Monthly Archives: August 2012

New Ryman iPhone Case

Ryman Auditorium launched a new online store today that will improve the shopping experience for their virtual retail customers around the globe 24 hours a day, seven days a week. Fans of the famed Nashville venue will now be able to purchase Ryman collectables, t-shirts, Hatch Show Prints, iconic images from the Gillingham Collection, seat cushions and more. The new online store offers consumers an easier shopping experience than the previous online store and offers a wider variety of products. For the first time ever, customers will also be able to set up virtual “wish lists” to share with their family and friends.

Click the photo to purchase the Ryman iPhone case now.

One of the most exciting new products launching with the store is the iPhone case made by Nashville-based Griffin Technology, Inc for iPhone 4 and 4s. The sturdy plastic cover shows the Ryman as artists see it — looking out from the stage over the historic pews with the shimmering, iconic stained glass windows in the back. The case retails for $29.99. The initial limited edition run of iPhone cases will be exclusive to the online store. “Both companies the Ryman and Griffin — are full of music lovers, and we were excited to work together to bring this product to fans,” said Sally Williams, Ryman General Manager. “Having the Ryman on your iPhone case allows you to put the Mother Church in your pocket and keep it with you at all times.”

The perfect companion to the Ryman iPhone case is the Ryman mobile app available in the iTunes store!


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Meat Loaf: Setlist and Photos, August 29, 2012

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Meat Loaf Setlist 08/29/12

  1. Runnin’ for the Red Light (I Gotta Life)
  2. Dead Ringer for Love
  3. If It Ain’t Broke, Break It
  4. Stand in the Storm
  5. Paradise by the Dashboard Light
  6. Living on the Outside
  7. Los Angeloser
  8. You Took the Words Right Out of My Mouth (Hot Summer Night)
  9. The Giving Tree
  10. Mad Mad World
  11. Rock and Roll Dreams Come Through
  12. Bat Out of Hell
  13. I’d Do Anything for Love (But I Won’t Do That)
  14. Two Out of Three Ain’t Bad
  15. Boneyard/All Revved Up With No Place To Go

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B-52s Setlist and Photos

  1. Wig
  2. Mesopotamia
  3. Private Idaho
  4. Lava
  5. Give Me Back My Man
  6. Funplex
  7. Eyes Wide open
  8. Roam
  9. 52 Girls
  10. Love 3000
  11. Too Much
  12. Hot Corner
  13. Whammy Kiss
  14. Love Shack
  15. Planet Claire
  16. Rock Lobster

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Behind the Scenes With Ryman Audio Engineer Les Banks

I can’t wait to play the Ryman!”

“I have wanted to play the Ryman all my life!”

“I have dreamed about this day!”

“I have always wanted to do a gig here!”


Les at the board. Photo by Steve Lowry.

These are the comments I overhear all the time, from new up-and-coming artists to established veterans.  To the bands and their crews, performing at the Ryman is definitely on their bucket list.

One might wonder why it’s on their bucket list. First, it is the historical significance of the building. Built as a church in 1892 and most famous for being the former home of the Grand Ole Opry from 1943-1974, the Ryman is one of the most unique venues a band will come across while on tour.  But truly it’s the vibe of the place — it’s the magic when you walk in and see over a hundred-year-old wooden church pews waiting for folks to file in, sit down to see your show.

Then, of course, there is the sound.

I remember The Rolling Stones guitar player Keith Richards commenting to a fellow band mate: “This place sounds awesome!”  As the Ryman soundman for fifteen years I can definitely say this place does sound awesome. The acoustics of the room provide a great sounding performance, but it is not an easy room to mix. The first thing I always tell bands and sound engineers is to turn down the volume.  They, in turn, will usually ask our dB limit.  “Common sense,” I tell them.  The key to tuning the Ryman is to take a deep breath and be sensitive to the room.  And while they’re upstairs at the soundboard, I’ll take the wireless Dolby Lake tablet and walk downstairs. I’m their assistant for the day, so they don’t have to run around. The best compliment at the end of a sixteen-hour day is for the band’s sound guy to say: “Thanks for making my day easy and enjoyable.”  


