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We’ve got a busy week here at the Mother Church. Make sure to follow us on Twitter (“@theryman”) for show updates, previews of Hatch Show Prints and more…
Tonight, catch The Shins on Conan O’Brien on TBS at 10:00 p.m. central. They are set to take our stage on Sunday, October 7.
Tuesday, October 2 David Byrne & St. Vincent come to the Ryman for a performance after the release of their newest album, “Love This Giant.” Recorded over two years largely at Water Music in Hoboken, NJ, the album is a collaboration in the truest sense of the word, with Byrne and St. Vincent (aka Annie Clark) co-writing ten of the album’s twelve tracks, and each artist penning one song individually. The album centers around an explosive brass band and is propelled by John Congleton’s drum programming. Byrne and Clark met in 2009 at the ‘Dark Was the Night’ benefit at Radio City Music Hall and were approached shortly after by the Housing Works Bookstore to collaborate on a night of music. They began composing remotely, trading song ideas and structures online while Clark toured and it quickly became apparent that they had more than just one night of music in them. Byrne performed with Clark at her ‘American Songbook’ show at Lincoln Center in 2010, and Clark contributed vocals to Byrne’s ‘Here Lies Love’ album, released the same year. Tickets are on sale here and enter to win the Hatch Print here.
On Wednesday, October 3, Gotye makes his Ryman debut. Gotye’s most recent offering “Making Mirrors” has already sold nearly two million copies internationally. The album is described as “pop at its most precise, but also electronic music at its most emotional.” The breakout hit, “Somebody That I Used to Know,” featuring Kimbra, has been number one on the Billboard Hot 100 for seven consecutive weeks. The song’s music video recently crossed the 200 million mark on YouTube, making it one of the most-viewed clips ever. You can still get tickets here and enter to win the Hatch Show Print here.
Emanating from the Ryman Auditorium during the spring and fall season, Opry Country Classics features performances of the country music the world knows best performed by legends of the genre as well as the rising stars the legends have influenced. Get your tickets to this Thursday’s show here.
This Friday, October 5, Mary Chapin Carpenter, whose music has been described as “an unclassifiable hybrid of pop, folk and country,” will play on the Ryman stage. She has recorded 12 albums and has sold over 13 million records in her career. 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. Carpenter’s newest album, “Ashes and Roses,” has already received high praise from critics and it’s been said this one holds “some of her most interesting and intimate work yet.” Two days after her Ryman appearance, Carpenter will be inducted into the Songwriters Hall of Fame in Nashville. Enter to win the exclusive Hatch Show Print here.
Also on Friday, Oct. 5, a third Amy Grant & Vince Gill Christmas at the Ryman show will go on sale. The show will be on Thursday, Dec. 18. This marks the sixth year the couple – who celebrated their twelfth anniversary this year – has performed the holiday special. “Christmas audiences are special,” Amy says. “They tend to involve the whole family, and their emotions are a wonderful mix of anticipation and reverence. It’s a thrilling experience for both of us.” The set will feature traditional holiday songs, as well as some of Amy and Vince’s biggest hits. For more information please visit their show page.
On Sunday, The Shins return to the Ryman for a performance. Formed in 1996 in Albuquerque, New Mexico, The Shins are an American indie-rock band originally created as a side project for lead vocalist, James Mercer. Songs from the critically-acclaimed first album, “Oh Inverted World,” were featured in movies such as “Garden State” and “A Guy Thing” and television series including “The OC” and “Gilmore Girls.” The band relocated to Portland, OR in 2001where they released their second album, “Chutes Too Narrow” and later released the third album “Wincing the Night Away” in 2006, which debuted at number 2 on the Billboard 200 album chart. In 2012, The Shins announced their extended tour in North America where they will perform hits from their previous three albums and their newest track, “Simple Song.” You can get tickets here and enter for the chance to win the Shins Hatch Print here.
This week starts the kick-off of the annual awards season at the Ryman with the Americana Honors and Awards on Wednesday, September 12. Performers and presenters this year include: Bonnie Raitt, Alabama Shakes, The Mavericks, Richard Thompson, Punch Brothers, The Civil Wars, Booker T. Jones, Jason Isbell and the 400 Unit, The Wallflowers and more…
The annual Americana Music festival brings more than 100 official performances throughout Music City and last year more than 12,000 fans enjoyed the festival’s musical events. In addition, the conference will offer daily seminars, panels and networking opportunities at venues around the city. For more information, visit Americana Music’s website. Check your local listings, the event will also be carried live on AXS-TV.
Click here to enter to win a limited Hatch Show Print created especially for the event.
Other upcoming award shows this season include the Academy of Country Music Honors hosted by Dierks Bentley featuring Luke Bryan, Ashley Monroe, Kellie Pickler and Dailey & Vincent on September 24 (tickets here) and the International Bluegrass Music Association Awards on September 27 (more info here.)
