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Concert Announcement: Chris Young Nov. 15, 2012

Middle Tennessee native and country music star Chris Young gave his fans a special treat yesterday when he announced via exclusive video that he will make his first Nashville headlining appearance from the Mother Church of Country Music, the historic Ryman Auditorium, on November 15, 2012. The premiere headlining appearance, which includes special guests Thomas Rhett and Joanna Smith, is the first stop on Chris’ upcoming Liquid Neon Tour and adds to an already stellar year of high profile TV performances, hit singles, and awards nominations for the baritone-voiced singer. Thomas Rhett will open the show. Rhett’s self-titled debut EP hit #1 on iTunes Country Albums Chart.



Tickets go on sale on Friday, September 14th at 10AM Central and are available via the Ryman box office,, Ticketmaster outlets,, or by calling 800-745-3000.

While Young has played the Ryman as part of the Grand Ole Opry, this historic show will mark his headlining debut on the celebrated stage. Born and raised in Murfreesboro, this momentous occasion holds a special place in the heart of this middle Tennessee native.


“The first time I set foot on the Ryman stage was an unbelievable experience,” says Young. “I am so grateful for the support of my hometown crowd all of these years and saying I can’t wait for this show is an obvious understatement.”


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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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Dierks Bentley Announced As Host For ACM Honors at the Ryman Sept. 24

Today the Academy of Country Music is announcing that country music superstar Dierks Bentley will host the 6th Annual ACM HONORS, an evening dedicated to recognizing the special honorees and off-camera category winners from the 47th Annual Academy of Country Music Awards.  The event will take place on Monday, September 24, 2012 at 7:00pm at the historic Ryman Auditorium in Nashville.  Tickets priced at $37 will go on sale to the public at 8:00am PST on Friday, August 17, 2012 at the Ryman box office,, Ticketmaster outlets, or by calling 800-745-3000.  The evening is presented by City National Bank.

This is Bentley’s first time hosting the event and the third time the ceremony will be held at the Ryman Auditorium.

Those being honored include Special Award recipients Bobby Braddock, Kenny Chesney, Vince Gill, Emmylou Harris, Gayle Holcomb, Alan Jackson, Billy Sherrill, Ricky Skaggs and Dwight Yoakam. Roger Miller will also be honored posthumously.  The evening also recognizes winners of the MBI (musician, bandleader, instrumentalist) and Industry categories, which are not presented during the live telecast of the Academy of Country Music Awards.  In addition, the winner of Songwriter of the Year will also be recognized, an award which has been given out only once, in 1965, to Roger Miller.

ACM Award winning singer/songwriter Dierks Bentley has forged his own brand of country music combining classic country songwriting, influences of bluegrass instrumentation and the energy of rock & roll. He recently made plans to toast the end of summer with the release of a four song EP titled COUNTRY & COLD CANS available Aug. 21 on iTunes, while simultaneously kicking off tailgating season with a limited COUNTRY & COLD CANS: BACK TO COLLEGE TOUR. The new music follows Bentley’s sixth studio album HOME, released earlier this year, which debuted at No. one and has spawned three chart-toppings hits marking 10 career No. one songs as a singer and songwriter.  His five previous studio albums have earned 10 GRAMMY nominations, sold over five million albums and an invitation to join the Grand Ole Opry.

“Dierks’ incredible passion combined with his respect for and overwhelming knowledge of the country music genre, both as a renowned artist and songwriter, make him an ideal host for ACM Honors,” said Michelle Goble, Senior Vice President, Membership & Industry Relations at the Academy of Country Music. “We look forward to his contribution to the show, as we pay tribute to those who helped forge country music into the outstanding genre it is today.”

“I’m really looking forward to helping recognize this year’s ACM honorees,” said Bentley. “Country music has so many talented artists, songwriters and people working behind the scenes…I’m flattered that I’ve been asked to stand on stage beside them.”