Les with Ryman General Manager Sally Williams. Photo by Steve Lowry.

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Concert Announcement: Alanis Morissette at the Ryman Oct. 26, 2012

Alanis Morissette is set to return to the Ryman stage for the first time in seven year.  Morissette will perform in concert on October 26, 2012. Tickets go on sale Friday, August 17 and can be purchased here. Also, don’t forget to enter to win a limited edition Hatch Show Print created especially for this event!

On her new album Havoc and Bright Lights, Alanis Morissette distills her entire body of work into its closing track “Edge of Evolution.” “…we’re ready to push envelopes into full-blown consciousness,” she declares in the final verse. “The evolution of our consciousness can be such a lofty, overly heady, and, frankly, confusing conversation for people,” Morissette says. “So the song is an invitation to clarify and support what growth, healing, connection and self-expression really means for each person. ultimately, supporting people’s next courageous step is all I really care about. I think that’s what my contribution is — to engage musically, lyrically and publicly in the conversation about my and our humanity….this movement toward wholeness, rather than perfection or goodness, and deepening intimacy, connection and authenticity is such a big part of what I’m here to contribute.”

Over the course of her two decades in the music industry, Morissette has never shrunk from that goal. In the process, she has become known as many things: an introspective confessionalist, a relentless seeker, and a hardcore truth-teller among them. She continues her quest for authenticity and emotional connection and healing on Havoc and Bright Lights. Set against a musical backdrop of bright, bold melodies, adrenalized guitars, and lush sonic textures, the album lays out Morissette’s mission in her swooping confident voice, while the urgent rock rhythms drive home her themes: misogyny and the gender wars (“Woman Down”), the price of fame (“Celebrity”), the shame that comes from self-defeating thoughts (“Spiral”), the consequences of several addictions (“Havoc”), and the deep divisions created by people’s differing religious and political beliefs (“Lens”). “A song starts with the seed, or the essence of an idea,” she says, and is written in under an hour.”  “I far prefer writing about the personal and the micro in a concise way. That’s what interests me. Rather than paint overly broad strokes, I’d rather write about the one-on-one of personal interactions. And then allow it to be a commentary on the more macro effects we see in the world, from there.”

As always, Morissette plays with a duality in her songwriting — a hard-won equanimity that has come from having achieved a balance in her personal and professional life since the 2008 release of her epic break-up record Flavors of Entanglement. Since then, Morissette married rapper Souleye (born Mario Treadway) and gave birth to their son Ever. Naturally, these transformative events are reflected on her new album, providing a softness and vulnerability that has always been present in her work, but filled with even more conviction. The album’s first single “Guardian” is about her relationship with herself as well as with her son. “It’s about the care I have to offer myself in a way I never have in the past in order to sustain wifehood and motherhood,” she says. “Til You” is an open-hearted love song for her husband, while “Empathy” thanks him and her closest loved ones for truly seeing her. “I really do think that empathy is the cornerstone of what will not only raise the consciousness of the planet, but will also provide profound healing. And perhaps these are one and the same.” she says.

Morissette began writing the songs on Havoc and Bright Lights shortly after giving birth to Ever. “Once my son was born, I immediately felt this surge of ‘I have to write this record,’” Morissette says. “Of course the timing couldn’t have been worse. Post-partum is not the time to be doing anything other than post-partum-ing. Because I’m an attachment parent, I wanted to be near him 24/7.” She turned the first floor of her home into a makeshift studio, inviting her Flavors of Entanglement collaborator Guy Sigsworth over from London where the pair would knock out a song a day. “It was this unusual but perfect blend of mom-hood and artist,” she says. “It was a challenge to do both at the same time, but I had no other option. I was called to show up 100 percent for both, so this was the only way to do it. i developed a deep affinity and gratitude for coffee and falling asleep sitting up, for the first time in my life”, she says with a laugh.

