets are available here and cost $26.50, or a series pass is available for all six shows for only $140.

Vince Gill is most famous for being a phenomenal country music star with hits like “Go Rest High on That Mountain” and “Don’t Let Our Love Start Slippin’ Away,” but his talents extend far beyond one genre.  Gill grew up playing guitar, banjo, bass, mandolin, dobro, and fiddle, playing in bluegrass bands even as early as high school.  Earl Scruggs, a legendary banjo player and member of The Original Bluegrass Band founded here at Nashville’s historic Ryman Auditorium, heavily influenced Gill’s musical style.  In response to Scruggs’ recent passing, Vince said, “It feels like losing my musical father … I don’t know if music would have spoken to me if it wasn’t for the sound of Earl’s banjo.”  Inspired by country and bluegrass pickers alike, Vince Gill is one of the most respected performers, musicians, and songwriters of our time. Gill has won eighteen CMA honors and twenty Grammy® Awards.  He has also sold over twenty-six million albums, and is a member of the Country Music Hall of Fame.


Sarah Jarosz is a bluegrass multi-instrumentalist, singer, and songwriter.  Jarosz first picked up a mandolin at age 10, and now, she plays octave mandolin, banjo, and guitar as well.  In 2009, the year she graduated high school, she released her debut album, “Song Up In Her Head” on Sugar Hill Records.  Her collaborators included Chris Thile, Darrell Scott, Stuart Duncan, and Jerry Douglas.  When listening to Jarosz, it’s easy to see why The New York Times calls her “one of acoustic music’s most promising young talents.”  Although Jarosz is only 21 years old, her incredible singing, picking, and songwriting abilities are well beyond her years.  This will the second time Jarosz has appeared on Springer Mountain Farms Bluegrass Nights at the Ryman.

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June 14, 1994 :: This day in Ryman history.

On this day in 1994, Bill Monroe and Alison Krauss took to the very stage where Bluegrass was born to kick off the first Bluegrass Nights at the Ryman.

The tradition started by The Father of Bluegrass continues this summer with an impressive lineup of who’s who in the Bluegrass genre. Tickets are $26.50 per show, on sale now and available here.

2012 Springer Mountain Farms Bluegrass Nights at the Ryman

June 21 Vince Gill with Sarah Jarosz
June 28 Chris Thile & Michael Daves and The Boxcars
July 5 Gibson Brothers, Steep Canyon Rangers, and The Roys
July 12 Rhonda Vincent and Joe Mullins & The Radio Ramblers
July 19 Dailey & Vincent
July 26 Ricky Skaggs

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