Dierks Bentley Announces Ryman Auditorium Show To Celebrate New Album Release
Bentley booked a late-night album release show on June 7, and he will perform all 13 tracks from the record
Dierks Bentley is gearing up to release his ninth studio album, The Mountain, on June 8 and wants to celebrate the new project with an intimate concert at Nashville’s famed Ryman Auditorium. The “Woman, Amen” singer has booked a late-night album release show on June 7, and he will perform all 13 tracks from the record.
“This album started as the smallest seed of an idea,” Bentley says in a press release. “It was inspired by where I am in my life right now, but also by the people I meet out on the road who triumph over hardship every day.
We all share this underlying sense of gratitude and hope, which really became the base of The Mountain, so I wanted to introduce it as a whole story for the first time with all the fans in town for CMA Music Fest.”
Bentley’s 2018 tour opener Lanco will also open the Ryman show. Pre-sale tickets are available beginning May 15, with a public on sale set for May 18. All money raised from the sale of tickets will benefit the Opry Trust Fund, which offers financial assistance to those in the country music industry during their time of need.
In an interview with the Tennessean, Bentley says his The Mountain album will feature “crazy mandolin playing” from Sam Bush and hints that Bush may make a special appearance during his Ryman appearance. “We’ll have to get him or mimic him somehow,” Bentley says. “It’s a smaller venue so it’s great, just for those hardcore fans who are willing to listen to songs they don’t know and want to hear them. It makes me feel less self-conscious. Knowing we’ll be singing for a room full of people who will be really excited to hear these songs … it’s a pretty cool thing.”
Home Free Dazzles Sold-Out Crowd With Show at the Ryman
The spirit of Home Free flowed through the Ryman Auditorium Friday night (April 6) as the popular country a capella group graced the stage for their first headlining show at the Mother Church of Country Music.
From the moment they opened the show with a spirited rendition of Rascal Flatts’ “Life is a Highway,” the harmonious group of Tim Foust, Austin Brown, Adam Rupp, Adam Chance and Rob Lundquist had the sold-out crowd enamored as they delivered a series of fan favorite covers ranging from Blake Shelton to Ed Sheeran. Foust set the tone for the evening when he thoughtfully said that the show was about “love” and unity,” a facet they honorably carried throughout the evening.
Home Free; Photo credit Olena Noelle
The a capella stars have developed a vastly loyal fanbase since winning The Sing-Off in 2013 and they made their presence known during the two-hour show, praising the group’s exquisite talent that naturally shone through across a variety of genres. Brown proved his stamina as a pure vocalist by kicking off the original “When You Walk In” with a series of striking vocal runs that made for an awe-inspiring moment in the show, before the rest of the group joined in with their haunting harmonies. Professional dancer Brittany Cherry, who’s danced alongside Sheeran in his “Thinking Out Loud” video and appeared on Dancing With the Stars, added a new element to the acapella ballad with her beautiful ballet choreography.
The five-member band continued to demonstrate just how dynamic their voices are with a noteworthy cover of Sheeran’s “Castle on the Hill,” with Rupp bringing the song to new heights by incorporating live looping that unites each of the singer’s distinctive voices, allowing them all to compellingly come together in one of the night’s standout moments. Some of the evening’s other admirable performances came in the form of their beloved rendition of “Elvira,” a stirring delivery of Vince Gill’s revered “Go Rest High on That Mountain” and when they took the 2,000 fans to church with a vibrant cover of Maren Morris’ “My Church,” turning it into a lively crowd participation number that took over the venue.
Home Free; Photo credit Olena Noelle
The singer’s talents shine just as powerfully on their own as they do in unison, with each of the five stars getting a chance to show off their solo talents. It’s safe to say the Mother Church has never seen anything quite like Rupp, who stopped the show when he became a human jukebox, delivering a mystifying beatbox performance that included a cover of Michael Jackson’s “Billie Jean” while donning a sequined jacket that illuminated the auditorium, leaving everyone in utter disbelief as to how he could imitate an entire sound system by solely using his voice. Foust, who knows how to make the crowd laugh as easily as he stuns them with his voice, shook the Ryman on more than one occasion with his astonishing bass that sent shock waves throughout the venue.
After finishing the show with their lively rendition of Shelton’s “Hillbilly Bone,” the celebrated group returned to the stage for a two-song encore that featured an emotive interpretation of Crosby, Stills & Nash’s “Helplessly Hoping” and brought the night full circle with a finale of the famous “Love Train,” proving Foust’s words true that the show was meant to be a symbol of unity, something the group accomplishes with every performance.
Alan Jackson Lands No. 1 Chart Positions
Re-release of Precious Memories, Live at the Ryman DVD
Country music superstar Alan Jackson is back at the top of the charts, celebrating the No1 on this week’s Billboard Music Video chart, according to Nielsen Soundscan, with the rerelease of his Live DVD recording ‘Precious Memories, Live at the Ryman.’