We have two on sales happening this Friday, September 14 – Chris Young (Nov. 15) and Ray LaMontagne (Nov. 29) both at 10:00 a.m.
November 15 will be Chris Young’s headlining debut at the Ryman. Openers on the concert include Thomas Rhett and Joanna Smith. Young made the announcement about the show to his fans via YouTube.
Entertainment Weekly precisely predicted the baritone-voiced Chris Young to have a “long, lucrative future ahead of him” and by all indications, the predictions are true! The ACM Male Vocalist nominee and Middle Tennessee native has scored five consecutive #1 singles, including recent chart-toppers “Tomorrow” and “You,” and all of these are certified Gold or Platinum by the RIAA. He won Breakthrough Artist of the Year and Single of the Year at the 2011 American Country Awards and has made nine national TV appearances since the release of his acclaimed third record, “NEON.” Tickets and more information can be found here.
Also on sale Friday at 10:00 a.m. we have Ray LaMontagne (Nov. 29). LaMontagne is a folk rock-style American singer-songwriter who has been compared by critics to The Band, Van Morrison, Nick Drake, and Tim Buckley. He has cited Stephen Stills, Richard Manuel, and Rick Danko as his strongest musical influences since he began his career in 1999. LaMontagne has produced four successful albums, and his songs have been featured in many television shows and movies such as “Rescue Me,” “One Tree Hill,” “She’s The Man,” and “27 Dresses.” During his career, LaMontagne has won several awards, including a Grammy for Best Contemporary Folk Album and a Pollstar Concert Industry Award for Best New Touring Artist.
The evening of Friday, September 14 the Ryman welcomes Metric. The band is on tour as their fifth full-length studio album, “Synthetica,” was released in June 2012. Metric has been on the cutting-edge of rock and roll since the independent, worldwide release of “Fantasies” when, without the help of a label, the band managed to earn multiple radio hits throughout the world. The album sold over one million singles and 500,000 albums. Since then, Metric songs have been featured in two major films, “Scott Pilgrim vs. The World” and “Twilight Saga: Eclipse.” Their newest album is true to the band’s sound with sonically futuristic vibes; it’s a creative culmination of music made by Metric in the last ten years. The album reads like a biography of the bands musical history, with tracks ranging from suspenseful story-telling in “Artificial Noctune” and “Synthetica” to examining the fraying social state in “Youth Without Youth.”
Tickets are still available here. Ticket buyers will receive a digital download of first single “Youth Without Youth” within a week of purchase. You can enter to win the exclusive Hatch Show Print here.
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Ray LaMontagne returns to the Ryman November 29. Tickets go on sale Friday, September 14 at 10:00 a.m. and will be available through this link. LaMontagne is a folk rock-style American singer-songwriter who has been compared by critics to The Band, Van Morrison, Nick Drake, and Tim Buckley. He has cited Stephen Stills, Richard Manuel, and Rick Danko as his strongest musical influences since he began his career in 1999. LaMontagne has produced four successful albums, and his songs have been featured in many television shows and movies such as “Rescue Me,” “One Tree Hill,” “She’s The Man,” and “27 Dresses.” During his career, LaMontagne has won several awards, including a Grammy for Best Contemporary Folk Album and a Pollstar Concert Industry Award for Best New Touring Artist.
Click here to enter to win a limited edition Hatch Show Print created especially for this show!
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.”
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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Come early to Springer Mountain Farms Bluegrass Nights at the Ryman for our Puckett’s Pickin’ on the Plaza showcase for your chance to become Chicken Rich!
Each week, a top regional band will perform on the Ryman plaza starting at 6:00 p.m. visit the 650 AM WSM table to register to win a “Chicken Rich” prize pack including a t-shirt, Hatch poster and cooler of delicious Springer Mountain Farms chicken delivered to your door! The winner’s name will be called from the stage each Thursday night by a Springer Mountain Farms representative and legendary 650 AM WSM announcer Eddie Stubbs!
The lineup will be as follows:
June 21 Freshwater Creek
June 28 Dana Romanello
July 5 Todd Grebe & Cold Country
July 12 Jake Cox
July 19 Travis Wetzel Trio
July 26 A Step Ahead
Come hungry because Puckett’s will be bringing their food truck, Trolley Parton, and offering up some of their delicious southern recipes featuring Springer Mountain Farms chicken! Food sales begin at approximately 5:30 p.m.
Bring the whole family out to catch Pickin’ on the Plaza, right before legends of Bluegrass perform on the stage of the Mother Church of Country Music. Tickets for Springer Mountain Farms Bluegrass Nights at the Ryman are available here and cost only $26.50 per show.
The full lineup for Springer Mountain Farms Bluegrass Nights at the Ryman:
June 21 Vince Gill with Sara 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