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.