The results include the darkly swirling rock songs “Woman Down,” “Celebrity,” and “Numb,” which throb with Sigsworth’s adventurous synth textures and drum loops, and the softer-edged “Win and Win,” “Receive,” and “Guardian.” Together Morissette and Sigsworth, who has also worked work with Björk and Madonna, wrote between 25 and 30 songs. To warm up the electronic vibe, Morissette brought in producer Joe Chiccarelli (Jason Mraz, White Stripes, The Strokes), who gave the songs a grounded, organic feel. “Guy contributes this otherworldly, technologically savant-esque, limitless magic,” Morissette says, “and then we have Joe, who honors the narrative and creates this incredibly modern, kick-you-in-the-teeth rock sound. The blend of both of these producers was the perfect integration for me. I wanted the album to have the fantastical aspects of what technology can build, combined with a human earthiness, and I think that’s what we achieved.”

Even the title is a reference to the album’s overall balance, though Morissette admits it was a challenge to come up with something that reflected the variety of subject matter. “‘Havoc’ refers to the song with that title and the challenges and consequences of taking responsibility and recovering from different addictions,” she explains. “‘Bright Lights’ speaks to both the spirituality that pervades all the songs, with us all being ‘light’ at our core, and the hot heat (or bright lights) of being famous and in the public eye, as in the song ‘Celebrity.’”

Morissette, of course, knows a thing or two about that. The Ottawa, Canada, native first rose to international fame in 1995 with her four-time Grammy Award-winning album Jagged Little Pill, which at 16x-platinum remains the best-selling debut release by a female artist in the U.S. and the highest-selling debut album worldwide in music history. She has scored a series of memorable singles off her subsequent studio albums 1998’s Supposed Former Infatuation (which debuted at No. 1 on the Billboard’s Top 200 Albums chart and featured the international, Grammy-nominated smash single “Thank U”), 2002’s Under Rug Swept (which also debuted at No. 1), 2004’s So-Called Chaos (featuring the Adult Top 40 mainstay “Everything”), and 2008’s Top 10 Flavors of Entanglement. She has sold more than 60 million albums worldwide, seven Grammy Awards (and received an additional 14 Grammy nominations), and won 12 Juno Awards.

Yet despite the accolades, the one thing Morissette has always craved most is connection. “In my teen years, I thought fame would afford me more connection but the opposite wound up being true,” she says. “Instead I became a screen upon which people could project their ideas, and it actually pushed them further away from me, which was devastating. The reason this new album represents such a celebration for me is that I can still exist in the context of popular culture, but I’m also experiencing connection because the climate now allows for it. Whether it’s through social media, Tweeting, or blogging, it’s enabled me to achieve the intimacy with my fans and peers that I’ve always wanted.”

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Concert Announcement: Mary Chapin Carpenter Oct. 5, 2012


Mary Chapin Carpenter’s new album, Ashes and Roses, is out now to widespread critical acclaim (Zoë/Rounder Records). Of the release, USA Todayproclaims, “…exquisite…,” while Parade Magazine asserts, “…showcases some of her most interesting and intimate work yet—nuanced reflections on marriage, memory, and mortality.” In celebration of the release, Carpenter will embark on a North American headlining tour this summer and fall, including dates at Wolf Trap, Ravinia and Nashville’s historic Ryman Auditorium on October 5 with tickets going on sale Friday, August 15 at 10:00 a.m. and available here.  You can also to win a limited edition Hatch Show Print by entering here.

On August 1, the first in a series of fan-generated music videos for Carpenter’s new song, “Soul Companion,” premiered YouTube. Featuring a duet with James Taylor, “Soul Companion” is the first single from the new record. For the making of the video, Carpenter turned to her fans, asking them to submit a photo of themselves and their “soul companion” (human, animal, object, etc). Due to the overwhelming response (over 800 photos were submitted via Instagram and email), Carpenter decided to make a series of “Soul Companion” videos featuring all of the photos received. The remaining videos will premiere throughout the next few weeks.

Recorded in Nashville, the new 13-track album was produced by Carpenter and long-time collaborator Matt Rollings (Lyle Lovett, Keith Urban) and recorded and mixed by Chuck Ainlay (Mark Knopfler, Sheryl Crow, Willie Nelson). Carpenter was backed by a band that included Rollings (piano, B-3 organ), Russ Kunkel (drums), Duke Levine (electric and acoustic guitar) and Glenn Worf (bass). Of making the record, Carpenter notes, “I was so fortunate to work again with these seminal musicians. Our history of making records together serves us in the most wonderful ways. Getting back into the studio this time felt as exciting as the very first opportunity we had to gather together.”