Precious Memories, rereleased by Gaither Music Group and produced by Martin Fischer and directed by James Burton Yockey, also garnered the No. 1 position on this week’s Christian Video chart. In addition, Jackson’s 2-CD Precious Memories set (Universal) climbed up this week’s Country chart to the No. 8 position and landed the No. 2 position on the week’s Contemporary Christian Music chart.
“It is a joy to partner with Alan Jackson on this DVD,” stated Gaither Music Group founder and gospel music legend Bill Gaither. “As a songwriter, I really appreciate the beauty of a well-written song; and Alan has been showing the world for a long time how to write great songs. On this recording, he went back to songs that both of us treasure—hymns of the church—with lyrics that keep on inspiring us with their timeless messages.”
Taped at the historic Ryman, known as “The Mother Church of Country Music” in Nashville, TN, the nostalgic, 14-song collection captures Jackson’s stage performances of songs from his first gospel recording, Precious Memories, originally released in 2006. The video, which features Jackson’s heartwarming tones singing signature renditions of traditional hymns and gospel favorites, also includes behind-the-scenes interviews with him, his mother and his wife as he reflects on his musical roots.
The TV special—an immediate hit with viewers across networks—enjoyed a strong premiere on RFD-TV which has now added two shows to its list of airings as follows: September 11th at 8:00 p.m. EST & September 11th Midnight EST
The Precious Memories DVD is also airing as part of a television special on DirecTV, Dish TV, TBN, PBS, The Heartland Network, GaitherTV, FamilyNet, CTN, GMC, GMTN, Guardian, Liberty, TCT and TLN. It is airing in Canada on Vision TV, CTS, The Miracle Channel and Hope TV.
The DVD is featured on Gaither Music Group’s website, the Gaither Catalog Collection, digital assets, social media and YouTube channel.
Precious Memories, Live at the Ryman is exclusively distributed by Capitol Christian Music Group and Universal Music and is available now throughout general market stores and the Christian marketplace in addition to online retailers including Walmart, iTunes, Amazon, www.gaither.com and www.alanjackson.com.
Watch Surprise Guest Miranda Lambert Team With
Little Big Town to Sing “Goodbye Earl” at the Ryman
Little Big Town continued its Ryman Auditorium residency over the weekend with two shows on July 28 and 29. Attendees on Saturday night were treated to a surprise appearance by Miranda Lambert, who joined Little Big Town onstage to sing “Goodbye Earl,” a song the Dixie Chicks took to No. 13 on Billboard’s Hot Country Songs chart in 2000.Little Big Town returns to the Ryman on Sept. 15 and 16 and Nov. 27.
Check out a couple of videos of the Miranda/Little Big Town performance below.
videos courtesy of Little Big Town Media and guitargirl2124’s YouTube
Brad Paisley and Ricky Skaggs Unveil Bronze Statues of Musical Icons
Little Jimmy Dickens and Bill Monroe at Historic Ryman Auditorium
Two of the most profound musical innovators in country and bluegrass music will forever remain part of the Soul of Nashville with the installation today of life-size statues of Little Jimmy Dickens and Bill Monroe at the historic Ryman Auditorium.
The Ryman, which is recognized as the Soul of Nashville, was founded as a beacon of hope for the faithful; it has become an international symbol of cultural significance drawing millions of people to Nashville to find their own inspiration in the wood pews under the famed stained-glass windowpanes.
The bronze likenesses were commissioned by the Ryman Auditorium in recognition of the 125thAnniversary. Sculpted by artist Ben Watts, the life-size statues took one year to create. Little Jimmy Dickens’ statue is adjacent to the landmark statue of riverboat captain Thomas G. Ryman on Fourth Avenue. The replica of the Father of Bluegrass Music Bill Monroe is located near the Fifth Avenue driveway.
The iconic brick building, which is on the national registry of historic places, rose to prominence first as Nashville’s largest venue for civic gatherings and later for attracting national touring shows including the biggest names in music, theater, and entertainment including Katharine Hepburn, Harry Houdini, Bob Hope, the Ziegfeld Follies, and countless others including President Theodore Roosevelt.
The Ryman became the home of the Grand Ole Opry in 1943, and the world of broadcast entertainment changed forever as the live radio and TV show brought the likes of Roy Acuff, Johnny Cash, Patsy Cline, Minnie Pearl, Elvis Presley, Marty Robbins, and Hank Williams to the stage and into living rooms around the country. The program’s 31-year Ryman ignited the growth of country music.
Dickens and Monroe were instrumental to that burgeoning popularity.