The Academy of Country Music Special Awards are voted on by the ACM Board of Directors and are awarded during years that the Board of Directors feels there are clear and deserving candidates. Honorees include:

  • Bobby Braddock Poet’s Award
  • Kenny Chesney Crystal Milestone Award
  • Vince Gill Career Achievement Award
  • Emmylou Harris Cliffie Stone Pioneer Award
  • Gayle Holcomb Mae Boren Axton Award
  • Alan Jackson Jim Reeves International Award
  • Roger Miller (posthumously) – Poet’s Award
  • Billy Sherrill – Cliffie Stone Pioneer Award
  • Ricky Skaggs – Cliffie Stone Pioneer Award
  • Dwight Yoakam – Cliffie Stone Pioneer Award


The winners of the Musician-Bandleader-Instrumentalist (MBI) awards are voted on by Academy of Country Music members classified in the Artist-Entertainer/MBI category and the Producer/Engineer/Studio Manager subcategory (contained within the Affiliated category) on the final ballot.  Honorees include:

  • Stuart Duncan – Fiddle Player of the Year
  • Shannon Forrest – Percussionist/Drummer of the Year
  • Paul Franklin – Steel Guitar Player of the Year
  • Kenny Greenberg – Guitarist of the Year
  • Aubrey Haynie – Specialty Instrument(s) Player of the Year
  • John Hobbs – Piano/Keyboard Player of the Year
  • Frank Liddell – Producer of the Year
  • Justin Niebank – Audio Engineer of the Year
  • Michael Rhodes – Bass Player of the Year


The winners of the Industry Awards categories are voted on by the membership of the Academy of Country Music on the final ballot.  Honorees include:

  • Jimmy Jay, Jayson Promotions, Inc. – Don Romeo Talent Buyer of the Year
  • Brian O’Connell, Live Nation – Promoter of the Year
  • Billy Bob’s Texas (Ft. Worth, TX) – Nightclub of the Year
  • Bridgestone Arena (Nashville, TN) – Venue of the Year
  • Mandalay Bay Hotel & Casino (Las Vegas, NV) – Casino of the Year


The Songwriter of the Year Award winner is determined by a vote of Academy of Country Music members classified in the Artist-Entertainer/MBI, Composer, Music Publisher/PRO and Record Company categories, along with the Producer/Engineer/Studio Manager subcategory (contained within the Affiliated category) on the final ballot.  Honoree includes:

  • Dallas Davidson

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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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Behind the Scenes With The Civil Wars

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Behind The Scenes: The Making of The Raconteurs Hatch Show Print

Ever wonder how our limited edition Hatch Show Prints are made?  Earlier this fall, we documented the process with Hatch artist Bethany Taylor from start to finish as she worked on the poster for The Raconteurs.

Visit our entire Hatch Show Print Gallery online here. Want to view the gallery on the go? It’s also available as part of our new iPhone and Android apps available here!

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Ryman iPhone and Android Apps Now Available!

Exciting news today! We’re launching two new mobile apps — one for iPhone users and one for Android users.  The apps will allow users to access concert information on the go, view exclusive Ryman related content and purchase tickets directly within the app via Ticketmaster mobile integration. The free apps are available starting today from the iTunes store for iPhone and Android Marketplace for Android respectively.

Scan this code with your mobile device to download the Ryman app!

“After the successful redesign of earlier this year, our partner Nissan North America led the way in this next step of our digital makeover.  We’re excited that these apps offer another way for us to interact with customers while making it easier for fans to share their excitement about Ryman events with each other,” said Sally Williams, Ryman Auditorium General Manager.

Along with concert dates, the apps feature:

  • In-app ticket purchasing
  • Ability to share events with friends via Twitter and Facebook
  • Ability to sign up for push messaging to receive concert announcements as text messages
  • Easy check-in to events via Facebook and Foursquare
  • Virtual Hatch Show Print gallery
  • Behind-the-scenes videos
  • Online store to purchase Ryman Auditorium merchandise
  • Concert photos
  • Newsletter sign-up

The new Ryman apps were developed by Santa Monica, CA based Mobile Roadie which previously built apps for the Grand Ole Opry and Live Nation as well as artists including Brad Paisley, Dolly Parton, Madonna and Taylor Swift.  The apps are the first digital step in putting Official Partner Nissan North America’s Innovation For All promise into action at the award-winning venue.

To download the apps click here.


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