Mary Chapin Carpenter has recorded 12 albums and has sold over 13 million records. With hits like “Passionate Kisses” and “He Thinks He’ll Keep Her,” Carpenter has won five Grammy Awards (with 15 nominations), two CMA awards and two Academy of Country Music awards for her vocals. Her songs speak to the most personal of life’s details and the most universal. Recently, Carpenter was honored with the Americana Association’s esteemed “Spirit of Americana Free Speech in Music Award,” which recognizes artists who have used their work to raise awareness and promote free speech. Past recipients of the award include Johnny Cash, Kris Kristofferson, Joan Baez, Judy Collins and Steve Earle.

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This week at the Ryman: August 6-11, 2012

STS9 will play the Ryman on Wednesday, October 24. Also known as Sound Tribe Sector 9, STS9 is an instrumental band with a unique vibe, self-described as “post-rock dance music.” STS9 mixes standard live rock instrumentation with electronics, favoring group rhythm over solos. Since forming over a decade ago, STS9 has released 11 albums, two remixed albums, and two live DVDs. The band has opened for genre-defying acts including Snoop Dogg, Ghostland Observatory, The Glitch Mob, and Big Boi of Outkast, and once performed with Jay-Z. STS9 consistently produces the ultimate audio-visual experience that fans have come to expect from their shows, a fact resonated through the band’s self-owned record label, 1320 Records. The label was founded much on the same principles as the band. The goal is clear: “bring the music to the people in the most conscious, unique innovative and savvy ways possible.” STS9 thinks this goal lessens the distance between the artists and fans, “putting the power back in the hands of those that make the music and those that live for it.”

Tickets for STS9’s October 24 show go on sale Saturday, August 11 at 10:00 a.m. and are available here. Don’t forget to also enter to win a limited edition Hatch Show Print created especially for this concert by clicking here!

Canadian-trio Half Moon Run has been added as the opening act for Metric on Friday, September 14 at 8:00pm. Tickets are available for the show here and don’t forget to enter to win a limited edition Hatch Show Print by clicking here.

On Friday, August 10, tickets for two upcoming shows, Styx and Regina Spektor, go on sale at 10:00 a.m. Spawned from a suburban Chicago basement in the early ’70s, Styx would eventually transform into the virtual arena rock prototype by the late ’70s and early ’80s, due to a fondness for big rockers and soaring power ballads. Styx is continuing to criss-cross the U.S. in support of their latest album, “Regeneration, Volume I & II,” a double-disc collection of re-recorded classics that was released. The band had originally re-recorded these acclaimed anthems to sell only at their live shows, but has now made them commercially available. Styx will play the Ryman on Nov. 8 and tickets are available here.



Regina Spektor, originally from Moscow, is a singer-songwriter and pianist with a unique musical style that blends techniques and styles from all genres. Spektor grew up around music, with her father being an amateur violinist and her mother a music professor, and studied classical piano under Sonia Vargas, a professor at the Manhattan School of Music in her late teenage years. After completing a four-year studio program of the Conservatory of Music at Purchase College in only three years, Spektor began achieving recognition in the anti-folk scene around downtown New York City performing at venues including East Village’s Sidewalk Café and the Knitting Factory. Regina sold her self-published CDs at these performances, “11:11” and “Songs,” and in 2004 signed a contract with Sire Records to publish and distribute her third album, “Soviet Kitsch.” Spektor’s songs are usually based on scenarios and characters drawn from her imagination, combining multiple musical techniques including verses composed entirely of buzzing noises and beatbox-style flourishes in the middle of ballads. Specktor usually sings in English, although sometimes she writes words and verses in Latin, Russian or French. She was featured in 2006 on VH1’s “You Oughta Know: Artists on the Rise,” and performed for President Obama and his wife in 2010 to a standing ovation led by the First Lady. Regina Spektor returns to the Ryman this fall following the release of her newest album, “What We Saw from the Cheap Seats.”  Regina return to the Ryman stage on Nov. 11 and tickets are available here.


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