Dickens was born James Cecil Dickins, but was world famous as “Little Jimmy.” He was known for his humorous novelty songs, his small size (4’11”), and flashy wardrobe, but his contributions to country music were far greater than his diminutive stature. He started as a member of the Grand Ole Opry in 1948 and was inducted into the Country Music Hall of Fame in 1983.
Little Jimmy Dickens was a beloved fixture at the Opry, on stage and backstage. He passed away on Jan. 2, 2015. Before his death, he was the oldest living member of the Grand Ole Opry.
Dickens recorded many novelty songs including “Country Boy,” “A-Sleeping at the Foot of the Bed,” “I’m Little but I’m Loud,” and his biggest hit, the No. 1 “May the Bird of Paradise Fly Up Your Nose.” His song “Take an Old Cold Tater (And Wait)” inspired Hank Williams to nickname him Tater.
Over the years, Dickens made appearances in music videos by close friend and fishing buddy, fellow West Virginia native Brad Paisley. Along with joining on bonus comedy tracks on several of Paisley’s albums, Dickens also joined Paisley and his CMA Awards co-host Carrie Underwood in several show monologues. Upon Dickens’ death in 2015, Paisley lamented the loss of his hero and “the best friend a human being could ask for” and has performed numerous tributes to Dickens’ life and career.
“This was a man who was honing his craft before Hank Williams, who we sort of credit as the father of modern country music in many ways,” said Paisley during the unveiling today. “He saw everything in those decades that he stood on that stage, like Patsy Cline and Loretta Lynn and Garth Brooks. By the time Jimmy left us, he had become the Grand Ole Opry. On a night that he wasn’t there, you were cheated out of something and he knew that. He realized when he was well enough to do it, he went. He knew that he owed it to the younger generation that wanted to see him, it was another lesson in how you entertain people. He gave them everything that he had on that stage and in this building for many many years. So I think it’s really appropriate that he’s going to be one of the statues that’s a permanent reminder of what we should be in this building.”
Speaking on behalf of Monroe was Ricky Skaggs, whose own career was heavily influenced by the mandolin player. Skaggs was only six years old in 1960, when he first got to perform on stage with Monroe and his band at the high school in Martha, Kentucky.
“I don’t know if you ever get another Bill Monroe in a century,” said Skaggs. “There’s not a lot of people that I know of who could be cited as creating a whole new genre of music, but he did. He had the ear to hear it, the talent to play it and the heart to keep it alive because he was strong, he was powerful. I don’t know any person who could have withstood, pushed through and made it like him. He had music in his veins. It was the thing that pushed him so much. It wasn’t just to make a living. It was to get something out of him and take to people that he loved, and that was the fans that loved this music. I have traveled all over the world into places you would think that bluegrass music would never make it to … and you meet someone there that actually plays the music. So this music has totally gone around the world.”
The Father of Bluegrass was a gifted player, singer, and songwriter. The genre takes its name from his band, the Blue Grass Boys, named for Monroe’s home state of Kentucky. Monroe’s performing career spanned 69 years before he died on Sept. 9, 1996 – just shy of his 85th birthday.
Monroe formed the first edition of the Blue Grass Boys in Atlanta, Ga. The band eventually featured more than 150 performers including Earl Scruggs and Lester Flatt. In October 1939, Monroe successfully auditioned for a regular spot on the Grand Ole Opry impressing Opry founder George D. Hay with his energetic stage performance – he soon started recording and developing what would eventually become his signature style with fast tempos, instrumental virtuosity, and musical innovation. His recordings have become classics including “Blue Grass Breakdown,” “My Rose of Old Kentucky,” and Monroe’s most famous composition, “Blue Moon of Kentucky.”
Monroe, who was inducted into the Country Music Hall of Fame in 1970, remained a mainstay at the Opry. There he settled into a role as a musical patriarch influencing generations of young musicians including Emmylou Harris, Waylon Jennings, and the Oak Ridge Boys.
With a $14 million renovation in 2015, the Ryman is widely considered one of the finest performance venues in the world hosting performers from all genres of music. Today, the Ryman draws artists from all corners of the globe eager to experience the thrill of walking to the front of the stage to perform.
Little Big Town Returns to “The Mother Church”
Little Big Town returned to the famed Ryman Auditorium for back-to-back sold-out performances on Friday and Saturday evening as part of their unprecedented year-long artist residency, “Little Big Town at the Mother Church.” The critically-acclaimed entertainers once again brought their pitch-perfect vocal stylings to the Mother Church with a set list that included songs from their recently released #1 Billboard Country, Top 10 Billboard 200 studio album, The Breaker (Capitol Records Nashville) and their impressive catalogue of hits. Opening acts included Monument Recording artist Caitlyn Smith (5/19) and The Brummies (5/20).
Now a hallmark of their time at the Ryman, each evening featured surprise special guests, with Tori Kelly and Alison Krauss joining the reigning ACM and CMA Vocal Group of The Year on stage Friday evening for several show-stopping moments. On Saturday, country superstars Luke Bryan and Lee Ann Womack also took to the stage, each earning a standing ovation. In one of the most personal moments of the night, band members Karen Fairchild, Phillip Sweet, Kimberly Schlapman, and Jimi Westbrook surprised their children by bringing them out on stage to perform a song for the crowd. Additional show highlights included a performance of the multi-week, #1 hit “Better Man,” and Little Big Town’s current single at country radio, “Happy People,” which recently sparked an online movement with the song’s heartfelt music video.
The night also included a preview of the band’s upcoming wine, “4” which was first announced earlier this year on CBS This Morning and will be available for consumers starting in June.
“Little Big Town at the Mother Church” is the only year-long artist residency in the 125 year old history of the Ryman. In a recent sit down with Sunday Today, Little Big Town recently sat down to speak with Willie Geist about what it means to them to be at the Ryman Auditorium and the band’s bond as a family.
Little Big Town will perform next on NBC’s “The Voice” Finale, airing TONIGHT.
Little Big Town Announces Additional Ryman Residency Dates
Due to high demand, Little Big Town is expanding their highly-anticipated Ryman Residency, “Little Big Town at the Mother Church,” with additional dates including July 28th, July 29th, and November 27th. Additional dates will be announced later in the year.
Little Big Town’s residency, the only year-long artist residency in the historic venue’s 125 history, was first announced alongside Nashville Mayor Megan Barry and Ryman Auditorium General Manager Sally Williams in November. Previously announced dates include February 24th& 25th, May 19th & 20th and September 15th & 16th . Each show will feature different support acts and surprise special guests, with opener Brett Cobb scheduled on February 24th and Ashley Monroe scheduled on February 25th.
The launch of “Little Big Town at the Mother Church” coincides with the reigning CMA and ACM Vocal Group of the Year’s seventh studio album, The Breaker, out February 24th. Produced by Jay Joyce, the album features the #1 Billboard Hot Country Song hit, “Better Man,” which is currently Top 5 at Country Radio. Starting today, The Breaker is available for pre-order and features two instant-grat tracks, “Happy People” and “Better Man
Secret Tim McGraw and Faith Hill Sells Out Ryman in Minutes
The Show Marks the Couple’s First Performance Together at the Venue
Tim McGraw and Faith Hill confirmed early this morning that they will be performing together at the historic Ryman Auditorium tomorrow night (Tuesday, October 4) promptly at 7:30 pm. There will be no opening act. The show marks the couple’s first performance together at the venue. Tickets for the concert went on sale at 10:00 am CT this morning and officially sold-out in less than 12 minutes. The Ryman’s website traffic was quadruple the normal rate during an on-sale. In-person box office sales were also quadruple the normal on-sale rate with lines of people filling in the plaza. A show listing for “Sam and Audrey,” McGraw and Hill’s first names, appeared on the Ryman’s website this past Friday (Sept. 30) and immediately fans, along with media, began speculating as to who the duo could be.
– Country Girl CMTT
Teary-eyed Garth Brooks Shares CMA Award Nomination Reaction and More From Ryman
Garth Brooks took to Facebook Live last night (Sep. 5) from the Ryman Auditorium to share his CMA Award nomination reaction story and more for the latest episode of his Inside Studio G video series.
On the morning of Aug. 31, Garth Brooks was awoken by a text from his friend Keith Urban. “Hey pard, congratulations.” Garth, still groggy, thanked him and went back to sleep.
Later in the morning Garth checked the news to confirm that he had just been nominated for this year’s CMA Entertainer of the Year award. Keith had failed to mention that he was himself also nominated for the award. Garth texted a good-natured follow-up response, “Dude, really?”
Genuinely appreciative of the nomination, Garth wished all of the CMA award nominees good luck. “To get to be nominated for Entertainer of the Year is never one of those things you get used to,” said Garth, “especially this late in our career. Very sweet.”
Garth goes on to share more news and recollections—including a touching story about going with his wife Trisha Yearwood to the funeral of songwriter Harlan Howard, which took place at the Ryman—with the hallowed Ryman Auditorium stage in the background.
– by Jason Simanek NashCountryDaily
Garth Brooks to Play Nashville’s Ryman Auditorium!
Garth Brooks will perform his first-ever concert at Nashville’s Ryman Auditorium, an invitation-only show airing live Sept. 8th on SiriusXM to launch The Garth Channel. “Just the thought of playing the Ryman is crazy,” says Garth. “The fact that SiriusXM is going to capture the evening makes it even a bigger event for me.” SiriusXM subscribers who have had an account since July 11 will have the opportunity to enter to win tickets to the Ryman show by a radio call-in opportunity (info here); and by online entry here.
– Posted by TawnyTucker CMTT